11 Love Poems For Wedding Speeches That You Haven't Heard A Million Times Already

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It may still be the dead of winter, but sooner than you know it, 2018's official wedding season will be here — are you ready to walk down the isle this year? Whether you're planning your own big day or helping a friend organize their's, you're going to want to find some romantic poems for weddings you haven't heard a million times if you want the event to be truly unique. You may have had your heart set on a Rumi reading, but trust me when I say no one needs to hear "This Marriage" during a ceremony ever again.

Everyone wants their special day to be exactly that: special. There are a million details that go into getting a wedding to be *perfect*, from the flower arrangements and table settings to the bridesmaid dresses and the first dance song, and everything in between. One of the most important details, and one of the hardest to get just right, is always the wedding reading.

It may be easy to choose a unique wedding dress or find an original party favor, but it is a lot harder to select a poem to read at your wedding that hasn't been read at a million weddings before it. Popular romantic poems, like one of William Shakespeare's many love sonnets or Emily Dickinson's "Hope is a thing with feathers," have become predictable parts to almost any wedding, and while they are still beautiful and meaningful, they tend to feel less and less powerful the more ceremonies they appear in.

That is why, for your own wedding, you need a truly unique poem that hasn't been already been overshared. Whether you're a hopeless romantic or a modern pragmatist, one of these 11 love poems will help you create a wedding that is uniquely you.

"checklist" by Rupi Kaur

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"A poem by Tolkien to his wife, Edith" by J.R. Tolkien

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"Coming Home" by Mary Oliver

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"Habitation" by Margaret Atwood

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"Tear It Down" by Jack Gilbert

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"Marriage of Many Years" by Dana Gioia

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"Epithalamium" by Carl Adamshick

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'Serenade' by Djuna Barnes

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"All I Ever Wanted" by Katie Ford

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"Heart to Heart" by Rita Dove

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"Cave Dwellers" by A. Poulin, Jr.

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