What Are Some Good Poems to Read at Weddings?

What Are Some Good Poems to Read at Weddings?

Some traditional wedding style poems include "To My Dear and Loving Husband," by Anne Bradstreet, and "The Good-Morrow," by John Donne. Anne Bradstreet's poem discusses marital happiness on earth and in the hereafter, while John Donne's poem describes the joy of finding a perfect love match and being unable to imagine life any other way, as expressed in this line from the poem, "“I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I did, till we loved?”

One of the most popular choices is the Bible passage from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: "Love is patient, love is kind." However, wedding poems can be spiritual, non-spiritual, personalized or even turned into a children's story. A few examples of non-spiritual poems are "A Sonnet of Sonnets," by Christina Rossetti, and "I Would Live in Your Love," by Sara Teasdale.

"A Sonnet of Sonnets," tells a story about the strength of love, beginning with the line, "I lov'd you first: but afterwards your love / Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song." Teasedale's "I Would Live in Your Love," is summed up well by its title, as can be seen here, "I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads."

A few more poems with famous author's to consider are "from Endymion" by John Keats, and "Sonnet CXVI: Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds," by William Shakespeare. If the poem will be used for a toast, then a few good options may be "Invitation to Love," by Paul Laurence Dunbar, or "A Blessing for Wedding," by Jane Hirshfield.