11 Alternative Wedding Readings For Christmas Weddings

Today we are sharing a few poems and lyrics that are perfect for a Christmas wedding. Whether you want something traditional, unique or romantic – we’ve got you!

Extract from The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton

“My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, I’d like to join you by your side.

Where we could gaze into the stars, and sit together, now and forever.

For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.”



Ceremony Reading: Extract from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“His hands were busy with his garments all this time; turning them inside out, putting them on upside down, tearing them, mislaying them, making them parties to every kind of extravagance.

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings. “I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A Happy New Year to all the world. Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”

…He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

Running to the window, he opened it, and put out his head. No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold; cold, piping for the blood to dance to; Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells. Oh, glorious! Glorious!”





The Christmas Wedding by Neil Gaiman

“This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing. This is everything I’ve learned about marriage: nothing. Only that the world out there is complicated, and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain, and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes, is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze, and not to be alone.”



A Christmas Blessing (Anonymous)

“May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river. May your love be like the sun always shining, but willing to give warmth to all. And may your love be like the snow, falling lightly but making everything it touches beautiful.”



Heathrow Airport extract from Love Actually

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.



Quote from The Holiday

“I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said ‘Journeys end in lovers meeting.’ What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives.”



Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton

I like you a lot.
You’re funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be your personal penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.



Extract From When Harry Met Sally

“I love that you get cold when it’s seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour-and-a-half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”



All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey

“I don’t want a lot for ChristmasThere is just one thing I needI don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas treeI just want you for my ownMore than you could ever knowMake my wish come trueAll I want for Christmas is you”



Kissin’ By The Mistletoe – Aretha Franklin

“There’s a very good reasonWhy the holiday seasonIs a wonderful timeFor a boy and girl to fall in love
‘Cause Santa and CupidPlanned exactly what you didWhen you kissed me by the mistletoe above
Kissin’ by the mistletoe, love came to stayAnd now it’s Christmas every day
There is a heavenly treasureMore than money can measureIn the gift you get when you give your loveAnd I can tell (kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss)”

All My Christmases – Jillian Edwards

“Sleigh bells ring, church bells tooThree days after Christmas I met youI wore a big white dressYou wore a fancy suitThe easiest thing that I’ll ever do
We knew it from the startIt was simple, it was trueThe snow fell from the skyI fell in love with youAt least a thousand times
And nowEvery Christmas from now onI’ll be here, by your sideAnd nowEvery day in betweenAnd for all of our lives
I’ll be waiting under the mistletoeAnd any kiss from you, you knowI do, I do, I doFrom now onAll my Christmases with you”




11 Alternative Wedding Readings For Christmas Weddings





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