Wedding Reading Ideas: Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay

Wedding Reading Ideas and Inspiration for Your Ceremony

Today we start a series of wedding reading ideas for your ceremony. The first wedding reading has been chosen by Janni Knox, a wedding celebrant based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her choice, Invisible Kisses by Lemn Sissay, is a beautiful poem focusing on love, giving and being there for each other.

Janni shares, "This is a favourite of mine; it's about connection, and family. I get a tingle of excitement whenever it’s chosen for a wedding I am writing. I think it resonates for so many people because it deftly describes how important it is to be true to yourself and the understanding that love is so much more important than materialism. I think it fits so well with a humanist philosophy too (we create our own meaning, and at centre of everything is the connections we make with others). A wedding day is full of love and shared memories. I think Invisible Kisses is a tribute to that.

Wedding Readings with Janni Knox

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Invisible Kisses

If there was ever one
Whom when you were sleeping
Would wipe your tears
When in dreams you were weeping;
Who would offer you time
When others demand;
Whose love lay more infinite
Than grains of sand.

If there was ever one
To whom you could cry;
Who would gather each tear
And blow it dry;
Who would offer help
On the mountains of time;
Who would stop to let each sunset
Soothe the jaded mind.

If there was ever one
To whom when you run
Will push back the clouds
So you are bathed in sun;
Who would open arms
If you would fall;
Who would show you everything
If you lost it all.

If there was ever one
Who when you achieve
Was there before the dream
And even then believed;
Who would clear the air
When it’s full of loss;
Who would count love
Before the cost.

If there was ever one
Who when you are cold
Will summon warm air
For your hands to hold;
Who would make peace
In pouring pain,
Make laughter fall
In falling rain.

If there was ever one
Who can offer you this and more;
Who in keyless rooms
Can open doors;
Who in open doors
Can see open fields
And in open fields
See harvests yield.

Then see only my face
In reflection of these tides
Through the clear water
Beyond the riverside.
All I can send is love
In all that this is
A poem and a necklace
Of invisible kisses.


Find out more about Lemn Sissay here.

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Jennifer Claire is the Founder of The Celebrant Directory and lives and breathes all things ceremony! After officiating big days for 10 years, she now focuses on giving you the tips you need to create your perfect celebration.


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