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Readings for weddings are an essential part of any marriage ceremony these days and can add a unique twist to the wedding service as a whole. From funny and humorous readings to more traditional and popular options, there are a whole host of readings for weddings out there.


This article is the first of two which highlights some unique ideas and suggestions for those couples looking for readings for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.



Readings for Weddings:

'A Good Wedding Cake'

4lb of love.
1lb butter of youth.
Ĺlb of good looks.
1lb sweet temper.
1lb of blindness of faults.
1lb of self forgetfulness.
1lb of pounded wit.
1lb of good humour.
2 tablespoons of sweet argument.
1 pint of rippling laughter.
1 wine glass of common sense.
1oz modesty.
Put the love, good looks and sweet temper into a well furnished house.

Beat the butter of youth to a cream,

and mix well together with the blindness of faults.

Stir the pounded wit and good humour into the sweet argument,

then add the rippling laughter and common sense.

Work the whole together until everything is well mixed, and bake gently for ever.

Author Unknown



Readings for Weddings:

'Apache Wedding Blessing'

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth for the other.

Now there is no more loneliness.

Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.

May your days together be good and long
upon the earth.







Readings for Weddings:

'Blessing for a Marriage'

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring,

and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.


May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.

A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it.

So let it be with you and you.


May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.

May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.

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 enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence - no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.

May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!

James Dillet Freeman



Readings for Weddings:

'Eskimo Love Song'

You are my husband, and you are my wife,
My feet shall run because of you,
My feet shall dance because of you,
My heart shall beat because of you,
My eyes see because of you,
My mind thinks because of you,
And I shall love because of you




Readings for Weddings:

'I Love You'

I love you not only for what 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 me
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
I love you for passing over all my foolish and weak traits,
That you canít help but see
I love you for drawing out into the light my beauty,
That no one else had looked quite far enough to din
I love you.

Author Unknown



Readings for Weddings:

'Irish Wedding Blessing'

You are the star of each night,

You are the brightness of every morning,

You are the story of each guest,

You are the report of every land.

No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,

In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,

Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.

You are the kernel of my heart,

You are the face of my sun,

You are the harp of my music,

You are the crown of my company




Readings for Weddings:

'I Promise'

I promise to give you the best of myself
and to ask of you no more than you can give.

I promise to respect you as your own person
and to realise that your interests, desires and needs
are no less important than my own.

I promise to share with you my time and my attention
and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.

I promise to keep myself open to you,
to let you see through the window of my world into my innermost fears
and feelings, secrets and dreams.

I promise to grow along with you,
to be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
with all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how.
Completely and forever.

Dorothy R. Colgan



For more readings for weddings, check out the ideas and suggestions in the second part of our wedding ceremony readings.




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