5 Readings to include in your Christmas wedding ceremony

Let’s face it, after this summer’s wedding season could we not easily recite 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, in our sleep? All together now: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy – ”. Enough!

Considering how unique each couple’s love truly is, isn’t it bizarre how we so heavily depend on the same rotation of readings to celebrate them?

Rather than relying on the conventional, if you’re planning a wedding, wouldn’t it be more memorable — for you, your partner and all your guests — if you took a different route? Words are powerful; the right ones can move people to tears (and that’s what we’re after really, right? Never leave a dry eye in the house!).

In the same way your first dance or vows should represent who you really are, so too should the readings you use. From meaningful song lyrics, to favorites books or film quotes, you can add even more sentiment to your ceremony by choosing something that’s special to you.

Here are our 5 most loved — and still seldom-heard-of — readings, especially for Christmas weddings:

From, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

A fun way to use a different genre of reading, is to choose an excerpt from one of your favorite Christmas films. Do you have a “go-to” that you put on as soon as the first snow falls, to get you in the Christmas spirit?

Most films — family-friendly ones, especially — have an underlying romantic message, so you won’t have to hunt for long to find a cute line or two, to describe your feelings for each other.

This one from The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a beauty:

“My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side.

Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever.

For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.”

Photographer: Liv Hettinga 

From, ‘Scrooged’

A Christmas wedding brings everyone together at a wonderful, loving time, and so how fitting is this quote from the 1998 film ‘Scrooged’?

“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”

Best thing is, it’s short and sweet. So it’s perfect to incorporate into a longer speech.

Photographer: Lauren McGee

May This Christmas Be the First of Many, Anonymous

Poems are always a crowd-pleaser… and they’re easy to rehearse, making them perfect for a nervous bridesmaid, if they’ve been asking to do a reading!

This poem, ‘May This Christmas Be the First of Many’ will likely be new to your friends and family.

May this Christmas be the first of many,

Each more joyous in our growing love,

Revealing more of happiness than any

Riches might provide or pain remove.

Years flow like an unrepentant river,

Carrying the soil of life away,

Holding far more than they can deliver,

Rushing past the certitudes that stay.

In love there is an instance of forever

So shy and lovely it eludes the eye,

The sense of being home when we’re together,

More enduring than a reason why.

As love is born of passion, borne by will,

So may for many years we choose love still.

… isn’t that gorgeous? “The sense of being home when we’re together” — isn’t that what love is all about?

Photographer: Jerome Park 

The Snow Is Deep on the Ground, by Kenneth Patchen

If you and your partner are of faith, but want to include a reading that’s a little less traditional than a Bible verse, this poem by Kenneth Patchen might be ideal:

The snow is deep on the ground.  

Always the light falls

Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.

This is a good world.

The war has failed.

God shall not forget us.

Who made the snow waits where love is.

Only a few go mad.

The sky moves in its whiteness

Like the withered hand of an old king.  

God shall not forget us.

Who made the sky knows of our love.

The snow is beautiful on the ground.  

And always the lights of heaven glow  

Softly down on the hair of my belovèd.

Photographer: Kylee Hunter

Liz Lemon’s “What I want”, from 30 Rock

Let’s round off our top five with something truly unconventional.

Tina Fey penned “What I want” for her show, 30 Rock, and — hilariously — it’s a pretty accurate description of what most women are looking for. Have you found your ideal match in your partner? Then tell them!

“I want someone who will be monogamous and nice to his mother. And I want someone who likes musicals, but knows to just shut his mouth when I’m watching LOST. And I want someone who thinks being really into cars is lame and strip clubs are gross. I want someone who will actually empty the dishwasher instead of just taking out forks, as needed, like I do. I want someone with clean hands and feet and beefy forearms like a damn Disney prince. And I want him to genuinely like me even when I’m old. And that’s what I want.”

Weddings are layered in traditions – make yours as unique as you both are! We hope these Christmas excerpts help you to pic something that makes your heart soar on your special day – enjoy! If you’re looking to rethink other aspects of your wedding, here are 4 wedding traditions to do differently.