Wedding poetry can be whatever you wish them to be and it does not have to be limited to only being read aloud during the ceremony.  They are intended to convey the importance a good marriage can have on a happy life, the joining of two souls to create one, and (what all newly-weds wish for) a lifetime of happiness filled with love, laughter and lasting memories.

Short poems could accompany your wedding invitations like the one below:

The Finest Thing

Among the finest things in life,
a good marriage
is the most satisfying and rewarding,
the deepest and best of pleasures.
That blessed relationship
uplifts, enriches, encourages
and strengthens both husband and wife.
A loving marriage
overcomes any obstacles
the world may put in its way,
strengthening the special marital bond
with every challenge conquered.
Your wedding
is the start of something better
than you can imagine.
May your marriage
be all that you dream of and more.

(By Joanna Fuchs)

Or maybe you would prefer something of just a few lines, like a haiku (a Japanese lyric form) that sums up the day. Why not ask your guests to put a few words together and create a haiku – you could get them to write in a specially provided book that you can keep.  What a great way to entertain your guests too and to give you an idea of what a haiku might look like we have included this short but sweet one. Can you guess which part of the day this is all about?

I Do

Fleeting glimpse of white.

Here comes the bride – all stand.

Do you take? I do!

(By S Tyler)

During the wedding ceremony or as part of one or both of the couple’s vows a poem that focuses on marriage such as the one below could be included.  Not only does it break from the traditional vows and add a touch of tenderness to the proceedings, but it could be a chance for the happy couple to share their love for each other with heartfelt words.


A marriage is a promise
That two hearts gladly make
A promise to be tender
To help, to give and take
A marriage is a promise
To be kind and understanding
To be thoughtful and considerate
Fair and undemanding
A marriage is a promise
To share one life together
A love-filled promise meant to be
Kept lovingly forever

(by author anon)

If poetry is something you and your future husband or wife have in common why not entertain your guests with some favourites as an addition to your table decorations. Or if you are feeling creative why not mix it up and include some of your own.

We have gathered some great poems – long and short – that are perfect for your wedding day and these can be found on our dedicated Pinterest board.  Why not go and check them out?