If you have absolutely no idea of what you would like to have read at your ceremony, you’re not alone! This is why it’s important to look around at various sources to figure out what you like and eliminate what you know that you don’t. If your religion is something that you want emphasized at your nuptials, check with your officiant for some suggested traditional readings. He/she will be able to point you in the direction of what is appropriate for the type of ceremony that you’re going for. If you have alternative sources, Miranda Gardens Resort suggested checking with your officiant to make sure that the passages you have chosen will go with the vibe of the ceremony.
Read over each passage or line you choose (we recommend three times at least) beforehand to make sure you fully understand what’s being said. A passage that alludes to brotherly love, for example, might not be the best choice. Read them over so that you’re sure it is right for you and your groom. Some of the classic biblical readings, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, are Genesis 2:18-24, Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 20-31 and Colossians 3:12-17.
Alternatives to the classics
If you’re searching for other resources, many brides look to their favorite poetry, plays, historical literature, children’s books, movie lines and even song lyrics. Remember all those adorable love songs that made you shed a tear or two in the car? Don’t overlook these for your ceremony. Just because they aren’t being sung doesn’t mean they don’t hold the same meaning. Consider songs like “Marry Me” by Train, “Real Love” performed by Regina Spektor, “This is the First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes or “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Much like religious passages, songs can evoke a truly romantic and heartfelt tone or a more fun-loving and modern feel.
If poetry has always spoken to you, try some of the classic works such as Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare, “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “I Carry Your Heart With Me” by E.E. Cummings or “It’s All I Have to Bring Today” by Emily Dickinson.
What are some of your favorite wedding passages? Do you have any great alternatives? We’d love to hear your ideas! Share your thoughts with us.