All I Know About Love by Neil Gaiman is a beautiful wedding reading. The perfect length, lasting over a minute when spoken out loud, this reading is not too long but not too short. All I Know About Love is, surprisingly, all about love! Who would’ve guessed it? More specifically, in this reading, Gaiman says that no one can really tell you about love, what it means or how it will work out for you because every single type of love is different and unique. So what he knows about love is: nothing. Your love story is unlike any other. This reading doesn’t try to give you unnecessary advice about marriage but instead promises that you will learn about your love and your marriage yourself, hand in hand with your partner. There are always too many opinions surrounding weddings and couples, so this reading is such a refreshing and beautiful choice. If these words speak to you, download a free PDF copy of this reading.

All I Know About Love

by Neil Gaiman

This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.
This is everything I've learned about marriage: nothing.

Only that the world out there is complicated,
and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,
and not to be alone.

It's not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it's what they mean.
Somebody's got your back.
Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn't want to rescue you
or send for the army to rescue them.

It's not two broken halves becoming one.
It's the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely home
because home is wherever you are both together.

So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,
like a book without pages or a forest without trees.

Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.
Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.
Because nobody else's love, nobody else's marriage, is like yours,
and it's a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.

And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,
not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.
And your hands will meet,
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.

And that's all I know about love.

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After writing about this wedding reading, we can confirm that All I Know About Love by Neil Gaiman is the perfect choice for a wedding reading. Download a free copy below to take to your big day!

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That’s all we have for today! We hope that All I Know About Love by Neil Gaiman has taught you something whether you use this reading at your ceremony or not. This poem is actually right up there as one of our favourites! If you’re using this reading for inspiration to help write your wedding vows or your wedding speeches, we also have some other articles you might want to check out. From the traditional wedding speech order to personalising your wedding vows, we’re here to help you through every step of wedding planning. 

Leah Blundell

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