Like all good relationships, yours is likely founded on the solid foundation of friendship, so what better way to communicate this than through a wedding reading on the topic?
As you’re about to enter the longest sleepover of your life with your bestie, we think it’s only right that you should celebrate all aspects of your friendship; from the messy to the slightly gross to the downright silly!
Whether you’ve been mates since birth or only became pally at the office Christmas party, there’s a wedding reading for friends that’s perfect for you two.
1. Friendship – Judy Bielicki
This beautiful wedding reading for friends is guaranteed to get guests reaching for the tissues!
It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt, it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel.
True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life — it is the foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic.
True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential.
Bride and Groom came together as friends. Today, they pledge to each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship.
2. All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten – Robert Fulgham
This sweet reading is perfect for couples who have known each other right from the beginning.
All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad.
- Live a balanced life.
- Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- Be aware of wonder.
- Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
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3. Love Is Friendship Set On Fire – Laura Hendricks
Filled with wisdom and some sage advice, you can’t go wrong with this gem.
Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough.
4. Quote from Monica from Friends
We’re not going to lie, we totally cried watching this the first time around and we bet your guests will hearing it at your wedding too!
For so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soulmate. Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend.
5. A Chinese Wedding Poem – Anon
Short and sweet yet super powerful, this wedding reading for friends can be squeezed into the smallest slots.
I want to be your friend
For ever and ever without break or decay.
When the hills are all flat
And the rivers are all dry,
When it lightens and thunders in winter,
When it rains and snows in summer,
When Heaven and Earth mingle
Not ’til then will I part from you.
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6. Quote from Boy Meets World
Hands up if you’ve secretly fancied your partner since you wore braces! This is the wedding reading for you.
I haven’t been together with Topanga for 22 years, but we have been together for 16. ‘Kay, that’s a lot longer than most couples have been together. I mean, when we were born, you told me that we used to take walks in our strollers together in the park. When we were two, we were best friends, I mean, I, I knew everything about this girl. I knew her favorite color. I knew her favorite food. Then we became six, you know, and Eric made fun of me because it wasn’t cool to have a best friend that was a girl or even know a girl, so for the next seven years I threw dirt at her. I like to call those “the lost years”. Then when I was thirteen, Mom, she put me up against my locker and she kissed me. I mean, she gave me my first kiss. She taught me how to dance. She was always talking about these crazy things and I never understood a word she said. All I understood was that she was the girl I sat up every night thinking about, and when I’m with her I feel happy to be alive. Like I can do anything. Even talk to you like this. So that’s, that’s what I feel is love… When I’m better because she’s here…
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7. The Love of a Friend – Anon
A poem to rival the likes of Keats and Coleridge’s most romantic pieces, this reading is packed with gorgeous imagery.
Like music heard on still waters,
Like pines when the wind passeth by,
Like pearls in the deep of the ocean,
Like stars which enamel the sky,
Like June and the odour of roses,
Like dew and the freshness of morn,
Like sunshine which kisses the clover,
Like tassels of silk on the corn,
Like notes of thrush in the woodland,
Like brooks where violets grown,
Like rainbows that arch the blue heaven,
Like clouds when the sun dippeth low,
Like dreams of Arcadian pleasure
Like colours which gracefully blend,
Like everything breathing of pureness,
Like these is the love of a friend.
8. Love and Friendship – Emily Brontë
This is the perfect pick for couples marrying in the great outdoors.
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.
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