We work with couples across the United States who subscribe to a variation of connections to faith or religion. If you and/or your fiancé consider yourselves to be Jewish, Catholic, or Christian, this blog article is for you. As you begin to plan out the details for your big day, here are popular Bible verses for a wedding ceremony.
As you envision the flow for your faith-based wedding ceremony, you might be considering selecting a few Bible verses which are important to you and your significant other. Here are 10 of the most popular Bible verses that are incorporated into weddings---some of which may be suitable for your Jewish, Catholic, or Christian ceremony.
Common Bible Verses from the New Testament for the Ceremony
Get to know the most popular Bible verses for a wedding ceremony, as seen in the New Testament.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (New International Version) "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
1 Corinthians 13:13 (New Catholic Bible) "Thus there are three things that endure: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love."
Ephesians 4:3 (The Message-Paraphrase) "And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences."
Romans 12:9-10 (International Standard Version) “Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to each other with mutual affection. Excel at showing respect for each other.”
Colossians 3:12-17 (Christian Standard Bible) “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
John 15:10-11 (Good News Translation)“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
1 Peter 4:8 (New International Version) “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
Well-Known Bible Verses from the Old Testament for Your Wedding
Here are popular Bible verses for a wedding ceremony taken from the Old Testament.
Genesis 2:18-24 (Complete Jewish Bible) “ADONAI, God, said, “It isn’t good that the person should be alone. I will make for him a companion suitable for helping him.” So from the ground ADONAI, God, formed every wild animal and every bird that flies in the air, and he brought them to the person to see what he would call them. Whatever the person would call each living creature, that was to be its name. (S: iii) So the person gave names to all the livestock, to the birds in the air and to every wild animal. But for Adam there was not found a companion suitable for helping him. Then God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the person; and while he was sleeping, he took one of his ribs and closed up the place from which he took it with flesh. The rib which ADONAI, God, had taken from the person, he made a woman-person; and he brought her to the man-person. The man-person said, “At last! This is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She is to be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” This is why a man is to leave his father and mother and stick with his wife, and they are to be one flesh.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (Living Bible) “Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. 10 If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble. Also, on a cold night, two under the same blanket gain warmth from each other, but how can one be warm alone? 12 And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
Song of Solomon 2:16A (King James Version) "My beloved is mine, and I am his.”
Looking for a different translation for any of these verses? Visit BibleGateway.
How to incorporate Bible verses into Your Big Day
If you have found a verse, or verses, which you like from the list above, there are multiple ways these can be incorporated into your wedding ceremony.
Here are a few ways to include the verse(s):
Line the aisle with key words, such as “Faith-Hope-Love”
Add the verses to your wedding program
Add them to your wedding ceremony signage
Have your wedding officiant incorporate them as a reading
Have them read aloud by a loved one or honored guest
Add excerpts into your marriage vows
Repeat parts of the verse during the ring exchange
Have them etched into the vase or candle used for the unity sand or light ceremony
Have your wedding officiant add them to the closing prayer
Print them on your wedding guest book
If faith is going to be a meaningful part of your marriage, there are many ways to elevate these elements in a way that feels true to your relationship.
We hope you enjoyed these popular Bible verses for a wedding ceremony. If you would like more inspiration, check out these compilations from Wedding Forward and Forever Bride.
And don’t miss our other faith-based blog articles:
Choose a Bible Verse for a Christian Marriage
Religious Wedding Photo and Video Ideas
Wedding Planning Tips for Interfaith Relationships
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The Joy Team