One reason the Bible is so amazing is that it is always relevant. No matter what trials you face, what joys you experience, or what transitions you encounter, the Bible can give you just what you need to hear — if you put forth the effort to read, ponder, and apply its words.
‘Just what you need to hear’ could be a word of encouragement or a dose of reality. If you are willing and open to what God is trying to tell you, those words will help you thrive throughout the ups and downs of life.
And one of the biggest ‘ups’ you will ever experience is your wedding day! With all the joy, excitement, and business, turning to God’s word may not be your immediate action. But valuing His word and His guidance even when life seems to be going perfectly will provide a solid foundation for when life takes a more challenging turn.
Start building that foundation not only personally but as a couple by putting God and His word first during your wedding. Just as Bible verses are relevant at any stage of life, they are also relevant at any event! Include verses like those below in your wedding programs, on signs, in the ceremony message, on your rings, in your vows, and more!
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Song of Solomon 3:4
Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
I Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
I Corinthians 16:14
Do everything in love.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children
I John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.
The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
Song of Solomon 8:6
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
I John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Including Bible verses in your wedding is a good start to a Christ-centered marriage. But remember that you must put those verses into action in order to live a life that puts God and His will first. Don’t go overboard on the verses. Choose a couple that you would like to include in your wedding festivities, maybe even selecting one as your spiritual theme throughout the process. Cherish God’s words, remind yourself of them when times get touch, and strive to live them out!