We recently shared six of our favourite wedding readings for religious ceremonies and today it’s the turn of civil ceremonies with six great ideas.
Here, we round up the short and sweet, the sentimental and soppy, and the laugh-out-loud civil ceremony reading ideas to inspire you for your big day. Which wedding readings will you choose?
Romantic civil ceremony reading ideas
Excerpt from The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”
I Carry Your Heart With Me by ee 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.
Quirky wedding readings for civil ceremonies
A GOOD WEDDING CAKE
4Lb of love
1/2Lb of sweet temper
1Lb of butter of youth
1Lb of blindness of faults
1Lb of pounded wit
1Lb of good humour
2Lbs of sweet argument
1 Pint of rippling laughter
1 Wine glass of common sense
A dash of modesty
Put the love, good looks and a sweet temper into a well-furnished house. Beat the butter of youth into a cream and mix well together with the blindness of faults. Stir the pounded wit and good humour into the sweet argument, then add the rippling laughter and common sense. Work the whole together until everything is well mixed and bake gently for ever.
Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton
I LIKE YOU A LOT.
YOU’RE FUNNY AND KIND.
SO LET ME EXPLAIN
WHAT I HAVE IN MIND.
I WANT TO BE YOUR PERSONAL PENGUIN.
I WANT TO WALK RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE.
I WANT TO BE YOUR PERSONAL PENGUIN.
I WANT TO TRAVEL WITH YOU FAR AND WIDE.
Funny civil ceremony wedding readings
Yes, I’ll Marry You by Pam Ayres
YES, I’LL MARRY YOU, MY DEAR, AND HERE’S THE REASON WHY; SO I CAN PUSH YOU OUT OF BED WHEN THE BABY STARTS TO CRY, AND IF WE HEAR A KNOCKING AND IT’S CREEPY AND IT’S LATE, I HAND YOU THE TORCH YOU SEE, AND YOU INVESTIGATE.
YES I’LL MARRY YOU, MY DEAR, YOU MAY NOT APPREHEND IT, BUT WHEN THE TUMBLE-DRIER GOES IT’S YOU THAT HAS TO MEND IT. YOU HAVE TO FACE THE NEIGHBOUR SHOULD OUR LABRADOR ATTACK HIM, AND IF A DRUNKARD FONDLES ME IT’S YOU THAT HAS TO WHACK HIM.
YES, I’LL MARRY YOU, YOU’RE VIRILE AND YOU’RE LEAN, MY HOUSE IS LIKE A PIGSTY YOU CAN HELP TO KEEP IT CLEAN. THAT TASTY LITTLE DINNER WHICH YOU SERVED BY CANDLELIGHT, AS I DO CHIPOLATAS, YOU CAN COOK IT EVERY NIGHT!
IT’S YOU WHO HAS TO WORK THE DRILL AND PUT UP CURTAIN TRACK, AND WHEN I AM IN A MOOD IT’S YOU WHO GETS THE FLAK. I DO SEE GREAT ADVANTAGES, BUT NONE OF THEM FOR YOU, AND SO BEFORE YOU SEE THE LIGHT, I DO, I DO, I DO.
A Word To Husbands by Ogden Nash
To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
Now that you’ve chosen some special words from these civil ceremony reading ideas, it’s time to make sure they are delivered perfectly. Use these 10 things you need to know about wedding readings to get your ceremony spot on.