Post # 1
My fiance and I are non-religious, we do not judge other religions; however, we personally would prefer to keep our entire wedding religion free.
My question is, we are looking for a creative, non religious way to say ‘grace’ to appease the guests that may need this curteosy before eating.
If anyone knows of a cool poem, saying, lyric etc… that would be suited for this, please share! 🙂 Thank you!
Post # 3
You might try having a look through this thread: http://ask.metafilter.com/23036/Grace-for-atheists
My favourites from that one were these:
“For the meal we are about to eat,
for those that made it possible,
and for those with whom we are about to share it,
we are thankful.”
“We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.”
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
I’m sure you’ll get some great suggestions here, but if not, there’s always “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub.” Certainly universal, if nothing else 🙂
Post # 5
I think you would be fine if you and your new hubby just said a few words to thank your guests for coming, how much you appreciate them being there, and say you hope they enjoy the meal. If there is anyone who really feels the need to say grace before eating, they’ll do it silently to themselves (as they are probably accustomed to doing at restaurants, etc.) A generic “blessing” is more likely to raise eyebrows among your guests who typically say grace than nothing at all.
Post # 6
I was going to say the exact same thing as the poster above. I’m sure those that care to say a religious grace can do so themselves at the table.