Most Romantic Readings for Your Wedding Program

It’s important to create a vision for your marriage by selecting key verses that will help to shape your relationship and how you choose to show love for one another. Your wedding ceremony is the perfect moment to share that vision with the world and a keepsake wedding program can help guests to follow along with the readings and take them home for reflection. Below are some deeply romantic Scripture verses, poetry and prose that have inspired countless couples and their wedding guests.

Philippians 4:4-13

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Philippians 4:4-13 is a beautiful call to joy and peace in a wedding ceremony program.

I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Colossians 3:12-14

Colossians 3:12-14 in a wedding program reminds us all of the importance of forgiveness to a lasting love.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

C.S. Lewis on the Vulnerability of Love

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Beautiful description by C.S. Lewis of the vulnerability of love featured in a wedding program. C.S. Lewis himself had a unique love story, featured in the 1993 movie Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins playing the beloved scholar and theologian.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

Erasmus In Praise of Marriage

Renaissance philosopher and scholar Erasmus wrote this essay in 1518 to persuade a young man to get married. We found it very convincing, and an excellent addition to this wedding program!

The affection of a wife is not spoilt by faithlessness, is veiled by no pretence, is shattered by no change of fortune; in the end it is severed by death alone, or rather not even by death. She disregards her duties to her parents and sisters and brothers out of love for you, she looks up to you alone, she depends on you, with you she would fain die. If you have wealth, you have someone to look after it and increase it;  if you have none, you have someone who can seek it for you. In times of prosperity, happiness is doubled; in adversity there will be someone to console and assist you, to show her devotion, to wish your misfortune hers. Do you think there is any pleasure to be compared with so close a union? If you are at home, she is there to dispel the tedium of solitude; if abroad, she can speed you on your way with a kiss, miss you when you are away, receive you gladly on your return.

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