The Most Popular Catholic Wedding Readings

Popular Catholic Wedding ReadingsAs couples prepare for their wedding ceremonies, they get to select the readings that they would like include as a part of their big day. As guests at various wedding ceremonies, we’ve all heard similar readings from wedding to wedding, but which of these readings are the most popular?

Since we launched the Together for Life Online website in 2012, over 3,000 couples have selected their readings and prayers using the online selection form to supplement their Together for Life booklets.

We decided to take a look at the data to see which wedding readings are the most popular in Catholic wedding ceremonies. Take a look at the statistics and the infographic below and see if you can guess which readings are being selected the most!

Check out all the possible Catholic wedding readings here!

(By the way, if you want to know when you should select the readings for your Catholic wedding, sign up for this Catholic Wedding Planning Checklist.)

Popular Wedding Readings


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The Most Popular Wedding Readings

Old Testament 

  • 29%: “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18–24) 
  • 19%: “Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose.” (Tobit 8:4b–8)
  • 18%: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26–28, 31a)

Responsorial Psalms 

  • 36%: “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Psalm 33) 
  • 21%: “The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.” (Psalm 145)
  • 15%: “The Lord is kind and merciful.” (Psalm 103)

Second Reading 

  • 41%: “Love is patient, love is kind.” (1 Corinthians 12:31–13:8a)
  • 15%: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b–35, 37–39)

The Gospel Reading 

  • 23%: THE BEATITUDES “Blessed are they . . .” (Matthew 5:1–12a) 
  • 21%: “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mark 10:6–9)
  • 16%: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” (John 15:9–12)

About Together for Life Online Team

The Together for Life Online Team is a division of the Catholic publishing company, Ave Maria Press


  • Fr. Antony Arokiyam says:

    Dear Editor,
    You service the Catholic community is deeply appreciated. May I ask you for a clarification? When the selection form is done and sent to the pastor, can you also make the text of the readings, rite, missal prayers,and all necessities be made available ? This is only my humble suggestion to you?
    Thanks and appreciation to you…
    Rev. Antony. A.