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Serenade with words. Photo by Some Kind Of Beautiful. Wedding of Patricia and Stefan.

“Haikus are Easy
But sometimes they don’t make sense
Refrigerator.”

If this is as good as your poetry-writing gets, you may need some inspiration sifting through our list of poems from favourite books of literature and love poetry. Feel free to mix, match, and personalize these wedding words to reflect your unique relationship.

A GOOD WEDDING CAKE
4 lb. of love.?1 lb. butter of youth.
1/2 lb. of good looks.
1 lb. sweet temper.
1 lb. of blindness for faults.
1 lb. of self forgetfulness.
1 lb. of pounded wit.
1 lb. of good humour.
2 tablespoons of sweet argument.
1 pint of rippling laughter.
1 wine glass of common sense.
1 oz. modesty.
 
Put the love, good looks and sweet temper into a well furnished house.
Beat the butter of youth to a cream, and mix well together with the blindness of faults.
Stir the pounded wit and good humour into the sweet argument,
then add the rippling laughter and common sense.
Work the whole together until everything is well mixed, and bake gently for ever.
~ Author Unknown

A Summer's Day
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimm’d:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ou’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
~ William Shakespeare
 
Apache Blessing
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.
~ Author Unknown
 
As We Stand
As we stand beside the ocean tide,
may our love always be as constant and unchanging as these never-ending waves that pour
beneath our feet, flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea;
your love came softly upon my heart,
just as the foam comes softly upon the sand,
and just as there will never be a morning without the ocean's flow,
so there will never be a day without my love for you.
 
I pledge myself to you this day.
Our love will be as unchanging and dependable as the tide;
as these waters nourish the earth and sustain life,
may my constant devotion nourish and sustain you until the end of time.
~ Author Unknown
 
At My Daughter's Side
Tomorrow was a lifetime away, now suddenly it's here.
How did it happen so quickly? This wedding drawing near.
How can I act so happy? How can I act so gay?
When in such a very short time, I'll give my daughter away.
I wish I could grasp a moment, and make the clock stand still
So I could let my heart catch up, but I know it never will.
All the worries of being a parent, all the battles won,
No one ever warned me about the day the job is done.
Yet, there is another side, where my heart is not as sad.
When I look in my daughter's eyes, I can't help but be joyful and glad.
This day she has dreamt about, for just about all her life.
She's going to be such a beautiful bride and a loving, caring wife.
I'll stand with the congregation as my daughter walks down the aisle
And even though there are tears in my eyes, my face will bear a smile.
For I know that I was very blessed when God lent this child to me.
To love and care for and nurture, so she would grow up to be
This lovely, bright young woman, who tomorrow will be a bride
And as always I'll be there, with love at my daughter's side.
~ Linda Jo
 
Away From You
Away from you there is no music,
There is no sunlight,
The world is gray.
Away from you the clocks are frozen,
And time’s a traveller
Who’s lost his way.
I’m half alive
Until the moment the door swings open
And you walk through,
Now my soul is afloat
On a wave of music
That I could feel such joy I never knew.
And so you see why I can never be away from you
~ Sarah Brightman
 
Eskimo Love Song
You are my husband
My feet shall run because of you
My feet dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.
~ Author Unknown
 
From This Day Forward
From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
and my arms will be your home.
~ Author Unknown
 
How Do I Love Thee?
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old grief's, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - And, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 
I Ching
When two people are at one in their inmost hearts,
they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.
And when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts,
their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.
~ An Excerpt
 
I Promise
I promise to give you the best of myself
and to ask of you no more than you can give.
 
I promise to respect you as your own person
and to realize that your interests, desires and needs
are no less important than my own.
 
I promise to share with you my time and my attention
and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.
 
I promise to keep myself open to you,
to let you see through the window of my world
into my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you,
to be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.
I promise to love you in good times and bad,
with all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how, completely and forever.
~ Dorothy R. Colgan
 
I take you as my partner...
I take you as my partner, my friend and my love.
My hopes and dreams will now be intermingled with yours.
I will seek to balance my needs with those of our community and family.
I will openly draw from our combined experience and feelings in our search for truth and meaning.
I will strive for harmony through compromise and understanding.
I will be forgiving, but not complacent.
From this day forward, I take shared responsibility for our marriage, family, community and myself,?regardless of our successes or failures.
I promise to be faithful and true to you in mind, body, and spirit; to cherish you and respect you;
and to be a source of comfort and encouragement, free and bound by our love, as long as we shall live.
~ Author Unknown
 
If in the morning when you awake,
If the sun does not appear, I will be here.
If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand, and have no fear, I will be here.
I will be here, When you feel like being quiet,
When you need to speak your mind I will listen.
Through the winning, losing, and trying we’ll be together,
And I will be here.
If in the morning when you awake,
If the future is unclear, I will be here.
I will be here, And you can cry on my shoulder,
When the mirror tells us we’re older.
I will hold you, to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me.
We’ll be together and I will be here.
I will be true to the promises I’ve made,
To you and to the one who gave you to me.
I will be here.
~ Steven Curtis Chapman
 
I'll Wait For You
We said we’d walk together, baby come what may
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me. We swore we’d travel, darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each other’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for me. Now everyone dreams of love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you.
If I should fall behind, wait for me.
Now there’s a beautiful river in the valley ahead,
There ‘neath the oak’s bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I’ll wait for you.
And should I fall behind, wait for me.
Darlin’ I’ll wait for you.
Should I fall behind, wait for me.
~ Bruce Springsteen
 
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds.
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is not shaken:
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom,
If this be error, and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
~ William Shakespeare
 
Love
Love is a friendship that has caught fire.
It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.
It is loyalty through good and bad.
It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness.
Love is content with the present.
It hopes for the future and it doesn't brood over the past.
It's the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems,
compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals.
If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you don't have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it, and share it!

Love's Philosophy
The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
the winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single'
All things by a law of divine
In another's being mingle
Why not I with thine?
 
See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another,
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
 
Marriage Advice
Let your love be stronger than your hate and anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.
Believe the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.
The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.
Please hand this down to your children and your children's children.
~ Jane Wells (1886)
 
Marriage Joins Two People In The Circle Of Its Love
Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.
It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal.
It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
 
Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships.
A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.
And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing,
and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent or child.
 
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.
Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger,
even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid.
It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences,
new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.
 
When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage,
they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.
 
Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love?each other and takes a lifetime to fulfil.
~ Edmund O'Neill (b. 1929)
 
Never Marry But For Love
Never marry but for love; but see that thou lovest what is lovely.
He that minds a body and not a soul has not the better part of that relationship,
and will consequently lack the noblest comfort of a married life.
~ William Penn (1644-1718)
 
Now You Will Feel No Rain
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
~ An Apache Blessing
 
On Marriage
Then Almitra spoke again and said, and what of Marriage, Master?
And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
 
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
 
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
~ Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
 
Our Family
Our family is a circle of love and strength.
With every birth and every union, the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every obstacle faced together makes the circle stronger.
~ Author Unknown
 
Our Mother
You are the mother I received
The day I wed your son.
And I just want to thank you, Mum
For all the things you've done.
You've given me a gracious man
With whom I share my life.
You are his loving mother and I his lucky wife.
You used to pat his little head,
And now I hold his hand.
You raised in love a little boy
And gave to me a man.
~ Author Unknown
 
Our time has finally come...
Our Wedding Day...
Our time to laugh,
Our time to dance,
Our time to love,
Our time to embrace.
I thank God for bringing us together in his perfect time.
 
But as God has brought us together
Let us not forget the ones that time and God has departed from our world
But not before they graced us with special memories only they could create
Which are carried with us throughout our lives.
The laughter we have harvested through the autumn of their days,
Remember only for a moment when tears were gently brushed away by a hand that only know kindness and love.
The melodious laughter that echoes through life’s endless mazes.
The heartfelt hugs that surrounded our little selves when we felt so alone.
But this to has to end, the darkness enclosed their beings,
Only to release our loved ones to a time of peace,
A time of last embraces and goodbyes.
~ Author Unknown
 
Perfection
Perhaps perfection seems too bold
A word here to apply.
For once love penetrates the heart,
It spreads to cloud the eye.
 
Still we in blindness take a chance
And gladly join in Cupid's dance.
For every joyful heart has shown,
Perfection dwells in love alone.
~ David Kirk
 
Reprise
Geniuses of countless nations
Have told their love for generations
Till all their memorable phrases
Are common as goldenrod or daisies.
Their girls have glimmered like the moon,
Or shimmered like a summer moon,
Stood like a lily, fled like a fawn,
Now the sunset, now the dawn,
Here the princess in the tower
There the sweet forbidden flower.
Darling, when I look at you
Every aged phrase is new,
And there are moments when it seems
I've married one of Shakespeare's dreams.
~ Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
 
See What Flowers are at my Feet
I cannot see what flowers are at my feet, ?Nor what soft incense hangs upon the boughs, ?But, in embalmed darkness, guess each sweet ?Wherewith the seasonable month endows ?The grass, the thicket, and the fruit-tree wild; ?White hawthorn, and the pastoral eglantine; ?Fast fading violets cover’d up in leaves; ?And mid-May’s eldest child, ?The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine, ?The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves..
~ John Keats
 
Somewhere
Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours for one lone soul, another lonely soul
Each chasing each through all the weary hours, and meeting strangely at one sudden goal;
Then blend they - like green leaves with golden flowers, into one beautiful and perfect whole
And life's long night is ended, and the way lies open onward to eternal day.
~ Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904)

Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments.
Love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests... and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love is not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out... even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
~ William Shakespeare
 
The Art Of A Good Marriage
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.
~ Wilferd Arlan Peterson
 
The Colour of My Love
I'll paint a sun to warm your heart
Knowing that we'll never part.
I'll draw the years all passing by
So much to learn, so much to try.
 
I'll paint my mood in a shadow blue,
Paint my soul to be with you.
I'll sketch your lips in shaded tones,
Draw your mouth to my own.
 
I'll trace a hand to wipe your tears
And trace a look to calm your fears.
A silhouette of dark and light
To hold each other oh so tight.
 
I'll paint the stars in the evening sky,
Draw the light into your eyes,
A touch of love, a touch of grace,
To softly fall on your moonlit face.
And with this ring our lives will start,
Let nothing keep our love apart.
I'll take your hand to hold in mine,
And be together through all time.
~ David Foster and Arthur Janov
 
The Love You Have Will Change
The love you share will change, moment by moment.
To maintain the foundation you have already built,
you must place your faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships.
We encourage you to leap at the flow of the tide and not resist its ebb, for it will always return.
The only true continuity, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity...in freedom,
in the sense that dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partner in the same pattern.
~ Author Unknown

These I Can Promise
I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
 
But I can promise all my heart's devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that's ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.
 
Yes, I'll Marry You
I Promise.
~ Author Unknown

This Day I Married My Best Friend
This day I married my best friend
...the one I laugh with as we share life's wondrous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that's best.
...the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
...the one I love with every fiber of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole.
~ Author Unknown
 
To Be One With Each Other
What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour,
to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?
~ George Eliot (1819-1880)
 
To Everything there is a Season
To everything there is a season,
And a time to every purpose under the heaven;
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted...
A time to weep, and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn, and a time to dance,
At time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together.
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing...

Today I Married My Best Friend
Today I married my best friend,
Our bond complete, it hath no end,
We share one soul, we share one heart,
A perfect time - a perfect start.
 
With these rings we share together,
Love so close to last forever,
This special day - two special hearts,
Let nothing keep this love apart.
~ Rachel Elizabeth Cooper (b. 1977)
 
Touched By An Angel
Us, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight to liberate us into life.
 
Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
 
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light we dare be brave
And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be.
Yet it is only love which sets us free.
~ by Maya Angelou
 
We Pledge to Each Other
We pledge to each other to be loving friends and partners in marriage.
To talk and to listen, to trust  and appreciate one another;
to respect  and cherish each other's uniqueness;
and to support, comfort and strengthen each other through life's joys and sorrows.
 
We promise to share hopes, thoughts and dreams as we build our lives together.
May our lives be ever intertwined, our love keeping us together.
We will build a home that is compassionate to all, full of respect and honour for others and each other.
May our home be forever filled with peace, happiness and love.
~ Author Unknown
 
Why Marriage?
Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person,
With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body...
 
Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me,
Who won't hold them against me,
Who loves me when I'm unlikable,
Who sees the small child in me, and
Who looks for the divine potential of me...
 
Because I need to cuddle in the warmth of the night
With someone who thanks God for me,
With someone I feel blessed to hold...
 
Because marriage means opportunity
To grow in love in friendship...
 
Because marriage is a discipline
To be added to a list of achievements...
 
Because marriages do not fail, people fail
When they enter into marriage
Expecting another to make them whole...
 
Because, knowing this,
I promise myself to take full responsibility
For my spiritual, mental and physical wholeness
I create me, I take half of the responsibility for my marriage
Together we create our marriage...
 
Because of this understanding
The possibilities are limitless.
~ Mari Nichols-Haining
 
Yes, I'll Marry You
Yes, I'll marry you, my dear,
And here's the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it's creepy and it's late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.
 
Yes, I'll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It's you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It's you that has to whack him.
 
Yes, I'll marry you,
You're virile and you're lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!
It's you who has to work the drill
and put up curtain track,
And when I've got PMT it's you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do!
~ Pam Ayres
 
Come to the orchard in spring
There is light and wine
And sweethearts
In the pomegranate flowers
If you do not come
These do not matter
If you do come
These do not matter
~ Rumi
 
I love you.
You are my best friend.
Today I give myself to you in marriage.
I promise to encourage and inspire you,
to laugh with you, and to comfort you in
times of sorrow and struggle.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
when life seems easy and when it seems hard,
when our love is simple, and when it is an effort.
I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard.
These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life
 
I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
 
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.
 
I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
 
I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.
~ Roy Croft

A bride at her wedding should wear
Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
And a sixpence in the shoe.
 
Something Old--symbolizes the continuous chain between the bride's family and the past.
Something New--symbolizes optimism and hope for good fortune and success in the brides’ new life.
Something Borrowed--symbolizes the friends and family that will always be there for the bride and the
shared happiness from married couples.
Something Blue--symbolizes the bride's faithfulness, loyalty, purity, fidelity and purity.
~ Author unknown




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