One of the main ways couples are personalizing their wedding ceremonies these days is through the readings and rituals they choose to include (or leave out). Some couples take the readings part of the wedding ceremony as a time to highlight their culture or religion. Others opt to spotlight their favorite author, movie, song, or even just a random passage about love that really resonated with them. Tens of thousands of couples have used Provenance's tools, and below you'll find the most popular readings and rituals selected:
1. "Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali
In the whimsical poem "Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog," Taylor Mali beautifully compares the experience of falling in love to the unconditional companionship of a dog. This light-hearted yet profound reading celebrates the joy and devotion found in loving relationships, making it a perfect choice for couples who appreciate a touch of humor and warmth in their ceremony...and for those who call their dog their firstborn.
2. "Love is Friendship Caught on Fire" by Laura Hendricks
"Love is Friendship Caught on Fire" by Laura Hendricks captures the transformative nature of love, likening it to the ignition of a passionate flame within the bonds of friendship. This poetic reading eloquently expresses the profound connection between love and friendship, reminding couples that the strongest relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust, and companionship.
3. "Corinthians 13" - A Timeless Classic
No list of wedding readings would be complete without the timeless classic, "Corinthians 13." This cherished passage from the Bible eloquently articulates the qualities of love: patience, kindness, humility, and enduring devotion. Whether you're planning a secular or religious ceremony, "Corinthians 13" remains a steadfast symbol of love's enduring power and grace.
4. "Mountain Thoughts" - John Muir
Mountain Thoughts" by John Muir encompasses a collection of his profound reflections and experiences amidst the mountains. As a naturalist and environmentalist, Muir's writings often delve into the awe-inspiring beauty, serenity, and spiritual connection he found in nature's grand landscapes. His eloquent prose invites readers to contemplate the profound mysteries of the natural world and the enduring lessons it holds for humanity. In the context of a wedding ceremony, Muir's writings evoke a sense of reverence and wonder, encouraging couples to embrace the timeless wisdom and transformative power of love, much like the enduring mountains themselves.
5. "Marry Your Best Friend" - N'tima Preusser
"Marry Your Best Friend" offers sage advice on the importance of marrying your closest confidant and ally. This heartfelt reading celebrates the foundation of a strong marriage: a deep and abiding friendship. By choosing to marry your best friend, you embark on a journey filled with laughter, understanding, and unwavering support, making this reading a timeless reminder of the power of companionship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find more wedding readings?
The Provenance Ceremony Builder has 300+ nontraditional and traditional readings and rituals
Q: Are these wedding readings suitable for both secular and religious ceremonies?
A: Absolutely! Our curated selection of wedding readings includes both secular and religious options, ensuring that couples of all backgrounds can find a passage that resonates with their beliefs and values.
Q: Can I personalize these readings to suit our relationship?
A: Of course! Feel free to personalize these readings by adding your own anecdotes, reflections, or insights. Your wedding day is a reflection of your unique love story, and personalizing your readings adds an extra layer of meaning and authenticity to your ceremony.
Q: How do I incorporate these readings into my ceremony?
A: Discuss your chosen readings with your officiant and ceremony planner to determine the best placement and timing within your ceremony. Whether it's during the vows, ring exchange, or a dedicated reading segment, your officiant can help weave these passages seamlessly into your ceremony flow.
As you embark on the journey of marriage, let these top 5 wedding readings for 2023 serve as inspiration for your big day. Whether you're drawn to the whimsical charm of "Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog" or the profound simplicity of "Mountain Thoughts," each reading holds the power to infuse your ceremony with love, meaning, and significance. Explore our library of wedding readings and discover the perfect passage to celebrate your unique love story. Ready to craft your dream ceremony? Sign up for our Ceremony Builder today.