7 Ceremony Readings for Your Destination Wedding

Did you know your destination wedding can be personalized, all the way down to the ceremony readings you select? Hotels have wonderful ministers and officiants, capable of adding any readings or unique touches that will make your wedding truly yours. Plus, you can make your ceremony extra special (and fun) by adding a reading that has a flavor of the destination. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destination wedding readings.

The first two are sonnets by Pablo Neruda, originally written in Spanish and translated into English. Though he is Chilean-born, Neruda is one of the most loved Spanish-language poets in the world. Nothing gets lost in translation when you read his passionate, romantic words on love.

1. Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries
the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,
and thanks to your love the tight aroma that arose
from the earth lives dimly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love,
except in this form in which I am not nor are you,
so close that your hand upon my chest is mine,
so close that your eyes close with my dreams.

2. Sonnet 69 by Pablo Neruda
Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence,
without you moving, slicing the noon
like a blue flower, without you walking
later through the fog and the cobbles,

without the light you carry in your hand,
golden, which maybe others will not see,
which maybe no one knew was growing
like the red beginnings of a rose.

In short, without your presence: without your coming
suddenly, incitingly, to know my life,
gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind:

since then I am because you are,
since then you are, I am, we are,
and through love I will be, you will be, we’ll be.

A beachy inspiration.

Most destination wedding brides plan to get married on the beach or enjoy the beach throughout their wedding week. Why not incorporate the destination into your ceremony through a reading inspired by the sand and the sea?

3. “Love is More Thicker Than Forget” by EE 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 moon-ly
and less it shall un-be
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 more sane and sun-ly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky

4. From “A Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindberg

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

5. “Come Live with Me and Be My Love” by Christopher Sousa
Come live with me and be my love,
We’ll lay and watch the skies above.
I’ll take you out upon the sea,
And show you what it means to me.
The wind will be calm yet lightly blowing,
The cabin’s warm with oil’s glowing.
Just think of us upon this ocean,
Sipping tea as a soothing potion.
I’ll climb up high into the rig above,
To share the starry night with you, my love.
The sails will be full with autumn’s breeze,
Our bow dipping gracefully into the glowing seas.
And as we dig into my coffers’ deep,
You shall behold the things that make women weep.
Bottles of wine from the finest vineyards,
And wool from only the most renowned spinners.
These things and more can be fully your own,
But mostly the beauty that the sea has shown.
The most graceful porpoises will be swimming by,
As the sea birds sing with their siren-like cry.
Precious few have answered our ocean’s calling,
Shouting out with eyes bright and bawling.
So take this proposal and fly like the dove,
To come with me and be my love.

6. “An Ocean of Love” by Lovelyn Layon
Have you ever sailed on vast ocean,
With no island to see, and things are out of reach?
With dreams and mysteries filled this ocean,
And a never ending faith that someone would teach?
Have you ever felt that feeling,
Of a deep calmness within you that’s hard to fight?
And no one could help you believing,
That you’re striving for the right?
Did you ever sailed on an ocean,
That further placed upon your heart?
For deeply below this ocean,
Lies a silent whisper, where love starts.
An ocean of Love, the ocean of dreams
Where you can find solace and exceptional truth
Though pain resides even if you don’t dream
As the existence of love bears its fruit.
The fruit of harmony, bliss, and wonder
Without the seed that’s buried down below
Like a pearl that lies down under
The ocean of love they call, starts hello.
Upon this vast ocean, two souls were me and you
Over the waves and across the surface
I have found a love so true
The ocean of love was then the wondrous place.

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Perhaps the beach or Spanish passion aren’t your style; there are plenty of options out there, and we’re happy to help recommend something that fits with the destination wedding you desire. The most important thing to remember is that whatever you decide for your readings, make sure it speaks to you.

7. “Love” by Roy Croft
I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find
I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.
You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself.

Kristin was an English major and wedding readings are one of her favorite ways to satisfy her inner nerd. To contact Kristin, email her or visit WeddingsbyFunjet.com

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