Gay Wedding Readings

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To help you in your search in this section we have some popular gay wedding readings.

Ask your registrar how many readings you are allowed and then sit down with your partner and think about whether you both have a favourite poem or passage of writing that may be suitable.

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Choosing your Gay Wedding Reading

It is popular for gay weddings to include one or two readings from close friends or family. There is huge selection of romantic poems to choose from which can add a lovely romantic essence to your ceremony. You and your partner may choose these readings or you can leave it up to the person you have asked to do the reading.

Wedding readings are not a legal requirement but they do add romance to your ceremony.

Your readings should reflect to all of your guests your love for each other. You can use an extract from your favourite poem or book or even choose a song lyric. Some couples write their own material for wedding readings. The only rule is that your reading cannot contain any religious references and it should be approved by your registrar beforehand.

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Finding the Perfect Gay Wedding Reading

Ask your registrar how many readings you are allowed and then sit down with your partner and think about whether you both have a favourite poem or passage of writing that may be suitable.

Search online or go to the library to see if you can find any readings that you both like.

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To help you in your search here are some popular gay wedding readings:

Love’s Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the Ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine? —
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?

How Do I Love Thee?
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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.

Once in a lifetime
Once in a lifetime you find someone
who touches not only your heart, but also your soul.
Once in a lifetime, you discover someone
who stands by you, not over you.
Once in a lifetime you find someone
who loves you for who you are, not for who you could be.
Once in a lifetime, if you are lucky,
you find someone, as I have found you.

The One
When the one whose hand you’re holding
Is the one who holds your heart
When the one whose eyes you gaze into
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight,
And the things you plan together
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in
puts their faith and trust in you,
You’ve found the one and only love
You’ll share your whole life through.

I belong in your arms
by Deborah Bridea
I belong in your arms
Finally, I have found a place
Into which I fit Perfectly, Safely
And securely with no doubts,
No fears, No sadness, No tears.

This place is filled with happiness and laughter
Yet it is spacious enough, to allow me
The freedom to move around,
To live my life and be myself.
This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed,
I have found Finally
Inside your arms, Inside your heart, inside your love.

This Day I Married My Best FriendThis day I married my best friend
the one I laugh with as we share life’s wonderous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole

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.

Readings are great way of involving family and friends in your ceremony, giving them important and meaningful roles to play. Select those friends and family to do a reading whom you feel will be confident to deliver on the big day as public speaking can be a daunting task for some.