Looking For Wedding Music Or A Unique Ceremony Reading? These Work For Both!

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Music is an extremely personal subject, everyone has different tastes and styles, and songs which resonate with others may not with you. This is why I think song lyrics are a wonderful choice for ceremony readings, because you can use words from your favourite artist, or a song which means a lot to you and your partner, and it puts your own unique stamp on the ceremony.

 

Below are some examples of lyrics I have found from my own music collection, through researching couples’ favourite artists, and listening out for beautiful lines in songs I hear in my day to day life. They can give you ideas of the how a song can be turned into a reading, by editing the format of the text slightly so that it flows and reads well, and by taking out certain lines or words that sound great when sung, but may not when read out slowly.  (I've also linked each one to YouTube so that you can listen to the song, I recommend doing this to get the feeling of each of them, and also because they are all beautiful and could be used for ceremony music too.)

 

Have a read over these for inspiration, and then think about songs which mean something to you; your favourite artists that reflect your style and that others would associate you with, special songs you may have together as a couple, and any specific lines/lyrics that resonate with you and express how you feel about your partner.

 

If you have chosen me as your Celebrant, you can simply send artist names to me, or once I know more about you and your relationship, I will do the research and submit my reading ideas to you.

Otherwise, just search online for lyrics of your favourite songs, and try reading them out loud to see how they sound. Read slowly and think about your loved one while you do. You will know if it is right for you or not.

...Remember, you don’t need to use the full song lyrics, you can take verses out to shorten them to something more manageable to read, and remove certain lines or sections that you don’t like or don’t represent how you feel.

 

If you have any suggestions of song lyric choices for me, please get in touch by commenting or send me an email, I would really love to hear them!! <3

 

Enjoy! Xx

 

 

Best friend, by Jason Mraz

(This video is super cute)

 

Love is where this begins

Thank you for letting me in

I've never had to pretend

You’ve always known who I am

 

And I know my life is better

Because you’re a part of it

I know without you by my side

That I would be different

 

Thank you for all of your trust

Thank you for not giving up

Thank you for holding my hand

I've always known where you stand

 

I feel my life is better

So is the world we’re living in

I’m thankful for the time I spent

With my best friend

 

Thank you for calling me out

Thank you for waking me up

Thank you for breaking it down

Thank you for choosing us

Thank you for all you’re about

Thank you for lifting me up

Thank you for keeping me grounded

And being here now

 

My life is better,

Because you’re a part of it

Because I know without you by my side

That I would be different

You’re my best friend.

 

 

I Get To Love You, by Ruelle

 (I think this is my favourite from this list) 

 

One look at you, my whole life falls in line.

I prayed for you before I called you mine.

I can’t believe it’s true, sometimes.

I can’t believe it’s true.

 

The way you love, it changes who I am.

I am undone and I thank God once again.

I can’t believe it’s true, sometimes.

I can’t believe it’s true.

 

I get to love you, it’s the best thing that I’ll ever do.

I get to love you, it’s a promise I’m making to you.

Whatever may come, your heart I will choose.

Forever I’m yours, forever I do.

I get to love you, I get to love you.

 

They say love is a journey, I promise that I’ll never leave.

When it’s too heavy to carry, remember this moment with me.

I get to love you, I get to love you.

 

 

We Found What We Were Looking For, Bryan Adams

 

We found our strength, we found our way at last

We found tomorrow, by building on our past

We paid our dues, we stick together come whatever

We're still standing, didn't fall to pieces

Never lost our reason, never stopped believing

We found our wings and now we fly above the wind

You and me, we found what we're looking for

 

We gave it all, gave our very best

With every fall, we withstood the test

We broke the rules, had to do it to get through it

We found our wings, together we found everything

You and me, we found what we're looking for

You made me shine, picked me up when I fell behind

With you I never need to search no more

 

 

Something Just Like This, by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

 

I’ve been reading books of old

The legends and the myths

Achilles and his gold

Hercules and his gifts

Spider-Man’s control and Batman with his fists

And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list

 

I’ve been reading books of old,

The legends and the myths

The testaments they told

The moon and its eclipse

Superman unrolls a suit before he lifts

But I’m not the kind of person that it fits

 

But she said where d’you wanna go?

How much you wanna risk?

I’m not looking for somebody

With some superhuman gifts

Some superhero, some fairytale bliss

Just something I can turn to, somebody I can kiss

I want something just like this

 

 

Better Together, by Jack Johnson

 

There's no combination of words I could put on the back of a postcard

No song that I could sing, but I can try for your heart

Our dreams, they are made out of real things

Like a shoebox of photographs with sepia-toned loving

 

Love is the answer.

At least for most of the questions in my heart.

Like: "Why are we here?", and "where do we go?", and "how come it's so hard?".

It's not always easy, and sometimes life can be deceiving

I'll tell you one thing:

It's always better when we're together.

 

 

Marry Me, by Train

 

Forever can never be long enough for me

To feel like I've had long enough with you

Forget the world now, we won't let them see

But there's one thing left to do

Now that the weight has lifted

Love has surely shifted my way

 

Marry me, today and every day

Marry me, together can never be close enough

For me to feel like I am close enough to you

You wear white

And I'll wear out the words "I love you, and “you're beautiful”

 

Promise me you'll always be happy by my side

I promise to sing to you when all the music dies

 

 

Flaws and All, by Beyonce

(Sounds much more emotive when read aloud, and it can be read with a touch of humour)

 

I'm a train wreck in the morning

I'm a bitch in the afternoon

Every now and then without warning

I can be really mean towards you

I'm a puzzle yes indeed

Ever complex in every way

And all the pieces aren't even in the box

And yet, you see the picture clear as day.

 

I don't know why you love me

And that's why I love you

You catch me when I fall

Accept me flaws and all

And that's why I love you

 

I neglect you when I'm working

When I need attention I tend to nag

I'm a host of imperfection

And you see past all that

I'm a peasant by some standards

But in your eyes I'm a queen

You see potential in all my flaws

and that's exactly what I mean.

 

You catch me when I fall

Accept me flaws and all

And that's why I love you.

 

 

After All These Years, by Journey

(perfect for a vow renewal ceremony)

 

A faded wedding photograph

You and me in our first dance

The lives of those we lost, in once sweet embrace

Since those days our world has changed

Our love remains the same

God knows we've had our share of saving grace

And I'm proud of all the blessings you have given me

The mountains we have climbed to get this far

You learn to take the laughter with the tears

After all these years

 

You make it feel brand new

After the fires that we walked thru

Against the odds we never lost our faith

 

In our hearts we've made our home, where our children all have grown

Precious moments time cannot erase

We've been living up and down the gypsy highway

Seasons that we've learned to share apart

Somehow in my heart I always keep you near me

After all these years

 

You stood by me, the days and nights that I was gone

After all these years

 

You sacrificed, believed in me, and you stood strong

Because with our love there's nothing left to fear

After all these years

 

 

A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri 

(Twilight fans will appreciate this one)

 

Heart beats fast

Colours and promises

How to be brave

How can I love when I'm afraid to fall

But watching you stand alone

All of my doubt, suddenly goes away somehow

 

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling, don't be afraid,

I have loved you for a thousand years

I'll love you for a thousand more

 

Time stands still

Beauty in all she is

I will be brave

I will not let anything take away

What's standing in front of me

Every breath, every hour has come to this.

 

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling, don't be afraid,

I have loved you for a thousand years

I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed, I would find you

Time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years

I'll love you for a thousand more

 

 

Time Of Our Lives, by James Blunt

 

Don't close your eyes, dear, don't you be nervous

You put this whole damn place in a spell

I see your friends here, and some of them jealous

Because they know this love don't come off the shelf

 

I saw your mother, she looks so beautiful, 

Remember when she didn't think I would stay? 

I saw your father,

He wouldn't talk to me, til he could tell I was here to stay. 

But all of those awkward short conversations, 

Led us to where we are standing today.

 

I'm feeling time moves slow

I'm seeing faces glow

None of them shine as bright as you tonight

 

I'm hearing voices hush

There's no one else but us

Darling there's so much love under these lights

If it's okay,

Let's just have the time of our lives

 

 

 

I hope you loved these. I could go on and on and on, and I actually did, I just didn't publish them all as you'd be here for hours!

If you have any questions or would like advice on your readings, get in touch, I'd love to help.
 

Danielle X

 

Danielle Balmer

Your Day Ibiza, 37 Carrer des Cubells, Eivissa, PM, 07800