Love Poems & Quotes for LGBTQ+ Weddings

Expressing your heart to the one you love on your wedding day is a special moment that might give you butterflies. On your search for inspiration, you might be looking for wedding vows and ceremony readings that use gender-neutral, non-denominational language that’s inclusive to LGBTQ+ ceremonies.

Love is a feeling that goes beyond words, yet you’ll be going up in front of friends and family trying to explain an almost inexplicable thing. This is where having a few favorite poems, quotes, and passages in your back pocket can help inspire and guide you.

That’s why we put together a list of love poems & quotes for LGBTQ+ weddings below.

We hope these writings help you find the right words.

1. Quotes & Excerpts

“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

“Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” – James Baldwin

“Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.” – Blaise Pascal

“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of use could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

“Perhaps we were friends first and lovers second. But then perhaps this is what lovers are.” ― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

“People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.” – Hilary T. Smith

2. Poems

I Love You Without Knowing How by Pablo Neruda

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving

but this, in which there is no I or you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand,
so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.

The Art of Marriage by Wilferd A. Peterson

The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

And I Have You by Nikki Giovanni

“Rain has drops
Sun has shine
Moon has beams
That makes you mine
Rivers have banks
Sands for shores
Hearts have heartbeats
That make me yours
Needles have eyes
Though pins may prick
Elmer has glue
To make things stick
Winter has Spring
Stockings feet
Pepper has mint
To make it sweet
Teachers have lessons
Soup du jour
Lawyers sue bad folks
Doctors cure
All and all
This much is true
You have me
And I have you”


Let these poems and quotes about love seep in and show you the way while writing your wedding vows and ceremony readings. Wishing you and your loved one a lifetime of happiness!


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