There are many Bible verses appropriate for a wedding. Select meaningful verses to use during the ring ceremony or find one to feature in the printed wedding program to convey your spirituality.
There is more than one version of the Bible, and there are some sections that are used by some denominations but not others. If your wedding is taking place in a church that you or many of your important wedding guests attend on a regular basis, yet you are unfamiliar with the denominational practices of the church, it may be worth it to speak to the pastor or do a little research before selecting wedding Bible verses to feature in the ceremony or program.
While verses can be found online in abundance, it is important to double check the accuracy of what is presented online versus what is actually printed in the Bible that will be used during the ceremony. For example, suppose you e-mail a Bible verse you found online to your maid of honor because she is going to read the passage during the ceremony. She familiarizes herself with the verse and is comfortable with the wording, but then during the ceremony she is handed a different version of the Bible and stumbles over some complicated wording that was not in the version you had sent her electronically. Instances such as this highlight why it is so important to research the version that will actually be used during the ceremony instead of assuming everyone is using the same version as you.
Appropriate Wedding Bible Verses
There is no shortage of the mention of love within the Bible and this makes for a wide selection of verses to choose from. One of the most popular wedding Bible versus is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, which talks about how love is patient and kind. If it sounds familiar to you, this may be because it is used frequently both in wedding ceremonies as well as within Christian wedding programs. Do not allow the frequent use of this particular verse dissuade you from using it within your own wedding ceremony; it truly is one of the most appropriate wedding verses throughout the Bible and is quite beautiful.
If you would like to use different wedding Bible versus, consider some of these other appropriate choices:
Bible Verses About Love
- 1 Corinthians 13:13
- 1 Peter 4:8
- Colossians 3:14
- Ephesians 4:2
- Song of Solomon 2:10-14
- Song of Solomon 8:6-7
Bible Verses About Marriage
- Ephesians 5:25
- Ephesians 5:33
- Mark 10:6-9
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
- Ecclesiastes 9:9
- Hebrews 13:4
Choosing a Verse
Some Bible verses about love and marriage are quite poetic and lovely while others are stern warnings to avoid straying from marriage. Choose the Bible verse based on a few different factors:
- What will the verse be used for? Will it be printed on a program or spoken by the officiant?
- What is the purpose of the verse? Are you simply looking for something poetic or is your ceremony religious?
- What message are you trying to convey?
Pay close attention to the wording in the verse and be sure to read the verses before and after the passage you want to use in your wedding. Some passages taken out of context may not actually mean what you think they mean. Taking the time to actually read the surrounding passages or researching the meaning of the verse is a great idea, especially considering you intend for the verse will be a part of one of the most important days of your life.
Some churches have very specific wording that must accompany the spoken presentation of Bible verses. Speak to the officiant to make sure that the Bible verses are presented properly during the wedding ceremony. In some cases, the officiant may also need to approve all readings at the ceremony, including Bible verses.
There are many wedding Bible verses appropriate either for your ceremony or your wedding program. If you want to incorporate your spirituality into your wedding, choosing verses can be a beautiful way to do so.