How to Include Poetry in Your Wedding
Every couple wants to find ways to make their wedding more memorable. One great way to make your big day extra special is by including poetry that is meaningful to you as a couple. This can be poetry written by or for the bride and groom or it can be a previously published poem that has touched you in some way. Below are some ideas for ways to include poetry in your special day.
Your stationary includes invitations,
wedding programs, thank you cards and more. All of those are wonderful places to include poetry. Your space will be somewhat limited on thank you cards and invitations, but you can include a longer poem in the program. If you do not have room on the program, simply print the poetry out separately on a quality piece of paper and place it as an insert into the program.
Poetry can be a unique idea for a wedding favor. Buy a small photo frame for each place setting. Place the poem inside the frame.
After the wedding, some guests may choose to display the poem as it was given to them. Others will remove the poem and use the frame. Either way, this is a thoughtful favor that will serve as a reminder to your guests of your wedding day.
For the sheer romance factor, the ceremony is one of the best places to include some poetry in your wedding. When the bride or groom – or both – read a work of poetry to their new life partner, it is hard for guests not to get a bit emotional. Again, the poem can be original or not. What matters is how much the poem means to the two of you.
Just be sure to practice reading the poem and have a copy handy so that you won’t have to recite the poem from memory.
Even if you think that you have it memorized bring a copy! Many brides and grooms have been left standing speechless when they forgot the words.
You can also ask an attendant, your parents, or the officiant to read a poem that has meaning to both of you. It’s a lovely way to include someone in your wedding that you might not have been able to otherwise as well.
Ceremony poetry is often chosen by the bride and groom, but if the maid of honor, best man, or father of the bride can use poetry during the reception in their toast to the new married couple. The poetry used in a toast can be both sweet and funny, and should reflect past memories of the bride or groom, or both.
You might also think about using different
poems with each table number assigned at the reception.
If you are attending a wedding, you can give poetry as a gift in lieu of or in addition to a card. You could have a special poem framed, give a book of romantic poetry, or just include a poem along with a typical wedding gift.
Online Photo Album
Online photo albums allow all of your friends and family members to view your wedding photographs. Many couples add music to their site and poetry is a nice addition as well. As the photos scroll through, you can place poetry in between.
Personal Wedding Scrapbook
Finally, consider adding some poetry to your personal wedding scrapbook. This could be poetry that was read at your wedding or it could be something that you wrote after the wedding.
Poetry is a romantic addition to any wedding. Whether you choose to read some poetry during your ceremony or include it in written form in your programs or favors, it is sure to add to the uniqueness of your big day.
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