Short wedding readings about love

These gorgeous love quotes and readings are perfect for slipping in to your wedding speech or as a stand-alone reading. 

Short readings about love
Gorgeous short readings about love. Image: Emily Doran

Writing a wedding speech about love can be tricky – why not look to these great authors and poets for a bit of inspiration and take a peek at our favourite alternative wedding readings too…

To be one with each other
What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories.
George Eliot


I love your feet
because they have
wandered over
the earth and through
the wind and water
until they brought
you to me.
Pablo Neruda

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you.
Ernest H. Shephard

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.
Emily Dickinson

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.
Roy Croft


Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it.
Swedish proverb

Where there is love there is life.
Mahatma Gandhi

Love’s Philosophy
The fountains mingle with the rivers And the rivers with the oceans, The winds of heaven mix forever With a sweet emotion; Nothing in the world is single; All things by law divine In one spirit meet and mingle. Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven And the waves clasp one another; No sister-flower would be forgiven If it disdained its brother, And the sunlight clasps the earth And the moonbeams kiss the sea: What is all this sweet work worth If thou kiss not me?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
When Harry Met Sally

Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
Jeremy Taylor

It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.
Vladimir Nabokov


A White Rose
The red rose whispers of passion,
 And the white rose breathes of love;
 O the red rose is a falcon,
 And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud, 
With a flush on its petal tips;
 For the love that is purest and sweetest, 
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
John Boyle O’Reilly

The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
 Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

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