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Readings for Your Wedding

We’re starting this week thinking about readings for your wedding. From romantic and heartfelt, to humorous and happy – or just plain straight from the heart – the words you pick for your wedding matter a lot. Here’s some inspiration…

Your Favourite Novel

Maybe you’ve a favourite novel that you want to include, either as part of your ceremony or as quotes peppered throughout your day…

One of my favourites (harking back to Higher English) is F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

“He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God.”

For a longer reading, how about The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:

“What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

There are many classics which never grow old, from Jane Eyre, to Gone With the Wind (“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”)

Your Favourite Song

Readings don’t have to have always been from the written word, songs with meaningful lyrics can be fab. From the Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ to a current classic like Cold Play’s “Sky Full of Stars”.

One of my favourites is Moby’s Love Should – the lyrics are just fab:

“I know how it rains
I know how it pours
I never could feel this way
For anyone but you.”

Humorous

For readings that will make you (and your guests smile) we’ve come across How Falling In Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali:

“On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops…”

And Pam Ayres Yes I’ll Marry You My Dear:

“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…”

Something Personal

For this you could ask a friend to write something (note – only for the friends who you know would be comfortable with this!)

Or you could have texts/emails/letters you’ve sent to each other form part of the ceremony.

And if you’re looking for something super personal, then how about putting pen to paper yourself and writing a poem. From the heart will always win over word perfect.

Any other top wedding readings you have up your sleeve? Alie x