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Poems ~ Quotes ~ Readings
Poems to thank your guests for being with you on your special day.
For use on Scrolls, inside Menus, Orders of Service, Thank You cards etc.
Poem 1
This day for us is special
A time beyond compare.
The joy we feel deep in our hearts
We’re glad our guests can share.

Your presence here with us
Means more than words can say.
Please keep this small memento
To remind you of our day.
Poem 2
We thank you each and every one
For joining us this day,
You’ve added to our happiness
In a very special way.

And as the years shall come and go
Our dreams will give us pleasure,
And bring you back to us again
In memories to treasure
Poem 3
Thank you for sharing our special day,
For your love and support along the way.
A new life together we now start,
And you have played a special part.

You helped to bring our dreams to life,
Watched as we became husband and wife.
So we give our thanks and wishes too,
And all our love, from us, to you.
Poem 4
This is a special day for us,
The realisation of so many hopes and dreams
made more special by sharing it with family and friends.
We are grateful to you for being here,
You've added to our happiness in a very special way.
We will treasure every moment of this day
and hope that you too leave with happy memories.

With our love and thanks.

Readings for the Marriage Service

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.
Author unknown
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
A Good Marriage
A good marriage must be created,
In the 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 having a mutual sense of values 
and common objectives.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love 
that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation
And demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere 
in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person ~
It is being the right partner.
Wilferd Arlan Peterson
Apache Marriage Blessing
May the sun bring you new strength by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your fears,
And the breeze invigorate your being.
May you all the days of your life,
Walk gently through the world
and know its beauty.

Now we will feel no rain,
For each of us will be shelter to the other.
Now we will feel no cold,
For each of us will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no loneliness,
For each of us will be a companion to the other.

Now we are two persons,
But there is only one life before us
Author unknown
The One
When the one whose hand you're holding 
Is the one one who holds your heart 
When the one whose eyes you gaze into 
Gives your hopes and dreams their start,
When the one you think of first and last
Is the one who holds you tight,
And the things you plan together 
Make the whole world seem just right,
When the one whom you believe in 
puts their faith and trust in you,
You've found the one and only love
You'll share your whole life through.
Our Wedding Day
Remember when we were first together,
and we would talk and kiss and do
whatever we wanted for as long as we wanted.
We wish it could always be that way,
but so often it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day
to accomplish everything we have to do
and still squeeze in some special time for us.
So on our wedding day,
remember that no matter how complicated or crazy our days may get
one simple, timeless truth is forever in our hearts ...
we adore each other.
On Your Wedding Day
Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone's life
You'll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as husband and wife.
It's a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although they'll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure
You'll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It's the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do'
And with luck all your hopes and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts
The Magic of Love
Love is like magic, and it always will be,
For love still remains life's sweet mystery.
Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange,
And there's nothing in life that love cannot change!
Love can transform the most commonplace
Into beauty and splendour and sweetness and grace.
Love is unselfish, understanding and kind,
For it sees with its heart, and not with its mind.
Love is the answer that everyone seeks;
Love is the language that every heart speaks.
Love can't be bought, it is priceless and free.
Love, like pure magic, is life's sweet mystery!!
Helen Steiner Rice
Where There Is Love
Where there is love the heart is light,
Where there is love the day is bright.
Where there is love there is a song
To help when things are going wrong.
Where there is love there is a smile
To make all things seem more worthwhile,
Where there is love there's quiet peace,
A tranquil place where turmoil's cease.
Love changes darkness into light
And makes the heart take wingless flight.
Helen Steiner Rice
A Friend
A friend is a precious possession
whose value increases with the years.
Someone who doesn't forsake us 
When a difficult moment appears.
Someone who lights up the darkness,
With a smile that's as warm as the sun.
Who rejoices with us when we're happy,
Who praises the good that we've done.
And our road will be smooth an untroubled,
No matter what cares life may send.
If we travel this pathway together,
And walk side by side with a friend.
Author unknown
If You Treat Each Other  Kindly


If you treat each other kindly,
With compassion and with trust
And always let your tender feelings show,
If you laugh together often
and enjoy the times you share,
But give each other space to learn and grow.

If you understand your differences,
Respecting who you are,
And put each other first in all you do.
Then your marriage will be wonderful,
A reason to feel proud,
And a special source of love your whole lives through.
Author unknown
Love Cannot Be Measured
LOVE cannot be measured, not counted and stored. 
It cannot be saved in some miserly hoard. 
LOVE grows and increases when given away. 
It blossoms with kindness and blooms every day 
It knows no divisions, no borders nor creeds. 
And thrives among thoughtfulness, sowing fresh seeds. 
Unseeking, unselfish, and eager to share. 
LOVE triumphs in trouble and shines through despair. 
The bounty of heaven is faith hope and truth. 
The wisdom of age and the courage of youth. 
So many great blessings received from above. 
Most precious of all is the great gift of LOVE. 
Author unknown
The Perfect Wedding Cake
4lb of love
1/2lb of sweet temper
1lb of butter of youth
1lb of blindness of faults
1lb of pounded wit
1lb of good humour
2lbs of sweet argument
1 pint of rippling laughter
1 wine glass of common sense
A dash of modesty

Put the love, good looks and a sweet temper
into a well-furnished house.
Beat the butter of youth into 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
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 comprehend it,
But when the tumble dryer 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 my dear, you're virile and you're clean.
My house is like a pigsty, you can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner which you served by candlelight,
As I only do chipolatas, you can cook it every night.

It's you that has to work the drill and put up curtain track
And when I've got the 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
Love Is Special
Love is special
Love is sweet
Love is what makes
Life complete.
Love is giving
Love is kind
Love is joy
And peace of mind.
Love is laughter
Seldom tears
Sharing, caring
Through the years.
Love is more
Than words express
But mostly
Love is happiness.
Marriage is….
Learning to give not always to take,
Learning to forgive each little mistake,
Learning to love whatever the cost,
Always remember alone you’d be lost.
Trying so hard your partner to please,
Trying to save whilst paying the fees,
Trying to smile when things turn out wrong,
Always remember to curb your tongue.
Never to think of only yourself,
Never to say you wish you had wealth.
Never to let your temper get hot,
Always be thankful for what you have got.
If you remember all of these things,
You will discover the joys that it brings,
Then you will have what so many folks miss,
A lifetime of love and a marriage of bliss.
Author unknown
The Beauty of Love
The question is asked:
“Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple
clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage?
Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?”
And the answer is given: “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing.
"It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path.
Their hands are gnarled but still clasped; their faces are seamed but still radiant;
their hearts are physically bowed and tired but still strong with love and devotion.
Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love.
Old love.”
You Can Give Without Loving
You can give without loving but you can never love without giving.
The great acts of love are done by those
who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.
We pardon to the extent that we love.
Love is knowing that even when you are alone,
you will never be truly alone again.
And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Loved for ourselves.
And even loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo, from Les Miserables
Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog

First of all, it's a big responsibility,
especially in a town like Chelmsford.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you're walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love, ain't no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn't like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know, Don't you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you until you're all wound up and can't move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
by Taylor Mali
I Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body
to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.

To My Bride
To my bride, I give you my heart
Sharing love each day, from the very start.
To my bride, I give you my kiss
Filling each day with joy and bliss.
To my bride I give you my being
To love, to play, to work and to sing
To my bride I give you my mind
Learning each day to be more kind.
To my bride I give you my soul
Growing together to be more whole.
To my bride I give you my life
Rejoicing each day that you are my wife.
Steven Reiser
Our great adventure
We are today still dizzy with the astonishment of love.
We are surrounded by affection
by smiles and kindliness,
by flowers and music and gifts and celebration.
Yet they enclose a silence
where we are close with one another.
My eyes see only you.
I hear nothing but the words we speak to one another
This is the day we start our life together.
This is our new beginning
Pamela Dugdale
Married love
You and I
Have so much love
That it burns like a fire
In which we bake a lump of clay
Moulded into a figure of you
And a figure of me
Then we take both of them
And break them into pieces
And mix the pieces with water
And mould again a figure of you
And a figure of me
I am in your clay
You are in my clay
In life we share a single quilt
In death we will share one coffin
Kuan Tao-Sheng
True Love
True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds
And true love holds with gentle hands
The heart that it entwines
Author unknown
Love Me
Love me when I'm old and shocking
Peel off my elastic stockings
Swing me from the chandeliers
Let's be randy bad old dears.

Push around my chromed Bath Chair
Let me tease your white chest hair
Scaring children, swapping dentures
Let us have some great adventures.

Take me to your special places
Watching all the puzzled faces
You in shorts and socks and sandals
Me with warts and huge love-handles.

As the need for love enthralls
Wrestle with my damp proof smalls
Make me laugh without constraint
Buy me chocolate body paint.

Hold me safe throughout the night
When my hair has turned to white
Believe me when I say it's true
I've waited all my life for you.
Bee Rawlinson
Doves Poem
Two doves meeting in the sky
Two loves hand in hand, eye to eye
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul
Two stars shining big and bright
Two fires bringing warmth and light
Two songs played in perfect tune
Two flowers growing into bloom
Two doves gliding in the air
Two loves free without a care
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul
Two dreams found before too late
Two lives together bound by fate
Two people cling to one another
Two people in love with each other
Two doves, can you see them soar?
Two loves – who could ask for more?
Two parts of a loving whole
Two hearts and a single soul
Author unknown
These I can promise
I cannot promise you a lifetime 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.
If Thou Must Love Me 
If thou must love me, let it be for naught
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
“I love her for her smile...her look...
her way of speaking gently -for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine and certes bought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day.”
For these things in themselves, beloved, may be changed,
or changed for thee – and love so wrought may be unwrought so.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love and Friendship
Love is like the wild rose-briar
Friendship like the holly tree
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then, scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck with thee the holly's sheen,
Then when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.
Emily Bronte
The Bargain
My true love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one for another given:
I hold his dear and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven:
My true love hath my heart, and I have his.
His heart in me keeps him and me in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides:
He loves my heart, for once it was his own.
I cherish his because in me it bides:
My true love hath my heart, and I have his
Sir Philip Sidney
I Know Every Bump
I know every bump, every bulge, every wrinkle.
Every sag, every bag, every scar, every flaw, every whisker.
I know that you fleck the bathroom tiles with soap,
That you flood the bathroom floor with bath water,
That you never take your plate out to the sink,
That you scatter your clothes,
That you forget to change your socks,
That you tell me the endings of detective stories,
That you track mud through the house,
That you never remember to pay the bills.
I know your eccentricities, your prejudices, your moods.
And somehow,
for some reason I can never fully understand,
I am crazy with love for you.
Author unknown
Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediment. 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.
Loves 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 write nor no man ever loved.
William Shakespeare
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 to make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.
~ By Roy Croft ~
Blessing For A Marriage
May your marriage bring you
all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience,
tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another -
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make the mountain less,
but more; and the valley is more a valley
because it has a mountain towering over it.
So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, 
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise,
often say, "I love you!"
 and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have good sense enough
to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery
which is the awareness of one another's presence -
no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are side by side,
and warm and near when you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love,
and may you find it loving one another.
~ James Dillet Freeman ~
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