Readings and Quotes

Selecting readings that speak to you as a couple is one of the most common ways to customize your wedding ceremony. They can also be a great way of including friends and family into your ceremony beyond your bridal party, particularly if you know someone comfortable with public speaking.

I’ve collected some common and not-so-common options below. Any of these readings can be incorporated into a Sweet & Simple or Full Custom ceremony.

Readings on Love
To Love ~ Author Unknown
“Love” by Roy Croft
Love is an Adventure by Pierre Tielhart de Chardin
Excerpt from The Gift of the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh
What is Love – Author Unknown
Love Is by Susan Polis Schutz
“From A Natural History Of Love” by Diane Ackerman
From The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
The Confirmation by Edwin Muir
From Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
“Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou
This is What Love Is by Coulson Macleod
Quote from Katharine Hepburn

Readings on Marriage
From “Union” by Robert Fulghum
Untitled – Rev. Bill Swetmon
From “Shall we Dance”
Apache Wedding Blessing
Blessing for a Marriage by James Dillet Freeman
Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love By Edmund O’Neil
From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran
From The Irrational Season by Madeline L’Engle
“Thoughts In a Garden” by R. Gerhardt
From “One Tree Hill” – monologue spoken by Lucas Scott
Selection by Unknown Author
“The Covenant of Marriage”
Foundations of Marriage by Regina Hill

Readings on Friendship
“True Friendship” by Judy Bielicki
“Love Is Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks

Religious Readings
1 Corinthians: 13
Ecclesiastes: 4:9-12
1 John 4:10

Readings from Scholars and Scientists
Albert Einstein
An excerpt from “Plato’s Symposium”

Lighthearted and Humorous Readings
Quote from Ogden Nash
Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali
“Yes, I’ll Marry You” by Pam Ayres
“All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulgham
A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton
“The Little Yellow Leaf” by Carin Berger
He Never Leaves The Seat Up by Pam Ayres

Wedding Readings on Marriage Equality
From “Goodridge Vs. Department of Health” – Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall
An excerpt from the Judge Vaughn Walker ruling, overturning Proposition 8 in California