Wedding Readings that Describe your Love
The wedding readings are an important part of your wedding ceremony. They are an area where you can express how you feel about the commitment you are undertaking. They express to your beloved how you feel about him or her. Your wedding readings will also speak to your congregation and convey to them the love that you have for each other. The readings may also convey the type of love you have for each other: serious, fun, jokey, playful, romantic, soulful, heartfelt, all of the above 🙂
Choosing your Wedding Readings
You may already have your wedding readings in mind, but if you don’t you may be slightly anxious about where to find those words that are going to be so meaningful on your big day. Read on for 3 tips to finding the perfect readings for the two of you on your wedding day.
1. Other People’s Weddings
This may seem an obvious point but other people’s weddings are a great source of wedding reading you may like, as well as those which don’t resonate so well with you and which you won’t choose. If there is a reading that you hear at a friend or relative’s wedding then make a note of it. The worse thing is to hear it, love it and then forget it! Keep a file on your computer in amongst your wedding preparation for notes on readings. You could also extend the file to good comments for wedding speeches/words of thanks (but that is for another blog time).
2.The Bible: the source book on love for your Wedding Readings
As obvious or unobvious as it may sound the Bible is a great source of beautiful words on and descriptions about love. While we may all be familiar with the 1 Corinthians passage that Paul writes on love, you may be less familiar with the Song of Songs, “You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace”. Warning Song of Songs is not for the fainthearted. If you thought the Bible was all buttoned up and unemotional Song of Songs may change that view! The book of Proverbs, too, has beautiful verses on love:
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man. (Proverb 3:3-4)
Proverbs also contains the verses on the wife of noble character which are well worth reading even if you don’t choose them for your wedding reading.
Other books which also write about love are the Psalms and John’s Gospel. Pick it up and read. You don’t know what you might find.
3. Online lists for Wedding Readings
Online lists can be a great source for quirky wedding readings. The may be quotes for literary works of fiction, or cinematic love quotes. Searching online can produce a really wide variation of readings which will give you a great range of texts to choose from. I enjoyed reading these:
- this one (with a repeat of the Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quote but read on….) https://www.weddingideasmag.com/7-non-cheesy-wedding-readings-for-long-term-couples/
- this one, more Captain Corelli (!) but read on. The excerpt from the velveteen rabbit made me teary!: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomvellner/impossibly-romantic-wedding-readings
How are you getting on? There are so many beautiful texts to choose from. How are you narrowing down your choices? Have you chosen your wedding readings? What did you choose? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a great day