Lots of people like to add some scripture to their wedding. And I think it’s especially a good idea to include a passage or two that is particularly relevant to your life. Sure, you could use the “popular” verses, but your special day will be that much more personal if the verses have a particular meaning to you.
The other piece of advice I would give is – search for your passage on the internet and select the translation that you think has the nicest or prettiest “way” of saying it. A lot of officiates have their favorite translations, but don’t be afraid to say “this is what I want.” Words are important so pick the words that you want to say or hear.
Below are a few suggestions for passages to use in a ceremony.
Genesis 2:18, 21-24
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” … So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
There are three or four things
I cannot understand:
How eagles fly so high
or snakes crawl on rocks,
how ships sail the ocean
or people fall in love.
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
Song of Solomon 1:2
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine;
Song of Solomon 2:16
My beloved is mine, and I am his;
he grazes among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 4:10
How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride!
How much better is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
and the most popular….
1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Scripture passages from the English Standard Bible (ESV) & The Common English Bible (CEB)
* Did I miss one? What is your favorite verse to use for a wedding?