Poetry and Readings

During your ceremony you may choose to have myself, a friend or a family member read out a meaningful poem or other reading.

As part of my marriage celebrant service I will provide a selection of prose for you to review and if you feel like using them in your ceremony you may.  Of course, if you are not inclined to have any readings done you are not obliged – that is the beauty of created a customized wedding ceremony for you!

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Below are a few very traditional readings you may have experienced at a wedding before.

These Are the Key to a Loving, Lasting Relationship
(Author Unknown)

Love one another with all your hearts.
Give more than you take.
Don’t ever take your relationship for granted.
Have heart to heart talks and really communicate.
Be trusting, playful, intimate and kind.
Appreciate all the little, special things.
Recognise that time spent together is a treasure.
Make the most of what each day brings.
Know that nothing is sweeter than the warmth of one hand within another.
Walk together in the direction you want to go.
Be supportive and sharing and open to change.
Always continue to grow.
Cherish the blessing which so few truly find.
Have dreams to reach out for through the years.
Share one another’s smiles through the good times.
Be everything to one another through the tears.
What your time together lack in quantity, make up for with quality.
Call to say “I love You” in the middle of the day.
Keep your sense of humour and hold on to your hopes.
Don’t let work or worries get in the way.
Make love a sanctuary and a celebration.
Make each moment more precious and each season more glad.
Realise how lucky you are to be two … together.
And make the best memories any two people ever had.

Love Sonnet No 91
by William Shakespeare

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments (though new-fangled ill),
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest.
But these particulars are not my measure:
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments’ cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And having thee of all men’s pride I boast -
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away, and me most wretched make.

The Confirmation
by Edwin Muir (Scottish Poet) 1887-1959

Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face.
I, in my mind, had waited for this long.
Seeing the false and searching for the true,
Then found you as a traveller finds a place
Of welcome suddenly amid the wrong
Valleys and rocks and twisting roads. But you,
What shall I call you? A fountain in a waste,
A well of water in a country dry,
Or anything that’s honest and good, an eye
That makes the whole world bright. Your open heart
Simple with giving, gives the primal deed,
the first good world, the blossom, the blowing seed
The hearth, the steadfast land, the wandering sea,
Not beautiful or rare in every part,
But like yourself, as they were meant to be.

The Secret of a Beautiful Marriage
Author Unknown

If you can love each other
Through the sunshine and the storm,
And keep the flame of true devotion
Glowing bright and warm;

If you can give each other room
To grow and change and learn,
Yet still hold one another close
In mutual concern;

If you can be both lovers
And the very best of friends,
And face together, hand in hand,
The challenges life sends….

If you can offer patience, comfort
And real understanding,
Encourage one another’s efforts,
Yet be undemanding;

If you can show true love and faith
In everything you do,
Then married life will surely hold
Much joy for both of you.

Marriage Prophecy from The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master?
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your clays. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness.
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you .
Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone through they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of life can contain your hearts.
and stand together but not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Some advice from a generous heart
an adaptation from St Paul

Give yourself to one another completely.
Be generous in your giving and make no conditions for these gifts.
Love one another constantly and fully.
Be humble in your acceptance of your partner’s love.
Be honest with each other.
Be thankful for each other’s love and strive to develop its richness day by day.
Respect each other in every way.
Be patient with each other’s weaknesses and accept each other for what you are, not what you wish one another to be.
Communicate constantly with one another.
Be calm, patient, tolerant and reasonable in your communication.
Be capable of good listening.
Share with one another misfortune and fortune alike.
Be compassionate and express your love for one another constantly.
Know your limitation and be honest with yourself as you are with one another.
Fuse your souls into one another and be happy for the love you have been so fortunate to find in one another.