Whether you and your partner like to do things a little differently or want to add an element of personality to an otherwise traditional day, wedding readings can be the perfect recipe for romance on your special day.
Not only a wonderful way to celebrate your love with friends and family, choosing wedding vows that stray from what’s expected can also show your other half just how much you really care.
So, 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.
When it comes to your big day, there’s little that you can’t tweak to fit with what you and your partner want, and this extends to wedding readings! Although you are required to have at least one Bible reading for a Church of England wedding, a civil ceremony legally requires no readings at all – so if a wedding reading isn’t something you’d considered before, you may be surprised to find you don’t even need one.
It’s true that most bride and grooms-to-be do opt to have some kind of wedding reading, so how many is the right amount? The answer really depends on your personal preferences as really you could have as many, or as few, as you’d like. Most couples opt for somewhere between 1 and 3 wedding readings, and these can be shared between the happy couple, family members and special guests, so there is a lot of flexibility with this.
There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to picking the perfect reading to compliment your day. More often than not, couples will opt for a reading that accurately reflects their relationship, and so this can be taken from all kinds of sources – or can even be written by yourselves!
If you’re looking for the perfect words to fit the theme of your wedding venue, you might opt for a poetic piece that accurately describes the romantic atmosphere you’ve worked so hard to create. Alternatively, you and your partner may opt for a more contemporary wedding reading from your favourite song or film. The possibilities truly are endless.
The most important thing when picking the best wedding reading for your special day is that you discuss it with your other half, and find something you both feel works for you.
Some brides have been dreaming of their special day since they were little girls, and if that sounds like you then the chances are you already know exactly what you want to say to your significant other when you tie the knot. For others though, picking a wedding reading can be an overwhelming task, particularly if you’re unsure where best to look.
You may want to choose a wedding reading that complements the theme of your wedding venue, one that describes your type of love perfectly, or something that says all the words you want to say in a way that you never could. Whatever you’re looking for – our comprehensive selection of the best wedding readings has been collated to compliment every type of couple, whatever the venue may be.
Read on to feel inspired!
If modern wedding readings aren’t really your thing, this breathtaking extract from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables may be the perfect romantic wedding reading for you!
“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.”
Alternatively, why not go for a modern wedding reading from a rom com or book? The Notebook was originally a Nicholas Sparks novel. And his beautiful words are a strong choice for romantic wedding readings.
“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.”
Next, this is one of our favourite modern wedding readings, from Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love.
“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.”
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.”
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 romantic 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.”
Classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally is perfect material for romantic wedding readings.
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
“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.”
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.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
“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.”
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…
“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.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
Unusual wedding readings are sometimes the best wedding readings! And one of our favourites is this heartwarming line from Juno.
“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.”
“People do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”
“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”
“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart…Cause the truth is, honey, there’s no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.”
If you’re looking for unusual wedding readings, why not draw some inspiration from the movies?
“It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream and you’re in mine or something.”
“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No… not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that…overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”
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
His 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’.
When it comes to the best wedding readings, sometimes short and sweet is all you need!
“they should feel like home
a place that grounds your life
where you go to take the day off.”
“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others’ minds. We know what the other wants without asking.
Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.
But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”
Jim Croce’s beautiful song lyrics are also perfect for crafting one of the most romantic wedding readings guests have ever heard…
If I could save time in a bottle,
the first thing that I’d like to do,
is to save every day ‘till eternity passes away,
just to spend them with you.
If I could make days last forever;
if words could make wishes come true;
I’d save every day like a treasure and then, again,
I would spend them with you.
“I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life.
And now here we are with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend.”
“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!.”
So, 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.
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