Sometimes, we find it hard to give an expression to out feelings of love and caring. These are often the most important moments in our lives and when we arrive at these moments we'd better be prepared. On your wedding day, you may have to stand up and deliver your tearjerker in front of an audience of friends and loved ones.
In this hub, I present my selection of timeless wedding poems and blessings from multiple sources and cultures around the world. They may serve as a boilerplate from which you can create your own personal wedding vows and love poems to show your love, caring and affection to your other half.
I hope that in these thoughts and readings you will be able to discover new ideas and draw on the words of others to make your wedding vows, blessings and poems your own, and your big day more spiritually expressive of you.
Native American Wedding Poems and Blessings
Apache Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be
the shelter for the other. Now you will feel no
cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the
other. Now you are two persons, but there is only
one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to
enter into the days of your life together. And may
your days be good and long upon the earth.
—APACHE WEDDING BLESSING
Eskimo Wedding Blessing
May you walk in beauty.
May there be beauty before you.
May there be beauty behind you.
My there be beauty above and below you.
Navajo Wedding Blessing
May you ﬁnd the strength of an eagle’s wings,
And the courage and faith to soar to great heights,
And may you be granted the universal wisdom to
carry you there.
—NAVAJO SONG OF BLESSING AFTER VOWS
Chippewa Wedding Poem
Oh, I am thinking
Oh, I am thinking
I have found my lover
Oh, I am sure it is so.
—CHIPPEWA POEM OF BETROTHAL
Shoshone Wedding Poem
The white star at twilight is fair, and the sky
clears at the day’s end,
but she is more fair to me, more dear to me, she is
my heart’s friend.
—TRADITIONAL SHOSHONE LOVE POEM
Aztec Wedding Blessing
I know not whether thou has been absent:
I lie down with thee, I rise up with thee,
In my dreams thou art with me.
If my eardrops tremble in my ears,
I know it is thou moving within my heart.
—AZTEC WEDDING PRAYER
Cherokee Wedding Blessing
God in heaven above please protect the ones we
We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts
and lives together.
We honor mother-earth—and ask for our marriage
to be abundant and grow stronger through the
We honor ﬁre—and ask that our union be warm
and glowing with love in our hearts;
We honor wind—and ask we sail though life safe
and calm as in our father’s arms;
We honor water—to clean and soothe our
relationship that it may never thirst for love;
With all the forces of the universe you created, we
pray for harmony and true happiness as we
forever grow young together. Amen.
Eastern Wedding Poems and Blessings
Ancient Japanese Wedding Poems
Alone in bed
her image clearly comes—
I can see her long hair,
feel it smooth
to the touch of my palms.
—FUJIWARA TEIKA, ANCIENT JAPAN
You left impressions unforgettable
and when I view our moon
your image surfaces
and that love seems forever.
—SAIGYO, ANCIENT JAPAN
Chinese Wedding Poems
My boat is ﬂoating on the sky.
And I am also as my beloved is a dream mirrored
on my heart.
—TUFU, CHINESE LOVE POEM
When one has a young woman’s love, who would
then envy the immortal gods?
—LITAIPO, CHINESE LOVE POEM
When two people are at one
in their inmost hearts,
they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.
And when two people understand each other
in their inmost hearts,
their words are sweet and strong,
like the fragrance of orchids.
—EXCERPT FROM THE I CHING
Tao Te Ching
Your love is from life’s great mystery
It lies beneath a great quiet lake...
It is like the deep truth of a dark well.
Your love is purity and coolness...
You have no need to make waves in the water
You have no need to dig another well
You only have need to watch yourself with clarity
And drink deeply from your love.
—TAO THE CHING
Buddhist Marriage Teaching
There is nothing without a cause. The coming
together of this man and woman is not an
accident; it is the foreordained result of numerous
previous lives. This bond cannot be made less or
broken. In the time ahead, this joyous occasion
will arrive as surely as the morning even though
difﬁcult times will arrive as inevitably as the
darkening night sky. When things go joyously,
take the time to meditate. When things cause you
sadness, take the time to meditate. To only say the
words “love and compassion” comes easily. But to
know that love and compassion are dependent on
perseverance and patience is not easy. If you
remember this, your marriage will have strength
and be everlasting.
—BUDDHIST MARRIAGE TEACHING
Tamil Wedding Poems
What relation could my mother be
to yours? What relation is my father
to yours? And how
did you and I meet ever?
But in love our hearts are as the red
earth and pouring rain:
My love for you is bigger than earth,
and higher than the sky,
more unfathomable than the seas
is this love for this man.
There is only one caste, the caste of humanity.
There is only one religion, the religion of love.
There is only one language, the language of the
—SATHYA SAI BABA
Hindu Love Poem
Let the earth of my body be mixed with the earth
my beloved walks on.
Let the ﬁre of my body be the light in the mirror
that reﬂects his face.
Let the water of my body combine with the water
of the lotus pool he bathes in.
Let the breath of my body be air soothing his
Let me be calm sky over my beloved.
—HINDU LOVE POEM
Arabic and Egyptian Wedding Blessing and Poems
Arabic Wedding Blessing
You are my friend. And a friend is one to whom
one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart,
chaff and grain together, knowing that the
gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what
is worth keeping and, with the breath of kindness,
blow the rest away.
Turkoman Wedding Poem
As even the ant brought gifts to Solomon,
So do I bring my soul, my love, to you.
—TURKOMAN LOVE SONG
Afghan Wedding Poem
My grief has come to an end. Now is the season
of joy. The ﬂowers of Spring are like jewels in my
green garden. Let us walk together through its
paths. Go! Tell the nightingale that Spring is
And tell the poet to come with his lute. Let him
sing us a song of the ﬂowers of Spring. I only
pray that you do not listen to the parrot
whispering to the rose that Autumn will soon
With Spring my love you have returned to me,
and again I gaze on the moon of my great
delight. Let us leave it to others to have their
festivals. Our only festival is when, in Spring, I
can see my love’s footsteps through the garden like
twin ﬂowers on their toes. And I will be in love’s
—AFGHAN LOVE SONG
She is the only girl. There are no others.
She is more beautiful than any other.
She is a star goddess arising.
She has captured my heart.
—EGYPTIAN LOVE POEM
Ancient Egyptian Wedding Poems
O my beautiful one.
Are you not my health and my life?
You are health to the heart that ﬁnds you.
—ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LOVE POEM
I take in as my breath the sweet air that comes
I witness your beauty every day.
I desire to hear your voice on the north wind each
day so the strength in my arms may be reborn
with your love.
Call for me through eternity, and I will always be
—ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TEXT
To love you is like having a luscious fruit ripening
in my hand,
Like having dates swimming in my honey wine.
The moment lingers.
The taste lasts.
We will remain joined until the end of years.
We will remain together in the endless line of
We shall join together in this taste of bread and
—ANCIENT EGYPTIAN POEM
European Wedding Blessings and Poems
Celtic Wedding Blessing
Let there be peace between neighbors.
Let there be peace between family.
Let there be peace between each of us.
Let there be peace between husband and wife.
Let there be peace in our hearts.
Irish Wedding Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your ﬁelds,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home,
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
Well, when one happens on his own particular half, the two of them are wondrously thrilled with affection and intimacy and love, and are hardly to be induced to leave each other’s side for a single moment. These are they who continue together throughout life. No one could imagine this to be the mere amorous connection: obviously the soul of each is wishing for something else that it cannot express. Suppose that Hephaestus should ask, “Do you desire to be joined in the closest possible union, that so long as you live, the pair of you, being as one, may share a single life?” Each would unreservedly deem that he had been offered just what he was yearning for all the time.
—PLATO, THE SYMPOSIUM
From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.
True love is a sacred ﬂame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands,
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.
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Pf on May 16, 2013:
I wondered what the origin of the Arabic blessing is? Appreciate any information on it.
Kerrie Giles from UK on August 12, 2012:
This is such a well researched hub, so much information here. Perfect for any couple who want a meaningful poem to read at their wedding.
Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on July 17, 2012:
These are so wonderful. Thanks for such a marvelous hub! Tao Te Ching, and the Apache Wedding Blessing are my favorites. Nicely done.
Shannon Paigah from Irvine, CA on May 02, 2012:
I found the Apache wedding blessing to be quite comforting. Nice hub!!
Emma Jones from New York, New York on April 16, 2012:
love love love u r hub , its all thoughtful poems .
Ashley on January 18, 2012:
Nice collection you got there! Wedding poems are really sweet and so inspiring!
weddingair from CA on November 23, 2011:
Great Post reaaly wonderful to know the all poems ofg all region.
Guest on October 20, 2011:
Not to be a downer, but the "eskimo wedding blessing" is actually part of the Navajo Beautyway ceremony chant.
weddingdiva on September 25, 2011:
Wow, amazing. Great collection.
naturalsolutions on September 19, 2011:
That poems are really inspiring, in every lines there's a great point and romantic words. I always treasure that kind of poems.
RalphGreene on September 15, 2011:
Great information about wedding poems.I love seeing at those pictures from different cultures. They are all lovely.
fashion on July 22, 2011:
Very interesting page.All wedding poems of some countries are nice.
I like it.
kashish786 from Juneau on July 19, 2011:
wow such a variation , so much cultural touch in the hub thanks
WedPhotoCards on June 23, 2011:
Traditional wedding from different countries amazing!
Sophia Masika from Everywhrere figuratively on June 19, 2011:
its lovely! thw whole collection. Its amazing how the world is connected.
Haunty (author) from Hungary on May 29, 2011:
Elena@LessIsHealthy on May 07, 2011:
I love your hub, so many nations, so many traditions.