These wedding sayings and verses make wonderful readings for your ceremony. Used as they are, or adapted to suit, they can make your day extra special and memorable. Having a reading during your ceremony is also a great way to involve a family member or friend, asking them to do a reading for you makes them an important part of your day.
Your chosen words are significant, as they express your personal views on love and marriage to all of the closest people in your lives, who are there to witness and celebrate your special day with you. Your choice of words are also a way of making your ceremony unique and memorable for your guests.
There are wedding sayings here suitable for both church or civil ceremonies. Religious or spiritual words are not permitted in civil ceremonies, and some churches will not allow modern verse. Whatever you choose, it will need to be approved by your minister or registrar.
If you are not able to use your favourite wedding sayings, there is always the option of having them read at your reception instead.
Photos: (above) My daughter, son-in-law and their children on their special day in 2011. (below) My other daughter with her husband in 2002.
Wedding sayings are listed alphabetically on authors surname.
Unknown author wedding sayings are at the bottom of the page.
Union gives strength.
You are my friend. And a friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Robert Browning 1812-1889
Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be.
Buddhist Marriage Teaching (adapted) Wedding Saying
There is nothing without a cause. The coming together of this man and woman is not an accident; it is the foreordained result of numerous previous lives. This bond cannot be made less or broken. In the time ahead, this joyous occasion will arrive as surely as the morning even though difficult times will arrive as inevitably as the darkening night sky. When things go joyously, take the time to meditate. When things cause you sadness, take the time to meditate. To only say the words 'love and compassion' comes easily, but to know that love and compassion are dependent on perseverance and patience is not easy. If you remember this, your marriage will have strength and be everlasting.
George Eliot 1819-1880
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life. To strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.
Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931 Wedding Saying
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together. For pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Robert Herrick 1592-1674
And as this round (ring) is nowhere found to flaw, or else to sever.
So let our love as endless prove and pure as gold forever.
Christopher Marlowe 1564-1593
Come live with me and be my love
and we will all the pleasures prove.
Marriage is the weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity - everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.
Native American Love Blessing - Wedding Saying
Now you will feel no rain
for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons
but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in your journey ahead and through the years.
May happiness be your companion to the place where the river meets the sun.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your beings
And all the days of your lives may you walk gently
through the world and know its beauty.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect.
And remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness
that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship,
as they threaten all relationships at one time or another,
remember to focus on what is right between you,
not only on the part that seems wrong.
In this way you can ride out the storms
when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives,
remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked with abundance and delight.
When evening falls there you will both be.
You'll take each other's hands and turn together
to look at the road you have traveled to reach this,
the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you even as the future lies ahead.
A long and winding road whose every turn means discovery.
Old hopes - new laughter - shared tears.
The adventure has just begun.
May you find the strength of an eagle's wings,
and the courage and faith to soar to great heights.
And may you be granted the Universal wisdom to carry you there.
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
Now join hands,
and with your hands, your hearts.
Sydney Smith 1883-1969
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
Tao Te Ching (adapted) Wedding Saying
Your love is from life's great mystery.
It lies beneath a great quiet lake.
It is like the deep truth of a dark well.
Your love is purity and coolness.
You have no need to make waves in the water.
You have no need to dig another well.
You only have need to watch yourself with clarity
and drink deeply from your love.
Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
A good marriage must be created.
In the marriage, the little things are the big things...
It is remembering to say 'I love you' at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person...
It is being the right partner
A healthy relationship will never require you to sacrifice
your happiness, your family and friends,
your dreams or your dignity.
In joining your lives may God grant you both...
Love - to afford each other a special quality of time together.
Joy - in the accomplishments of one another.
Understanding - that your interests and desires will not always be the same.
Friendship - based on mutual trust.
Courage- to speak of a misunderstanding
and to work on a solution before the setting sun.
Compassion - to comfort each other in pain and sorrow.
Foresight - to realize rainbows follow rainy days.
Imagination - to keep with you part of the child you used to be.
Mirth - from your sense of humour.
Awareness- to live each day with the knowledge that
there is no promise of tomorrow.
May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.
I want to be your friend for ever and ever
When the hills are all flat and the rivers run dry
When the trees blossom in winter and the snow falls in summer
when heaven and earth mix, not till then will I part from you.
Marriage is a commitment to take that joy deep, deeper than happiness deep into the discovery of who you most truly are. It is a commitment to a spiritual journey, to a life of becoming - in which joy can comprehend despair, running through rivers of pain into joy again.
Thus marriage is even deeper than commitment. It is a covenant - a covenant that says: I love you, I trust you, I will be here for you when you are hurting, and when I am hurting I will not leave. It is a covenant intended not to provide a haven from pain or anger or sorrow. Life offers no such haven. Instead marriage is intended to provide a sanctuary safe enough to risk loving; to risk living and sharing from the centre of oneself. This is worth everything.
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings
Slow to make enemies and quick to make friends
And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts forever joined in love.
No matter how old you both get...
Never stop holding hands, never stop dancing
And never stop saying "I love you."
Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives.
For love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places.
And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all, one known only by those who love.
The key to love is understanding...
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word
But those unspoken gestures
The little things that say so much by themselves
The key to love is forgiveness...
To accept each other's faults and pardon mistakes
Without forgetting, but with remembering
What you learn from them
The key to love is sharing...
Facing your good fortune as well as the bad, together
Both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
To intensify your happiness
The key to love is giving...
Without thought of return
But with the hope of just a simple smile
And by giving in but never giving up
The key to love is respect...
Realising that you are two separate people, with different ideas
That you don't belong to each other
You belong with each other, and share a mutual bond
The key to love is inside us all...
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingrediants
It is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work
But the rewards are more than worth the effort
And that is the key to love
This day I married my best friend.
The one I laugh with, as we share life's wonderous zest
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that's best.
The one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
The one I love with every fibre of my soul
we used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.
Two doves meeting in the sky
Two loves, hand in hand, eye to eye
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul
Two stars shining big and bright
Two fires bringing warmth and light
Two songs played in perfect tune
Two flowers growing into bloom
Two doves gliding in the air
Two loves free without a care
Two parts of a single whole
Two hearts and a single soul
When I say I love you...
It's not because I want you or because I can't have you.
It has nothing to do with me.
I love what you are, what you do, how you try.
I've seen your kindness and strength.
I've seen the best and worst of you
and I understand with perfect clarity
exactly what and who you are.
When thy foot is at the alter,
When the ring hath press'd thy hand,
When thou lov'st, and those who love thee
smiling round thee stand,
O, may the verse that friendship weaves,
Like a spirit of the air,
Be o'er thee at that moment
for a blessing and a prayer.
You don't marry someone you can live with...
You marry the person who you cannot live without.
'Your marriage,' he said, 'should have within it, a secret and protected place open to you alone. Imagine it to be a walled garden, entered by a door to which you only hold the key. Within this garden you will cease to be a mother, father, employee, homemaker or any other of the roles which you fulfill in daily life. Here you are yourselves, two people who love each other. Here you can concentrate on one another's needs.'
'So take my hand and let us go back to our garden. The time we spend together is not wasted but invested. Invested in our future and the nurture of our love.
Photo: Taken about 1944 in London. My mother's family were evacuated during the war, but when she was about six her father took her back to London for a family wedding. Apart from having a new outfit for the occasion her main memory of that day was the sights and smells of a bombed London. She is the little girl in front of the bride and her father is on the far left.