Italian weddings themselves are traditionally Catholic faith ceremonies that have a foundation for religious and spiritual value. Readings that are typically read during Italian wedding ceremonies vary; however, each and every one of them has a strong and meaningful interpretation for the years to come when embarking as husband and wife.
The first step when it comes to choosing your wedding ceremony readings is to choose a reader to present these words to you, your partner, and your guests. The Tuscan Wedding advises to ensure your reader is comfortable with public speaking, has a way with words, and if possible to have a meaningful relationship between you and your partner. Whether they have a family tie, mutual love for one another, or possess a religious connection if applicable to your wedding ceremony, having these qualities makes the meaning behind this reading that much more substantial.
There are an array of Italian ceremony readings to choose from, and at times it can be overwhelming to narrow down the choices. Each one has a different, meaningful foundation, and we advise that you determine the reading based on the values and wishes you and your partner have towards a future life together as one. Each couple is unique, and specific readings chosen should reflect that. Whether you have a symbolic, religious, or civil ceremony, we have some suggestions of Italian wedding ceremony readings for you!
An example of a symbolic reading would be Elliott Arnold’s Blessing Of The Apache as followed:
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years, May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
This reading focuses on support, commitment, and uniting as one as you begin your journey as husband and wife. It has a strong emphases of the future, and how the future should be based on the promises made to one another. This is such a lovely reading, and has immense depth and meaning behind it.
For civil ceremonies, readings are not typically utilized. However, based on our couple’s individual desires and visions for their weddings, we can request for them to be implemented into the ceremony. One of our favorites is Sonnet XVII, written by Pablo Neruda.
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers’ thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance, risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so love you because I know no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Neruda’s words highlights the intensity of love between two individuals as they take their hands in marriage. It’s immense level of description makes this the perfect reading for your Italian wedding ceremony, and the depth of the meaning behind it is never-ending.
The final type of ceremony is religious. Since the Italian region is primarily composed of the Catholic faith, we decided to share a specific mass reading commonly used in traditional Catholic weddings so you are able to gain a feel for what an Italian wedding reading typically, but not limitedly, entails.
Let us Pray. Lord, in your love you have given us this Eucharist to unite us with one another and with you. As you have made (bride) an (groom) one in this sacrament of marriage, so now make them one in love for each other. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
This religious reading not only focuses on conjoined faith, but mutually uniting with your beliefs as one. In this short yet extremely sentimental and meaningful reading, it is a perfect addition to any religious ceremony.
Overall, the extent of Italian wedding ceremony readings are virtually endless, and it can be a bit overwhelming for you and your partner to narrow down the choices for your special day. However, at the end of the day if the reading fits your overall wishes, values, and commitment to each other’s future, then it is absolutely perfect!