Suppliers always have the best wedding planning tips – here are our 5 Romantic Wedding Ceremony Readings!
While we do love unexpected wedding ceremony readings, we have to admit that our hearts still skip a beat when we hear romantic love poems read during a ceremony! When words fail, poetry can say it all. So, we found 5 of the most romantic wedding readings that would be perfect for any wedding ceremony. From modern poets to the classic greats, these words have found a way to express what everyone wants to say on the most special day of their lives. But – one of our Top Tips before we dive into 5 of the very best wedding ceremony readings – always ask someone who is used to public speaking to deliver your reading. You want your reading delivered with confidence and poise. Think carefully about who you ask to deliver your wedding ceremony reading.
1 – Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
This wedding ceremony reading is quite commonplace, but this is only because it’s such a beautiful piece of writing . I’ve filmed this reading a number of times at weddings over the years and when it’s delivered well it is a stunning pice for your wedding ceremony.
“’Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being ‘in love’, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
2 – Union by Robert Fulghum
Another lovely piece of writing and one I always enjoy hearing when I’m filming Weddings. One of the great American writers, Fulghum first came to prominence in the United States when his first collection of writings, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (1988), stayed on The New York Times bestseller lists for nearly two years.
“Before this moment you have been many things to one another: acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this—is my husband, this—is my wife.”
3 – Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Another American author – this is taken from her 2008 book which I’ve noted becoming more popular in recent years at Weddings.
“I no longer believed in the idea of soulmates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.”
4 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
A classic in British literature- I’m sure many of those reading will heave studied this at school – Jane Eyre has a strong sense of Christian morality at its core, and is considered by many to be ahead of its time because of Jane’s individualistic character and how the novel approaches the topics of class, sexuality, religion and feminism.
“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 centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you—and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”
5 – Love is an Adventure by Pierre Tielhart de Chardin
A stunning piece that I’m starting to hear more and more at weddings recently
“Love is an adventure and a conquest. It survives and develops like the universe itself only by perpetual discovery. The only right love is that between couples whose passion leads them both, one through the other, to a higher possession of their being. Put your faith in the spirit which dwells between the two of you. You have each offered yourself to the other as a boundless field of understanding, of enrichment, of mutually increased sensibility. You will meet above all by entering into and constantly sharing one another’s thoughts, affections, and dreams. There alone, as you know, in spirit, which is arrived through flesh, you will find no disappointments, no limits. There alone the skies are ever open for your love; there alone lies the great road ahead.”
All of these pieces of work would be brilliant choices for a Wedding ceremony reading. Drop me a line to let me know what reading you’ve chosen for your big day.