Blessings, Quotes & Poems

 

Here are many romantic and loving blessings, poems and quotes for your wedding ceremony. Most of these were brought to me by couples whose weddings I have had the honor of performing. Maybe one will speak to you.




To My Friend’:

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 because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate could have done to make me happy. You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. You have done it by being yourself. Perhaps that is what being a friend means, after all.

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“It was one of those moments she knew she’d remember and look back on, one of those moments that she’d try to capture in the stories she told. Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering.”

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True Love
~ Unknown ~
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 hearts that it entwines.

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In the Bible, St Paul writes:

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.

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“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
Robert Fulghum

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Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”

Albert Einstein

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You are the cheese to my macaroni
You are the horizon to my sky
You are the bacon to my eggs
You are the laces to my sneakers
You are the jelly to my peanut butter
You are the smile to my face
You are the gravy to my mashed potatoes
You are the bubble to my bath
You are the ink to my pen
You are the lead to my pencil
You are the ketchup to my french fries
You are the water to my ocean
You are the icing to my cake
You are the colors to my rainbow

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“Hard to breathe, feels like floating. So full of love, my heart’s exploding. Mouth is dry, hands are shaking. My heart is yours for the taking. Acting weird, not myself. Dancing around like the Keebler elf. Finally time, for this poor schlub to know how it feels, to fall in lub.”

By Adam Sandler

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Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love you. I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.
– William Shakespeare

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To love a person is to learn the song
That is in their heart,
And to sing it to them
When they have forgotten.
Anonymous

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Love is a burning desire,
That makes your heart light on fire,
Love is being with you,
Someone saying I love you too,
Love is your tender kiss,
Something you don’t want to miss,
Love is you and me,
And that is all I see.
Anonymous

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To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.
Ogden Nash – American poet

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A kiss is just a kiss until you find the one you love. A hug is just a hug until you find the one you’ve always dreamed of. A dream is just a dream until it comes true.

Love was just a word until the day I met you.

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A bell’s no bell ’til you ring it, a song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away.
– Oscar Hammerstein II

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“Love is a temporary madness
It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides.
And when it subsides, you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is
Love is not breathlessness
It is not excitement
It is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion
That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away
And this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

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A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, and always with the same person.
– Mignon McLaughlin

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You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
– Dr. Seuss

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Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one.
– John Keats

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Love isn’t blind; it just only sees what matters.
– William Curry


From The Whalestoe Letters

~ Mark Z. Danielewski ~

Remember: I shall be your roots and I will be your shade though the sun burns my leaves. I shall quench your thirst and I will feed you fruit though time takes my seed.

And when you are lost and can tell nothing of this earth I will give you hope. And my voice you will always hear and my heart you will always share, for I will shelter you and I will comfort you. And even when I am nothing left, not even in death, I will remember you. And I will love you.

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You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.
– Richard Needham

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May joy and peace surround you, contentment latch your door. And happiness be with you now—​and bless you evermore.
– Irish Proverb

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Oh, the comfort — The inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words — but pouring them all right
out — just as they are —
Chaff and grain together —
Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them —
Keep what is worth keeping — and with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Jelaluddin Rumi

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Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning.” – Esther Perel

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Union

~ Robert Fulghum ~

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world – This is my husband. This is my wife.

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“On Love”

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
… To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving.
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy.
To return home in even tide with gratitude,
Then sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.

Kahlil Gibran, from “The Prophet”

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I Promise

To let you see through the window of my world
Into my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you,
To be willing to face changes in order to keep
Our relationship alive and exciting.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
With all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how – completely and forever
I promise to give you the best of myself
And to ask of you no more than you can give.
I promise to respect you as your own person
And to realise that your interests, desires and needs
Are no less important than my own.
I promise to share with you my time and my attention
And to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.
I promise to keep myself open to you,.

Dorothy R. Colgan

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Of Shared Love In Marriage

~ Victor Hugo ~

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 lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

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Prayers and Blessings

  

Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you for this place in which we dwell, for the love that unites us, for the peace accorded us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies that make our lives delightful; for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Wedding Prayer

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Native American (Cherokee)

"God in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor Mother Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons. We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we sail through life safe and calm as in our father's arms. We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship -- that it may never thirst for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony as we grow forever young together. Amen."

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Native American (Apache) 

"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth."

"Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives -- remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.”

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Apache Blessing 2

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
Many the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all of the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty. 

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 Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace:

I offer you peace

I offer you love

I offer you friendship

I see your beauty

I hear your need

I feel your feelings

My wisdom flows from the Highest Source

I salute that Source in you

Let us work together for unity and love.

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An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your field.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from
your eyes.
And, when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length
of your joy-filled days.
May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of his hand.
And today may the spirit of love find a dwelling place in your hearts.

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Irish Blessing 2

Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
As time passes, remember...
Like a star should your love be constant,
Like the earth should your love be firm.
Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect
guide you in your marriage,
Let the strength of your wills bind you together,
Let the power of love and desire make you happy
and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable.
Possess one another, yet be understanding.
Have patience with each other,
For storms will come, and they will go quickly,
Forced to dissipate in the light of your love.
Be free in giving of affection and of warmth.
Have no fear, and let not the ways
Or words of the unenlightened give you unease.
For your love is with you,
Now and always!

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"May [name] and [name] find happiness in their union. May they live together faithfully, performing the vow and covenant they have made between them; and may they ever remain in sympathy and understanding, that their years may be rich in the joys of life and their days good and long upon the earth. Amen."