Your marriage ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. All of the preparations lead up to the moment that you both stand before each other  to take your vows and commit to becoming husband and wife. The reception following is the party to celebrate that you are now married and let’s face it – who doesn’t like a party? Much of the time involved in planning a wedding revolves around the details of the reception. The menu, the cake, the entertainment, choosing decorations and practicing your bridal waltz are fun elements of planning your day BUT planning your ceremony doesn’t have to be boring!

Whilst there are elements that have to be included in the marriage ceremony by law, it is possible to create a sincere and meaningful ceremony. Couples have the opportunity to personalise the content of the ceremony through sharing a story, music and songs or rituals and symbols. A popular way to share your thoughts on marriage and commitment is  through the use of readings and poetry.

There are hundreds of poems and readings about romance, love, marriage, relationships and commitment in books and on the web.  If Shakespeare or Keats is not your style, find one that suits your story and the sentiment you wish to convey. Don’t forget to acknowledge the author or the source of the work you are using (I can advise you on your copyright responsibilities for your ceremony). There are professional writers available who can also pen something special for you for a fee. Of course, you can always speak from your heart, get creative and write something yourself… never know, you may surprise yourself – as well as your partner.

Whilst searching for the right piece, may take time- it is worthwhile in the end and can be something to share with each other and reflect on over the years ahead.

This is my favourite poem and I have had a couple use this piece at a ceremony recently……………..Simple, sincere and from the heart!

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)