readings from the heart

From the real weddings we’ve been lucky enough to have shared with us, we’ve noticed the trend for couples to put more thought into the readings for their wedding ceremony. The aim is for the readings to be more romantically entwined with the couple’s love story, and deliver a message about the years of marriage to come. The norm is to have two or three readings, read by a close friend or relation, but more and more couples are being brave and opting to do it themselves. Some beautiful readings from our real wedding brides include Liana, who’s friend the poem ‘I Carry Your Heart’ by E.E. Cummings while Kirsty opted for a Rob Ryan engagement card. Let your search for the perfect reading begin…

Where someone else has done the work:

– Wedding Guide UK: a great online source of poetry and prose, especially under ‘Love poems, reading and quotations’.

– Confetti: Their book, Wedding Readings, is published by Conran Octopus, and there’s a good online source, too.

Sharing the Furture: The British Humanist Association has rounded up some of the best in this book.

– Service sheets from other weddings. Ask friends to help in rounding them up: readings (as well as music and prayers) might even be printed in full if you’re lucky.

The satisfaction of finding your own:

– Dictionaries of quotations: key words like ‘love’ or ‘wed’ should lead you in the right direction.

– Quotation central: although paid for, this is a fresh source of online quotations if you’ve exhausted all the dictionaries.

– Presence in poetry: Yvonne Marie Wright will write a poem especially for the occasion, based on personal information.

– Modern prose: Novels, autobiographies, even newspapers can deliver some gems. The search can be long, but the tone should be particularly relevant and contemporary.

The Nation’s favourite Love Poems, edited by Daisy Goodwin (BBC Consumer Publishing), will get you in the mood as well as delivering the goods.

– Song words, whether from modern or traditional songs, can be especially meaningful – or quite funny. Again, beware the pop song: used wisely, it can be wonderful; used badly, everyone will cringe.

– The Bible holds all the religious classics, such as the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Bible Gateway is an online Bible which makes searching much easier.

– Look for religious poems and passages in books and on the Internet, where you’ll find such gems as Margaret Fishback Powers’ ‘Footprints in the Sand’.

Whatever the reading is which captures your heart for your wedding day, whether it’s a religious passage or your own hand-written love poem, it’s certain to take a little spot in your hearts forever, so a framed print of it makes a perfect anniversary gift for future years. We’d love to hear what reading you plan to have at your wedding or any love quotes you simple adore…

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