Poems, Poetry & Quotes


Wedding poems, prayers, readings and blessings can be used in a number of places throughout your wedding day. You could include a short poem or prayer on your wedding invitations, poems and prayers can be included in the service and a wedding blessing could be said once you have all taken your seats for dinner.

Anyone asked to make a speech at the reception may choose to include a poem or blessing as part of their speech or wedding toast to the bride and groom as they begin their life together.

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Wedding Day Poems & Bridal Poetry

A wedding day is a very special occasion - as well as planning for a wonderful day you are hoping to have memories that will last a lifetime.

To help you plan for the wedding ceremony or reception speeches, you will find a selection of free poems at Poem4Today.

Whether it's your sister, son, daughter or brother that's getting married, if you've been asked to make a short speech, writing it down in poetry form, even having it rhyme, can make it easier to read on the day.

There are several places online where you can arrange for someone else to write on your behalf if you're stuck for words, try Elance.com for starters.

It's tradition that the father (or mother)  gives a toast - you could use one of these simple pieces of poetry as the main body, with just a short introduction and thank you from yourself.

Here is our Selection of Wedding Poems & Readings ...

to help you create a special & memorable day

Wedding Poem: Believe Me


Table Linen

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms,
Live fairy gifts fading away,
Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,
To which time will but make thee more dear!
No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets
The same look which she turned when he rose!

~ Thomas Moore

This one is ideal for a short reading:-

Apache Wedding Blessing

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 loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be
Good and long upon the earth.

Wedding Poem: Love

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all. ,

~ Roy Croft

A Marriage Prayer

God fill your marriage
with memories to treasure

Of faith and trust along the way
of love too deep to measure

And bring to you as man and wife
the happiness of knowing

That God who fills your cup of life
will keep it overflowing

Irish Marriage Blessing

May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but
happiness from this day forward

Marriage Is...

Two hearts and two lives
bound together as one,
In the name of the Father,
the Spirit, the Son...
A vow before God
to be faithful and true,
To honor and love
your whole life through...
A love that is given
and also that's taken,
Tenderly cherished
and never forsaken...
With Jesus the center,
a cord of three strands
A bond tightly woven
to stay strong
and stand

These I Can Promise

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

~ Author Unknown

To Be One With Each Other

What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strenghen
each other in all labor, to minister 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

Wedding Prayer

Stand beside me
In the conviction of our love
For there's a world
full of tomorrows to discover
As we join hands and exchange rings
In a symbol of unity, commitment
and unwavering love
Each of us, coming to this moment freely
Without a moment's hesitation or worry
Knowing full well that what we are feeling today
Will only be enhanced
By our two hearts entwined
On a journey that will emcompass
All real and imagined distances
And every so often, endure life's uncertainties
and harsh realities
Alongside a lifetime supply of joy and happiness
Stand beside me
in honesty,
And faith
Stand boldly beside me
Throughout the course of our lifetime
In the conviction of our love
Forever more...

Marriage Takes Three

It's not enough just two you see,
To complete His plan there must be three.
As Husband and Wife you complete your love,
with sacred vows and the Lord above.
If together you'll both kneel and pray,
with sincere hearts as you end each day,
And in all you do, if you put Him first,
He'll meet your needs and quench your thirst.
It's not enough, just two you see...
to complete His plan, it takes all three.


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved

~ William Shakespeare

On Your Wedding Day

Today is the day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as husband and wife

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken.

So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper “I do”.

And with luck, all your hopes and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts.

The Legend of the Wedding Band

In a fair and far-off country
many centuries ago.
a kind young King was married
to a Princess he loved so.
Together they lived happily
until they learned one day
that duties were to force the King
to journey far away.
One night before he left
as he walked through the palace grounds
he tossed, into a moonlit pool
some pebbles he had found.
As the lovely ripples widened
from where the little pebbles fell
the King stood thinking quietly
of the wife he loved so well.
And remembering, on the next day
the circles he had seen
he had a gold ring made to fit
the finger of the Queen.
"There is no ending or beginning
to the circle of this band,"
the King said to his wife
as he slipped it on her hand.
"And that's why I have chosen
this golden ring to be
a pledge, to you my love
that will last through all eternity."
And so, since then, a golden ring
has been the symbol of
the beauty of devotion and the endlessness of love.
May all the love and happiness
You two have found together
Like the circle of a wedding band
Go on and on ...forever.

The Wedding Ring

The sweetest story that's ever been told
Lies in the slim little circle of gold
Joining two people as husband and wife
To share in the joys and the sorrows of life.
For richer for poorer - in sickness and in health
Your marriage can yield up as wonderful wealth
Of memories to treasure and hopes to renew
All part of the promise made by you two.
With faith in each other and love as your guide
As long as forever, you'll walk side by side
And the shining reminder of how much you care
Will line the gold band that you both wear.

~ Alice E. Chase

Eskimo Love Song

You are my husband (wife)
My feet shall run because of you
My feet shall dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.

~ Author Unknown

What a beautiful piece of poetry to read to your bride or bridegroom!

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