There are five types of poems commonly heard at weddings, according to New York Magazine. These five types are: poems that explain weddings, poems that explain love, poems that are children's books, custom and personal poems, and commissioned poems.
Examples of poems that explain weddings are "A Blessing for Wedding" by Jane Hirshfield and "The First Marriage" by Peter Meinke. Examples of poems that explain love are "Sonnet 116" by Shakespeare and "Sonnet 43" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Examples of poems that are children's books are "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams and "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney. Custom and personal poems are poems created with specific meaning to the couple and can include almost anything. Commissioned poems are poems that are paid for and written by someone else.