Paris destination wedding readings

Here are a few ceremony readings for your Paris destination wedding. As your marriage celebrant in Paris I can incorporate the reading / readings of your choice into your script when officiating your ceremony. Or if you would like to include guest contributions into your Paris wedding ceremony, then you can ask these guests to choose one of these Paris destination wedding readings – or you chose for them!

Romantic Paris destination wedding readings


Sharing is the path to love, the method of intimacy. Those moments which sparkle and last as precious gems in the treasure box of life are moments of openness and sharing untainted by manipulation.

We give ourselves to one another in shared wonder, fear or joy, each allowing the other into secret rooms of the self, risking. We play together, weep, or stare in wonder; We touch.
Sometimes we need not even speak. Friend, the heart says, I am with you I see you, really see – I hear the music of your mind. And I rest serene in our shared silence.

When you speak I listen knowing that agreement is not what you seek, but only that we hear each other, and accept.

You change me, not by intent, but by inspiration, by allowing me space to grow, within the awareness that who I am is a matter of importance to you.

Corelli’s Mandoline
(novel extract)

By Louis de Bernieres

Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just “being in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

Love is giving

Love is giving, not taking,
Mending not breaking,
Trusting, believing,
Never deceiving,
Patiently bearing
And faithfully sharing
Each joy, each sorrow,
Today and tomorrow.

Love is kind, understanding,
But never demanding.
Love is constant, prevailing,
It’s strength never failing.
A promise once spoken,
For all time unbroken,
Love’s time is forever.

To Love Is not To Possess

by James Kavanaugh

To love is not to possess, to own or imprison, nor to lose one’s self in another. Love is to join and separate, to walk alone and together, to find a laughing freedom that lonely isolation does not permit. It is finally to be able to be who we really are no longer clinging in childish dependency nor docilely living separate lives in silence. It is to be perfectly one’s self and perfectly joined in permanent commitment to another – and to one’s inner self. Love only endures when it moves like waves, receding and returning gently or passionately, or moving lovingly like the tide in the moon’s own predictable harmony, because finally, despite a child’s scars or an adult’s deepest wounds, they are openly free to be who they really are – and always secretly were, in the very core of their being where true and lasting love can alone abide.

These I can promise

by Mark Twain

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart’s devotion
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

The Privileged Lovers

by Rumi

The moon has become a dancer at this festival of love. This dance of light,
This sacred blessing, This divine love, beckons us to a world beyond only lovers can see with their eyes of fiery passion.
They are the chosen ones who have surrendered. Once they were particles of light now they are the radiant sun.
They have left behind the world of deceitful games. They are the privileged lovers who create a new world with their eyes of fiery passion.

The bridge across forever
(novel extract)

by Richard Bach

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person, we’re safe in our own paradise.

Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

The meaning of “I love you”

By Jonathan Safran Foer

“I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with.

“I love you” means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.

Time Travelers

by Terah Cox

May you take on the world together
with all your hopes and dreams.
May you be each other’s anchor
in smooth or rocky seas.
May you bend to the world’s winds
and brave stalls and storms.
May you find common ground
in all its changing forms.
May you cross stubborn boundaries
and turn many a stone.
May you find haven for your souls.
May you have heart and home.
And if some days are gray
and some nights are long and cold
May you be each other’s sun and moon
as your destinies unfold.
And should you lose sight of each other
and start to drift apart
May you circle back by following
the compass of your heart.

I carry your heart with me

by E.E. Cummings

I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it
(anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate
(for you are my fate, my sweet)
I want no world
(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart
(I carry it in my heart)


by Roy Croft

I love you
Not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.
I love you
For the part of me that you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there, and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find
I love you
because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple.
Out of the works of my every day not a reproach but a song.
I love you
because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good.
and more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.

On Marriage

by Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. You shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone. Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. 

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart.  And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. 

New Beginnings

You stand here before us, soon husband and wife,
Together you’re pledging the rest of your life.
This is a brand new beginning for you,
It’s what you have hoped for, a dream coming true.

Together you’re facing both pleasure and pain,
Good times and bad times, sunshine and rain.
But with each day that passes
much more you will know,
And the bond that’s between you
much stronger will grow.

Be kind to each other, be faithful and true,
Be thoughtful and patient in all that you do.
Remember the reasons you stand here today,
And you’ll still be happy, don’t throw it away.

May you know laughter, good fortune and wealth,
Peace and contentment,
good luck and good health.
May all your tomorrows find love in your hearts,
But today, here together, is the day that it starts.

On your wedding day

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as husband and wife.

It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although they’ll be times
when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

And with luck all your hopes
and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts

Marriage advice

Marriage does not guarantee you will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, with the same person.

The greatest marriages are built on teamwork, a mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.

Make your marriage your own. Don’t look at other marriages and wish you had something else. Work to shape your marriage so that it is satisfying for both of you.

Paris destination wedding venues: Shangri-La Paris


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