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21 modern poems that make swoon-worthy wedding readings

Finding the right wedding readings for your ceremony can be a bear if you don't know where to look. This is especially so if you're diverting from traditional and/or religious readings and want something more modern, secular, funny, or all of the above. I wanted to see what was cooking in modern poetry to see if there were some new poems that would make amazing wedding readings that we hadn't seen before. Spoiler alert: there were!

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A few reasons Neil Gaiman totally gets love (including a NEW Gaiman wedding reading!)

If you know about writer and novelist Neil Gaiman, you already know that he's a super cool human whose talent for the written word knows no bounds. His friends have tapped him to write something poignant for their weddings. We've seen the results of that endeavor and it's MAGICAL. Gaiman added a newly written wedding reading to his personal site recently that we loved and we couldn't resist using it as an excuse to round up our faves.

Here are some of our favorite Neil Gaiman wedding readings, including his NEW ONE! Spoiler: it's about how he totally doesn't know anything about love (but he actually totally does)…

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Celebrating the journey: wedding readings for a vow renewal ceremony

It's no small feat to make it to the many milestones of marriage. A lot can happen to change you and your relationship and a vow renewal can cement all of that work into a more unified commitment. But how do you address that in your vow renewal ceremony?

Some wedding readings are totally universal for a wedding or a vow renewal, but some are just a little bit more apt for those who have traversed the trenches of longtime marriage. Here are a few weddings readings we love for a vow renewal ceremony…