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5 Beautiful Poems For Your Wedding


Some couples choose to have a poem as a reading during their wedding ceremony.  Alternatively, you might want to have the words of  a poem printed onto a fabric back drop as décor for your venue or include a poem in your wedding invites.   Poetry is another great way to personalise your day.   5 Beautiful Wedding Poems

However you choose to use it, here are 5 beautiful poems for weddings. 


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 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.


Come with Me by Fran Landesman

This is one of the most fitting wedding poems for your wedding vows, and we think it would also look fantastic as a framed, decorative piece of art in your home after the big day.

Sleep with me, wake with me
Give with me, take with me
Love me the way I love you.

Let me get high with you
Laugh with you, cry with you
Be with you when I am blue
Rest with you, fight with you
Day with you, night with you
Love me whatever I do.

Work with me, play with me
Run with me, stay with me
Make me your partner in crime
Handle me, fondle me
Cradle me tenderly
Say I’m your reason and rhyme.

Pray with me, sin with me
Love with me, win with me
Love me with all of my scars
Rise with me, fall with me
Hide from it all with me
Nothing is mine now – it’s ours.


Wedding Poems


Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one’s self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another–and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are–and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.


Vow by Roger McGough

This lovely poem by Roger McGough makes for a great modern wedding reading and is definitely one of our favourite wedding poems.

I vow to honour the commitment made this day
Which, unlike the flowers and the cake,
Will not wither or decay. A promise, not to obey
But to respond joyfully, to forgive and to console,
For once incomplete, we now are whole.

I vow to bear in mind that if, at times
Things seem to go from bad to worse,
They also go from bad to better.
The lost purse is handed in, the letter
Contains wonderful news. Trains run on time,
Hurricanes run out of breath, floods subside,
And toast lands jam-side up.

And with this ring, my final vow:
To recall, whatever the future may bring,
The love I feel for you now.

Fabric Backdrop with Wedding Poem

I’d Choose You from The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

And I’d choose you;
in a hundred lifetimes,
in a hundred worlds,
in any version of reality,
I’d find you and I’d choose you.


I hope these give you some inspiration for your special day.  You can find loads more help and advice on the blog and details about wedding planning support here.


Louise Wearmouth, Founder of Your Fabulous Wedding