Oh-So-Romantic Wedding Readings from Kiddies Books!
Choosing a romantic reading for a wedding is one of the most exciting parts to planning your special day. It’s also one of the more memorable moments at any wedding ceremony for both yourselves, as the bridal couple – as well as for all your wedding guests.
In the past, wedding readings were typically selected from poems, religious passages or other traditional literature. Over recent years, a new type of genre for wedding readings has become increasingly popular among many quirky bridal couples – reading extracts from children’s books. Many of today’s fun-loving couples prefer this choice over the more traditional or religious readings, when looking for something that reflects their playful spirit.
Cute, deeply sentimental and oh-so-romantic wedding readings from children’s books allow you and your partner to highlight your fun whimsical and quirky side. One of the many reasons these readings are so popular today, is due to their light heartedness. So, if you are looking for creative ways to show off who you truly are as a couple, then a reading from a children’s book is the perfect way to do this!
Wedding Readings: Print at Home
Below we’ve put together a melt-in-your-mouth list of 15 romantic wedding readings for the young at heart – our favourite extracts from children’s books of all genres.
- The Velveteen Rabbit By Margery Williams
- I Like You By Sandol Stoddard Warburg
- Oh The Places You’ll Go By Dr. Seuss
- The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery
- The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Us Two by A.A Milne
- A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton
- The Magic Well
- Snow White and Rose Red
- Poodle and Hound by Kathryn Lasky
- You Can Be Anything by Gary Craig
We think they’re just perfect readings for a quirky, fun couple who like to reveal a bit of personality during their wedding ceremony – and at the same time, show off their sweet romantic side.
If you’re in search of a classic wedding reading, try one of these three popular extracts from children’s books – read at wedding ceremonies around the world today.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care. About some you will say, “We don’t choose to go there.”
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
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
And that’s how it would happen every time
Other Cute and Popular Readings
The following two extracts follow a close second to the classic readings, and are also a popular choice amongst couples for wedding readings.
“Are you looking for chickens?”
“No,” said the little prince. “I am looking for friends. What does that mean–’tame’?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. It means to establish ties.”
“‘To establish ties’?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.”
Pussy said to the Owl “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?”
Said the Piggy, “I will”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
Once for all, I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I loved her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”
Winnie the Pooh Favourites
Few couples will admit to not enjoying the loving, fun and joyful nature of Winnie the Pooh. Below are extracts from two of A.A Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books.
Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh…
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.
“What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh,
“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.
“I think it ought to be twenty two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.
“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few…
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.
“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!”… and off they flew.
“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
“I’m never afraid with you.”
So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said… “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together,” says Pooh, says he.
“That’s how it is,” says Pooh.
“Pooh” whispered Piglet.
“Yes, Piglet” replied Pooh.
“Nothing,” answered Piglet,
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
“It’s so much more friendly with two.”
“Pooh, promise me you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I am a hundred.”
Pooh thought for a little.
“How old shall I be then?”
Pooh nodded. “I promise,” he said.
“Some people care too much, I think it’s called love.”
The two extracts below are of a sweet and simple nature, perfect for couple’s in search of a reading that is fun, interesting and not too long.
“The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there.
Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur. The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.
I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.
I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.
I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises.
Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them. Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.
And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place.”
Cute and Lovable Extracts
The final five extracts from children’s books – though somewhat unknown, are the perfect readings for couples who are looking for something short and sweet in their ceremony.
There was once a magic well that could answer questions. One day, a girl asked it when she would marry. The well whispered to her: “On a silver steed, a stranger will call. He will be your groom when the leaves start to fall.” One autumn evening, as the sun was going down, a young man rode into town on a horse that glinted silver in the setting sun. The girl noticed him right away and thought it must be the stranger on the silver steed that the well had spoken of. She and the stranger fell in love. But the next day, the girl realised that the horse wasn’t silver but white. The setting sun had only made the horse look silver. So the girl went back to the well. “Will I marry this man?” she asked. And the well whispered: “ The silvery light of love is cast, upon your own true love at last.” The well’s prediction was right, and the girl married her true love in that same silvery light of the low autumn sun.
The bear turned towards Snow White and Rose Red and as they looked, his great shaggy coat fell away. There stood a handsome young man, dressed in a golden suit of the richest velvet. “Do not be afraid, Snow White and Rose Red,” he said smiling. “Now you can see who I really am. That wicked dwarf put a spell on me so he could steal all my treasure, but you have broken the spell by your kindness.”
“Poodle!” Hound exclaimed as she came through the door. “You look lovely.” He put down his newspaper. “Really, Hound?”
“Those bows…those pom-poms….your adorable ears….and that bit of fluff on your paws!”
“Oh, Hound, I thought you would not notice!” Poodle was shocked.
“Nothing is ever wasted on a friend, Poodle,” Hound said wisely.
It’s important to know
That whoever you are
All of life is a gift
And each child is a star
And each star shines so bright
With a will that is free
That whatever you want
That is what you can be
We hope you loved our list! Are there any others we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments box at the bottom of this post and be sure to check out our free wedding printables!
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