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Ceremony Readings

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The wedding ceremony is the most significant part of your wedding day. The audience will remember it forever and the ceremony readings that you choose will set the tone for the rest of the day. The readings that you choose can be poems, verses, prose passages, quotes, or any personal words that couples or their loved ones may choose to recite.

Choosing the ceremony readings can be difficult for some couples. These couples should keep in mind a few things such as their audience, the type of wedding, whether it is a religious wedding, a theme wedding or a civil wedding. These factors can help the couple to determine what readings should be recited. The type of readings will also depend on the personality of the couple. Some may decide to choose a romantic poem that tells the story of their love life in a way that they can relate to. Others may go for a more traditional or religious ceremony in which  passages from the bible will be recited by family or friends in addition to the wedding officiant. Additionally, some couples may be simply renewing vows which could take on an entirely different tone.

In addition to choosing the specific ceremony readings couples must also choose who they would like to actually recite them. Often times close friends of the couple or family members will do the readings. Couples must be sure to ask those individuals in advance to ensure that they are comfortable with speaking in public. While some people may be a little nervous others may not be able to handle the pressure. More often than not however, most people are honored and are up to the task.

The readings that couples choose for their wedding ceremonies can vary from classic and traditional readings to romantic. Below are a couple of poems that are popular.

“Sonnet from the Portuguese”

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

“To Be One With Each Other”
What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories?
~ George Eliot

For more information on how Houston Minister Services can help you to create the perfect wedding ceremony and for more ceremony options, please contact us at 281- 208-2025 and please continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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