Choosing Readings for Your Wedding

All weddings in the Church of England include one or more readings from the Bible. There are many popular and exciting passages to consider including:

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

The number one most popular choice for a wedding reading, probably because it talks about the power of love:

“ Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude…”

Song of Solomon, Chapter 8, verses 6 & 7

A love poem between two lovers:

“ Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as  death... ”

Colossians, Chapter 3, verses 12-17

This reading talks about the necessary ingredients for a loving relationship:

“ Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony… ”

Genesis, Chapter 1, verses 26 -28

This reading talks about God creating women and men to look after the earth:

“ So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them… “

Mark, Chapter 10, verses 6-9

What marriage is all about, two people coming together to become one:

“ For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh… “

Click here to read the full text of these and other passages online on the Church of England's Weddings website.

Other Readings

You are also welcome to have other appropriate non religious readings as part of your marriage service