What I Did:
The complete text of my ceremony, along with readings, is on the Words page. I managed to find two readings which juxtaposed love and coffins (not the easiest thing in the world to do).
- Dexter Kozen's poem "Halloween," which I used as text in my wedding invitation, is available here.
- Robert Burns wrote a long poem entitled "Halloween," in his all-but-impenetrable Scots dialect. The first verse is:
Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the route is ta'en,
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.
This or another verse (it's quite a long poem) might make a nice reading, or a quote for a wedding invitation or wedding program.
- William Butler Yeats used Celtic and Halloween themes for many of his poems. A quick look at his collected works might provide inspiration.
- Check your local library for poetry anthologies involving Halloween. Don't forget to check the childrens' section for Halloween collections.
- Lairkeeper wrote a short poem (originally meant for a talking Halloween prop!) that is rather sweet:
True love is forever,
for true love never dies
we pledge to be together
until the end of time
We've bound together our souls,
we are conjoined in our hearts,
not even in death...
shall we find ourselves apart