Poetry has been written and recited for hundreds of years. Perhaps more than any other writing genre, poetry can capture the essence of an emotion, of a love story, and portray it in stanzas and rhyme that others can enjoy for its art. If you're looking for something to make your special day even more special, you may want to consider adding poetry to your ceremony.
Ways to Include Poetry in Your Ceremony
There are many ways to incorporate wedding ceremony poetry into your big event. Consider these tips when planning your ceremony:
- Write your own poetic vows. This is the ultimate in devotion. Writing your own vows, especially in poetry form lends a creative and loving aspect to the ceremony. Your guests will be touched by your heartfelt declarations of love and you can spend the rest of your life knowing that the vows you made were truly your own.
- Read poetry during the ceremony. If you prefer more traditional vows, you can still designate a part of the ceremony to poetry reading, reciting either your own words or those written by another poet.
- Ask a friend or cherished family member to read poetry on your big day. By asking someone else, you honor their special place in your life and take the pressure off you and your spouse-to-be. There are already so many things to think about and do on your wedding day, why add one more thing?
- Print a special poem in your wedding ceremony program. If you don't want to make reciting poetry a part of your actual ceremony, you can print a poem or poems written by you, your spouse, or others in your program for guests to read before or after the ceremony.
Tips for Writing Wedding Poetry
If you do decide to write your own poetry for your ceremony, here are a few simple tips to help you create a beautiful, lasting memory.
- Use metaphor. Compare your beloved to something beautiful, touching, or meaningful to you.
- Don't feel constrained by rhyme or traditional metaphors. The beauty of poetry is that it can reflect you and your love. It doesn't have to rhyme or rely on a wedding metaphor to be infused with meaning.
- Write together. It can be an amazing bonding experience to write a marriage poem together with your spouse-to-be.
- Consider including something meaningful to your partner. What is her favorite flower? How can you reference his favorite song? These small details can make the poem even stronger and far more momentous.
Famous Poems for Weddings
If you don't want to write your own, consider these popular poems for weddings:
- "How Do I Love Thee" by Elizabeth Barret Browning
- "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet
- "I Carry Your Heart with Me" by E.E. Cummings
- "Touched by an Angel" by Maya Angelou
- "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Blysshe Shelley
- "It's All I Have to Bring To-Day" by Emily Dickinson
- "Do Not Take From Me Your Laughter" by Pablo Neruda
More Inspirational Poems for Your Nuptials
Today, it's easier than ever to find resources to make your wedding day the kind of memory that will live on for all of your days. For more poetry resources, websites, such as Poetry, Poets, and Famous Poets and Poems, offer a vast array of heartfelt, meaningful poems written by some of the most influential poets in history.