Five romantic poems for humanist weddings

A humanist wedding ceremony tells the personal love story of a couple, and so each one is unique.

Some couples have favourite poems that they’d like to read or have read at their wedding, but what if you like the idea of including a poem but don’t know which to choose?

That’s where your humanist celebrant comes in! Poetry is as diverse as the relationships we celebrate and your celebrant will have a deep knowledge of poetry and a wide selection of poems you can look through before making the choice that’s right for you. They can also help you with choosing something special that is uniquely suited to your personal situation and your story.

Humanist celebrant Maxine Beech with Lucy and David. Photo by Martin Beddall Photography.

Here are five of our celebrants favourite poems for weddings. You might find one that’s perfect for you – or you might be inspired to write your own!

‘That Still and Settled Place’ by Edward Monkton

In that still and settled place

There’s nobody but you

You’re where I breath my oxygen

You’re where I see my view

And when the world feels full of noise

My heart knows what to do

It finds that still and settled place

And dances there with you

 

On Your Wedding Day (Anon)

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 there’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

‘But today is the day it all starts.’ Photo by Simple Tapestry.

 

‘Temporary and Permanent’ by Nikita Gill

Most people in your life

Were only meant

For dreams,

And summer laughter.

 

They stay till the wind changes,

And tides turn,

Or disappear

With the first snow.

 

And then there are some

That were forged

To weather blizzards

And pain with you.

 

They were cast in iron,

Set in gold

And never ever leave you

To face anything alone.

 

Know who those people are

And love them the way they deserve.

Not everyone in your life is temporary.

A few are as permanent as love is old.

 

‘Invisible Kisses’ by Lemn Sissay

If there was ever one

Whom when you were sleeping

Would wipe your tears

When in dreams you were weeping;

Who would offer you time

When others demand;

Whose love lay more infinite

Than grains of sand.

 

If there was ever one

To whom you could cry;

Who would gather each tear

And blow it dry;

Who would offer help

On the mountains of time;

Who would stop to let each sunset

Soothe the jaded mind.

 

If there was ever one

To whom when you run

Will push back the clouds

So you are bathed in sun;

Who would open arms

If you would fall;

Who would show you everything

If you lost it all.

 

If there was ever one

Who when you achieve

Was there before the dream

And even then believed;

Who would clear the air

When it’s full of loss;

Who would count love

Before the cost.

 

If there was ever one

Who when you are cold

Will summon warm air

For your hands to hold;

Who would make peace

In pouring pain,

Make laughter fall

In falling rain.

 

If there was ever one

Who can offer you this and more;

Who in keyless rooms

Can open doors;

Who in open doors

Can see open fields

And in open fields

See harvests yield.

 

Then see only my face

In reflection of these tides

Through the clear water

Beyond the river side.

All I can send is love

In all that this is

A poem and a necklace

Of invisible kisses.

‘How do I declare the ways..?’ by Sheena Bradley (Humanist celebrant)

How do I declare the ways..?

Can words express the way I feel? Can kisses?

Do you understand that there is a little piece of me

That dies every time you leave

Don’t you know, I don’t want you to go

And when you arrive, it’s like we’d never been apart

You have my heart.

It is intoxicating,

Inexplicable and marvellous…

Being with you is what I always hoped it would be like

And I have to pinch myself and ask

What did I do to deserve a gift so precious?

How can I declare the ways?

Yes! I will marry you.


How do we find the perfect poem?

You don’t need to spend hours searching the Internet or trawling the local library to find the perfect poem for your wedding. After meeting you and listening to you speak about your love story, your celebrant will be able to guide you to a range of suitable poems which you can read through until you find the one that’s perfect for you.

Great poets have captured thoughts and feelings and made them beautiful and memorable. Discovering and sharing them can bring us intense joy. Take your time over choosing the one or two that feel right to you to include on your big day.

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