Poetry is the language of the heart, and incorporating a poem or two into your wedding is always a slam dunk in the game of romance. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best love poems to use for your special day!
1. “Sonnet 18” by William Shakespeare
In my oh-so-humble opinion, Shakespeare is the king of the written word and this sonnet is proof of that! In this piece, he is saying that the woman he loves is even more lovely than a beautiful summer day. Widely considered to be one of his best sonnets, this romantic verse is the perfect fit for your dreamy midsummer wedding.
2. “The Privileged Lovers” by Rumi
“The Privileged Lovers” by the extremely talented Rumi is a passionate, honest, and ardent love poem that is perfect for sharing at your wedding. Your guests will be impressed by your choice of poem and the way it suits your love story. You can’t help but picture a couple who is wildly in love!
3. “Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou
The last line of this famous poem by Angelou, “It is only love that sets us free,” is one of the most beautiful lines of poetry ever! The whole poem is pure love and affection, and you couldn’t go wrong with having this on display at your wedding.
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Short and sweet, this piece is a straightforward and honest description of what it feels like to finally find true love. Since it isn’t too long or complex, it would be an easy poem to include in your vows and add an extra element of romance!
5. “Habitation” by Margaret Atwood
This poem seems to be a deeper look into love and marriage. Spending your life with someone isn’t always easy and there are times you will struggle, but in the end, it’s worth the struggle. “We are learning to make fire” is such a nice way to describe the reality of a relationship. Not always sunshine and daisies, but always good and always worth it!
6. “Romeo and Juliet”, Lines 133-135 by William Shakespeare
“Romeo and Juliet” doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but the play is practically synonymous with love nowadays. You even hear phrases like “You’ve found your Romeo” when someone has found the love of their life. Clearly, this play is considered the height of romance for a reason, and lines like the ones below are proof of that. The line is spoken by Juliet, to Romeo, and she is saying that her love for him is as deep as the sea and is infinite. Pretty romantic, right??
7. “To Be One With Each Other” by George Eliot
This poem has clear similarities to the traditional wedding vows of “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer” but with some nice additions, such as the mention of strengthening each other. If you aren’t the type of couple to go the route of traditional vows, but want them to still be in the same vein, this poem can be paraphrased for unique and special vows!
8. “A White Rose” by John Boyle O’Reilly
In more simple terms, this poem is saying that his love for the subject of the poem is not just lust, nor is it innocent love, but instead a healthy mix of the two. A relationship needs both types of love, and this poem is a great way to put that into more elegant words!
9. “Roads Go Ever Ever On” by J.R.R Tolkien
This poem is slightly different from the other poems in this list because it isn’t directly about romantic love. Instead, it is more about the comfort and familiarity of home. In my opinion, that can be easily looked at through the lense of love, since the person you are about to marry is, in a way, home to you! Swoon.
10. “My Love” by Jane Graham
Jane Graham’s “My Love” is straight-up a love poem about your wedding day. There’s no “well maybe she’s saying this” or “you could look at it this way.” Your guests of all ages and walks of life will be able to understand this sweet verse and will be able to appreciate how fitting it is for your wedding day.
Are you planning on featuring a poem at your wedding?