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Wedding Ceremony Inclusions: Readings

Would you like a family member or friend to be included in your ceremony?

One great way to include them can be by asking them to perform a reading during your ceremony. This can be a poem, blessing, scripture, quote, extract from a book - it really can be whatever you want it to be.

I have included examples below, but don't be limited by these!

To Be One With Each Other by George Eliot

What greater thing is there for two human souls

than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen

each other in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow,

to share with each other in all gladness,

to be one with each other in the

silent unspoken memories?

I Love You by Roy Croft

I love you

Not only for who you are

But for what I am when I am with you.

I love you

Not only for what you have made of yourself

But for what you are making of me.

I love you for the part of me that you bring out.

I love you for putting your hand into my heart

And passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help.

Dimly seeing there and drawing out, into the light all the beautiful belongings

That no one else had looked quite far enough to find.

You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.

To Love Is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,

To own or imprison,

Nor to lose one's self in another.

Love is to join and separate,

To walk alone and together,

To find a laughing freedom

That lonely isolation does not permit.

It is finally to be able

To be who we really are

No longer clinging in childish dependency

Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,

It is to be perfectly one's self

And perfectly joined in permanent commitment

To another--and to one's inner self.

Love only endures when it moves like waves,

Receding and returning gently or passionately,

Or moving lovingly like the tide

In the moon's own predictable harmony,

Because finally, despite a child's scars

Or an adult's deepest wounds,

They are openly free to be

Who they really are--and always secretly were,

In the very core of their being

Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

I’ll Be There for You by Louise Cuddon

I’ll be there my darling, through thick and through thin

When your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spin

When your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train.

When life is just threatening to drive you insane

When your thrilling whodunit has lost its last page

When somebody tells you, you’re looking your age

When your coffee’s too cool, and your wine is too warm

When the forecast said “Fine”, but you’re out in a storm

When your quick break hotel, turns into a slum

And your holiday photos show only your thumb

When you park for five minutes in a resident’s bay

And return to discover you’ve been towed away

When the jeans that you bought in hope or in haste

Just stick on your hips and don’t reach round your waist

When the food you most like brings you out in red rashes

When as soon as you boot up the bloody thing crashes

So my darling, my sweetheart, my dear…

When you break a rule, when you act the fool

When you’ve got the flu, when you’re in a stew

When you’re last in the queue, don’t feel blue’cause

I’m telling you, I’ll be there.

Untitled by R.M. Drake

You will be the clouds

and I will be the sky.

you will be the ocean

and I will be the shore.

you will be the trees

and I will be the wind.

whatever we are, you and I

will always collide.

Love by McKuen


Puts the music in laughter

the beauty in song

the warmth in a shoulder

the gentle in strong


Puts the magic in memories

the sunshine in skies

the gladness in giving

the starlight in eyes


Puts the fun in together

the sadness in apart

the hope in tomorrow

the joy in the heart

Marriage is Adapted by Lisa Ann Trainor

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created.

In the art of marriage, 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 each day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;

the courtship shouldn't end with the honeymoon,

it should continue through all the years.

Marriage is about having a mutual sense of values and common objectives;

it is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,

but in the spirit of joy.

Marriage is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating

gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo

or the wife to have the wings of an angel.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding,

and a sense of humour.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

Marriage about is giving each other an atmosphere

in which each can grow.

It is finding room for things of the spirit.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which

the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual,

and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

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 strong 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.

<Party 1> and <Party 2> 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.

Blessing For A Marriage by James Dillet Freeman

May you always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know your fullness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in the little graces. May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you have love, and may you find it in loving one another.

Marriage Advice by Jane Wells

Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.

Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.

Believe the best rather than the worst.

People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.

Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.

The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies.

and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.

Please hand this down to your children and your children's children.

The Promise by Heather Berry

Within this blessed union of souls, where two hearts intertwine to become one, there lies a promise.

Perfectly born, divinely created and intimately shared, it is a place where the hope and majesty of

beginnings reside. Where all things are made possible by the astounding love shared by two spirits.

As you hold each other’s hands in this promise and eagerly look into the future in each other’s eyes,

may your unconditional love and devotion take you to places where you’ve both only dreamed.

Where you’ll dwell for a lifetime of happiness, sheltered in the warmth of each other’s arms.

Note: private ceremonies hold a copyright exemption but the author must always be cited.

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