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5 Modern Poets To Inspire Your Wedding Ceremony Readings

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,

in ways

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.


Christopher Pointdexter

I have thought

My entire life

I needed


Or mountains

Or magnificent

City lights

To be happy.

Truth is:

I do not

care where

I am

As long

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.

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