Selecting Wedding Readings

A great way to personalize your wedding ceremony and incorporate another close friend or family member into the day is by having someone read a passage. A lot of traditional scriptures or writings are overused in weddings, but there are a ton of places you can look for creative and unique passages to be read during your ceremony. Here are a few suggestions:

The Bible: For Christian ceremonies, the Bible is a great place to look for moving and significant scriptures. Ask your pastor or officiant for suggestions and ideas of appropriate verses on love, marriage, friendship, or unity.
Below are the traditional Bible passages used in weddings:
Genesis 2:15-24
I Corinthians 13:1-13
Proverbs 31:10-31

Literature: Classic and modern literature is teeming with beautiful prose and sweeping love stories. Reread your favorite novel, browse bookstores, or consult a librarian to find a meaningful segment to share.

Poetry: Often times, there’s nothing more romantic, eloquent, or moving than a well-written poem. William Shakespeare’s sonnets are a wonderful option for lovers, but classic and modern poets provide a rich collection of musings on life, love, marriage, and sensuality.

Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Children’s Lit: Add a touch of nostalgia or whimsy to your wedding ceremony by asking a young friend or relative to read a passage or poem from your favorite children’s book. A lot of classic children’s stories contain writings that are poignant and symbolic that can add a surprising emotional depth to your ceremony.

Pop Culture: Have a favorite movie or song that’s spoken to you about love? Quote it. Pull a few lines from a classic romance film or a touching play for someone to recite. Or, type out the lyrics to a particularly moving song and have it read aloud.

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