4 TYPES OF READINGS FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY

4 TYPES OF READINGS FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY


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It’s common for couples to choose one or two readings for their wedding ceremony. The words flow effortlessly as the person reads a Bible scripture or passage, Irish blessing, Chinese proverb, poem, or a passage from a favorite classic literary novel. There are so many great options for a close friend or family to read, but how do you choose the right ones for not only your wedding vibe, but that is also meaningful for you and your significant other?

Here are eight popular readings for your wedding ceremony and how they fit different wedding themes.

 

 Religious Scripture and Passages

Passages and scriptures from the Bible are great to include if your wedding will incorporate religious traditions.

 

A common passage read during a wedding ceremony from the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

 

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2. Traditional Irish Blessing

This traditional Irish blessing has been read at Celtic weddings for centuries and is a sweet enduring poem that wishes hope and blessings on you and your new spouse.

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.

 

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3. Classic Love Poems

Having a friend read a classic love poem is a sweet and meaningful way to reflect on the love you and your spouse share and remind your married guests of the vows they made when they were married. One poem that captures this is called “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love with a passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

 

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4. Light-Hearted Humor

If you and your significant other are planning on a less formal wedding or even an whimsical wedding, consider the Dr. Seuss poem, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”

Congratulations!

Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’l look up and down streets. Look’ em over with care. About some you will say, I don’t choose to go there.With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Another light-hearted reading, but full of truth is the poem “Yes, I’ll Marry You” by Pam Ayers

“Yes, I’ll marry you” 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!

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