Wedding Readings, Blessings & Vows to Include in a Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Readings

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…

Wedding Ceremony Readings & Blessings For Couples of All Genders

Wedding ceremony readings couples two grooms dressed in grey checkered suits cutting wedding cake

Sweet, romantic, funny, hilarious and full of humor marriage vows & promises complete couples of all genders’ wedding ceremony. –  Andaz Prinsengracht Amsterdam Hotel


Cheeky Short & Sweet Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

“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.”

Men’s Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

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.

Wedding ceremony readings two women kissing

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Real Lesbian Wedding Ceremony Quotes, Readings & Vows

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.

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Feeling stressed about most important contribution to your wedding ceremony? Looking for an extra special touch to get your message across? Let’s face it, planning your personal vows is challenging. Yet, it doesn’t have to be.

Opposite Sex Couples Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

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.

two men holding hands at the wedding altar

Love is contagious regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, faith and nationality. Each couple comes along with secrets of surprise and the force of love was far too strong because they see it in one another’s eyes! image credit #weddingdaywinners

Non-binary Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

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.

Wedding ceremony readings couple embracing and man kissing woman on the head

It’s a defining moment for the world because the lack of diversity is being bridged. “When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece” — John Ruskin.

African American Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

“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

Wedding Ceremony Readings mixed-race couple black african man sitting in the grass with white caucasian woman smiling at one another

Wedding readings and declaration of love sayings, intensify your personal vows before the exchanging of rings and first kiss. Give your guests a giggle and leave them in stitches with funny love quotes. image credit:

Mixed Race Couples Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

“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.

super cute lesbian couple holding hands

Map out a meaningful, momentous and bold statement of love. And remember all lives matter and so does yours! Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

Cross-cultural Fusion Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

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!

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Non-religious Cisgender Couples Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

“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…

Kickass Gay Wedding Ceremony Readings & Quotes

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.
—Miley Cyrus

Humanist Wedding Ceremony Readings & Vows

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

fun wedding readings

Special poems centred around same-sex couples express the love felt by partner in a non-patriarchal way. image credit Picties Photography

Gender Neutral Wedding Ceremony Readings

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

Queer Love Wedding Ceremony Readings & Poems

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.

Wedding Ceremony Readings

All races and genders have the freedom to plan a wedding authentically their own. Wedding readings make us want to happy cry, laugh and shed tears of joy. Anja & Sam’s wedding – Ketelhuis Strijp-S Eindhoven –

Funny Love Wedding Ceremony Readings & Quotes

“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.

I vow to bear in mind that if, at times

Things seem to go from bad to worse,

They also go from bad to better.

The lost purse is handed in, the letter

Contains wonderful news. Trains run on time,

Hurricanes run out of breath, floods subside,

And toast lands jam-side up.

And with this ring, my final vow:

To recall, whatever the future may bring,

The love I feel for you now.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. And it does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. … Love never ends.


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About Clover Jean: I'm a London, UK celebrant based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Officiating weddings, renewal of marriage vows and naming ceremonies is my passion. My guilty pleasures are singing with my Gospel & Soul choir, fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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