By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings
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Your wedding day is one of the most special and memorable days of your life. It’s a day filled with love, joy, and celebration, and it’s important to choose readings that reflect the love and commitment you share with your partner. Inspirational readings can add a personal and meaningful touch to your ceremony, and there are many beautiful and timeless options to choose from. Here are some inspirational readings to consider for your wedding.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
This famous Bible passage is a classic choice for wedding readings, and for good reason. It beautifully describes the qualities of true love and the importance of love in a marriage.
- “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd A. Peterson “The art of marriage is not only marrying the right person, it is being the right partner. It is discovering what each can do to bring out the best in the other. It is celebrating the good and forgiving the bad. It is working together to create a life of love and harmony.”
This poem by Wilferd A. Peterson captures the essence of what it takes to make a successful marriage. It emphasizes the importance of teamwork, forgiveness, and celebrating the good in each other.
- “Union” by Robert Fulghum “You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks—all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will”—those late-night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”—and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.”
This reading by Robert Fulghum highlights the journey of a couple as they move from acquaintance to commitment to marriage. It emphasizes the importance of the promises and agreements that have been made along the way.
- “Love Is a Friendship Caught on Fire” by Laura Hendricks “Love is a friendship caught on fire. It is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing, and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It’s the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals.”
This reading by Laura Hendricks emphasizes the importance of a strong friendship as the foundation of a successful marriage. It emphasizes the importance of loyalty, forgiveness, and working towards common goals.
- “I Carry Your Heart With Me” by E.E. Cummings “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart). I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling).”
This short but sweet reading by E.E. Cummings is a beautiful way to express the love and connection between two people. It emphasizes the idea that no matter where life takes you
Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today.