24th October 2021

Wedding Readings for Parents: Les Misérables

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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 parents. 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 is an extract from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Perhaps Hugo’s most famous novel, Les Misérables explores broad themes from the politics of France to the differing natures of familial and romantic love.

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

Why We love It

This is one of our favourite wedding readings for parents because these wise words come across really well as parental advice for relationships.

We love the themes of togetherness and acceptance in this reading. It centres the need to love your partner for all that they are, and the importance of generosity in relationships.

If you like this reading, keep your eyes peeled next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out for more wedding readings for parents, couples, best men and maids of honour.