Choosing a wedding reading for a teenager can be a tricky task; they’re too old for wedding readings from children’s books, but alternative wedding readings or poems with tricky syntax might be a struggle for young adult readers, so you need to find a wedding reading perfectly suited to teen readers.
While we hate to generalise, many teenagers feel awkward standing up and speaking in front of an audience, so do make sure they’re comfortable performing a reading during your ceremony, and that it’s a passage they don’t feel awkward reciting.
We recommend coming up with a few different readings and asking your teen which they’d most like to read, or ask if they have a reading they’d particularly like to perform – they might surprise you with something romantic you haven’t heard of before.
Scroll down for our round-up of readings we think are perfect for teenagers.
Love Actually wedding reading for teenagers
For any rom-com fans, this reading will be instantly recognisable from Love Actually, but that doesn’t mean it’s only appropriate for winter weddings. It’s simple to read and doesn’t follow a rhyming pattern so teenagers should find it a doddle to recite. It may be 15 years old this year (how?!) but it’s still as relevant as ever.
“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport.
General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere.
Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.
If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
READ MORE: The Love Actually wedding dress was almost totally different
Sex and the City wedding reading
Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding was one of the most iconic in TV history (even if it didn’t work out as she planned…), but prior to her wedding, she did a reading at Charlotte’s nuptials, reading the below poem that would work beautifully at any wedding – especially for Sex and the City fans!
“His hello was the end of her endings,
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle,
His hand would be hers to hold forever,
His forever was as simple as her smile,
He said she was what was missing,
She said instantly she knew,
She was a question to be answered,
And his answer was “I do””
Wedding reading from The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
We grew up reading the His Dark Materials books, and they’re still loved by young readers now. This sweet passage from the third book in the trilogy will ensure there’s not a dry eye in the house, and if your teenager is a bookworm, they’ll love reciting this.
“I will love you forever; whatever happens.
Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…
I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart.
Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…”
Nick Hornby wedding reading
Nick Hornby’s most famous book is probably About a Boy, but one of his most romantic lines comes from High Fidelity. It’s short by sweet, and is perhaps too short as your reader would be up and down in next to no time, but it really speaks to us.
“It’s a mystery of human chemistry and I don’t understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.”
“I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
This reading is simple to read, but that’s not to say it’s not incredibly touching. The easy to read pattern makes it perfect for younger teenagers who aren’t as confident, but don’t want to read a Winnie the Pooh wedding reading.
“I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’
And both of us remember
When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
…And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad…
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t…
I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do.”
Wedding reading from Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Passages from classic literature are often used as wedding readings, but sometimes more modern books can have equally heartfelt sentiments. Take Delirium by Lauren Oliver, for example.
“Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge.
That’s what it is: an edge; a razor.
It draws up through the centre of your life, cutting everything in two.
Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.”
Lighthearted wedding reading for teenagers
If your teenager is a sports fan, this quirky reading from young adult novel Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley will definitely appeal. It’s perfect for couples who don’t want their ceremony to be too mushy.
“If my like for you was a football crowd, you’d be deaf ’cause of the roar.
And if my like for you was a boxer, there’d be a dead guy lying on the floor.
And if my like for you was sugar, you’d lose your teeth before you were twenty.
And if my like for you was money, let’s just say you’d be spending plenty.”
Wedding reading by John Cooper Clarke
Performance poet John Cooper Clarke has a real way with words, and this is evident in his piece “I wanna be yours.” The rhymes are fun and simple to read, and it’s not so soppy that it will embarrass the reader.
“I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust
I wanna be your Ford Cortina
I will never rust
If you like your coffee hot
let me be your coffee pot
You call the shots
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your raincoat
for those frequent rainy days
I wanna be your dreamboat
when you want to sail away
Let me be your teddy bear
take me with you anywhere
I don’t care
I wanna be yours
I wanna be your electric meter
I will not run out
I wanna be the electric heater
you’ll get cold without
I wanna be your setting lotion
hold your hair in deep devotion
Deep as the deep Atlantic ocean
that’s how deep is my devotion”