Wedding Readings
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Wedding Readings

Readings are an important part of the wedding service whether
you are getting married in a church or having a civil ceremony.


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Church ceremonies

The service will normally include 2 or even 3 readings. These can be biblical verses, psalms or poems.

Readings should not only be about love but about marriage and commitment too…..if you are unsure ask you vicar to check the reading.

Who should read at your wedding? It can be anyone you like - perhaps a parent, brother or sister, close friend … the choice is yours

Some popular reading suggestions for you to print out for inspiration...

Click the titles to open PDF Documents






A note to make is when researching bible reading they differ greatly from depending on what version of the bible you are looking at … try to compare them, you can do so on line at

Many of the secular poems and reading in the civil ceremonies section opposite are also suitable for a religious ceremony


Civil ceremonies

Readings at a civil wedding ceremony must be entirely secular and not include any religious references. But there are plenty of great poems and readings to choose from, below is a small selection …

William Shakespeare Sonnet 18
“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

William Penn
“Never marry but for love”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”

Robert Louis Stevensen
“ One Long conversation”

Irish Blessing

James Dillet Freeman
“Blessing For A Marriage”

Edmund O’Neill
“Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love”

Wilfred Arlan Peterson
“Excerpt from The Art of a Good Marriage”

On your wedding day