You may not intend having a particularly alternative wedding, but every couple wants to have readings that are meaningful.
At the very least you’re after a passage that rings true for you; a reading that is slightly original and marks your day and passage into marriage in a way that is at once appropriate and unique.
Here are a few poems or passages we’ve found whilst trawling the web. We’ve included a line or two from each to give you an idea. If you like them, do a search for the whole passage:
The Invitation, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking a fool for love, …
Yes I’ll Marry You, by Pam Ayres
Yes, I’ll marry You.
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,…
An excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
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…
The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
We are the mirror as well as the face in it…
Excerpt from 100 Love Sonnets, Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul…
A conversation between Piglet & Pooh, from Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
‘Pooh’ whispered Piglet.
‘Yes, Piglet’ replied Pooh.
‘Nothing,’ answered Piglet,
‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’
‘If you live to be a hundred, I was to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.’…
And something for the programme:
Two Fragments, Sappho
Love holds me captive again
and I tremble with bittersweet longing
As a gale on the mountainside bends the oak tree
I am rocked by my love
ps: also look at Notes on Marriage by Charles Darwin, and nothing beats On Marriage or On Love, from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Happy Wedding Planning!