Why you should consider modern poems for your ceremony
Poems are known to be a traditional element to wedding ceremonies, but it can be difficult to find one that really reflects you or that you feel strongly enough about to include it in your ceremony.
Many of the worlds most famous and well-known poets and poems were written decades, if not centuries ago. They may still be beautiful and the meaning behind them timeless, but the language and content do not always resonate with or reflect modern day couples.
I will write a blog in the future about the most popular and famous poems and readings used for wedding ceremonies, but after receiving many inquiries this year from couples who have chosen not to include poetry into their ceremony scripts, I am keen to share these gems with you today.
Young poets are becoming very popular now, being given the genre and branding of "Instapoets", they famously use Instagram, Twitter, and other social networks to share their poetry with the world.
Tyler Knott Gregson (My personal favourite)
It honestly came as a surprise to me how much I have loved reading poetry recently. Before reading Tyler's book 'chasers of the light' I didn't have any strong opinions on the subject, but it has changed me! I think I might have even developed an addiction.
Click on the image below to buy this book on Amazon. I HIGHLY recommend you do. You won't regret it.
Every couple of pages I found paragraphs that made me smile and immediately send to my boyfriend, and I admit that I even shed a tear a couple of times. I can guarantee that you will find ones that you think were written especially for you, so don't rush through them, read them slowly and enjoy.
Below are just a couple of poems from this book that I think would be wonderful as readings during a wedding ceremony (there are plenty more but I don't want to ruin the book for you!), either read out by your Celebrant, or read by you and your partner to each other.
Ava is another Instapoet who has 3 books out - 'you are safe here', 'for A', and 'this is how you know i want you'. I love this title.
Lang Leav is a talented best-selling author of both novels and poetry.
I am leaving you with a part of one of my favourite poems. It is unlike the ones above, but when I first read it, months and months ago, I immediately saved it and sent it to my boyfriend - because it sounds so much like us! It has a child-like narrative and it isn't super deep, but it is fun, silly and relatable and it always makes me smile.
Even if the poems here in this blog post don't do it for you, I do encourage you to keep looking, because you when you find the one/s that make you immediately think - 'How did this person write exactly how I feel?!' it will feel as if someone has just handed you a lovely personalised gift.
When the right one comes along, regardless of whether it is something beautiful, funny, straight-to-the-point, deep, thought provoking or tear jerking - if it makes you smile, laugh, cry or fall in love again - it is a great option for your wedding ceremony, as it enhances the sense of your personalities into the script - which is of course incredibly important on a day which is about you both.
For more information on all of the poets quoted in this blog post, click on the image to open in Amazon or find them on Instagram and Twitter.