Poems for Weddings

Finding poems for weddings is rather like a treasure hunt. It takes a lot to find the perfect one that expresses just how you feel about your new partner, but isn't so hard to read that you're embarrassed just saying the words out loud.

Love Sonnets

Love sonnets are a lyrical poem that are written in a distinct style. We recognize them as classical poetry, usually written in Shakesperean or Italian style. Although Shakespeare didn't invent the sonnet, his are the most well known.

Familiar lines such as:

Shakespeare - Sonnet 152

In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn,
But thou art twice forsworn, to me love swearing,
In act thy bed-vow broke and new faith torn,
In vowing new hate after new love bearing.
But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee,
When I break twenty? I am perjured most;
For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee
And all my honest faith in thee is lost,
For I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness,
Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy,
And, to enlighten thee, gave eyes to blindness,
Or made them swear against the thing they see;
For I have sworn thee fair; more perjured I,
To swear against the truth so foul a lie!
–William Shakespeare

So if you love the old English classics, try looking up "love sonnets Shakespeare" and you'll have plenty to choose from!

Classical Love Poems

If you are daunted by the old English tongue, perhaps some familiar poetry that has been ageless. This poem has been read at countless weddings:

How Do I Love Thee

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 everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
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.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

An eloquent reply by Robert Browning:

From This Day Forward

We may not know what the future holds.
But we know who holds the future
And we know who holds us.
As long as we're walking hand in hand
together into the great unknown of tomorrow
And letting Him be our guide,
We can be sure that together.
we will triumph.
Grow old along with me.
The best is yet to be
the last of life for which
the first was made.

Robert Browning

If you love this old fashioned style, check out more famous verses by Margaret Atwood, e.e. cummings, and Emily Dickinson.

These lovely sentiments have been revered and stood the test of time over and over again.

Modern Love Poems for Weddings

Although not as famous as the written authors, there are literally thousands of poems written by eager romantics and shared with you on the internet.

Perhaps reading some of these will inspire your own pen to write words from your heart. Remember - it doesn't have to necessarily rhyme. It just needs to speak how you feel about your love.

Here's a lovely example:

It is time. The moment has come.
I look into your eyes, and the world vanishes.
All that exists is you and me and this moment of moments,
The moment our souls will become one
unite3d in the bonds of love,
Brough together by the God who
made us for each other.
I'm speechless. I'm in awe
I marvel that the one who made all of creation
cared so much for me that He would make
you, my soul mate.

You are as much as part of my being
As the beating of my own heart.
When you urt, I hurt.
When you cry, I cry.
When you rejoice, I rejoice.
Where you go, I go.
Wherever God leads us,
I will be by your side.
The One who created life created
us for each other.
And because of His saving grace,
not even death can part us.


Poems for Weddings on Cards

Been browsing in the Hallmark store lately? Some of those cards say "just the right thing" within being quite as flowery as the classical poems. My daughter treasured a card her fiance had given her that she had it inscribed on her clear glass unity candle! It brought a personal touch into the service that was "just between them".

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