Engagement Poems & Poetry

Engagement poems are any poem that focuses on love, marriage, commitment, wedding proposals and/or congratulations.

It isn’t necessary when using poetry in a toast or speech for them to be about the engagement itself. They can focus on any of the elements that surround the union of two people.

Red rose resting on table with a purple background

Keep in mind that when using poetry in a speech, toast, or announcement that it should never entirely replace your own thoughts or words.

Like using quotes and engagement verses, a poem should only be used to enhance sentiment and mark this very special occasion.

Now on to some great examples of engagement poems that can be used in a variety of ways.

Short & Sweet Engagement Poems

Love does not consist of gazing at each other,
but in looking together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Grow old with me.
The best is yet to be!
Robert Browning

Four words, fourteen letters, that take forever to say.
They’re stuck inside of me, they try and stay away.
This is too important to let them have their way.
I need to do it now, I must do it today.
Will you marry me?
Unknown Poet

A lovely poem about love and discovery by Silent Lotus  formatted as the author intended and one of our favorite engagement poems:

One Divine Moment

Of this shade
We heard the birds
The leaves in the breeze
And waves as they played
And in one divine moment
We felt our hearts melt
Suddenly we knew
How nature

A Poem About The Proposal & Upcoming Wedding

Went up from my feet to my head,
With little chills after it stealing—
And my hands got as numb as the dead.
A moment, and then it was over:
The diamond blazed up in my eyes,
And I saw in the face of my lover
A questioning, strange surprise.

Maybe ’twas the scent of the flowers,
That heavy with fragrance bloomed near,
But I didn’t feel natural for hours;
It was odd now, wasn’t it, dear?
Write soon to your fortunate Clara
Who has carried the prize away,
And say you’ll come on when I marry;
I think it will happen in May.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The All-Time Classic Love Poem

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Song Lyrics As Engagement Poems

Here is one of our favorites:

All through the night
I’ll be standing over you
All through the night
I’ll be watching over you
And through the bad dreams
I’ll be right there,
Baby holding your hand,
Telling you everything is all right.
And when you cry
I’ll be right there
Telling you were never
Anything less than beautiful.
So don’t worry
I’m your Angel standing by.

From the Song Angel Standing by JEWEL

Love’s Philosophy Poems

Two excerpts from Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley  that work very well as stand-alone engagement poems:

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle –
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea –
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?

Engagement Poems Of Love & Commitment

What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories?
George Eliot

Oneness is the perfect expansion
Of our inner reality.
Let our heart’s oneness only increase
To make us feel
That we belong to a universal world – family,
And this world – family
Is a fulfilled Dream of God.
Sri Chinmoy

Love adorns itself;
it seeks to prove inward joy by outward beauty.
Love does not claim possession,
but gives freedom.
Love is an endless mystery,
for it has nothing else to explain it.
Love’s gift cannot be given,
it waits to be accepted.
Rabindranath Tagore

God made the world with a heart full of love,
Then He looked down from Heaven above,
And saw that we all need a helping hand,
Someone to share with, who’ll understand.
He made special people to see us through
The glad times and the sad times, too;
A person on whom we can always depend,
Someone we can call a friend.
God made friends so we’ll carry a part
Of His perfect love in all our hearts.
Khalil Gibran

Engagement Poems For Party Speeches & Toasts

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
Ogden Nash

There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west –
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

St. John tells how, at Cana’s wedding feast,
The water-pots poured wine in such amount
That by his sober count
There were a hundred gallons at the least.

It made no earthly sense, unless to show
How whatsoever love elects to bless
Brims to a sweet excess
That can without depletion overflow.

Which is to say that what love sees is true;
That this world’s fullness is not made but found.
Life hungers to abound
And pour its plenty out for such as you.

Now, if your loves will lend an ear to mine,
I toast you both, good son and dear new daughter.
May you not lack for water,
And may that water smack of Cana’s wine.
Richard Wilbur

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
John Keats

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Khalil Gibran

We hope that our selection of engagement poems have inspired you. Use them to enhance your own words, and not replace them.

If the poems aren’t working for you, take a look at our engagement quotes and card verses, you might find a gem!