31 Poem Wedding Readings For Your Ceremony 

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31 Poem Wedding Readings For Your Ceremony 

A number of couples choose to add a personal touch to their wedding ceremonies by incorporating poems as part of the readings.

Poems give words and meaning to our emotions, feelings, and thoughts. They’re famous for their ability to give expression to innermost thoughts and evoke a myriad of emotions in listeners.

Using poems for wedding readings allows couples to express their journey, experience, and hopes — with a lyrical twist. 

Best of all? You don’t have to write it yourself! Odds are there’s already a poem out there that paints a perfect picture of your relationship.

If you’re looking to personalize your ceremony with a poem wedding reading, you’re in the right place.

We’ve collated 31 of the best romantic poems — perfect for your wedding reading. 

Friendly tip? Get your hankies ready because the waterworks are sure to flow.

What to write in a wedding poem

#1  The Privileged Lovers by Rumi

The moon has become a dancer

at this festival of love.

This dance of light,

This sacred blessing,

This divine love,

beckons us

to a world beyond

only lovers can see

with their eyes of fiery passion.

They are the chosen ones

who have surrendered.

Once they were particles of light

now they are the radiant sun.

They have left behind

the world of deceitful games.

They are the privileged lovers

who create a new world

with their eyes of fiery passion.

#2 Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage

exiles from delight

live coiled in shells of loneliness

until love leaves its high holy temple

and comes into our sight

to liberate us into life.

Love arrives

and in its train come ecstasies

old memories of pleasure

ancient histories of pain.

Yet if we are bold,

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity

In the flush of love’s light

we dare be brave

And suddenly we see

that love costs all we are

and will ever be.

Yet it is only love

which sets us free.

#3 [I Carry Your Heart With Me(I Carry It In)] by E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

my heart)i am never without it(anywhere

i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done

by only me is your doing,my darling)

                                                      i fear

no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want

no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant

and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows

(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows

higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

#4  To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

Best poems to read in a wedding ceremony

If ever two were one, then surely we.

If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.

If ever wife was happy in a man,

Compare with me, ye women, if you can.

I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,

Or all the riches that the East doth hold.

My love is such that rivers cannot quench,

Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.

Thy love is such I can no way repay;

The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.

Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,

That when we live no more, we may live ever.

#5 Bridled Vows by Ian Duhig

I will be faithful to you, I do vow,

but not until the seas have all run dry

et cetera. Although I mean it now

I’m not a prophet and I will not lie.

To be your perfect wife, I could not swear;

I’ll love, yes; honour (maybe); won’t obey,

but will co-operate if you will care

as much as you are seeming to today.

I’ll do my best to be your better half,

but I don’t have the patience of a saint

and at you, not with you, I’ll sometimes laugh,

and snap too, though I’ll try to show restraint.

We might work out. No blame if we do not.

With all my heart, I think it’s worth a shot.

#6 The Minute I Heard My First Love Story by Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing

how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,

they’re in each other all along.

#7 I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner

Breathing in your dust

I wanna be your Ford Cortina

I will never rust

If you like your coffee hot

Let me be your coffee pot

You call the shots

I wanna be yours

I wanna be your raincoat

For those frequent rainy days

I wanna be your dreamboat

When you want to sail away

Let me be your teddy bear

Take me with you anywhere

I don’t care

I wanna be yours

I wanna be your electric meter

I will not run out

I wanna be the electric heater

You’ll get cold without

I wanna be your setting lotion

Hold your hair in deep devotion

Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean

That’s how deep is my devotion

#8 Our Souls Are Mirrors by Rupi Kaur

Romantic poems for a wedding

god must have kneaded you and i

from the same dough

rolled us out as one on the baking sheet

must have suddenly realized

how unfair it was

to put that much magic in one person

and sadly split that dough in two

how else is it that

when i look in the mirror

i am looking at you

when you breathe

my own lungs fill with air

that we just met but we

have known each other our whole lives

if we were not made as one to begin with

#9 To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,

To own or imprison,

Nor to lose one’s self in another.

Love is to join and separate,

To walk alone and together,

To find a laughing freedom

That lonely isolation does not permit.

It is finally to be able

To be who we really are

No longer clinging in childish dependency

Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,

It is to be perfectly one’s self

And perfectly joined in permanent commitment

To another–and to one’s inner self.

Love only endures when it moves like waves,

Receding and returning gently or passionately,

Or moving lovingly like the tide

In the moon’s own predictable harmony,

Because finally, despite a child’s scars

Or an adult’s deepest wounds,

They are openly free to be

Who they really are–and always secretly were,

In the very core of their being

Where true and lasting love can alone abide.

#10 Love Song by Henry Dumas

Beloved,

I have to adore the earth:

The wind must have heard

your voice once.

It echoes and sings like you.

The soil must have tasted

you once.

It is laden with your scent.

The trees honor you

in gold

and blush when you pass.

I know why the north country

is frozen.

It has been trying to preserve

your memory.

I know why the desert

burns with fever.

It was wept too long without you.

On hands and knees,

the ocean begs up the beach,

and falls at your feet.

I have to adore

the mirror of the earth.

You have taught her well

how to be beautiful. 

#11 Ever Increasing Circles by Helen Marsh

Joining hands, we become a circle,

Complete, connected and timeless,

We are whole, but not exclusive,

We are one and we will live as one,

But with endless others encircled around us,

Our marriage is neither beginning or end,

But a natural progression of our union,

Which finds us bound but not restricted,

All that was separate yields and flows,

Softly, towards the shared path of our future,

On the foundation of past knowledge,

We build modern family, a space of love,

An expanding community of new and old,

Emitting love, light and sublime acceptance,

We find all things reflected back at us,

Everything is provided for,

Together we hand-craft our next life phase,

It is all embracing, welcoming and generous,

The sensuous safety of our self made space,

Helps us to live bravely and without boundaries,

Here we nurture, thrive and multiply,

All history is ours now, set down by us, made by us,

Strong roots continually feed us, everything is possible,

We grow, we build, we share eternally now,

And holding hands, we look up, prepare,

For there is still far to go… 

#12 This Marriage By Rumi

Love poems for wedding

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.

May it be sweet milk,

this marriage, like wine and halvah.

May this marriage offer fruit and shade

like the date palm.

May this marriage be full of laughter,

our every day a day in paradise.

May this marriage be a sign of compassion,

a seal of happiness here and hereafter.

May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,

an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.

I am out of words to describe

how spirit mingles in this marriage.

#13 The Invitation by Oriah

It doesn’t interest me

what you do for a living.

I want to know

what you ache for

and if you dare to dream

of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me

how old you are.

I want to know

if you will risk

looking like a fool

for love

for your dream

for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me

what planets are

squaring your moon…

I want to know

if you have touched

the centre of your own sorrow

if you have been opened

by life’s betrayals

or have become shrivelled and closed

from fear of further pain.

I want to know

if you can sit with pain

mine or your own

without moving to hide it

or fade it

or fix it.

I want to know

if you can be with joy

mine or your own

if you can dance with wildness

and let the ecstasy fill you

to the tips of your fingers and toes

without cautioning us

to be careful

to be realistic

to remember the limitations

of being human.

It doesn’t interest me

if the story you are telling me

is true.

I want to know if you can

disappoint another

to be true to yourself.

If you can bear

the accusation of betrayal

and not betray your own soul.

If you can be faithless

and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty

even when it is not pretty

every day.

And if you can source your own life

from its presence.

I want to know

if you can live with failure

yours and mine

and still stand at the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,

“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live

or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up

after the night of grief and despair

weary and bruised to the bone

and do what needs to be done

to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me

who you know

or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand

in the centre of the fire

with me

and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me

where or what or with whom

you have studied.

I want to know

what sustains you

from the inside

when all else falls away.

I want to know

if you can be alone

with yourself

and if you truly like

the company you keep

in the empty moments.

#14  Married Love by Kuan Tao-sheng

You and I

Have so much love,

That it

Burns like a fire,

In which we bake a lump of clay

Molded into a figure of you

And a figure of me.

Then we take both of them,

And break them into pieces,

And mix the pieces with water,

And mold again a figure of you,

And a figure of me.

I am in your clay.

In life we share a single quilt.

In death we will share a single coffin.

#15 The Married Lover by Coventry Patmore

WHY, having won her, do I woo?

    Because her spirit’s vestal grace

Provokes me always to pursue,

    But, spirit-like, eludes embrace;

Because her womanhood is such

    That, as on court-days subjects kiss

The Queen’s hand, yet so near a touch

    Affirms no mean familiarness;

Nay, rather marks more fair the height

    Which can with safety so neglect

To dread, as lower ladies might,

    That grace could meet with disrespect;

Thus she with happy favour feeds

    Allegiance from a love so high

That thence no false conceit proceeds

    Of difference bridged, or state put by;

Because although in act and word

    As lowly as a wife can be,

Her manners, when they call me lord,

    Remind me ’tis by courtesy;

Not with her least consent of will,

    Which would my proud affection hurt,

But by the noble style that still

    Imputes an unattain’d desert;

Because her gay and lofty brows,

    When all is won which hope can ask,

Reflect a light of hopeless snows

    That bright in virgin ether bask;

Because, though free of the outer court

    I am, this Temple keeps its shrine

Sacred to Heaven; because, in short,

    She ‘s not and never can be mine.

#16 A Blessing For Wedding by Jane Hirshfield

Wedding poems for bride and groom from friends

Today when persimmons ripen

Today when fox-kits come out of their den into snow

Today when the spotted egg releases its wren song

Today when the maple sets down its red leaves

Today when windows keep their promise to open

Today when fire keeps its promise to warm

Today when someone you love has died

     or someone you never met has died

Today when someone you love has been born

     or someone you will not meet has been born

Today when rain leaps to the waiting of roots in their dryness

Today when starlight bends to the roofs of the hungry and tired

Today when someone sits long inside his last sorrow

Today when someone steps into the heat of her first embrace

Today, let this light bless you

With these friends let it bless you

With snow-scent and lavender bless you

Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly

Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears

Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes

Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you

Let its vastness be undisguised in all your days

#17 I Belong In Your Arms by Deborah Bridea

I belong in your arms

Finally, I have found a place

Into which I fit perfectly, safely

And securely with no doubts

No fears, no sadness, no tears

This place is filled with happiness and laughter

Yet it is spacious enough, to allow me

The freedom to move around

To live my life and be myself

This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed

I have found finally

Inside your arms, Inside your heart, inside your love

#18 My Delight and Thy Delight by Robert Bridges

MY delight and thy delight

Walking, like two angels white,

In the gardens of the night:

My desire and thy desire

Twining to a tongue of fire,

Leaping live, and laughing higher:

Thro’ the everlasting strife

In the mystery of life.

Love, from whom the world begun,

Hath the secret of the sun.

Love can tell, and love alone,

Whence the million stars were strewn,

Why each atom knows its own,

How, in spite of woe and death,

Gay is life, and sweet is breath:

This he taught us, this we knew,

Happy in his science true,

Hand in hand as we stood

‘Neath the shadows of the wood,

Heart to heart as we lay

In the dawning of the day.

#19 With You In My Heart by Mick Jennings

With you in my heart, my life is complete,

You’re the air that I breathe and the food that I eat.

You are my soul mate, the beat in my heart,

It feels like a year, each second we’re apart.

With you in my heart I’m walking on air,

I can imagine your perfume and the touch of your hair.

Your beautiful eyes, so kind and so green,

The loveliest sight I ever have seen.

With you in my heart, I am brim full of pride,

It’s as though I can achieve anything with you by my side.

You’re my rock, you’re my angel, my one true love,

You’re my present from heaven, my gift from above.

With you in my heart, I love you so much,

How caring you are, my soul you do touch.

You’re a beautiful princess, a pleasure to know,

My love for you just continues to grow.

With you in my heart, I’m the happiest man on earth,

I feel God has planned this since the day of my birth.

I could never love anyone the way I love you,

I hope and I pray that you feel the same way too.

With you in my heart, through the good and the bad,

I’ll be there when you need me, when you’re hurting or sad.

In fact I’ll be there for you any night, any day,

Whenever you need me, you just have to say.

With you in my heart, it really makes my day,

With the things that you do and the things that you say.

You and Eva deserve happiness and I will ensure,

From now, only good times come knocking at your door.

With you in my heart, I hope it feels good,

And that I am caring for you the way that I should.

I will always be happy, just by the love that you give,

I will protect you and love you for as long as I live.

#20 My Love by Jane Graham

Famous poems about marriage

You say you love me

I know it’s true

Without your love

What would I do?

My heart will sing

‘you kiss my soul’

This is the thing

That makes us whole

Together we will face our life

You as my husband

Me your wife

Sharing, caring, journeying on

With only love notes

For our song.

#21 Dear Heart by Hayley Gait-Golding

Dear Heart,

I’d like it if you’d tell me

How you measure love.

Do you deal in ounces and quarters?

Or stroke it with kid gloves?

How do you pick who gets it

Because I’d really like a say

And why is it that some people

Get more and more each day?

Another thing I’d like to know

Is how love measures time?

Is it founded in an instant?

Then lasts a whole lifetime?

Does it grow and grow your whole life through

So I have more and more

Or is there just a set amount

You get at birth then store?

What happens if it’s stolen?

Or if I cease to love

Does it all come back untarnished?

With interest on the above.

How can I know its importance?

Do you give it certain ranks?

Could I say that’s 1st or 2nd class?

Like I do with postage stamps.

Is true love like in stories?

Like old fashioned fairy tales

Cinderella meets Prince Charming

And only love prevails

Why is it then that nowadays?

Love sometimes takes the course

Of starting off with marriage

But ending in divorce

Is love equal in proportions?

For families and for friends

For husbands, wives and children

Where does it ever end?

To let me know what’s going on

Lets strike a little deal

Beat slowly for the phoneys

And fast if it’s for real!

#22 I’ll Be There For You” By Louise Cuddon

‘ll be there my darling, through thick and through thin

When your mind’s in a mess and your head’s in a spin

When your plane’s been delayed, and you’ve missed the last train.

When life is just threatening to drive you insane

When your thrilling whodunit has lost its last page

When somebody tells you, you’re looking your age

When your coffee’s too cool, and your wine is too warm

When the forecast said “Fine”, but you’re out in a storm

When your quick break hotel, turns into a slum

And your holiday photos show only your thumb

When you park for five minutes in a resident’s bay

And return to discover you’ve been towed away

When the jeans that you bought in hope or in haste

Just stick on your hips and don’t reach round your waist

When the food you most like brings you out in red rashes

When as soon as you boot up the bloody thing crashes

So my darling, my sweetheart, my dear…

When you break a rule, when you act the fool

When you’ve got the flu, when you’re in a stew

When you’re last in the queue, don’t feel blue’cause

I’m telling you, I’ll be there

#23 A Passage From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” By Louis De Bernières

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 roots have 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 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 blossom have fallen from their branches,

They find that they are one tree and not two.

#24 At Nightfall,” Charles Hanson Towne

I NEED so much the quiet of your love,

        After the day’s loud strife;

    I need your calm all other things above,

        After the stress of life.

    I crave the haven that in your dear heart lies,

        After all toil is done;

    I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,

        After the day’s great sun!

#25  He’s Not Perfect By Bob Marley

Marriage blessing poem

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect.

But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break.

Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze.

Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there.

Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.

#26 True Love by Unknown Author

True love is a sacred flame

That burns eternally,

And none can dim its special glow

Or change its destiny.

True love speaks in tender tones

And hears with gentle ear,

True love gives with open heart

And true love conquers fear.

True love makes no harsh demands

It neither rules nor binds,

And true love holds with gentle hands

The hearts that it entwines.

#27 Doves Poem by Unknown Author

 Two doves meeting in the sky

Two loves hand in hand eye to eye

Two parts of a loving whole

Two hearts and a single soul

Two stars shining big and bright

Two fires bringing warmth and light

Two songs played in perfect tune

Two flowers growing into bloom

Two Doves gliding in the air

Two loves free without a care

Two parts of a loving whole

Two hearts and a single soul

#28 A Wedding Toast by James Bertolino 

May your love be firm,

and may your dream of life together

be a river between two shores—

by day bathed in sunlight, and by night

illuminated from within. May the heron

carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring

the sea’s blue grace. May your twin thoughts

spiral upward like leafy vines,

like fiddle strings in the wind,

and be as noble as the Douglas fir.

May you never find yourselves back to back

without love pulling you around

into each other’s arms.

 #29 “Sonnet 116” By William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me prov’d,

I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d

#30 Falling Stars By Rainer Maria Rilke

Best poems for wedding readings

Do you still remember: falling stars,

how they leapt slantwise through the sky

like horses over suddenly held-out hurdles

of our wishes—did we have so many?—

for stars, innumerable, leapt everywhere;

almost every gaze upward became

wedded to the swift hazard of their play,

and our heart felt like a single thing

beneath that vast disintegration of their brilliance—

and was whole, as if it would survive them!

#31 Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me

Final Thoughts

Who doesn’t love a poem on love? From classics to recents, witty to intense, this list has the best picks. 

Go ahead and choose the one that speaks to your relationship and feel the atmosphere change as it’s read aloud on that day.

Have a wonderful wedding ceremony!