Wedding ceremony readings can make or break your gender-inclusive wedding day. From romantic, fun, sarcastic, sentimental to poetic marriage promises. Incorporating wedding blessings and personalised vows into a ceremony is a public declaration of love. Whether you are thrilled to be asked to perform a reading, you’re getting married or planning the big day. Whatever the couple’s personality, which meaningful words suit the inclusive wedding ceremony?
Well, weddings can be very emotional. And finding the right touching and heartfelt words of love is exciting yet daunting. It becomes the most magical part of your big day. The perfect wedding ceremony readings and sayings capture the moment. In fact, your words highlight the importance of what your spouse truly means to you. And being an exclusive couple requires unique sayings about love, loyalty and harmony.
So, whether you want to write your promises out, get a celebrant to compose vows for you or sit down with your partner a create a joint one. Don’t feel pressured, let formality or tradition dictate the flow of your wedding ceremony readings. The fundamental feeling is universal love, respect, companionship and is undiscriminating. Here are some lovely wedding readings to make everyone at the ceremony laugh, weep or go oh la la. Basically, leave good vibes and a lasting impression on your guests. Oh yes, and grab a few tissues for yourself…
“I promise to make you a bacon sandwich when you’re hungover.”
And I promise to never watch the next episode on Netflix without you, no matter how much I want to.
I promise to wash up when you cook dinner.
I promise to let you know when you’re making a slight error in fashion judgement.”
The Art of Marriage – Wilfred A Peterson
A good marriage must be created.
In the marriage, the little things are the big things.
It’s never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day,
It’s never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and objectives.
It’s standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It’s speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It’s giving each other an atmosphere in which each person can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It’s not only marrying the right person
It is being the right partner.
True Friendship – Judy Bielicki
It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt,
it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel.
True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life — it is the
foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us
together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when
the world outside seems cold and chaotic.
True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense
of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our
disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential.
Bride and bride came together as friends. Today, they pledge to
each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly,
the fun of true friendship.
Quote from William Butler Yeats
I think a man and woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and woman to understand each other. And to understand is to love.
Extract from Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton
Love? Be it someone.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can’t be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.
“You Came Too” By Nikki Giovanni
I came to the crowd seeking friends
Yes, I came to the crowd seeking love
I came to the crowd for understanding.
And I found you.
I came to the crowd to weep
Yes, I came to the crowd to laugh.
You dried my tears
And you shared my happiness.
I went from the crowd seeking you
And I went from the crowd seeking me
I went from the crowd forever
“Love” by Roy Croft
I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.
Yes, I’ll Marry You – 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!
“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one will ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…
Imagine finding someone you love more than anything in the world, who you would risk your life for but couldn’t marry. And you couldn’t have that special day the way your friends do—you know, wear the ring on your finger and have it mean the same thing as everybody else. Just put yourself in that person’s shoes. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.
On Your Wedding Day (Anon)
Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife
It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts
I choose you to be my partner in life
I choose you to be my spouse, my partner in life.
And I promise you my unconditional love,
my fullest devotion, my most tender care.
Through the pressures of the present
and the uncertainties of the future,
I promise to love you, honor, respect
and cherish you all the days of our lives
You are everything I need
And at this moment I feel that all of
my prayers have been answered.
I know that our love is heaven sent
and I promise to be here forever and always
I pledge to respect your unique talents and abilities,
to lend you strength to reach your dreams
I promise to take care of you, to encourage and inspire you,
asking that you be no other than yourself
Make our dreams come true by Joeri
I am proud of you and all what you do.
There is no mountain high enough to keep me from you.
There is no river wide enough to stop me loving you.
Together we can make our dreams come true.
I will follow you by Valeria
I will follow you until the end of time.
I will follow you in rhythm and rhyme.
I will dance a slow tango with you.
To make sure that you never feel blue.
“Vow,” by Roger McGough
I vow to honour the commitment made this day
Which, unlike the flowers and the cake,
Will not wither or decay. A promise, not to obey
But to respond joyfully, to forgive and to console,
For once incomplete, we now are whole.
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