How many of these wedding poems do you know?

For those of us who who switched off during literature class in high school, choosing a poem for your best man or maid of honor to read at your wedding might be a daunting task. Here are some top recommendations for wedding poems that make sure there won’t be a dry eye in sight. You might be surprised how many you actually recognize!

Top Wedding poem recommendations

Sonnet 130

By William


My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun

Coral is far more red than her lips’ re

If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;

If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,

But no such roses see I in her cheeks;

And in some perfumes is there more delight

Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.

I love to hear her speak, yet well I know

That music hath a far more pleasing sound;

I grant I never saw a goddess go;

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare

As any she belied with false compare.





by John Agard


River, be their teacher,

that together they may turn

their future highs and lows

into one hopeful flow


Two opposite shores

feeding from a single source.


Mountain, be their milestone,

that hand in hand they rise above

familiarity’s worn tracks

into horizons of their own

Two separate footpaths

dreaming of a common peak.


Birdsong, be their mantra,

that down the frail aisles of their days,

their twilight hearts twitter morning

and their dreams prove branch enough.




How Do I Love Thee?

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of being and ideal grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right.

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.




A Vow

by Wendy Cope


I cannot promise never to be angry;

I cannot promise always to be kind.

You know what you are taking on, my darling –

It’s only at the start that love is blind.


And yet I’m still the one you want to be with

And you’re the one for me – of that I’m sure.

You are my closest friend, my favourite person,

The lover and the home I’ve waited for.


I cannot promise that I will deserve you

From this day on. I hope to pass that test.

I love you and I want to make you happy.

I promise I will do my very best.




[love is more thicker than forget]

By E. E. Cummings


love is more thicker than forget

more thinner than recall

more seldom than a wave is wet

more frequent than to fail


it is most mad and moonly

and less it shall unbe

than all the sea which only

is deeper than the sea


love is less always than to win

less never than alive

less bigger than the least begin

less littler than forgive


it is most sane and sunly

and more it cannot die

than all the sky which only

is higher than the sky




Love Listen

By Ann Gray

Let’s love, listen, take time

when time is all we have.

Let’s be unafraid to be kind,

learn to disregard the bad

if the good outweighs it daily.

Let’s make a gift of silence,

the day’s hushing into dark,

and when we hold each other

let’s always be astonished

we are where we want to be.

Let’s hope to age together,

but if we can’t, let’s promise now

to remember how we shone

when we were at our best,

when we were most ourselves.

If you have any of your favorite wedding poems you would like to recommend, please add their titles or a copy of the poem to the comments box to share your suggestions with fellow readers looking for the perfect reading for their wedding.

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