9 heartfelt readings for your wedding

06 Jul 2022

Consider these swoon-worthy readings for your wedding ceremony

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With so many little details to plan, deciding on a reading for your wedding ceremony can be a difficult task. Your ceremony – and in fact, the whole wedding day – should be a reflection of you and your partner. It's only natural that your ceremony readings are, too. No matter if you want something that is short but sweet or a lengthy, heartfelt sentiment, here are some beautiful readings for your wedding day.  

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1. Love Is 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.

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2. A Vow by Wendy Cope 

I cannot promise never to be angry;
I cannot promise always to be kind.
You know what you’re taking on, my darling
It’s only at the start that love is blind.
And yet I’m still the one you want to be with
And you’re the one for me – of that I’m sure.
You’re my closest friend, my favourite person,
The lover and the home I’ve waited for.
I cannot promise that I will deserve you
From this day on. I hope to pass that test.
I love you, and I want to make you happy.
I promise I will do my very best.

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3. The Bridges Across Forever by Richard Bach 

A soulmate 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 soulmate 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 soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. 

4. Friends, a quote from Monica 

"For so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soulmate. Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend.” 

5. I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman 

Tomorrow morning if you wake up,
And the sun does not appear
I, I will be here

If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand, and have no fear
Cause I, I will be here  

I will be here when you feel like being quiet
When you need to speak your mind,
I will listen and
I will be here when the laughter turns to cryin'
Through the winning, losing and tryin'
We'll be together 'cause I will be here 

Tomorrow morning if you wake up,
And the future is unclear
I I will be here
As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetime's are made for years
So, I I will be here 

I will be here and you can cry on my shoulder,
When the mirror tells us we're older,
I will hold you and
I will be here to watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here 

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6. Always by Lang Leav 

You were you
and I was I;
we were two
before our time.  

I was yours, 
before I knew
and you have always
been mine too. 

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7. Love is by Susan Polis Schutz 

Love is... being happy for the other person when they are happy, 
Being sad for the other person when they are sad, 
Being together in good times 
And being together in bad times.
Love is the source of strength. 

Love is... being honest with yourself at all times, 
Being honest with the other person at all times, 
Telling, listening, respecting the truth 
And never pretending.
Love is the source of reality. 

Love is... an understanding that is so complete that you feel as if you are a part of the other person, 
Accepting the other person just the way they are, 
And not trying to change them to be something else.
Love is the source of unity.  

Love is... the freedom to pursue your own desires while sharing your experiences with the other person,
The growth of one individual alongside of and together with the growth of another individual.
Love is the source of success.  

Love is... the excitement of planning things together, 
The excitement of doing things together.
Love is the source of the future. 

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8. That still and settled place – Edward Monkton 

In that still and settled place
There’s nobody but you
You’re where I breathe my oxygen
You’re where I see my view
And when the world feels full of noise
My heart knows what to do
It finds that still and settled place
And dances there with you 

9. Buried Light by Beau Taplin 

Home is not where you are from, 
it is where you belong. 
Some of us travel the whole world to find it. 
Others, find it in a person. 

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