Inspirational Readings For Weddings

No matter what reading you choose for your wedding, you'll have one that speaks volumes of your love for each other and your hope for your future.

During most Christian wedding ceremonies, one Scripture passage is read before the vows are said.References to love and marriage spread throughout the entire Bible, and thus finding the fitting verses for your ceremony shouldn't be too difficult.Choose one of the following passages for yourself or pick your own.Remember, there is no right or wrong choice.All that matters is that the words have significance for you and your partner and for the life you are starting together.

The following passages represent only a handful of the ones available.

Genesis 1:26-28, 31

"Then God said, "˜Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created; male and female He created them.God blessed them and said to them, "˜Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.'God saw all that He had made and it was very good.And there was evening and there was morning""the sixth day."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (The "Love" Chapter)

"Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.Love never ends."

Matthew 19:4-6

"'Haven't you read'," He replied, "'that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female'," and He also said: "'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, man must not separate.'"

John 15:9-12

"'Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you. Remain in My love.If you keep My commandments you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love.I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.This is My commandment: that you love one another just as I have loved you'."

Colossians 3:12-17

"Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive.Above all, put on love--the perfect bond of unity.And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Psalm 128:1-6

"How happy is everyone who fears the Lord,

who walks in His ways!You will surely eat

what your hands have worked for.

You will be happy, and it will go well for you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house,

your sons, like young olive trees

around your table.In this very way

the man who fears the Lord

will be blessed.May the Lord bless you from Zion,

so that you will see the prosperity of Jerusalem

all the days of your life,and will see your children's children!

Peace be with Israel."

If you aren't Christian, you probably don't want to use a Biblical passage in your ceremony.And even if you are a Christian, you might want to use a reading that is still inspirational and romantic.Quotes from Shakespeare, lines from a movie, or a passage from your favorite book can all provide great ideas.Here are some wonderful examples:

"Blessing of the Hands"

"These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch."

Victor Hugo

"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."

Apache Blessing

"Now you will fell no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling, to enter into the days of your life together, and may your days be good and long upon the earth."

From "The Prophet"

"Love one another, but make not a bond of that love. Let it rather be like a moving sea between the shores of your souls. And stand together, and yet not too near together. For even the pillars of the temple must stand apart; and the oak tree and the cypress will not grow in each other's shadow. Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course."

Your wedding ceremony should be one of the most memorable events of your life, in part because you get to choose the elements you include in the wedding.Readings serve as just a part of a wedding ceremony, but that part is a very important one indeed.Words can express your love and feelings for one another like no other way can.So no matter what reading you choose, you'll certainly have one that speaks volumes of your love for each other and your hope for your future.

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