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Classic Love Poems for Wedding Vows, Marriages, and Receptions

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Poetry

Weddings are (hopefully) a once in a life time event. We prepare months, if not years, for this special occasion. We do whatever we can to choose the most wonderful dress, the most beautiful table cloths, the perfect colors for the bridesmaids, and the most meaningful song for our first dance.

It's no wonder then why the same importance is put on our wedding vows. Traditionally, the bride and groom had to use the words given by the priest or judge. Today, it is becoming more and more common for couples to choose their own special words to say to one another to make this day even more incredible.

Using classical poetry as a way to express love for another person has been around for thousands of years. It is not a coincidence that this same literature genre has been used to express the feelings of both brides and grooms during their wedding and marriage.

Since weddings are (hopefully) a one in a life-time event, it is important to get things right the first time. The poems listed below may be used during the ceremony for your vows or even during the reception by the MC as an expression of love and romantic years to come.

To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
This poem is about exactly what the title says. It is about her love for her one and true love. It's a great way to show your appreciation and romance during your vow renewal or a way to show your happiness during your marriage. It's also a great reception toast by the bride to the groom.

She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron
Yes, yes she does. Whether it is beauty on the outside or inside, a bride (and wife) always walk in it. This is an extremely passionate poem perfect for every occasion.

The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe
The hard-working shepherd must appreciate everything his wife does when he comes home tired and unable to do much else than eat. This is a very tender and poetic piece from a loving husband.

Marriage Morning by Alfred Tennyson
There's nothing like a marriage in the morning. It can be very adventurous, fascinating and wild. Mr. Tennyson does a great job, as always, with this poem.

I hope you enjoyed these works of art. They are some of my favorite poems, but are still perfect for the right occasion.