Planning | Words of Love
Your reading should have personal significance.
Lisa Ridley and Jonathan Rickner married Nov. 24, 2010, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Photograph by Clair Pruett Photography & Video
The Internet abounds with resources for wedding ceremony readings. Picking the right one for you is another matter, however. Whatever the choice, the reading should provide insight into who you are as a couple.
Traditional biblical readings include I Corinthians 13:1-13 (“Love is patient, love is kind…”), while poetry lovers often gravitate to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare. Those who want a humorous reading often favor Ogden Nash. Still, wading through the options can be daunting.
Instead of simply selecting a passage that both of you happen to like, find a reading that has personal significance. “Pick something that is important to you,” advises Sarah Kudlack of Events by Sarah Elizabeth in Wilmington. “I’ve really had a lot of people come to me with creative ideas.”
Delve into your shared history. For example, consider the following:
Just for you Use an original poem or text of a love letter written by one half of the couple to the other.
All yours Some couples choose song lyrics as their readings, from the Beatles to Ben Folds. This is especially meaningful if the lyrics are from “your” song as a couple.
Pop culture A passage from a shared favorite book is also popular. Consider a toast or dialogue from a movie or television show that resonated with you.