Top 10 alternative readings for your Cheshire wedding

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It’s becoming more common to have alternative (here we mean non bible) readings at Church weddings. As well as making your day unique it gives a lot more freedom to express your individuality and personality onto the day. Bible readings can also do this but you are limited. At Church weddings you need to have at least one bible reading but there is the opportunity to have more readings.

When researching this we realised there is plenty of choice. What we try and do with our Top 10 blogs is to sift all the information for you and present you with the things that appear most in the lists we find on the first page of a Google search. If we’re researching hymns or bible readings its pretty straight forward as there is a reasonably confined choice to begin with. With alternative readings the choice is literally wide open.

Top 10 alternative readings for your Cheshire wedding

We’ve split our list into two categories really. Five readings from children’s literature (which are a totally fab way to allow youngsters to be involved in the day) and five readings from adult literature.

Anything we have quoted has appeared at least 3 times in lists we have found on other blogs and wedding websites.

Top 10 alternative readings for your Cheshire wedding

Top 5 alternative wedding readings from children’s books

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. ‘Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?’

‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When someone loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’


Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh is packed full of lovely readings, poems and passages about love, friendship and relationships so here are just a couple of choices:

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

If you have several children you would like to speak you could get them to stand up together as a group and read various parts from a passage. This excerpt is lovely but there are plenty to choose from:

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.

“Yes, Piglet?”

“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.

Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”


Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss

Again there is enormous choice from Dr Seuss and if you;re looking for something fun and irreverent then this author won;t disappoint. Oh The Place You’ll Go is a great example:


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.


Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton

This is a terrific choice – we’ve only included a few lines but you could easily include a lot more.

I like you a lot

You’re funny and kind

So let me explain

What I have in mind.

I want to be Your Personal Penguin

I want to walk right by your side

I want to be Your Personal Penguin

I want to travel with you far and wide

Wherever you go, I’ll go there too

Here and there and everywhere

And always with you


The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

And then, high up on an icy branch, a scarlet flash.

One more leaf holding tight.

“You’re here?” called the Little Yellow Leaf.

“I am,” said the Little Scarlet Leaf.

“Like me!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.

Neither spoke.

Finally… “Will you?” asked the Little Scarlet Leaf.

“I will!” said the Little Yellow Leaf.

And one, two, three, they let go and soared.

Top 10 alternative readings for your Cheshire wedding

Top 5 alternative wedding readings from adult literature

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”


Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,

That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.


Fidelity by D. H. Lawrence

This is an extract so your reading can be longer:

Fidelity and love are two different things, like a flower and a gem. And love, like a flower, will fade, will change into something else or it would not be flowery.

O flowers they fade because they are moving swiftly; a little torrent of life leaps up to the summit of the stem, gleams, turns over round the bend of the parabola of curved flight, sinks, and is gone, like a cornet curving into the invisible.

O flowers they are all the time travelling like cornets, and they come into our ken for a day, for two days, and withdraw, slowly vanish again.


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

‘The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven.’


Love is giving by Anon

This is a classic well known poem and we’ve just extracted a few classic lines but there are more if you would like your reading to be longer.

“Love is giving, not taking, mending, not breaking, trusting, believing, never deceiving, patiently bearing and faithfully sharing each joy, every sorrow, today and tomorrow.

Love is kind, understanding, but never demanding.

Love is constant, prevailing, its strength never failing.

A promise once spoken for all time unbroken,

Love’s time is forever.”

Top 10 alternative readings for your Cheshire wedding

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