Here are some Readings and Poems you may wish to use for your wedding ..... these are just a few. Talk to me about others that may suit your needs. I also have poems and readings from different cultures and religions or am more than happy to help to find a reading which suits the theme of your ceremony. 

There are some ideas for music for your ceremony at the end of this  page.






To Love
To love is to take the greatest risk of all.
It is to place one's future in one's happiness into another's hands.
It is to allow oneself to trust without reserve.
It is to accept vulnerability.
And thus I love you.
Helen Thompson


From  Corelli's Mandolin             by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement,
it is not the promulgation of eternal passion.That is just being "in love" which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

Earth Vows (Kaldera and Schwartzsein 2004)
By seeds of all beginning, I make this vow.
By the roots of all depth, I swear to love with all my might.
By stem and trunk that reach the sky, I swear to respect your soaring spirit.
By buds that grow, I swear to never crush your dreams.
By leaf that kisses the sun and rain, I swear to share my joys and sorrows with you.
By flowers that open to the dawn, I swear that I do trust you.
By fruit that gives forth sweetness, I swear to nourish and support you.
By seeds within the fruit that grows the tree anew, I swear to begin anew with you, again and again,
As many times as life decrees
By life and death, by hand and eye, by heart and spirit,
This I do swear to you before the fates
And mark my soul forever with your touch.
As all green things grow, so shall our love,
As its memory be carried forever beneath the feet
Of a thousand generations to come.

To My Very Good Friend Laura Medley
We have all had many friends
throughout our lives,
but only a few of those friends
we would call good friends,
That's because being a good friend
involves time and understanding and love,
which can be difficult to share with another.
When I think of my good friends,
I always think about you,
because that is what you have been to me.
You have taken the time
to be there when I needed you,
and you have listened to me
when my life was changing.
You have always cared enough
to try to understand my feelings
and help me to understand myself.
And, most important,
your consideration and honesty
have shown me
that your friendship is true…
symbolising a very special kind of love
that only a few friends
ever share with one another.
Thank you for being such
a good friend to me,
and for all the joys we have known together.

In the art of Marriage the little things are the big things -
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say 'I love you.' at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together to face the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right partner -
It is being the right partner.

The sun has burst the sky by Jenny Joseph
The sun has burst the sky
Because I love you
And the river its banks.
The sea laps the great rocks
Because I love you
And takes no heed of the moon dragging it away
And saying coldly 'Constancy is not for you'.
The blackbird fills the air
Because I love you
With spring and lawns and shadows falling on lawns.
The people walk in the street and laugh
I love you
And far down the river ships sound their hooters
Crazy with joy because I love you.

Marriage Is Love
If two are caring, as they're sharing life's hopes and fears,
If the music of laughter outweighs the sadness of tears,
Marriage is togetherness.
If both derive pleasure from mere presence of each other,
Yet no jealousies restrict, worry or smother,
Marriage is freedom.
If achievements mean more when they benefit two,
And consideration is shown with each point of view,
Marriage is respect.
And if togetherness, freedom and respect are combined
With a joy that words can never fully define,
Then marriage is love

Learn How to Love
Every day you live,
Learn how to love.
Take time with each other,
Restore each other's soul with loving words.
 Receive love with as much understanding
As you give it.
Find that which is within yourselves
Then you can share it with each other.
Do not fear this love,
And do not fear this marriage,
But keep open hearts and sincere minds.
Be sincerely interested in each other's happiness,
Be, too, constant and consistent in your love,
And in your actions.
From this, as you know, comes security and strength.
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us,
So, even though you retain your individuality,
Today in a real sense you also become on
In a true unity.
That this may be deep and rewarding,
Today, the day of your marriage,
Try to commit yourselves,
Fully and freely and trustingly,
To each other, without reservations.

Marriage from The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran 
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the
shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,\
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Love from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say "God is in my heart" but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody at night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13
Love is always patient and kind;
It is never jealous;
Love is never boastful or conceited;
It is never rude or selfish;
It does not take offence,
And is not resentful.
Love takes no pleasure
In other people's faults
But delights in the truth;
It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope.
It is always ready to endure whatever comes.
Finally, true love does not come to an end.

So What Is Love?
So what is love?
If thou wouldst know
The heart alone can tell:
Two minds with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
And whence comes love?
Like morning bright
Love comes without thy call.
And how dies love?
A spirit bright,
Love never dies at all.

adapted from, Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
I give you my hand!
I give you my love more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself?
Will you travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other
As long as we live?

adapted from From St Paul to the Ephesians
Give yourself to one another completely.
Be generous in your giving and make no conditions for these gifts.
Love one another constantly and fully.
Be humble in your acceptance of your partner's love.
Be honest with each other.
Be thankful for each other's love and strive to develop its richness day by day.
Respect each other in every way.
Be patient with each other's weaknesses and accept each other for what you are, not what you wish one another to be.
Communicate constantly with one another.
Be calm, patient, tolerant and reasonable in your communication.
Be capable of good listening.
Share with one another misfortune and fortune alike.
Be compassionate and express your love for one another constantly.
Know your limitation and be honest with yourself as you are with one another.
Fuse your souls into one another and be happy for the love you have been so fortunate to find in one another.

adapted from, Wedding Prayer  Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
and for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love  Edmund O'Neill
Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly and passes away more quickly.Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfil.

 Wedding Reading
You share today the joy of a deep commitment
And a sacred trust, and you have given each other
The most precious gift of love
Treasure it, nurture it and encourage it
With all the honesty you used in creating it
You are sharing something rare and beautiful
Always speak the truth and listen attentively
So that you may understand each others thoughts and intentions
Inspire each other by sharing your accomplishments
Say I love you often to retain the warmth between you
Laugh a lot too, even when you are angry
Remember you are each other's best friend
Stand together and for each other always
May each day be a blessing
And the fulfilment of your dreams.

There is no greater happiness than that of sharing life,
With all its joys, and all its cares, as a loving man and wife.
For love gives life new meaning, and has a special way
Of growing stronger, and deeper, with every passing day.
Yes, life is so much happier and brighter when you're sharing
The very special joys that come with loving and giving and caring.

The Journey
Two friends decided to journey together towards a common destination. Before they began their journey they share their expectations as follows: There will be days, my friend, when one will want to walk along the mountain path, whilst the other may prefer the valley, but we will come together at the end of the day and share our experiences. There will be days when one will want to sing and dance, whilst the other will prefer to travel in quietness, so we will choose different paths, but we will meet at the close of the day and be content with our experiences. There will be days when one may want to rest, whilst the other may want to move further along the path, but at the right time we will come together and be happy that each has fulfilled their own needs. There will be days when we shall travel together as one. If we can respect the other's need whilst still fulfilling our own, then our journey will be an experience to rejoice in.

Blessing of the Apaches
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

How Do I Love Thee? 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 every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
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.

 From Gift From The Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you love someone; you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern. The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

A Birthday Christina Rossetti
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love has come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

Eskimo Love Song, Author Unknown
You are my husband
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.

You are my 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

As the I Ching says:
"When two people are at one in their inmost hearts,
They shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts,
Their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids."

Beach Wedding Poem
Standing beside this oceans tide,
May your love always be constant & unchanging,
Like these never-ending waves pouring beneath our feet,
Flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea;
Love came softly upon your hearts,
Just like foam comes softly upon sand,
And just as there will never be a morning without this ocean's flow,
So there will never be a day without your love for one other,
As today you pledge yourselves together forever.
This love will be unchanging - dependable like the tides;
Waters nourish the earth and sustain life,
So to may your constant devotion nourish and sustain one other
Until the end of time.

Married Love by Kuan Tao-Sheng
You and I
Have so much love,
That it
Burns like a fire,
In which we bake a lump of clay
Moulded into a figure of you
And a figure of me.
Then we take both of them,
And break them into pieces,
And mix the pieces with water,
And mould again a figure of you,
And a figure of me.
I am in your clay.
You are in my clay.
in life we share a single quilt,
In death we will share a coffin.

Everyone Needs Someone  Helen Steiner Rice.
People need people and friends need friends
And all need love for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim
Not on success or on worldly fame,
 But just in knowing that someone cares,
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers.
For only the knowledge that we're understood,
Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good,
And we rob ourselves of life's greatest need
When we "lock up our hearts and fail to heed"
The outstretched hand reaching to find,
A kindred spirit whose heart and mind
Are lonely and longing to somehow share
Out joys and sorrows and to make us aware
That life's completeness and richness depends
On the things we share with our loved ones and friends

Love is a Mighty Power Thomas a Kempis
Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good.
Love alone lightens every burden, and makes rough places smooth.
It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all
bitterness sweet and acceptable.

Nothing is sweeter than love,
Nothing stronger,
Nothing higher,
Nothing wider,
Nothing more pleasant,
Nothing fuller or better in heaven or earth; for love is born of God.

Love flies, runs and leaps for joy.
It is free and unrestrained.
Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds.
Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil,
attempts things beyond its strength.

Love sees nothing as impossible,
or it feels able to achieve all things.
It is strange and effective,
while those who lack love faint and fail.

Love is not fickle and sentimental,
nor is it intent on vanities.
Like a living flame and a burning torch,
it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.

Love is Friendship Caught Fire Laura Hendricks
Love is friendship caught fire;
it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. 
It is good and bad times.
It settles for less ,
and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

Love is content with the present,
hope for the future and does not brood over the past.
It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations,
problems, compromises, small disappointments,
big victories and working toward common goals.

If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack. 
If you do not have it,
no matter what else there is, it is not enough.

Poem by Rumi (Sufi poet)
May these nuptials be blessed for us, may this marriage be blessed for us,
May it be ever like milk and sugar, this marriage like wine and halvah.
May this marriage be blessed with leaves and fruits like the date tree;
May this marriage be laughing forever, today, tomorrow, like the hours of paradise.
May this marriage be the sign of compassion and the approval of happiness here and hereafter;
May this marriage be fair of fame, fair of face and fair of omen as the moon in the azure sky.
I have fallen silent for words cannot describe how the spirit has mingled with this marriage

The Owl and the Pussycat Edward Lear
The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,
          You are, You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

 Pussy said to the Owl, 'You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?'
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
          His nose, His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

 'Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
          The moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

To a Marriage Brian Zouch
In your hands you hold the key to life
The key to open up the door of love
The strength to face together joy or strife
And all of human frailties rise above
You take a vow this day to be as one
In all you do? in all that you inspire
And let there be noon beneath the sun
Who'd seek to put asunder your desire
And let us wish this knot we tie this day
Be firm and strong against the test of time
And let our children's children say
That all was good and right and fine
And so in all humility and in this place
We cast your love into the hands of fate
For it is written true that all you face
If faced with love, you'll triumph and be great
For greatness lies within the souls of lovers
There is no power can tear it from your grasp
It bonds your hearts as one, to one another's
As Alpha and Omega? first and last
So go you forward from this place this day
And as you journey 'along the road of life
Know that you stand together, come what may
For true love comes just once, not twice, not thrice.

Rainer Maria Rilke Marriage is in many ways a simplification of life, and it naturally combines the strengths and wills of two young people so that, together, they seem to reach farther into the future than they did before. Above all, marriage is a new task and a new seriousness, - a new demand on the strength and generosity of each partner, and a great new danger for both.

The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of their solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvellous living side by side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

That is why this too must be the criterion for rejection or choice: whether you are willing to stand guard over someone else's solitude, and whether you are able to set this same person at the gate of your own depths, which he learns of only through what steps forth, in holiday clothing, out of the great darkness.

 Life is self-transformation, and human relationships, which are an extract of life, are the most changeable of all, they rise and fall from minute to minute, and lovers are those for whom no moment is like any another. People between whom nothing habitual ever takes place, nothing that has already existed, but just what is new, unexpected, unprecedented. There are such connections, which must be a very great, an almost unbearable happiness, but they can occur only between very rich beings, between those who have become, each for his own sake, rich, calm, and concentrated; only if two worlds are wide and deep and individual can they be combined.... ...For the more we are, the richer everything we experience is. And those who want to have a deep love in their lives must collect and save for it, and gather honey.

The Art of Marriage Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage: The little things are the big ones. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner

The Voyage of Commitment: The voyage of commitment is never made alone; we cannot be committed only to ourselves or we will die. We must ask whether we call give ourselves to another, or to others not knowing the changes that time, bad luck, and sickness may work on them .You have to give more than this in real love, and be ready to move into darkness, illness and loss of beauty, if you care at all about someone else. We stand on sacred ground when we stand close enough to another to give ourselves without strings, conditions, or codicils written into our commitments. Are such commitments possible? How can we tell unless we have given ourselves to another, made our heart vulnerable, in order to achieve a sense of life which is deeper than the trembling moment and its dreadful ticking uncertainties.

Tolstoy Having embarked on marriage he saw at every step that it was not at all what he had imagined. At every step he experienced what a man experiences when, after admiring the smooth, happy motion of a boat on a lake, he finds himself sitting in it himself. He found that it was not enough to sit quietly without rocking the boat, that he had constantly to consider what to do next, that not for a moment must he forget what course to steer or that there was water under his feet, that he had to row, much as it hurt his unaccustomed hands, that it was pleasant enough to look at it from the shore, but very hard, though very delightful, to sail it.

 'We are each a secret to the other. To know one another cannot mean to know everything about each other; it means to feel mutual affection and confidence, and to believe in one another. We must not try to force our way into the personality of another. To analyse others is a rude commencement, for there is a modesty of the soul which we must recognise just as we do that of the body. No one has a right to say to another: "Because we belong to each other as we do, I have a right to know all your thoughts." Not even a mother may treat her child in that way. All demands of this sort are foolish and unwholesome. In this matter giving is the only valuable process; it is only giving that stimulates. Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.' Albert Schweitzer

"A successful marriage is one where each partner discovers that it is better to give love than to receive it. To truly love another person is to wish that person to develop and flourish in his or her own terms. In a long marriage there will be joy and laughter, but also sadness and sorrow, harmony and discord, as you strive to overcome adversity and fulfil your dreams. The key value of wedlock is that it allows for intimacy between a woman and a man, who can enjoy each other's company, share ideals and expectations, confess failures and admit defeats to each other, and yet realise in union the qualities of the good life. As you build your home, embark upon careers, and raise a family, your marriage can become a work of art in which both of you together give it line and form, colour and tone. You will be challenged every day and in every way to make your marriage work. If you do, it can become a thing of beauty, a joint creation of aesthetic" Paul Kurtz

Daily Afflictions We're all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you've been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there's no right person, just different flavours of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. It isn't until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems - the ones that make you truly who you are - that you're ready to find a life-long mate. Only then do you finally know what you're looking for. You're looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: the right wrong person - someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, "This is the problem I want to have." Andrew Boyd

from The Shipping News Quoyle experienced moments in all colours, uttered brilliancies, paid attention to the rich sound of waves counting stones, he laughed and wept, noticed sunsets, heard music in rain, said I do. A row of shining hubcaps appeared in the front yard of the Burke's house. A wedding present from the bride's father.
For if Jack Buggit could escape from a pickle jar, if a bird with a broken neck could fly away, what else might be possible? Water may be older than light, diamonds crack in hot goat's blood, mountaintops give off cold fire, forests appear in mid-ocean, it may happen that a crab is caught with the shadow of a hand on its back, that the wind be imprisoned in a bit of knotted string. And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery. Annie Proulx

The perfect couple does not work
at stressful jobs all day.
They never have to juggle things
or rush in any way.
The perfect couple doesn't have debts
Their bills are promptly paid.
They have the funs left over
To employ a live-in maid.
The perfect couple doesn't have cars
Or homes that need repairs.
They only feast on dinners
That a gourmet chef prepares!
The perfect couples goes through life
Without much grief or fuss.
I guess it's pretty clear
That couple doesn't sound like us!
We work, we spend, we juggle time…..
That's our reality….
But I share my life with you,
And that's the perfect life for me!

I Wanna be Yours    by John Cooper Clarke 
I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust,
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust,

If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot,
You call the shots,
I wanna be yours.

I wanna be your raincoat
For those frequent rainy days,
I wanna be your dreamboat
When you want to sail away,

Let me be your teddy bear
Take me with you anywhere,
I don't care,
I wanna be yours.

I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out,
I wanna be the electric heater
You'll get cold without,

I wanna be your setting lotion
Hold your hair in deep devotion,
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
That's how deep is my devotion.

 This site has some more wonderful resources - Wedding Verses and Vows


Some Ideas for Music for a Wedding

If you would like live musicians to perform at your ceremony, look at my LINKS and RESOURCES page for recommendations. Of course you will have your own favourites or songs that are special to you as a couple. These are just some suggestions to help you get started. Remember, it's your wedding and you should have the music that is meaningful to both of you.

Prelude (ie, seating music)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Air on a G String (Bach)
Air, from Water Music (Handel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring(Bach)
Largo (Handel)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
Michael Buble or
Frank Sinatra
Celtic Harp Music

Processional - the arrival of the Bride
Largo, (Ombra mai fu) from Serse, Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Unforgettable Nat King Cole
"Friendship Theme" from the movie "Beaches"
"Maid Marion" from Robin Hood
"Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copeland
"Wedding March" from The Sound of Music
"Carolan's Draught" by Turlough O'Carolan
"Music for the Royal Fireworks" by Handel
"Pomp and Circumstance", Elgar
"The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Handel
"March" (from Scipio), Handel
"Trumpet Tune and Air", Purcell
"Trumpet Voluntary", Clarke
"Wedding March" (from The Marriage of Figaro), Mozart
"Wedding March" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream), Mendelssohn
"Carillion", Murril
"Coronation March", Walton
"Crown Imperial", Walton
"Orb & Sceptre", Walton
"Fantasia in G" (middle only), Bach
"Adagio in A Minor", Bach
"Toccata and "Fugue in D Minor", Bach
"Sinfonia" (from Wedding Cantata), Bach
"Te Deum" (Opening Fanfare only, March and Rondeau), Charpentier
"Waltz in A Flat", Brahms
"Majesty", Telemann
"Grace", Telemann
Crazy Love by Van Morrison
Have I told you Lately (Rod Stewart or Van Morrison versions)
Beautiful Soul (Jesse McCartney)
"Adagio" from Mozart's "Gran Partita Serenade in Bb"
Theme from "Love Story"
Every Time I Look at You, Il Divo
"At Last" Etta James
Exactly Like You, Nina Simone
"My Girl" Temptations

Signing the Register
Air from Orchestral Suite 3 in D major, J.S. Bach

A Love Until the End of TimePlacido Domingo / Maureen McGovern

Because you're Mine Nat King Cole

All I want is you (U2)

Everything I do (Bryan Adams)

Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John)

In your eyes (Peter Gabriel)

What a wonderful world (various)

"These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder
I will - Lennon & McCartney

Recessional - your first journey as husband and wife
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, Telemann
Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, J.S. Bach
From This Moment On Shania Twain
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Perhaps Love Placido Domingo / John Denver
Love is in the Air John Paul Young
Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
Love Me Do - Beatles
Still the One - Orleans
Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
Happy Together - The Turtles
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
"Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell (also used as processional) [eg]
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach (also a processional) [eg]
"Le Rondeau" (Masterpiece Theatre theme) by Mouret [eg]
"Allegro" (Water Music suite) by Handel [eg]
"Morgan Megan" by Turlough O'Carolan
"Grande Choeur Dialogue", Gigout
"Toccata in B Minor", Gigout
"Triumphal (Homage) March" (Opus 53, No. 3), Grieg [br]
"Transports de Joie", (No.3 from L'Ascension), Messiaen
"Trumpet Voluntary", Stanley
"Grand March" (from Aida), Verdi
"Prelude and Fugue in A", Bach
"Processional", Mathias
"Sonata in A major", (first movement), Mendelssohn
"Trumpet Overture" (from the Indian Ocean), Purcell
"Marche Heroique", Brewer
"The Ride of the Valkyrie", Wagner
"Toccata" (from Symphony No.5), Widor
"Rejoicing", Telemann
"When I'm Sixty-Four," The Beatles
"Rhythm of Love," Plain White T's
"I'm Into Something Good," The Bird and The Bee
"Happily Ever After," Blu Cantrell
"First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes
"Love You Madly," Cake
"Marry You," Bruno Mars
"Lovely Day," Donavon Frankenreiter
"Life, Love & Laughter," Donavon Frankenreiter
"You Are the Best Thing," Ray LaMontagne
"All You Need Is Love," Lynden David Hall
"L-O-V-E," Nat King Cole
Beautiful Day (U2)

Diamonds on the Inside (Ben Harper)
Come away with me (Norah Jones)
Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins)
Amazing (Alex Lloyd)
"Can you feel it?" by the Jackson Five
Another One Bites the Dust , Queen
If you want to sing out, sing out,  Cat Stevens

"Love," Matt White

"To Be Surprised," Sondre Lerche

"Brighter Than the Sun," Colbie Caillat
"Into the Mystic," Van Morrison
"Clocks," Vitamin String Quartet
"You're the World to Me," David Gray
"Home," Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
"Love Me Do," The Beatles
"All You Need Is Love," The Beatles
"This Will Be Our Year," The Zombies
"Two of Us," Aimee Mann
"Don't Stop Believing," Vitamin String Quartet
"I'm Yours," Vitamin String Quartet
"We're Going to Be Friends," The White Stripes
"Anyone Else But You," The Moldy Peaches
"I Was Made for You," She & Him
"Realize," Colbie Caillat
"Grow Old With Me," The Postal Service
"No One," Alicia Keys
"Hello Sunshine," Super Furry Animals
"Dog Days Are Over," Florence + The Machine
"Looks Like We Made It," Barry Manilow
"We've Only Just Begun," Carpenters
"Anthem," Suzanne Ciani
"Beautiful Day," U2
"From This Moment On," Cole Porter
"Linus & Lucy" Peanuts Theme, Vince Guaraldi
"Little Martha," Allman Brothers Band
"Oh! You Pretty Things," David Bowie
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Stevie Wonder
"Sunshine of My Life," Stevie Wonder
"The Long and Winding Road," The Beatles

Anywhere in your ceremony
All I Ask of You Sarah Brightman / Michael Crawford
Annie's Song John Denver
Ave Maria (Gounod) Luciano Pavarotti
Ave Maria (Schubert) Luciano Pavarotti
Be My Love Jose Carreras
Can't Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley

Darling, Je vous aime beaucoup Nat King Cole
For You John Denver
Hornpipe in D, from Water Music (Handel)
I'll Get By as Long as I Have You
If There's Anything That You Want The Beatles
Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
Magnolia John Marvin
Marry Me Neil Diamond
One Hand, One Heart (Sondheim) Kiri Te Kanawa
Panis AngelicusLuciano Pavarotti
Ramona Gene Austin
Sweet Sue, Just You George Metaxa Toccata (Widor)
Trumpet Tune and Air (Purcell)
Amazing - Alex Lloyd
Crazy for You - Madonna
Beautiful in My Eyes - Van Morrison
Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
Can't help falling In Love - Elvis Presley
First time ever I saw your face- Roberta Flack
Moon River - Breakfast at Tiffanys Theme
You are so Beautiful - Joe Cocker
Power of Love - Celine Dion
It has to be you - Harry Connick Jnr
I do it for you - 1927
Love me Tender - Elvis Presley
A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong
My Girl - Temptations
At Last - Etta James
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Is This Love? - Bob Marley



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