11th April 2019

17 Wedding Readings to Make Guests Laugh & Cry

Wedding readings are a wonderful way to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you opt for a romantic extract from classic literature, one of the best wedding readings from films, or draw inspiration from marriage poems, we’ve found something for everyone.

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You may want to choose a wedding reading that complements the theme of your wedding venue. So, take a read of our selection of the best wedding readings and start planning for a day that guests will remember!

1) Les Misérables

written by Victor Hugo 

If modern wedding readings aren’t really your thing, this breathtaking extract from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables may be the perfect wedding reading for you! This stunning piece of literature is sure to make your other half swoon and captivate your guests.

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven.”

2) The Notebook

written by Nicholas Sparks

A famous tearjerker, The Notebook was originally a Nicholas Sparks novel. And it’s safe to say his beautiful words are still a strong choice for wedding readings.

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“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”

3) Everything I Know About Love

written by Dolly Alderton

One of our favourite modern wedding readings, this heartwarming extract from Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love is perfect for couples that value the little things in life.

“I know that love can be loud and jubilant…I also know that love is a pretty quiet thing. It’s lying on the sofa together drinking coffee, talking about where you’re going to go that morning to drink more coffee. It’s folding down pages of books you think they’d find interesting

It’s saying ‘You’re safer here than in a car’ as they hyperventilate on an EasyJet flight to Dublin. It’s the texts: ‘Hope your day goes well’, ‘How did today go?’, ‘Thinking of you today’ and ‘Picked up loo roll’.

Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily reach forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.”

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4) Up

Some of the best wedding readings are simply short and sweet! And that’s certainly the case when it comes to this adorable line from Pixar’s Up.

“You and me… we’re in a club now. And you will always be my greatest adventure.”

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5) Jane Eyre

written by Charlotte Bronte

Without a doubt one of the most romantic wedding ceremony weddings is taken from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. This stunning extract captures classic literature at its finest, so those with a love for the written word are bound to love this wedding reading.

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel — I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you — and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one. It was because I felt and knew this, that I resolved to marry you.”

6) When Harry Met Sally

screenplay by Nora Ephron

If you’re looking for unusual wedding readings, why not draw some inspiration from the movies? Classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally is known for its witty romance, perfect for crafting wedding readings that you’ll never forget.

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7) The Lord of the Rings

written by J.R.R. Tolkien

“When Winter comes, and singing ends, when darkness falls at last; When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past; I’ll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again; Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain. Together we will take the road that leads into the West; And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.”

8) Harry Potter

written by J.K. Rowling

If the happy couple are Harry Potter fans, why not choose one of the best wedding readings from the wizarding world? This is one of our favourite unique wedding readings for adding a short and sweet touch to your speech.

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“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

9) Sleepless in Seattle 

screenplay by Nora Ephron

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together … and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I’d ever known … I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.”


10)  Joanne Woodward

Hollywood couples come and go…but Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman’s marriage really stood the test of time. Once Hollywood’s golden couple, the glamorous duo were married for over fifty years. And we love this quote from Woodward about their timeless romance…

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“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to have a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a real treat.”

11) Fleabag Wedding Speech

written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit BBC programme Fleabag came to an end this year, and it’s safe to say the show’s finale episode left plenty of viewers in tears! That’s right, we couldn’t resist adding the priest’s wedding speech from Fleabag to our list of the best wedding readings. After all, it’s a good one…


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“Love is awful. It’s awful. It’s painful. It’s frightening. It makes you doubt yourself, judge yourself, distance yourself from the other people in your life. It makes you selfish. It makes you creepy, makes you obsessed with your hair, makes you cruel, makes you say and do things you never thought you would do. It’s all any of us want, and it’s hell when we get there. So no wonder it’s something we don’t want to do on our own. I was taught if we’re born with love then life is about choosing the right place to put it. People talk about that a lot, feeling right, when it feels right it’s easy. But I’m not sure that’s true. It takes strength to know what’s right. And love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a hell of a lot of hope. I think what they mean is, when you find somebody that you love, it feels like hope.”

12) Winnie the Pooh

written by A.A Milne

One of the most beautiful wedding readings is taken from none other than Winnie the Pooh! This sentimental extract is sure to pull at some heartstrings.

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“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

13) The Wedding Singer

screenplay by Tim Herlihy

“I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I want to do is grow old with you
I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you
I’ll miss you, Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you, Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control
So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I want to grow old with you.”

14) Juno (2007)

screenplay by Diablo Cody

Unusual wedding readings are sometimes the best wedding readings! And one of our favourites is this heartwarming line from Juno.

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“The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

15) Breakfast at Tiffany’s

“People do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”


16) Be My Wife

by David Bowie

“Sometimes you get so lonely, Sometimes you get nowhere
I’ve lived all over the world, I’ve left every place

Please be mine, Share my life
Stay with me, Be my wife”

17) Yes I’ll Marry You

poem by Pam Ayres

“Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear, And here’s the reason why;

So I can push you out of bed, When the baby starts to cry,

And if we hear a knocking, And it’s creepy and it’s late,

I hand you the torch, you see, And you investigate.

Yes I’ll marry you, my dear, You may not apprehend it,

But when the tumble-drier goes, It’s you that has to mend it,

You have to face the neighbour, Should our labrador attack him,

And if a drunkard fondles me It’s you that has to whack him.

Yes, I’ll marry you, You’re virile and you’re lean,

My house is like a pigsty You can help to keep it clean.

That sexy little dinner, Which you served by candlelight,

As I do chipolatas, You can cook it every night!

It’s you who has to work the drill and put up curtain track,

And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,

I do see great advantages, But none of them for you,

And so before you see the light,

I do, I do, I do!.”

Signature Living Weddings

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best wedding readings. Whether you’re planning words to dedicate to your other half, or you’re the Maid of Honour or Best Man, we’re sure these thoughtful words will help to shape an unforgettable day.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for crafting bespoke weddings designed with a difference. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique wedding venues make us stand out from the crowd.

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