10th October 2021

Wedding Readings for Brides: Sylvia Plath

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Welcome back to our Sunday segment, Wedding Reading Ideas. Here we source and share some of our favourite texts perfect for weddings. This week we are focusing on wedding readings for brides. We try and include a variety of ideas so that there is a reading suggestion for every kind of speech at every kind of wedding!

If you are looking for a reading suggestion for a specific event, please feel free to leave us a comment so we can help you source one.

The Reading

This week’s reading comes from the journals of Sylvia Plath. Plath is a famous poet who is known for her poetry collection Ariel and others. Despite her tragic death, her commentary on romance had some lovely moments which are perfect for wedding ceremonies today.

We have selected this passage because of its lovely warmth and humour. Here, Plath discusses the virtues of her husband.

The Journals of Sylvia Plath

I feel good with my husband: I like his warmth and his bigness and his being-there and his making and his jokes and stories and what he reads and how he likes fishing and walks and pigs and foxes and little animals and is honest and not vain or fame-crazy and how he shows his gladness for what I cook him and joy for when I make him something, a poem or a cake, and how he is troubled when I am unhappy and wants to do anything so I can fight out my soul-battles and grow up with courage and a philosophical ease. I love his good smell and his body that fits with mine as if they were made in the same body-shop to do just that. What is only pieces, doled out here and there to this boy and that boy, that made me like pieces of them, is all jammed together in my husband. So I don’t want to look around anymore: I don’t need to look around for anything.

Why We Love It

This passage exudes positive energy! It perfectly encapsulates the feeling of loving somebody for everything that they are. While the lines are deeply personal, they are broad enough that they can apply to lots of people. If these sentiments resonate with you then this could be the reading for you.

The ending of this passage is perhaps the most romantic section. Plath explores the way in which her husband is everything she could ever want or need. The lines about not wanting OR needing anything more are important. They show that the reader has not settled and has truly found their ideal person.

We have featured this as one of our favourite wedding readings for brides, but the gender could easily be swapped. This would make this reading appropriate for partners of alternative genders. All that matters is whether or not you feel the sentiments apply to you.

If you like this reading, keep your eyes peeled next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out for more wedding readings for brides, grooms, parents and the wedding party.