A Word About Ceremony Readings: Readings to Consider

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2007

How to find the right words? Start by perusing these selections, which range from classic religious passages to more modern works.

Biblical
Genesis 2:18-24
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Song of Solomon 2:10-13
Colossians 3:12-17

Spiritual
Passages from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran
"The Apache Wedding Prayer"
Selections from "A Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson
Passages from "The Path to Love" by Deepak Chopra

Classic Works of Poetry
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Carry Your Heart With Me" by e.e. Cummings
"It's All I Have to Bring Today" by Emily Dickinson
Sonnet 79 by Pablo Neruda

For More Ideas, Check Out These Wedding Anthologies
"Into the Garden, A Wedding Anthology: Poetry and Prose on Love and Marriage," edited by Robert Hass and Stephen Mitchell
"Wedding Readings: Centuries of Rituals on Love and Marriage," edited by Ellen Munro
"African-American Wedding Readings," edited by Tamara Nikuradse

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