Every couple and relationship is unique in their very own way. And so, it makes sense that some couples will want their wedding ceremony to reflect their personalities and what they love the most about each other. One way of doing this is with wedding readings that paint a picture or tell a story about certain unique aspects of your relationship. And so, if you are that couple looking for offbeat and nontraditional wedding readings, look no further, we have just what you need.
Brides Often Ask
Can you have 3 readings at a wedding?
Having three readings at a wedding is possible, but it may require some extra planning and consideration. It is important to choose readings that are meaningful to both you and your guests. Additionally, selecting different types of readings can help ensure that everyone enjoys the ceremony.
Modern Wedding Readings
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney:
“Then he looked beyond the thorn bushes,out into the big dark night. Nothing could be further than the sky.
“I love you right up to the moon,” he said, and closed his eyes.
“Oh, that’s far,” said Big Nutbrown Hare. “That is very far.”
Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, “I love you right up to the moon — and back.”
“Love” by Roy Croft
“I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.”
“All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulgham
“All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned…
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad.
Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.
Take a nap every afternoon.
Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”
Unique and meaningful readings definitely add more life to a wedding ceremony. So, if you are a couple looking for modern wedding readings for your weddings, we have some inspiration to help you find the right words. Think about your spouse, how you feel when you’re around them, and the reasons that make you want to be with them forever.
Alternative Wedding Readings From Literature
“The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks
“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory.”
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you. You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you – and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one. It was because I felt and knew this, that I resolved to marry you.”
“So this is love
So this is what makes life divine
I’m all aglow
And now I know
The key to all heaven is mine
My heart has wings
And I can fly
I’ll touch ev’ry star in the sky
So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of
So this is love.”
Couples looking to stray from tradition and the norm, might be interested in alternative wedding readings from literature. There is so much to mine from books, poems and the words of literary greats from the past. So, think of the books and stories that you love, whether they’re the classics of names like Charlotte Bronte or even Disney stories, and you’re sure to find wedding ceremony readings just for you.
Unusual Non-Religious Wedding Readings
“First Poems” by Rainer Maria Rilke
“Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.”
“Let Me Put it This Way” by Simon Armitage
“Let me put it this way:
if you came to lay
your sleeping head
against my arm or sleeve,
and if my arm went dead,
or if I had to take my leave
at midnight, I should rather
cleave it from the joint or seam
than make a scene
or bring you round.
how does that sound?”
“I Wanna Be Yours” by John Cooper Clarke
“I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours,
I wanna be your raincoat
for those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
when you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me with you anywhere
I don’t care,
I wanna be yours.”
Some really cool wedding readings are those of the non-religious variety. They might seem unusual, but that is what will make you wedding feel even more special and stand out from all the rest. Thinking outside the box and leaning more into your personality is one way to find the words for your uncommon wedding readings. Another will be to draw inspiration from the samples we have put together on your behalf.
Unique Wedding Readings From Songs
“Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
“If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
When mountains crumble to the sea
There would still be you and me
Kind woman, I give you my all
Kind woman, nothing more
Little drops of rain
Whisper of the pain
Tears of loves lost in the days gone by
Our love is strong
With you there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die. My, my, my
Inspiration’s what you are to me
Inspiration, look and see
And so today, my world it smiles
Your hand in mine, we walk the miles
Thanks to you it will be done
For you to me are the only one
Happiness, no more be sad
Happiness…. I’m glad”
“If I Should Fall Behind” by Bruce Springsteen
“We said we’d walk together baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me.
We swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me.
Now everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for me.”
“Kathy’s Song” by Paul Simon
“I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls.
And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
To England where my heart lies.
My mind’s distracted and diffused
My thoughts are many miles away
They lie with you when you’re asleep
And kiss you when you start your day.”
If you are a lover of music, then it would be hard to stray from the lyrics that make you love your favorites so. Finding unique wedding readings from songs is a perfect way to share this incredible, once in a lifetime moment with the one you love. Don’t be afraid to be cheesy or emotional. If it is a song or musical you both love; it would be even more magical when you say those words to the hearing of your partner.
Cool Wedding Readings From Movies
“I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride
A whole new world, that’s where we’ll be
A wondrous place, for you and me.”
“Sex and the City”
“His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was ‘I do.’”
“Commander, I don’t think you can analyze love.
It’s the greatest mystery of all.
No one knows why it happens or doesn’t.
Love is a chance combination of elements.
Any one thing might be enough to keep it from igniting—a mood, a glance… A remark.
And if we could define love…predict it…it would probably lose its power.”
Some movies remain with us long after we have watched them. And if you find that movie that you can relate to, and describes your experience with your loved one, then you might want to borrow a few phrases from it for your creative wedding readings. Some movie scripts describe our feelings better than we ever could, and your wedding is a great day to use those words to your advantage.
Unique Wedding Readings Bible
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.
– Song of Songs 8:6-7
I do not ask for these only,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
that they may all be one,
just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
The glory that you have given me I have given to them,
that they may be one even as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may become perfectly one,
so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
– John 17:20-23
While there are many traditional wedding readings from the Bible, there are also some unique wedding readings that can make your ceremony stand out. These unique wedding readings from the Bible can provide a personal touch to your special day and will be remembered for years to come. From passages about love, commitment, and faithfulness to ones about joy and laughter, these unique wedding readings will add an extra layer of meaning to your ceremony.
Words take on a whole new meaning when you are vowing to spend your life with someone for the rest of your life. This is why, when you are choosing your unique wedding readings, you need to find the one that best expresses you. While it can be tricky to find the right words, the right inspiration, will get you there. Stray from tradition and use the unique wedding readings that are true to who you are and your marriage celebration. This is the time to express your love to your partner in the best way possible, so, personalize your day and live it up.