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Verses, Poems and Quotes for all Occasions

Verses, Poems and Quotes for all Occasions
Verses and poems are an integral part of a wedding as they often form part of both religious and civil ceremonies. Whether they be a verse from the Bible or the lyrics of a song a friend or relative will usually provide a reading during the ceremony. They are often particularly relevant to the couple and are printed into the Order of Service/ Order of the Day card for guests to keep. But verses, poems and quotes are increasingly being used in other ways for weddings, particularly at less conventional weddings. Quotes or a short poem on an invitation are a great way to set the scene for the day. These quotes are well known, but pertinent to any couple: “When I saw you I fell in love And you smiled because you knew” – William Shakespeare “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with” – Mark Twain “I have found the one whom my soul loves” – Song of Solomon v 3:4 “Piglet: ‘How do you spell love?’ Pooh: ‘You don’t spell it, you feel it’” – A A Milne There are of course so many more – and if you are celebrating a wedding anniversary you could include one of these on the invitation: “Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery “Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married” – anon We often supply gift poem cards for weddings. These are used to soften the request for money as a gift rather than a present. You may also want to use a verse if you are inviting guests to an informal wedding or birthday party – at the beach or in a woodland glade for example: “We want you to enjoy our wedding day, So please make sure you dress to play.” “Our wedding’s in a woodland wonderland, So please make sure your wellies are at hand.” “Now that I’m hitting thirty The plan’s to get a bit dirty, So please don’t go to town, I really want you to dress down!” You can use a verse for many purposes and occasions – they are frequently used on wedding or christening thank you cards, hen night invitations and so on. There are three main sources of verses and poems:
  • Your own imagination – these are obviously unique and totally relevant, but might not rhyme or scan – see my examples above.
  • Your favourite books, films or song lyrics – again very personal to you.
  • An on-line search – the internet reveals loads of religious and non-religious poems and verses for every occasion, you are bound to find something you like.