Be it scripture or a poem or verses from your favorite literature, the readings you select for your ceremony will reflect you and your new spouse as a couple and add some of your personality to the ceremony.

The best readings are meaningful to you personally, contemporary (not over-used), comprise a half-page of double-spaced text, and, of course, well-read. Ask loved ones who are comfortable in emotional moments. Two or three people can even do a single reading for extra pizzazz.

Modern Takes

In recent years, couples have been gravitating toward non-denominational selections “Falling In Love Is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss, and “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd A. Peterson, in addition to “Wedding Prayer” by Robert Louis Stevenson and verses from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran. And there is a lot of interest in “An Apache Blessing”:

“…And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”

And, of course, there is the tried-and-true 1 Corinthians 13:4-13:

“Love is patient, love is kind ... ”.

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