My top 5 unique wedding ceremony readings

When you want a reading for your ceremony that you and your guests haven’t heard a million times, look no further than my curated top 5 Out with the Old, In with the New wedding reading for modern ceremonies.

I wanna be yours - John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970’s when he became known as a punk poet. I love his fun and ironic take on a classic love poem for me it’s the definition of modern romance. You may also recognise it from the Arctic Monkeys album AM where Alex Turner turned it into a song.

I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
Breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
Let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours

I wanna be your raincoat
For those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
When you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
Take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours

I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
You’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
Hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
That’s how deep is my devotion

Wild Awake - Hilary T. Smith

In her debut novel Hilary explores the themes of loss, love, and what it means to be alive. We choose an extract from the novel as a reading in our ceremony. It’s short but powerful and full of meaning.

An Excerpt from Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn't know were there, even the ones they wouldn't have thought to call beautiful themselves.

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The Book of Love - The Magnetic Fields

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It's full of charts and facts and figures
And instructions for dancing

But I, I love it when you read to me
And you, you can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact that's where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb

But I, I love it when you sing to me
And you, you can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It's full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we're all too young to know

But I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings
I, I love it when you give me things
And you, you ought to give me wedding rings

In that still and settled place - Edward Monkton

I’ve loved Giles Andreae British artist, poet and greeting card writer since I was a teenager when he created Purple Ronnie under his pseudonym of Edward Monkton. If you ever need a boost of joy in your day visit his website for a Random Thought of the Day www.edwardmonkton.com

In that still and settled place
There’s nobody but you
You’re where I breathe my oxygen
You’re where I see my view
And when the world feels full of noise
My heart knows what to do
It finds that still and settled place
And dances there with you.

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The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach

American writer Richard Bach created the most beautiful line in this extract from The Bridge Across Forever “Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life”.

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.