3 of Our Favourite Wedding PoemsMay 24, 2022
Incorporating poetry in a wedding ceremony creates an atmosphere of love which enhances the intimacy of the ceremony. Poems help us to reflect on the moment we are in, and can be beautiful takeaways for guests.
As a celebrant, couples look to you to create scripts that reflect their love, relationship and future. Poetry can (and should) be part of that.
Wondering which poems to include in a wedding program? Check out these 3 amazing wedding poems.
New Beginnings by Barbara Crooker
The simple language employed in this poem makes it easy to understand. Barbara Crooker uses a tone that’s not only welcoming but also promises the couple a bright future together. You can use the poem to set the tone of the wedding ceremony as it is rich in romantic language.
“May this be a day of new beginnings
the sun, like a fragrant apple; the summer air,
soft on your hands as the kiss of a child.
May berries melt like honey on your tongue.
May your heart rise in wonder
at the clouds drifting across the sky.
May the trails under your boots
be covered in pine quills,
let the leaves rain down
in the autumn of your heart.
May the snow beneath your skis
run as fast as watered silk,
may the cold air kiss your cheeks,
turn them red as summer’s roses.
May the rivers always flow
with their unexpected beauty,
the first freshets of snowmelt,
the rush of early spring.
May you always walk in gladness
through whatever path or highway;
may you always walk within the golden circle of your love.”
Touched By An Angel by Maya Angelou
Are you looking for a poem that will usher in the mood of the big day? “Touched by an Angel” can be a perfect choice. In this poem, Maya Angelou recaps the journey of love, from loneliness to a blessed life together. The poem gives hope to the couple as they start a new life together.
We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
How Do I Love Thee? By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If you are looking for a safe way to set the romantic tone of the wedding ceremony, this classic and well known poem can be an excellent choice.
Not only is the poem an expression of pure love, but the words are also magical and loved by poetry enthusiasts everywhere. Reading such a poem in a wedding ceremony evokes strong emotions in the couple and guests as well. Anyone can relate to the poem as it is clear and easy to understand.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death
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