Traditional wedding readings

wedding readings

Traditional Wedding Songs, Poems & Wedding Readings… Perfect for your wedding celebration.

An Irish Wedding Blessing

You are the star of each night,

You are the brightness of every morning,

You are the story of each guest,

You are the report of every land.

No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,

In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.

Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,

Nor on shore, in skies above,

Nor in the depths.

You are the kernel of my heart,

You are the face of my sun,

You are the harp of my music,

You are the crown of my company.


These I Can Promise

I cannot promise you a lifetime of sunshine

I cannot promise riches, wealth or gold

I cannot promise you an easy pathway

That leads away from change or growing old

But I can promise all my heart’s devotion

A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow

A love that’s ever true and ever growing

A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.


To My Bride

To my bride, I give you my heart

Sharing love each day, from the very start.

To my bride, I give you my kiss

Filling each day with joy and bliss.

To my bride I give you my being

To love, to play, to work and to sing

To my bride I give you my mind

Learning each day to be more kind.

To my bride I give you my soul

Growing together to be more whole.

To my bride I give you my life

Rejoicing each day that you are my wife.


The Wedding at Cana (John 2 v 1-11)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


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├óÔé¼Ôäó 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 Louis 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.



I Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


Traditional Gaelic blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


From The Sufi, 1200 BC

Look to this day,

For it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence.

The bliss of growth,

The glory of action,

The splendour of beauty.


For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision,

But today well-lived makes

Every yesterday a dream of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well therefore to this day,

Such is the salutation of the dawn!