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Funny Love Poems & Whimsical Wedding Readings for a Ceremony that’s YOU & Truer than True

Published Wednesday, Dec. 14th, 2022

Lighthearted love poems, romantic rhymes, and wonderfully whimsical wedding readings for a ceremony that celebrates the young at heart



If you and your sweetie are tying the knot, 
And want special vows that matter a lot, 
Consider these words from Silverstein to Suess, 
Who captured the spirit of true love on the loose.


Are you and your honey a pair meant to be?
Let these lyrical musings make it easy to see,
Just pick up a pencil, a quill, or a pen, 
And let your whimsical, lighthearted wedding begin! 



Add your favorite sweet and silly lines from the readings below to a funny wedding welcome, personal wedding vows, or unity toast. Because true love keeps us young – or at least young at heart! 


Next, ask a friend to officiate your wedding. Friends can get ordained online for free with American Marriage Ministries to perform your ceremony. 




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Funny Love Poems & Quotes for Wedding Readings



  • Quotes on being YOU by Dr. Suess


“Today you are you! That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” (from Happy Birthday to You, 1959)


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go… You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”  (from Oh the Places You'll Go, 1990)


"You'll never be bored when you try something new. There's really no limit to what you can do." (from The Cat in the Hat, 1957)




  • “We’re all a little weird” quote by Robert Fulghum


"You want my opinion? We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love." (from Perspective, 1997)




  • “The Romance” by Shel Silverstein


Said the pelican to the elephant,
“I think we should marry, I do.
’Cause there’s no name that rhymes with me,
And no one else rhymes with you.”


Said the elephant to the pelican,
“There’s sense to what you’ve said,
For rhyming’s as good a reason as any
For any two to wed.”


And so the elephant wed the pelican,
And they dined upon lemons and limes,
And now they have a baby pelicant,
And everybody rhymes. 


(from Every Thing On It, 2011)



A bride reads a funny poem from a piece of paper and laughs, while sitting on a window sill

Keep things light, fun, and full of love on the wedding day





Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear, and here’s the reason why; 
So I can push you out of bed when the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking and it’s creepy and it’s late,
I hand you the torch you see, and you investigate.


Yes I’ll marry you, my dear, you may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes it’s you that has to mend it.
You have to face the neighbour should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me it’s you that has to whack him.


Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear, you’re virile and you’re lean,
My house is like a pigsty, you can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas, you can cook it every night!


It’s you who has to work the drill and put up curtain track,
And when I’ve got the PMT it’s you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages, but none of them for you,
And so before you see the light, I do, I do, I do! 




  • “A Word to Husbands” by Ogden Nash


To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.




  • Quotes on love from The Princess Bride


“I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I LOVE YOU. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.” 


“True love is the greatest thing in the world, except for a nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, when the mutton is nice and lean, and the tomato is ripe.” 


“Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.”


See a full wedding ceremony script based on The Princess Bride: 




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Humor can help relieve stress and nervousness on the wedding day




  • “Marriage” by Anonymous 


Marriage is about giving and taking,
And forging and forsaking,
Kissing and loving and pushing and shoving,
Caring and sharing and screaming and swearing,
About being together whatever the weather,
About being driven to the end of your tether,
About sweetness and kindness,
And wisdom and blindness.

It’s about being strong when you’re feeling quite weak,
It’s about saying nothing when you’re dying to speak,
It’s about being wrong when you know you are right,
It’s about giving in before there’s a fight.
It’s about you two living as cheaply as one,
(you can give us a call if you know how that’s done!)

Never heeding advice that was always well-meant,
Never counting the cost until it’s all spent.


And for you two today, it’s about to begin,
And for all that the two of you have had to put in,
Some days filled with joy, and some days with sadness,
Too late you’ll discover that marriage... is madness.


See a full wedding ceremony script with this reading: 



  • "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" by Edward Lear


The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
   In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
   Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
   And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
    What a beautiful Pussy you are,
         You are,
         You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!"


Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl!
   How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
   But what shall we do for a ring?"
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
   To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
   With a ring at the end of his nose,
             His nose,
             His nose,
   With a ring at the end of his nose.


"Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
   Your ring?" Said the Piggy, "I will."
So they took it away, and were married next day
   By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
   Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
   They danced by the light of the moon,
             The moon,
             The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


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Need a full wedding ceremony script? 

Funny Wedding Ceremony Script

with Simple Unity Ritual


A couple laugh and hold hands on their wedding day in front of the arch, as the minister reads the wedding ceremony script. Outdoors, with the sunset in the background

This funny wedding ceremony script is short and sweet, with a simple ring exchange and unity ceremony that can be personalized to suit your tastes... because marriage is a serious matter, but your wedding ceremony doesn’t have to be!

See the full wedding script here. 

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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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