It is important to take your time to find the perfect reading for your wedding ceremony.  Here is wonderful selection of my favourite readings and quotes that I hope you will enjoy.  

Whatever type of atmosphere you are looking to create, there is a reading or quote for everyone and it is important that you choose a reading that resonates with you and that you both love.

There are many beautiful readings, ranging from literary extracts, romantic quotes from movies and films and quotes from well-known people, so have fun exploring the many options available and finding a wedding reading for you that is meaningful and fits with your wedding style.

They’re Not Perfect – by Bob Marley

He’s not perfect, but if he can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

She’s not perfect either, and the two of you may never be perfect together. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break; her heart.

So don’t hurt each other, don’t change each other, don’t analyse and don’t expect more than each other can give.
Smile when your beloved makes you happy, let them know when they make you mad, and miss them when they’re not there.

Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect people don’t exist, but there’s always one person that is perfect for you.


The Bridge Across Forever – by Richard Bach

A soul mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys,
and keys to fit our locks.
When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are;
we can be loved for who we are
and not for who we’re pretending to be.
Each unveils the best part of the other.
No matter what else goes wrong around us,
with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise.
Our soul mate is someone who shares our deepest longings,
our sense of direction.
When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up,
chances are we’ve found the right person.
Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life!


Promises of Marriage by Bettie Meeks

Marriage is a promise of companionship, of having someone
to share all of life’s experiences.

Marriage does not promise that there will not be any rough times,
just the assurance that there will always be someone who cares
and will help you through to better times.

Marriage does not promise eternal romance,
just eternal love and commitment.
Marriage can’t prevent disappointments, disillusionment, or grief,
but it can offer hope, acceptance, and comfort.

Marriage can’t protect you from making individual choices
or shelter you from the world, but it will help to reassure you
that there is someone by your side who truly cares.

When the world hurts you and makes you feel vulnerable,
marriage offers the promise that there will be someone waiting
to listen, to console, to inspire.

Marriage is the joining of two people who share the promise
that only marriage can make ~ to share the sunshine and the shadows,
and to experience a richer, more fulfilling life.

Once In Your Life – by Bob Marley

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.

You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.

They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.

The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face.

In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby.
Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloudon the horizon.

You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible.

You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end.

Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.


Excerpt from ‘The Alchemist’ – by Paulo Coelho

When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city.
And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.


Excerpt from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernières.

Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like a volcano
and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion.
That is just being “in love” which any fool can do. Love itself
is what is left over when being in love has burned away,
and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen
from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

Excerpt from ‘Meet Joe Black’ (1998) – by William Parish

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back.
How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart. Cause the truth is, there’s no sense living your life without this.
To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, ‘cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.


Love is a Friendship Caught Fire – By Laura Hendricks

Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.


The Beauty of Love – by Author Unknown

The question is asked: “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?” And the answer is given: “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing.

“It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled but still clasped; their faces are seamed but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired but still strong with love and devotion. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love.”


True Friendship – by 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 Groom 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.

Falling in Love – by Albert Einstein

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.


Everything I Know About Love – by Dolly Alderton

I know that love can be loud and jubilant…I also know that love is a pretty quiet thing. It’s lying on the sofa together drinking coffee, talking about where you’re going to go that morning to drink more coffee. It’s folding down pages of books you think they’d find interesting.

It’s saying ‘You’re safer here than in a car’ as they hyperventilate on an EasyJet flight to Dublin. It’s the texts: ‘Hope your day goes well’, ‘How did today go?’, ‘Thinking of you today’ and ‘Picked up loo roll’.

Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily reach forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.


Shall We Dance – by Susan Sarandon

”We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness’.”


A Walled Garden – by Anon

“Your marriage”, he said, “Should have within it
A secret and protected place, open to you alone.
Imagine it to be a walled garden,
Entered by a door to which only you have the key.
Within this garden you will cease to be a mother, father, employee, Homemaker or any other roles which you fulfil in daily life.
Here you are yourselves, two people who love each other.
Here you can concentrate on one another’s needs.
So take my hand and let us go back to our garden.
The time we spend together is not wasted but invested.
Invested in our future and the nurture of our love”.


Love by Carl Sagan

“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

It’s hard for us human beings to realise that we truly are “small” in the face of the large universe. We live on yet another planet that orbits around yet another star within yet another galaxy, tucked into yet another corner of the universe. So, how do we cope with such insignificance? The answer is easy: love.



Foundations of Marriage by Regina Hill

“Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything…In marriage, all of the moments won’t be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments.

Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It’s inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up… even when all the odds say to quit. It’s allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren’t in total agreement or exactly what you’d like them to be. It’s getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be.

Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness.”

Extract from Les Misérables – by Victor Hugo

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.


Maybe by Anon

Maybe we are supposed to meet the wrong people
before we meet the right one so when they finally arrive
we are truly grateful for the gift we have been given.

Maybe it’s true that we don’t know what we have lost
until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know
what we’re missing until it arrives.

Maybe the happiest of people don’t have the best of everything,
but make the best of everything that comes their way.

Maybe the best kind of love is the kind where you sit on the sofa together, not saying a word and walk away
feeling like it was the best conversation you ever had.

Maybe once in a lifetime you find someone who not only touches your heart but also your soul, someone who loves you for who you are
and not what you could be.

Maybe the art of true love is not about finding the perfect person,
but about seeing an imperfect person perfectly.


True Friendship – by 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 Groom 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.

You may also be interested in my other poem blogs:

Poems for Children to read at your Wedding

Romantic Love Poems for your Wedding Ceremony

Light hearted and Funny Poems for your Wedding Ceremony

If you would like to find out more about how wonderfully romantic, unique and beautiful a Celebrant Wedding ceremony can be, then please get in touch for a relaxed chat, it would be fantastic to hear from you.


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