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Non-Biblical readings

All Church of England weddings should have at least one reading from the Bible, but if you wish, you can also include other special readings, such as a poem or extract from a book, to make your ceremony even more meaningful.

Ask your Vicar for guidance on this, as they have had plenty of experience in developing ceremonies to include those personal touches. 

To inspire you, the links below show some readings that have been used at weddings before.

Paths and journeys: Adapted from Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
Your walled garden: Author unknown
The blessing of the Apaches: Author unknown
To be at one with each other: George Eliot
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: Sonnet From The Portuguese XLIII, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
Sonnet 116: Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds: William Shakespeare
Marriage Advice: Jane Wells (1886)
Never Marry But For Love: William Penn (1644-1718)
Extract from 'The Anniversary' John Donne (1572–1631)

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