There are many wedding readings available. Here are some that couples have chosen in the past. You may choose readings from a variety of sources. We request at least one reading from scripture.
I Corinthians 13
13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
I John 4.7-12
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Song of Solomon 2.10-11
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
1 Corinthians 13:5-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self- seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Loves does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never ends.
Other choices of scripture include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Genesis 1:26-28; 31a The sixth day of creation
- Genesis 2:15, 18-24 Not good that a human be alone
- Ruth 1:1-8, 14-17 Where you go, I will go
- I Samuel 18:1b, 3, 20:16-17, 42a Jonathan makes a covenant with David
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12a Two are better than one
- Song of Solomon 1:15-2.4 You are beautiful, my love
- Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Love is strong as death
- Song of Solomon 8:6-7 A seal upon your heart
- Isaiah 61:10, 11; 62.3-5 As a bridegroom, as a bride
- Jeremiah 31:31-34 The new covenant
- Sirach 6:6-10, 14-16 True friends
- Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and light
- Matthew 7:21, 34-29 A house built on a rock
- Matthew 19:3-6 Let no one separate
- Matthew 22:35-40 Love, the greatest commandment
- Mark 3:31-35 Jesus’ true family
- Luke 6:20-23 The Beatitudes
- John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16 The Word became flesh
- John 2:1-11 Wedding at Cana
- John 13:34-35 A new commandment
- John 15:1-11 Jesus, the true vine
- John 15:9-12 Remain in Christ’s love
- Romans 8:31b-39 God’s love in Christ
- Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 New life in Christ
- I Corinthians 13:4-8a The gift of love
- Galatians 5:1, 13, 14, 22-25 The fruits of the Spirit
- Ephesians 3:14-21 Rooted and grounded in love
- Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-14 Live in love
- Philippians 2:1-11 The same mind in you as in Christ
- Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord
- Colossians 3:1-4, 12, 17 Clothe yourselves with compassion
- I John 3:18-24 Let us love, not in word, but in action
- I John 4:7-12 Love one another
- Revelation 19:1, 5:9 Marriage supper of the Lamb
- Revelation 21:1-6 The new Jerusalem
The Art Of A Good Marriage by Wilfred Arlan Peterson
A good marriage must be created. In marriage the little things are the big things… It is never being too old to hold hands, It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day, It is never going to sleep angry, It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives, It is standing together and facing the world, It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family, It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways, It is having the capacity to forgive and forget, It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow, It is a common search for the good and the beautiful, It is not only marrying the right person, it is being the right partner.
Excerpt from 100 Love Sonnets- by Pablo Neruda
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: Where “I” does not exist, nor “You”,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
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.
Reading: Glenda Wilm
Everyone searches for one special person
They can share their lives with
The other half who makes them whole
Like two notes blending together
To make a beautiful song
Or the colours that complement
Each other to form a rainbow
It is everyone’s wish to have a lifetime
Of sunny days
A rainbow after every storm
A lifetime of loving and living
And growing and giving
Of sharing and caring
A lifetime of days together
Learning from the bad times
And cherishing the good times
Marriage is everything your heart desires
And the strength, courage and
Determination to work for it
In marriage you take care of each other’s heart
And hold on to what you share
Your hold it gently, so it doesn’t smother
And firmly, so it doesn’t slip away
Hold it so that it can grow
And you can grow together
And live and laugh and love together always
Union by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance, to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.
All those conversations that were held riding in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks ——- All those conversations that began with, “When we’re married,” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and we will” —– All those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”
—- And all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more…….. are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed? —– well, I meant it all,…………. every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another ——- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, ——–for you have learned much from one another in these past few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, ——– This is my husband……..This is my wife.