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Hymns, Songs, Poems & Readings

A few suggestions

(We can’t show the words/lyrics here, for copyright reasons, but a quick search will find them!)

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Hymns   Readings for a Church Wedding   Poems & Readings for a Civil Wedding    First Dance Songs




A few of the most popular

Amazing Grace

All things Bright & Beautiful

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Give Me Joy in My Heart

One More Step Along the World I Go

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

Morning has Broken

Praise my Soul the King of Heaven 

And either Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer (Bread of Heaven) or Calon Lân (if you're in Wales), or Jerusalem (in England)

A few more suggestions, including extracts to listen to are on the C of E’s website at https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/hymns-for-your-wedding/



Readings for a Church Wedding

The most popular, by a long way : Corinthians 13. 1-7

And a few others :

Colossians 3. 12-17

Matthew 19.4-6

John 15. 9-12



Poems & Readings for a Civil Wedding

For Poems, we recommend getting hold of a copy of ‘Poems and Readings for Weddings’ Edited by Julia Watson (ISBN 978-0-14-101495-1). The Kindle Edition is only £4.99


The most popular welsh poem is probably Priodas by Dic Jones (a Welsh version of the apache blessing), or this, Mi gerddaf gyda thi :


Mi gerddaf gyda thi  (I’ll walk with you) – Anonymous/Traditional


Mi gerddaf gyda thi dros lwybrau maith,

A blodau, cân a breuddwyd ar ein taith;

I`th lygaid syllaf i a dal dy law:

Mi gerddaf gyda thi, beth bynnag ddaw


Mi gerddaf gyda thi pan fydd y lloer

Fel llusern yn y nen ar noson oer.

Addawaf i ti'n ghalon i yn llwyr:

Mi gerddaf gyda thi drwy oriau'r hwyr.


Mi gerddaf gyda thi drwy weddill f'oes,

Pan fydd yr haul ar fryn neu'r dyddiau'n groes;

A phan ddaw'r alwad draw, pwy wyr pa awr,

Mi gerddaf gyda thi i’r freuddwyd fawr. 


I will walk with you on our long path

With a flower, a dream, and a song on the way

I’ll look into your eyes & hold your hand,

I will walk with you, whatever may come.


I will walk with you when the moon is full

like a lantern in the heaven through the coldest night.

I promise you my heart in full,

I will walk with you through those late hours.


I will walk with you for all my life,

When the sun shines on the hill, and on dark days

And when the call comes, who knows when,

I will walk with you to the greatest dream.


And if you want something a bit quirky, what about :  

"Yes, I'll Marry You," by Pam Ayres,

"I Rely on You," by Hovis Presley or

Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussy-Cat?



First Dance Songs  

Some of these may also be suitable to walk down the aisle to, at a civil wedding. But remember that civil weddings can’t include any religious reference (so for instance Robbie Williams’ Angels probably wouldn’t be allowed), and it’s worth checking the lyrics carefully.

Ed Sheeran - Thinking out loud

Extreme - More than words

Bryan Adams - I'm ready

Kodaline - The One

Lonestar - Amazed

John Legend - All of Me

Etta James – At Last

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

Lifehouse - You and Me

Nathan Sykes - Over and over again

Carrie Underwood - Look at me

Ellie Goulding – How long will I love you

Ed Sheeran - Tenerife sea

Jack Johnson - Better Together

James Arthur -  Say You Won't Let Go

Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars

Tom Odell – Grow Old with Me