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Wedding Readings

Selections for Your Ceremony

Many couples choose to have special readings incorporated into their wedding ceremony. Below is a list of some great reading options for your ceremony. Looking for Bible verses? We also have a great list of Wedding Bible Verses that can be used in your ceremony.

From the "Song of Solomon", King James Bible version

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over, and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in the land. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

"The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me, and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks, Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle, Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair lined slippers for the cold, with buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds, with coral clasps and amber studs,
And if these pleasures may thee move, Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds' swains shall dance and sing for thy delight each May-morning; If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me, and be my love.

"Wedding Prayer" by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.