Ten Favourite Wedding Readings




Readings at a wedding ceremony can add a wonderful special personal touch to your wedding. They can reflect who you are, set the mood of the ceremony and give family members or friends a chance to play an active role in the occasion.

For inspiration with selecting the reading or readings that are right for you, here are Ten Favourite wedding readings, as chosen by the hundreds of couples whose weddings I have officiated.

For each I’ve included an excerpt from the poem to give you a taste

1. Gifts from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

For the couple who love natural imagery of the sea 
“Relationships must be like islands, one must
accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits -
islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited
and abandoned by the tides.”


2. from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

For the couple who love images of trees
“Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away…roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from your branches you find that you are one tree and not two.”


3. A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

For the couple who have a sense of humour and a sentimental side to them and who have a thing for dinosaurs

“I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.
I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises.”


 4.Love Is by Susan Polis Schultz

For the couple who takes a philosophical approach to love
“Love is
an understanding that is so complete that
you feel as if you are part of the other person
accepting the other person just the way they are
and not trying to change them to be something else”



5.The Keys To Love Robert M. Millay

For the couple who likes a concise yet detailed look at the meaning of love


“The key to love is sharing…
Facing your good fortunes
As well as the bad, together;
Both conquering problems –
Forever searching for ways
To intensify your happiness.”


6.Oh the Places you’ll go by Dr. Seuss

For the couple who want an upbeat, funny reading

“Congratulations!
Today is your day
You’re off to great places
You’re off and away!”


7.How Falling in love is like owning a dog by Taylor Mali

For the couple who are serious dog lovers, with a sense of humour!

“On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.”

8. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran:

For the couple who want to have something spiritual but not religious in their ceremony

 “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”

9Biblical readings: Old Testament: The Song of Songs

Authorised King James Version or a modern version


For the couple who want one of the world’s oldest and  best-loved wedding readings

“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;”

10.Any version of 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

For the couple who wants something traditional, yet timeless

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”


Once you’ve narrowed down the selection to a few favourites that really speak to you, read them out loud to each other and the right ones will be immediately obvious.





Catherine Kentridge, Licensed Wedding Officiant 
Custom Wedding Ceremonies

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