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Poem Ideas for your wedding ceremony
Categories: Celebrations

Are you looking for some beautiful, funny romantic readings to use in your wedding ceremony? Here are a few ideas to help you choose. From the romantic to the funny everyone will find the perfect words to say ‘I do’. 

From Mark Twains Letters

This 4th of February will be the mightiest day in the history of our lives, the holiest, & the most generous toward us both — for it makes of two fractional lives a whole; it gives to two purposeless lives a work, & doubles the strength of each whereby to perform it; it gives to two questioning natures a reason for living, & something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, a new mystery to life; & Livy it will give a new revelation to love, a new depth to sorrow, a new impulse to worship. In that day the scales will fall from our eyes & we shall look upon a new world. Speed it!

– letter to Olivia Langdon, 8 September 1869

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

  • Notebook, 1894

 The Velveteen Rabbit – ― Margery Williams Bianco, 

Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. A. A. Milne

The Bridge Across Forever – 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.”

Ogden Nash – To keep a Marriage brimming 

To Keep a Marriage brimming,

With Love in the loving cup,

Whenever you’re wrong admit it;

Whenever you are right shut up. 

Beauty and the Beast

You must hear the shock and awe

when we walk down the street

as people, loudly say,

“Why that’s Beauty and the Beast!”

What a strange pair,

What a weird sight,

A lovely, bright flower

and a creature from the night,

I know you hear them

’cause I do, too,

I don’t understand

how they can say that about you!

So many words,  to express your unique and individual love. Whichever you choose they will be the ones that reflect and capture the essence of your love. They will be captured in the hearts of all the guest at your wedding ceremony. 

Take time and have fun exploring and you will find amazing words to express your love for one another on your wedding day, making your wedding day a marriage to remember.