Wedding Program Poems

Romantic poems add a celebratory spirit to your wedding programs.

Romantic poems add a celebratory spirit to your wedding program. Many couples choose to include a poem in their program to describe themselves and the spirit of their wedding to their guests. Poems are often featured on the cover of the program along with the happy couple's name or on one of the inner pages of a folded booklet style program.

Original Poems for Programs

These original poems are perfect for highlighting the love you share on your wedding day. They honor the bond you are making in marriage with simple heartfelt messages. Consider using one of these for the close of your wedding program, leaving your guests thinking of a perfect and beautiful message of love.

Love Triumphs Today
By Kelly Roper

Love triumphs today
As two dear souls unite
In the bonds of matrimony
Much to their hearts' delight.

Love triumphs today
As two sweethearts say, "I do,"
And pledge to laugh and love and live
Together their whole lives through.

Two Hearts
By Kelly Roper

Two hearts and an undeniable love
Are celebrated with sacred vows.
Two lovers begin a new- journey today,
Sharing all that life allows.

Classic Love Poems for Your Wedding Program

If you're a traditionalist, you can't go wrong with a classic poem by your favorite poet. This article shares some well known poems that are suitable for your wedding program, but you can find many others in any poetry anthology.

Even if you're not a big lover of classic poetry, you will likely remember Barrett Browning's famous love poem from your high school or college English classes.

Sonnets from the Portuguese 43: 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 everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
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.

William Shakespeare also wrote many sonnets that are suitable for wedding programs. In Sonnet 65, Shakespeare wonders how something as delicate as beauty can survive in such a cruel world and states that his poems will be what immortalize his beloved.

Sonnet 65
By William Shakespeare

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer’s honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall time’s best jewel from time’s chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

Night Thoughts speaks about how the author pities the stars, since they are beautiful but unable to feel love. Goethe believes that when we are with the one we love, nothing matters and we forget the stars even exist.

Night Thoughts
By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Stars, you are unfortunate, I pity you,
Beautiful as you are, shining in your glory,
Who guide seafaring men through stress and peril
And have no recompense from gods or mortals,
Love you do not, nor do you know what love is.
Hours that are aeons urgently conducting
Your figures in a dance through the vast heaven,
What journey have you ended in this moment,
Since lingering in the arms of my beloved
I lost all memory of you and midnight.

The Ragged Wood is a poem about falling in love when no one thought it was possible. This poem is often used by couples who found true love a bit later in life.

The Ragged Wood
By William Butler Yeats

O, hurry, where by water, among the trees,
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
When they have looked upon their images
Would none had ever loved but you and I!

Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
When the sun looked out of his golden hood?
O, that none ever loved but you and I!

O hurry to the ragged wood, for there
I will drive all those lovers out and cry
O, my share of the world, O, yellow hair!
No one has ever loved but you and I.

Although Dickinson isn't known for her romantic poetry, Hope is a Thing with Feathers is a popular choice for wedding programs because it reflects upon the hopeful feelings of a couple as they prepare to build their live together.

Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
By Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chilliest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity
It asked a crumb of me.

Angelou writes eloquently about love in Touched by an Angel. She states that people are alone and scared until love comes into their lives to set them free.

Touched By An Angel
By Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Traditional Cultural Blessings

Pay tribute to your heritage by including a traditional blessing from your culture as part of your wedding program. Some options to consider include:

Traditional Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Apache Wedding Blessing

Now we will feel no rain, for each of us will be shelter to the other.
Now we will feel no cold, for each of us will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness.
We are two bodies but there is one life before us, and one home.
When evening falls I will look up and there you'll be.
I'll take your hand and you'll take mine and we'll turn together to look
at the road we traveled to reach this - the hour of our happiness.
It stretches behind us as the future lies ahead, a long and winding road
whose every turning means discovery, old hopes, new laughter, and shared tears.
The adventure has just begun.

Navajo Prayer

When you were children, you talked like children,
But now that you've grown, you should be done
with childish things and put them away.
When you were children, you looked into a mirror
that gave only a blurred reflection of reality.
But with love and maturity, you shouldn't be
afraid to look into that mirror and see each other face to face.
Be swift like the wind in loving each other.
Be brave like the sea in loving each other.
Be gentle like the breeze in loving each other.
Be patient like the sun who waits and watches
the four changes of the earth in loving each other.
Be wise like the roaring of the thunderclouds and lightning in loving each other.
Be shining like the morning dawn in loving each other.
Be flexible like the sapling that bends with the wind in loving each other.
Be brilliant like the rainbow colors in loving each other,
Now, forever, forever, there will be no more loneliness
Because your words are joined together with the world.
Forever, forever.

Expressing Your Love Through Poetry

Poems have been quoted for centuries in love letters and ceremonies. Wedding guests are there to feel the miracle of love between you and your fiance, and a carefully selected poem can add to this experience.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team