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50+ Beautiful Wedding Readings For Your Big Day

A wedding reading is an excerpt of text often included in a wedding ceremony as the script. Couples include Northcott reading weddings for different purposes. The main purpose is to personalize the ceremony and bring voices along to develop the deepening theme of the ceremony.

The beautiful reading can include song lyrics, a poem, a message, or TV series lines. You should select something that speaks about your partner and the things in life that hold a deep meaning for both of you. Here to help you, the ultimate guide is prepared for your wedding ceremony program with the best wedding reading.

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Serious and Meaningful Wedding Readings

Featuring the wedding reading with a serious and meaningful script by Robert Fulghum, Gerald May is about taking the time to plant, contemplate vows, and acknowledge your new chapter. Here is the list:

1. The 22 (Non-Negotiable) Law of Wellness by Greg Anderson.

“Universally links spiritual perfection and clinical cures. Those who make such claims are misguided. Rather, love transforms suffering into a crucial distinction. That transformation may include a clinical cure; it may not. Cure is not the standard for judging. For even the process of death is transformed by unconditional loving.”

2. The Awakened Heart by Gerald May

“Love cannot be a means to an end. Love does not promise success, power, achievement, health, recovery, satisfaction, peace of mind, fulfillment, or any other prizes. Love is an end in itself, a beginning in itself.”

3. The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life by Graham M.Schweig

“The seen and the unseen, those living near and far away,
those born and to-be-born may all beings be at ease! 
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state, 
let none through anger or ill will 
wish harm upon another”

4. He’s Not Perfect by Bob Marley

“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.”

5. Union by Robert Fulghum

“You know all those things that we’ve promised and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word”

6. Albert Einstein on Relativity

“Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

7. Goodridge v. Dept of Public Health, 798 N.E. 2d 941

“Barred access to the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage, a person who enters into an intimate, exclusive union with another of the same sex is arbitrarily deprived of membership in one of our community’s most rewarding and cherished institutions. That exclusion is incompatible with the constitutional principles of respect for individual autonomy and equality under law.”

Television and Movie Quote Wedding Reading

Hollywood is famous for love stories. You might have seen plenty of cinematic writers who have crafted love stories that involve waxing poetic or exchanging wedding on-screen vows. Have a look at the list of your favorite television and movie quotes that deserve a spot in your wedding script.

8. John Nash in A Beautiful Mind

“I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life: It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.”

9. Beverly Clark in Shall We Dance

“You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.”

10. Noah Calhoun in The Notebook

“It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.”

11. Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

12. Carrie’s Poem in Sex and the City

“His hello was the end of her endings/ Her laugh was their first step down the aisle/ His hand would be hers to hold forever/He forever was as simple as her smile/ He said she was what was missing/ She said instantly she knew/ She was a question to be answered/ And his answer was ‘I do”

13. Broken Arrow

“Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place, and enter in your days together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.”

14. Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer

“Now, we don’t need a big house/ We don’t need any money/ All we need is you and me/ And Sadie and Sunny/ I got everything I want/ Growing old with you.”

Poem Wedding Reading

Poems have been read at weddings for centuries, and many famous poets’ works, from Pablo Neruda to e.e. cummings, deal with romantic themes. Here is the list of wedding poems that pique your interest.

15. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

“The love of God, unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way light rushes into a transparent object. The more love we receive, the more love we shine forth; so that, as we grow clear and open, the more complete the joy of love is.”

16. My Truth Love Hath My Heart by Sir Philip Sidney

“He loves my heart, for once it was his own/ I cherish his because in me it bides/ My true love hath my heart and I have his.”

17. This Marriage by Rumi

“May this marriage be a sign of compassion, a seal of happiness here and hereafter. May this marriage have a fair face and a good name, an omen as welcome as the moon in a clear blue sky. I am out of words to describe how spirit mingles in this marriage.”

18. Love is Enough by William Morris

“And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over/ Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter/ The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.”

19. The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

“If we merge mercy with might, and might with right then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.”

20. A Wedding Toast by James Bertolini

“May your love be firm, and may your dream of life together be a river between two shores—by day bathed in sunlight, and by night illuminated from within. May the heron carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring the sea’s blue grace.”

21. Stardust by Lang Leav

“If you came to me with a face I have not seen, with a name I have never heard, I would still know you. Even if centuries separated us, I would still feel you.”

Song Lyrics Wedding Readings

There are millions of long songs, all with love lyrics that you can use in the wedding ceremony. Here is the list of wedding ceremony readings that you can make your favorite list.

22. Grow Old With Me, John Lennon

“Grow old along with me/ The best is yet to be/ When our time has come/ We will be as one/ God bless our love/ God bless our love.”

23. Make You Feel My Love, Bob Dylan

“I could make you happy, make your dreams come true/ Nothing that I wouldn’t do/ Go to the ends of the Earth for you/ To make you feel my love/ To make you feel my love.”

24. Something, The Beatles

“Something in the way she knows/ And all I have to do is think of her/ Something in the things she shows me/ I don’t want to leave her now/ You know I believe and how.”

25. Two Step, Dave Matthews Band

“Say love, watch me celebrate together/ Celebrate we will/ Cause life is short/ But sweet for certain/ We’re climbing two by two/ To be sure these days continue/ Things we cannot change.”

26. Aztec Long Song, Anonymous

“I know not whether thou has been absent: I lie down with thee, I rise up with thee, In my dreams thou art with me. If my eardrops tremble in my ears, I know it is thou moving within my heart.”

27. Navajo Chant, Anonymous

“Rising Sun! When you shall shine/ Make this house happy/ Beautify it with your beams/ Make this house happy/ God of Dawn! Your white blessings spread/ Make this house happy/ Guard the doorway from all evil/ Make this house happy/ White corn!”

28. Eskimo Love Song, Anonymous

“You are my husband/wife. My legs run because of you. My feet dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you.”

Spiritual and Religious Wedding Readings

At the wedding, you are not limited to reading from only the Bible but can also read from other holy texts. Readings from the Torah and the Qur’an are wonderful contributions to any religious service. Here is the list of religious readings:

29. Tobit 8:7

“I now am taking this kinswoman of mine, not because of lust, but with sincerity. Grant that she and I may find mercy and that we may grow old together.”

30. The Art of Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day.”

31. Prayers for a Thousand Years by Freya Matthews

“I stand with hands dangling empty at my sides. 
I have no wisdom bequeathed to me by ancestors. The stars are equivocal, and around me
nature is in sorest travail, weeping. I love you.”

32. Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen

“Sometimes the hands that pray are fully touching, sometimes there is a distance between them. They always move to and from each other, but they never lose touch. They keep praying to the One who brought them together.”

33. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

“I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions: No one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way.”

34. Hindu blessing, Anonyms

“Let the earth of my body be mixed with the earth my beloved walks on. Let the fire of my body be the brightness in the mirror that reflects her face. Let the water of my body join the waters of the lotus pool she bathes in. Let the breath of my body be air lapping her tired limbs.”

35. Cherokee Prayer by Anonyms

“God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor Mother Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons.”

Bible Readings For Weedings

Christian couples often include Bible scriptures on love and marriage in their weddings. Here is the list of Bible readings, and highlighted verses about love that you can check out.

36. Song of Solomon/Song of Songs 7:10 (NIV)

“I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.”

37. Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

“And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

38. Genesis 1:31a (NIV)

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.”

39. Colossians 3:12-15 (NIV)

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

40. Ruth 1:16-17 (NIV)

“Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

41. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (SEV)

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?”

42. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Literature and Book Quote Wedding Readings

From literature Antoine to modern writers like Danielle Steele, there is no shortage of writers who talk about love and wedding ceremonies. Let the following literary excerpts serve as inspiration for the planning of your wedding day.

43. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”

44. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

45. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.”

46. The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh

“When there is true love, there is nondiscrimination. The pain of the other is our own pain; the happiness of the other is our own happiness. To make our love meaningful, we need to nourish our bodhicitta, our mind of boundless love and compassion.”

47. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

“Can you give me a house ?’ I have no house,’ said the tree. The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy”

48. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“Blessed and radiant days! I have sometimes dreamed that from time to time hours detached themselves from the lives of the angels and came here below to traverse the destinies of men.”

49. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia

“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”

50. The Bridge Across Forever by Richar Bach

“A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be.”

51. I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

“I like you and I know why, I like you because you are a good person to like, I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special. And you remember it a long, long time, You say, “Remember when you told me something special?”