10 Literary Quotes Perfect for Weddings

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If I had to choose the number one thing that couples say they’re trying to do these days when it comes to their weddings, I would say one word: personalize. They want their wedding—and especially their ceremony—to really, truly, deeply reflect them. To not fit into some pre-exisitng cookie-cutter structure. They want their guests to leave their celebration saying, “Wow, that was so them.”

That’s what I thought of when I saw this slideshow[2] of 10 literary quotes that work beautifully for weddings: What an awesome way to really personalize your celebration!

(Now, full disclosure: I was an English major and never read a Shakespeare play I didn’t love, so my number on the geek scale might be slighter higher than that of my average reader. But I promise—these aren’t weird or obscure, and even non-geeks will find something in here they love and that maybe, maybe will even give them chills.)

I adore when literary passages or poems are somehow worked into a wedding, whether it is in the ceremony, or little quotes are used elsewhere during the day. I think that’s why I like the Song of Solomon 6:3 so much for a wedding—”I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine”—because it’s a Bible verse with a literary ring to it, and who among us didn’t cry during In Her Shoes[3] when Cameraon Diaz recited E.E. Cummings’ “I Carry Your Heart With Me”[4] in the wedding scene? Sometimes someone else’s words just magically fit your situation.

Are any of you planning to work literature into your wedding day? What piece? How are you using it? 

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PW-wedding-readings-shutterstock.jpg
  2. this slideshow: http://www.refinery29.com/2013/10/54882/wedding-quotes-books-speech#slide-1
  3. In Her Shoes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhl49ReksQ
  4. “I Carry Your Heart With Me”: http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2010/10/14
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