For couples who can't bear the thought of gushy and soppy sentiments on their wedding day, take a look at these readings 

Your wedding ceremony should be a reflection of you as a couple and this extends to the vows, music and readings. The internet is the perfect place to find the words which strike a chord with you as a couple, with search engines and social media pages offering the best ways to start your search.  

However, you will soon find that there are plenty of overly romantic wedding readings filled with over-the-top outpourings of love. And if you are a couple who aren't comfortable with public displays of affection and prefer to keep romance a private matter, then this type of reading won't sit right with you.  

If a non-soppy wedding ceremony is more your style, then you might want to take a look at these wedding readings which won't make you - or the congregation - cringe.  

1. Some Things Go Together, by Charlotte Zolotow 

Pairs of things that go together  
Pigeons with park  
Stars with dark 
Sand with sea 
and you with me. 

Hats with heads 
Pillows with beds 
Sky with blue 
and me with you. 

2. If I Could Catch a Rainbow, by Pamela Joyce Randolph 

If I could catch a rainbow, 
I'd do it, just for you, 
And share with you its beauty, 
On the days you're feeling blue. 
If I could build a mountain, 
You call your very own, 
A place to find serenity, 
A place to be alone. 
If I could take your troubles, 
I would toss them in the sea, 
But all these things, I'm finding, 
Are impossible for me. 
I cannot build a mountain, 
Or catch a rainbow fair, 
But let me be what I know best, 
A friend that's always there. 

3. How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog, by Taylor Mali 

First of all, it’s a big responsibility, 
especially in a city like New York. 
So think long and hard before deciding on love. 
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: 
when you’re walking down the street late at night 
and you have a leash on love 
ain’t no one going to mess with you. 
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. 
Who knows what love could do in its own defence? 

On cold winter nights, love is warm. 
It lies between you and lives and breathes 
and makes funny noises. 
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. 
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy. 

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. 
But come home and love is always happy to see you. 
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, 
but you can never be mad at love for long. 

Is love good all the time? No! No! 
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love. 

Love makes messes. 
Love leaves you little surprises here and there. 
Love needs lots of cleaning up after. 
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed. 
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper 
and swat love on the nose, 
not so much to cause pain, 
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again! 

Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk. 
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block 
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions 
at once, or wind itself around and around you 
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move. 

But love makes you meet people wherever you go. 
People who have nothing in common but love 
stop and talk to each other on the street. 

Throw things away and love will bring them back, 
again, and again, and again. 
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it. 
And in return, love loves you and never stops. 

4. He Never Leaves the Seat Up 

He never leaves the seat up 
Or wet towels upon the floor 
The toothpaste has the lid on 
And he always shuts the door! 

She’s very clean and tidy 
Though she may sometimes delude 
Leave your things out at your peril 
In a second they’ll have moved! 

He’s a very active person 
As are all his next of kin 
Where as she likes lazy days 
He’ll still drag her to the gym! 

He romances her and dines her 
Home cooked dinners and the like 
He even knows her favourite food 
And spoils her day and night! 

She’s thoughtful when he looks at her 
A smile upon his face 
Will he look that good in 50 years 
When his dentures aren’t in place?! 

He says he loves her figure 
And her mental prowess too 
But when gravity takes her over 
Will she charm with her IQ? 

She says she loves his kindness 
And his patience is a must 
And of course she thinks he’s handsome 
Which in her eyes is a plus! 

They’re both not wholly perfect 
But who are we to judge 
He can be pig headed 
Where as she won’t even budge! 

All that said and done 
They love the time they spent together 
And I hope as I’m sure you do 
That this fine day will last forever. 

He’ll be more than just her husband 
He’ll also be her friend 
And she’ll be more than just his wife 
She’ll be his soul mate ‘till the end. 

5. Scaffolding, by Seamus Heaney 

Masons, when they start upon a building, 
Are careful to test out the scaffolding; 

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points, 
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints. 

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done 
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone. 

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be 
Old bridges breaking between you and me 

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall 
Confident that we have built our wall. 

6. Bob Marley on Love 

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.  

He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyse. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there.  

Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you. 

7. The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach 

A soul mate 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 soul mate 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 soul mate is the one who makes life come to life. 

8. Albert Einstein on Relativity 

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity. 

9. I Like You, by Sandol Stoddard 

I like you and I know why. 
I like you because you are a good person to like. 
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special 
And you remember it a long, long time. 
You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’ 
And both of us remember 

When I think something is important 
You think it’s important too 
We have good ideas 
When I say something funny, you laugh 
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too 

…And I like you because when I am feeling sad 
You don’t always cheer me up right away 
Sometimes it is better to be sad… 
I like you because if I am mad at you 
Then you are mad at me too 
It’s awful when the other person isn’t… 

I like you because I don’t know why but 
Everything that happens is nicer with you 
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you 
It must have been lonesome then 
I like you because because because 
I forget why I like you but I do.