In planning your wedding, we always use at least one Biblical reading. You may also choose to have secular readings such as poems, but the first reading is always from the Bible.
Some couples like to involve friends or family members in readings during the ceremony. Here are some suggestions for texts to consider. Talk it over with our pastor who will help you know if a particular reading is appropriate for a worshipful wedding service, or best used at a reception or other gathering.
Most frequently chosen scripture readings are listed here. Click the BOLD REFERENCE to read the verses.
Old Testament Readings
- God creates women and men to look after the Earth. – GENESIS, Chapter 1, verses 26-28
- A couple join in union and become one flesh. – GENESIS, Chapter 2, verses 4-9 and 15-24
- A love poem between two lovers. (Part I) – SONG OF SOLOMON, Chapter 2, verses 10-13
- A love poem between two lovers. (Part II) – SONG OF SOLOMON, Chapter 8, verses 6-7
New Testament Readings
- Jesus teaches how to live a life that brings true happiness. – MATTHEW, Chapter 5, verses 1-10
- Jesus teaches about marriage. – MARK, Chapter 10, verses 6-9
- Jesus welcomes children. – MARK, Chapter 10, verses 13-16
- What happens when Jesus attends a wedding reception. – JOHN, Chapter 2, verses 1-11
- Jesus invites us to love one another. – JOHN, Chapter 15, verses 9-12
- Love, actually! The number one most popular reading used at weddings. – 1 CORINTHIANS, Chapter 13
- Committing to each other. – EPHESIANS, Chapter 5, verses 21-33
- Seeing the good side. – PHILIPPIANS, Chapter 4, verses 4-9
- Getting the perfect relationship. – COLOSSIANS, Chapter 3, verses 12-17
- Being a good lover! – 1 JOHN, Chapter 4, verses 7-12