Many brides and grooms choose to include some sort of religious aspect to their wedding ceremony as a way to share their faith with their friends and families. Religious elements within a ceremony could include a meaningful hymn, a reading from an appropriate religious text, or a cultural tradition.
If you would like to incorporate these religious elements in your wedding, there's no need to confine yourself to what will be spoken or sung during the ceremony. For Christian or Jewish ceremonies, consider adding an appropriate verse from the Bible or Torah to your invitations, wedding programs, and tablescapes. Your chosen verse can serve as a motif that will link together the tone, style, and theme of your wedding ceremony and reception.
Use the verse on the top of your wedding invitation, have it printed in a central location within your program bulletin, and include it on the top of your menus at the reception. The repetition will remind your guests of the verse's importance to you and your soon-to-be spouse.
Verses to Incorporate Into Your Wedding Invitations
Here are some appropriate verses to incorporate into your wedding invitation suite and other wedding paper products. These are lifted from the New International Version of the Bible.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
- Ephesians 4:2. "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
- 1 Corinthians 13:13. "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love."
- 1 Peter 4:8. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sin."
- 1 John 4:18-19. "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us."
- 1 Corinthians 16:14. "Do everything in love."
- Song of Solomon 2:16. "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."
- Song of Solomon 8:10. "Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away."
- Song of Solomon 3:4. "I have found the one whom my soul loves."
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing."
- Ephesians 5:25. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her."
- 1 John 3:18. "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth."
Choosing Which Bible Translation to Use
Remember, too, that there are dozens of translations of the aforementioned verses. Before choosing one to include within your wedding invitation suite, research the different versions and choose the one that is most appropriate to your wedding's tone and style. A more formal invitation suite may call for an older translation such as one from the King James version, whereas a more casual invitation suite would be better suited to a New International translation. Regardless of which translation you choose, be consistent, and use that same version throughout your wedding ceremony and reception to ensure consistency.