Finding the right wedding readings for your wedding ceremony can be a real challenge. It is a personal choice of course and what might work for some couples may not work for others. The main thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules and you can draw inspiration for your wedding readings from many sources. Although, it is important to check with your celebrant/officiant first as certain wedding readings may not be permitted.
Top Tip: You may come across a fabulous one liner which is exactly what you want but don’t dismiss it in fear that it is short. Wedding readings can be fleshed out with an opinion or anecdote that relates to the quote making this all the more personal.
For modern couples perhaps not into traditional wedding poems and sonnets we look to the silver screen for those memorable moments.
Wedding Readings from Sex and the City
We always hoped Carrie would find her happy ever after and Big really was the one after all…
“His hello was the end of her endings. Her laugh was their first step down the aisle. His hand would be hers to hold forever. His forever was as simple as her smile. He said she was what was missing. She said instantly she knew. She was a question to be answered. And his answer was ‘I do.’”
The Corpse Bride – Tim Burton
“With this hand, I will lift your sorrow.
Your cup will never empty, For I will be your wine.
With this candle, I will light your way in darkness.
With this ring, I ask you to be mine.
Wedding Readings from The Notebook
One of the most romantic and possible poignant movies, especially heartfelt when James Garner was desperately trying to remind Gena Rowlands of their time together, as she struggled through the haze of dementia.
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory.” —Noah
Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The spine tingling moment that Arwen and Aragon exchange this moment where she is willing to sacrifice eternal life for her beloved and he thinks he is not worthy.
“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” —Arwen
Star Trek – Voyager
For all you super cool sci-fi geeks maybe restling with the notion of romance this is a brilliant quote to make into a wedding reading.
“Commander, I don’t think you can analyze love. It’s the greatest mystery of all. No one knows why it happens or doesn’t. Love is a chance combination of elements. Any one thing might be enough to keep it from igniting — a mood, a glance, or a remark. And if we could define love, predict it, it would probably lose its power.” —Neelix
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.” —Christian
“So this, I am sure. You are my partner. My lover. My very best friend. My heart. My heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this. I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands; I promise you…me.” —Dr. Preston Burke
Wedding Readings from Definately, Maybe
‘I wanna marry you because you’re the first person I wanna look at when I wake up in the morning,
And the only one I wanna kiss goodnight.
Because the first time I saw those hands,
I couldn’t imagine not being able to hold them.’
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Berniere
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Not a movie as yet but a book but worthy of an entry.
I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.
We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again.
And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.”
Wedding Readings from The Time Travellers Wife
“I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.”
Wedding Readings from Spiderman
Wedding Readings from the ultimate Superhero, what could be more romantic.
“When you look in her eyes and she’s looking back in yours, everything feels… not quite normal. Because you feel stronger and weaker at the same time. You feel excited and at the same time, terrified. The truth is… you don’t know what you feel except you know what kind of man you want to be. It’s as if you’ve reached the unreachable and you weren’t ready for it.”