16th January 2022

Wedding Readings for Young Lovers

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Welcome back to our Sunday segment, Wedding Readings Ideas. Here we source and share some of our favourite texts perfect for weddings. This week we are focusing on wedding readings for young lovers. 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!

However, if you are looking for a reading suggestion for a specific event, please feel free to leave us a comment. We would love to help you source one.

wedding readings for young lovers

The Reading

This week’s reading is Valentine by former poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.


Not a red rose or a satin heart.

I give you an onion.
It is a moon wrapped in brown paper.
It promises light
like the careful undressing of love.

It will blind you with tears
like a lover.
It will make your reflection
a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.
Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,
possessive and faithful
as we are,
for as long as we are.

Take it.
Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring,
if you like.
Its scent will cling to your fingers,
cling to your knife.

Why We love It

This is one of our favourite wedding readings for young lovers. This is because the poem exemplifies intense, passionate romance. We love how the humorous comparison of love to onions blossoms into a much deeper metaphor as the poem unfolds. We like this amongst wedding readings for young lovers because it directly references marriage, so ties in perfectly in wedding speeches. The poem bridges the line between amusing as intense.

If you like this reading, keep your eyes peeled next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out. We will share more wedding readings for young lovers, second weddings, vow renewals, and more.