The wedding ceremony is one of the most emotional and heartfelt moments of the entire day. It's the time when two people, surrounded by their loved ones, come together and promise a future filled with happiness, loyalty, and the creation of endless memories. So whether you want to write your own vows or not, reading a love poem is the perfect way to add an additional layer of depth to your ceremony. Looking for the right poem to read? Here are 5 unforgettable love poems to consider using during your wedding.
1. "Love Is Friendship Caught Fire", by Laura Hendricks
Love and friendship is so closely connected and most lasting relationships start off as strong friendships. This is a poem that highlights that journey and is something that so many couples can relate to.
2. "A History of Love", by Diane Ackerman
While you may think this poem is going to dive in a long story about the history of love throughout the years, the words are short, sweet and concise and call out only the most prominent and important parts of the history and evolution of love.
3. "I Love You", by Roy Croft
In place of writing your own vows, this poem is a great stand in verse to explain the promises of love now and in the future. It's the perfect way to describe the ways you love your partner and how you can't wait for your love to grow.
4. "Looking For Your Face", by Rumi
We all spend countless time dreaming of who our forever person will be and when we'll cross paths with them. This poem highlights that journey and explains what happens when that love is found.
5. "Sonnet XLIII", from "Sonnets from the Portuguese", by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If you're looking for a classic touch, this poem is the one to use in your ceremony. It's a poem that can be read from the bride, the groom, or even a close family member.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.