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14 Romantic Literary Passages That Are Perfect For Wedding Vows

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Jen Juneau

When two people tie the knot, it’s a beautiful thing. When two word nerds tie the knot, it’s a whole different flavor of beautiful, especially if they decide to incorporate literary-inspired wedding readings into their ceremony.

There are so many great things about this — one of which is that you don’t have to write that part of the ceremony yourself! But on a more heartfelt note, there are countless beautiful words already crafted within the pages of stories old and new that put Hallmark cards to shame.

And as someone who used multiple literary passages in her own 2014 wedding ceremony(two of which, admittedly, are included in the following list!), this writer is all for letting your book-freak flag fly on what might be the most memorable day of your life. From Shakespeare to Seuss, the sky is the limit.

So if you’re a literature lover who’s getting married and scratching your head about meaningful content to use in your vows, keeping reading to explore some of our favorite romantic quotes and passages from classic and modern works alike.

  1. On finding your other half: Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same…my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger. I should not seem a part of it.”

  1. On becoming a better person: The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

“Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches…I have stayed these years in my hovel because of you. I have taught myself languages because of you. I have made my body strong because I thought you might be pleased by a strong body. I have lived my life with only the prayer that some sudden dawn you might glance in my direction. I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids…”

“I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I.”

  1. On building an authentic foundation: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières

“Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you must make a decision: You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement. It is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being ‘in love,’ which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being ‘in love’ has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those who truly love have roots that grow toward each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”

  1. On bottomless devotion: Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite.”

  1. On relishing the little things: The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

“Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. You may fancy yourself safe and think yourself strong. But a chance tone of color in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play — it is on things like these that our lives depend.”

  1. On forever: Winnie the Pooh, by A.A Milne

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”

  1. On partnership: A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

“At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone. Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.”

  1. On being your true, most honest self: The Velveteen Rabbitby Margery Williams

“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 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.”

  1. On everlasting passion: Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo

“Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…”

  1. On love at first sight: As You Like It, William Shakespeare

“No sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved, no sooner loved but they sighed, no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason, no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.”

  1. On the power of the spark: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

“When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke — the language that everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”

  1. On choice and deliberate action: The Harry Potterseries, by J.K. Rowling

“It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love.”

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

“After all this time?” “Always.”

  1. On coming together as one: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel; I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you are good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you — and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”

  1. On fate and destiny: Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

“Oh, what a love it was, utterly free, unique, like nothing else on earth! Their thoughts were like other people’s songs.”

“They loved each other, not driven by necessity, by the ‘blaze of passion’ often falsely ascribed to love. They loved each other because everything around them willed it, the trees and the clouds and the sky over their heads and the earth under their feet. Perhaps their surrounding world, the strangers they met in the street, the wide expanses they saw on their walks, the rooms in which they lived or met, took more delight in their love than they themselves did.”

6 Things All Couples Should Do In Their First Year of Marriage

PureWow editor@purewow.com (PureWow)

We’re not kidding: It’s easy to lose yourself in logistics during the year leading up to “I do.” After you get back from your honeymoon, take a beat and give yourselves time to rediscover (or reinvent) your pre-engagement routine. Because think about it: After-work hours and weekends are no longer lost to Pinterest searches and general wedding to-dos. This leaves a void that you and your spouse might want to fill with a new hobby or house project—it’s up to you

SETTLE BACK INTO YOUR ROUTINE

We’re not kidding: It’s easy to lose yourself in logistics during the year leading up to “I do.” After you get back from your honeymoon, take a beat and give yourselves time to rediscover (or reinvent) your pre-engagement routine. Because think about it: After-work hours and weekends are no longer lost to Pinterest searches and general wedding to-dos. This leaves a void that you and your spouse might want to fill with a new hobby or house project—it’s up to you

AND MAKE YOUR NEW LAST NAME OFFICIAL

If you kept your maiden name, you can skip this point. If not, you’ll need to head on over to the DMV and jumpstart the process of updating everything from your license to your social security card to your passport, not to mention your credit cards, voter registration and mailing address. Cue the time-suck.

SET UP NEW FINANCIAL GOALS

The financial pressure of paying for a wedding has been lifted. (Whoa, you can breathe again.) But the money conversations are just getting started. For example: Do you and your partner have a plan for merging finances? Have you updated your tax info? And what’s on the horizon for you both? (Kids? A new home?) Whatever financial hurdle is coming next, now’s the time to talk about it—and budget for it. (You may even want to seek the counsel of a financial advisor. Your call.)

AND PLAN A POST-HONEYMOON TRIP

“The honeymoon’s over.” The three saddest words ever uttered. Soften the blow by fantasizing together about the top three places you’d like to go for your next trip. Even if you don’t book it immediately, you can target a few dates—say, six months from now or perfectly timed for your one-year anniversary. Even if the tickets haven’t been booked, it’s something to look forward to, right? (Plus, you can team up to keep your eyes peeled for airfare deals.)

HOST THE FRIENDS YOU’VE NEGLECTED FOR DINNER

Sure, you’ve thrown a soiree in your time, but a dinner post getting hitched? That just feels next level. The main reason? You’ve now got tons of cool registry items to bust out (like that pretty glass platter from Aunt Edna and those stemless wine glasses that you make you feel like you actually have your life together). Plus, you’re kind of over being the center of attention for a bit. A dinner party is the easiest (and most fun way) to catch up with close pals.

SET UP A GOOGLE CALENDAR ALERT FOR YOUR ANNIVERSARY

True story: The first year of marriage goes by quick. You’d be surprised how easy it is to blow right past it, which is why it never hurts to pop a couple of reminders in your phone. We recommend one two weeks out and one day of. (The goal is to give yourself plenty of time to plan something thoughtful—and maybe pick up a paper-themed gift.)

Private Residence Wedding In Kennebunkport, ME

A beautiful garden party themed ceremony at a private residence in Kennebunkport, ME was the perfect location to celebrate. This color palette used certainly emphasized the natural beauty surrounding the location, along with the choice of using farm tables and a wine barrel bar.

Items Rented:

Cross Back Chairs

Farm Tables

Dishes, Linens, Glassware

Wine Barrel Bar

Dancefloor

47 Best Wedding Songs Of 2017

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Blair Donovan

Few things can define your wedding reception quite like your music selection. So, if you’re getting married in the near future, you need to pick the best of the best wedding songs from 2017 to truly set the tone. As if you weren’t already stressed out enough from picking out your incredibly heartfelt first dance and father-daughter dance songs, you also have to consider your playlist for the rest of the reception. The pressure’s on to please the crowd and keep your guests tearing up the dance floor (because nothing puts the fun in weddings quite like a good dance sesh).

Whether you rented a live band or went the DJ route, it might seem like the easy way out to delegate the music choices to these vendors, but you’re better than that! Having a say in your reception songs falls on the same level of importance as selecting your dinner menu(yes, it’s THAT big of a deal). While your estranged cousin Bob will probably still request constantly overplayed wedding tunes like “Shout” or “Sweet Caroline,” give your reception a present-day vibe and keep the energy alive with our picks of the 47 best wedding songs from 2017. From upbeat pop favorites to romantic first dance tunes, these beats will keep friends and family on their feet (uncomfortable high heels tossed to the side and all) and make your reception one for the books. Continue reading

A Do The Right Thing Puppy Story

JJ Roberts the new 6-year-old pup of Tom and Kathy Roberts.

Tom is the Production manager at Sperry Tents Seacoast and has spent the last 4 years ensuring that our clients expectations are exceeded; no matter what it takes.

JJ desperately needed a new home and Tom happily took JJ in as a part of the family.  He joins Max and Ruby who are 9 years old.

Tom didn’t necessarily need a third dog, but he believes in “Doing the right thing” and wanted to provide a good home for JJ.  Although doing the right thing isn’t always easy, it’s the right thing for JJ and that’s all that matters.

Happy to say JJ is very happy, healthy, and having a great time in his new home.

Secret Sneaky Ways To Save Money As A Wedding Guest

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Natalie Gontcharova

A couple of years back, I flew to Paris for the wedding of a dear friend. I spent untold amounts on plane tickets, staying in a little boutique hotel in the Marais, and all the obligatory gallivanting, eating, and drinking this type of trip inspires. We danced until 7 a.m. and watched the sunrise over the Seine. Emotionally, it was extremely worth it; financially, not so much. A freelancer at the time, I came home to a bright-red negative number in my bank account and immediately started hustling for gigs, any gigs.

Why am I telling this story? Because I’ve since learned that weddings — even ones where you have to fly to Paris — don’t have to be a financial burden on the guest. There’s an oft-cited survey from The Knot that found guests spending an average of $118 on a gift, $321 on travel, $322 on accommodations, and $81 on attire, with a grand total of over $800 spent per guest on each occasion. If you analyze these costs, you’ll find many avoidable expenses. Continue reading

July Wedding In Kennebunkport Maine

 

Sperry tents Seacoast and lilybrooke events, Brooke Sheldon pulled off another stunning wedding for the lucky couple. Their Ceremony was at St. Ann’s Seaside Chapel Their afterparty was at Kennebunk River Club. Let them eat cake handled the cake. Mr Boddingtons Studio did the stationary. The wedding found its way into the Maine mag. They were quoted in the Maine Mag saying “We loved that we could not only be at a chapel but be outdoors overlooking the water as the lobster boats rode by”.

Caterer: the white apron, Jay Curcio owner and head chef
Ocean roll food truck for late night,
Florist:  Calluna fine flowers
breamcdonald photographer

8 Wedding Etiquette Rules You Can’t Break—Period

Reader’s Digest

Fiona Tapp

ALWAYS RETURN YOUR RSVP

It’s alarming how many guests simply don’t return an RSVP card. Couples base the entire day on their guest count so it really is unacceptable to turn up without notice. ‘Send your RSVP in as soon as possible,’ advises Larissa Banting, wedding specialist and creator of The Lazy Bride Blog. ‘Nothing is more frustrating to a couple than having a number of guests MIA. Once you commit, you have to show up, short of being on death’s door. And don’t forget to write your name on the RSVP card! It’s amazing how many blank cards couples receive and they have no idea who just RSVP’d!’ Ivy Jacobson, planning editor from The Knot warns, ‘Don’t be one of the five percent of guests that sends in their RSVP one week or less before the big day.’ (Find out the etiquette rules every bridesmaid should follow.) Continue reading

A Wedding Registry Specialist Shares Her Expert Advice

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Lauren Schwartzberg

In our Ask the Experts series, New York Weddings gets tips and advice from professionals in disciplines from dress design to elopement planning

Shan-Lyn Ma

CEO and founder of Zola

Zola started as an online registry, but you added some new services this year. Why the expansion?

We noticed people were using six to eight different apps for wedding-planning tasks; we wanted to put them all in one place so you just need one service. We created over 30 wedding website templates that couples can choose from, a guest-list management tool where you can keep track of RSVPs and people’s addresses, and a customizable to-do checklist where you answer a few questions about yourself and then we generate a list of what you need to get done and when. Continue reading

How To Plan A Wedding In Six Weeks

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Alexis Cheung

Tips for pulling off a very brief engagement.

The wedding of:  Daniela Lazo-Cedré and Alfred Matérn, plus 50 guests.

Where: The Gramercy Park Hotel.

Why six weeks: “We didn’t want to linger and drive ourselves crazy with details. Plus, Alfred is from Sweden, and his visa was going to expire.”

What they did first: “We picked the date — January 7 — because it gave us time to file our marriage license but was late enough after the holidays that our families’ airfare wasn’t insane. We knew we didn’t want to do City Hall, so we looked for simple ceremonious venues next and landed on the Gramercy Hotel.”

Why the Gramercy Hotel: “We were just lucky. The terrace wasn’t booked, and they even upgraded us to the larger garden space. Plus, after considering catering and chair rentals, it didn’t cost as much time or money as other event spaces. The hotel takes care of a lot of details.”

Who came in handy: “We took up a lot of offers from family and friends who wanted to help. My mom constantly followed up with the hotel and scouted our photographer; my sister found my velvet pumps from Jimmy Choo; my best friend is a florist and event planner and did the arrangements. I wanted some kind of white, aromatic flower, like gardenias or jasmine, but they’re so expensive. She helped me pick a mixture of lilies and green foliage, which is actually really inexpensive. Alfred made a wedding playlist, but his friend also sang for the ceremony.”

How they invited guests: “Until two weeks before, it was a word-of-mouth wedding. We told everyone the date and updated them sporadically; then, once we secured the venue, we sent a Paperless Post.”

How she found her dress“My mom found a minimalist silk dress by Halston online. I was working late, so my sister, who is a similar size, tried it on in their shop on Greene Street. She knew it was the one but set aside other options just in case.”

And&And Continue reading