Including poetry in your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to express your love through beautiful wording, and the perfect opportunity to get family members or close friends involved in your ceremony, by asking them to read them out for you.
Of course, it isn’t a compulsory element and you should only include elements that mean something to you and reflects your unique love, relationship and your personalities. But if you want to inject some amazingly well-written words about love, using poetry is a great idea!
If you are not an avid fan or reader of literature, it may be a tricky task to search through vast amounts of poems and writers to find one that speaks to you, especially when reading through the classics.
Using poetry which was written tens, or even hundreds of years ago is wonderful, if you are a fan of the work, have a connection with the words or if you want your ceremony to exude a very traditional feel. However, the language and the content used in these may not resonate with your way of life, or the way you and your partner communicate with each other.
So, I want to introduce you to some incredible modern poets, who may still turn you into a poetry fan yet! These modern poets have become hugely well known now, largely through Instagram and the popular hashtag #instapoets (I recommend following).
Here are some examples of a few amazing writers and some poems which could either be included in your wedding script, or inspire you to start reading and researching modern poets.
Tyler Knott Gregson – Chasers of the light
I love you,
you’ve never been
for reasons you’ve never been
for longer than you think you
and with more
than you will ever know existed
I want kisses without questions marks
and if at some point one lingers
I want the passion we share
to makes those marks stand at attention,
straighten their backs
and transform themselves back
into the exclamation marks
that used to and always should
lock themselves to our lips.
I couldn’t tell you how many
stars are in the night sky,
but I know that my love for you
evenly crowned from beginning to end
is more than the entire whole
of the black universe.
I know that I will always love you in this way.
wholly and nothing less.
I have thought
My entire life
To be happy.
I do not
As I have
Lang Leav – I know
I know love, because I am in love. Because of how
long I’ve loved. Because of the man I love.
Love used to be a beautiful mirage, a moonbeam on
the water I tried to cup in my hands. Now it is a
grand oak tree, tried and rested, roots driving deep
down into the earth. I have a love that takes me
across oceans. A love that tells me I am home, no
mater where in the world I am.
Lang Leav – At Least
Love looks pretty on you. It makes you soft, tender, proud.
Makes you sit up and take notice. Gives you a home to set
down your things.
What a blessing it is, to have dancing and music and poetry.
What a gift it is, to look at someone and say,
I’m so happy to have found you – at last, at last, at long, long
last – you’re here.
Beau Taplin – Growth
Somebody who betters you. Somebody
Who inspires and encourages you in love
And in life, who pushes you towards
Dreams and goals you’d otherwise ignore,
Who selflessly sacrifices their time to
Helping you become a more courageous,
Well rounded and happy human being.
That’s sacred. You hold on to a love like that.