One great way to work literature into your wedding ceremony is to work small quotations into your personal story or into the marriage address.
For example, for one Austin couple I used this quotation (chosen by them) to show how they were deepening their relationship to each other:
Victor Hugo, in his love letters to Adele, whom after a secret engagement he married, wrote, “Let us always tell each other our slightest griefs, our smallest joys… These confidences, this exquisite intimacy, are both the right and the duty of love.” In this way, the couple before us began opening up to one another, trusting one another, realizing that they had found another with whom they could be completely themselves.
I try to build a thematic framework for the entire ceremony—not just throw quotes to be “pretty” so I worked this quotation back into the couples vows. This couple choose vows that were in question and answer form. Here was one of the series of questions asked:
Will you “always tell each other your slightest griefs and smallest joys,” always listen to one another with an open heart, and always lend one another the support needed to face whatever life may bring you?
Here’s another lovely quotation by Victor Hugo from Les Misérables, which would make a lovely part of what is often called the marriage address or remarks to couples: “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.”