The readings and music you choose to help you celebrate your wedding should be very personal to you and reflect your hopes and dreams of the future. They may also be part of your past, music that reminds you of when you first got together and a reading or a quote from a favourite film or book that you’ve enjoyed together.
Unusual wedding readings
It’s worth remembering that if you have a civil service then it should have no religious content so you can’t have a psalm read out. Also, the registrar will need to approve any readings you may want beforehand.
However there are some wonderful pieces of poetry and quotes about that are particularly suitable for weddings and so here are a few of our favourites which we think you’ll enjoy.
Kahlil Gibran wrote a wonderful book of poetry called The Prophet. This excerpt is called On Marriage and we think it’s beautiful.
Then Almitra spoke again and said, ‘And what of Marriage, master?’ And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
We think what’s being said here is that it’s healthy for you both not to live in one another’s pockets!
We loved the film of Les Miserables which made us both laugh and cry. So we’d like to show you this extract from the novel by Frenchman Victor Hugo who inspired the movie and the musical.
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.
That’s so romantic – ‘Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again.’ You have found your soul mate and you’re married to them. Sigh.
We also like the poem Us Two by AA Milne where Christopher Robin talks about his favourite teddy, Pooh Bear and how they’re always together. This one would be especially great if you had children doing a reading.
So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.
Alternative wedding music
Let’s think about music now. Music is very emotive and can set a mood very quickly. Instead of choosing classics like Canon in D, why not choose something that will set you out from the crowd?
Make You Feel My Love is a modern classic from Adele that we don’t think will ever date. Both the words and the lyrics are beautiful and memorable. Interestingly the song was written by Bob Dylan and then became popular when Adele made a recording. It would be a wonderful piece to have playing whilst you signed the register.
This Guy’s In Love With You by Burt Bacharach is an oldie but a complete goldie. It has a haunting melody that stays with you and is wonderful to dance to or to have playing as you leave your ceremony. If you want to bring this song into the 21st Century, Noel Gallagher has also done a more up to date version, which may appeal to more modern brides. We could listen to it forever and daydream!
Fields of Gold by Sting is a romantic ballad that says it all. You could have it playing softly in the background as you arrive at the ceremony or as a smoochy first dance. “Will you stay with me, will you be my love.” What more perfect words could you find to say to one another as you get married?
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder is also a great song to have on your wedding day. On your wedding day, this is really how you should be feeling about one another, “you are the apple of my eye… that’s why I’ll always be around.” And you’ve got the rest of your lives to sing it to one another. A beautiful song.