17 Unconventional Wedding Readings From Literature


It's not that there's anything wrong with William Shakespeare; it's just that when you're sitting at the fifth wedding in the fifth dress at the fifth hotel you have been to, bought, and stayed at this year, sometimes "Love Sonnet 116" gets a little stale. Let me not to the marriage of true minds.... The same goes for the (wonderful) Pablo Neruda and Rumi and even Corinthians. If you're planning your own wedding and looking for more unconventional wedding readings from literature, you have more of a chance to express your unique love for your partner, and not get lumped in with all the others your guests have attended this year.

It's hard to choose a wedding reading. How can you narrow years (or weeks, I'm not judging) of love into a few lines your BFF is going to deliver at your wedding ceremony? Well, book nerds can always turn to literature — but put down the Shakespeare plays and your collection of 100 Best Love poems and turn to things that are a little more peculiar to see in a wedding. To get fun and offbeat, turn to your favorite children's books, a shared beloved science fiction novel, or even a novel about (gasp!) a breakup. An unconventional wedding reading will definitely keep your guests' attention — whether you want them laughing or swooning — and it will make your big day even more memorable and personal.

1. =by Sandra Boynton

2. "Let Me Put It This Way" by Simon Armitage

3. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

4. "The Day The Saucers Came" by Neil Gaiman

5. "Us Two" by A.A. Milne

6. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

7. A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

8. "How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali

9. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

10. I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

11. The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman

12. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

13. "Habitation" by Margaret Atwood

14. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

15. "Happy Ending?" by Shel Silverstein

16. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

17. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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