Here are a few readings that I have found beautiful and interesting. It's definitely an eclectic mix, but I hope that will make it more fun.

From The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
How can you not love this?

From Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis Bernieres
I still haven't found this in the source material, but I love the reading. And every time I find it on line, it's a little different. This is my favorite version.

From The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Another of my favorite books. Unusual, and very sweet.

Wedding Song
Not a song, really, but a poem I'm fond of

A Reading from Corinthians
A biblical classic. If you want traditional, this is it.

Blessing for a Marriage, by James Dillet Freeman
I don't often find contemporary readings that I like, but this is pretty great.

On Marriage, by Khalil Gibran
The classic text from The Prophet. This gets used a lot, but it should. It's gorgeous.

the first of all my dreams was of...
I have always been a sucker for e.e. cummings. Here's an amazing little rhyme.

Apache Wedding Blessing
The actual origins of this prayer are a little murky, as far as I can tell, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. This would work nearly anywhere in a ceremony, as well.

From Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
Here's why Whitman is a genius. This isn't even a poem. It's from the preface to the 1855 edition.

From Ralph Waldo Emerson
Not a long quote, but a good one.

"United Light" reading, by Ba'al Shem Tov
This is gorgeous. Somewhere between a reading and a prayer, you could use it either way.

From George Eliot
Another short one. Great in the beginning of the ceremony.

Words About Family
An original bit that discusses the notion of family, and welcomes family, friends, and loved ones of all sorts to your celebration.

Sonnet XVII, by Pablo Neruda
Neruda is intensely romantic, and this particular poem is, well, just about all I can handle. So beautiful.

Love, by Roy Croft
I didn't know this poet before I read this poem. But this is serious stuff.

The Invitation, by Oriah
No two ways about it. This is an intense piece of work. But gorgeous.

How Lucky We Are, by Rachel Devries
This has been floating around in various services. Somehow I had forgotten to put it here. So here.

From The Amber Spyglass, by Phillip Pullman
A wonderful young couple recently shared this with me. I love it. Love, love, love it. If you're any sort of nerd, it's even better>

From Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
This book was a life-changer for me.

To Love is Not to Possess, by James Kavanaugh
This one isn't heard very often, and I don't know why. It's lovely.




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