Offbeat Wedding Ceremony Readings

Are you looking for some unique readings to include in your ceremony? Here are some great ones!

Classic:

The First Letter of Saint John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love….
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love;…
Song of Solomon 6:3 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. My beloved speaks and says to me: Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land…
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame…
Blessing of the Hands by Rev. Daniel L. Harris These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever…
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow…

Contemporary:

"I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles Let the bough break, let it come down crashing Let the sun fade out to a dark sky I can’t say I’d even notice it was absent ‘Cause I could live by the light in your eyes…
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel — I am bound to you with a strong attachment…
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.
"He’s Not Perfect" by Bob Marley He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can….
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by 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. Because this is what love is…
The Art of Marriage by William A. Peterson The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years…
Cinderella So this is love So this is what makes life divine I'm all aglow And now I know The key to all heaven is mine My heart has wings…
The Wedding Singer I want to make you smile whenever you're sad. Carry you around when your arthritis is bad. All I want to do is grow old with you…
"Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake Aren't you something to admire, 'cause your shine is something like a mirror And I can't help but notice, you reflect in this heart of mine If you ever feel alone and the glare makes me hard to find Just know that I'm always parallel on the other side…
A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works If the old fairy-tale ending 'They lived happily ever after' is taken to mean 'They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,' then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were…
"Never Knew I Needed" by Ne-Yo from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog For the way you changed my plans For being the perfect distraction For the way you took the idea that I have Of everything that I wanted to have And made me see there was something missing…



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