(Closed) Non-religious ceremony reading suggestions

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The Promise

~ Eileen Rafter

The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile,

As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while.

Then he turned and said, with a casual air

(Though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair),

“I think I might like to get married to you”

“Well then, she said, “Well there’s a thought,

But what if we can’t promise to be all that we ought,

If I’m late yet again, when we plan to go out.

For I know I can’t promise, I’ll learn to ignore

Dirty socks and damp towels strewn all over the floor.

So if we can’t vow to be all that we should

I’m not sure what to do, though the idea’s quite good”.

But he gently smiled and tilted his head

Till his lips met her ear and softly he said

“I promise, to weave my dreams into your own,

That wherever you breathe will be my hearts home.

I promise, that whether with rags or with gold I am blessed

Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best.

Do you think then, my love, we should marry – do you?”

“Yes” she said smiling “I do”.

From A Natural History Of Love

By Diane Ackerman

Love. What a small word we use for an idea so immense and powerful. It has altered the flow of history, calmed monsters, kindled works of art, cheered the forlorn, turned tough guys to mush, consoled the enslaved, driven strong women mad, glorified the humble, fueled national scandals, bankrupted robber barons, and made mincemeat of kings. How can love’s spaciousness be conveyed in the narrow confines of one syllable? Love is an ancient delirium, a desire older than civilization, with taproots spreading into deep and mysterious days. The heart is a living museum. In each of its galleries, no matter how narrow or dimly lit, preserved forever like wondrous diatoms, are our moments of loving, and being loved.

Post # 5
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we are using Oh The Places You’ll Go – by Dr Seuss , and The Promise Of Marriage – by Bettie Meeks


We also contemplated these:

-The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

-Love by Roy Croft

-The Beauty of Love by Anonymous

-The Art of a Good Marriage by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

-How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog


Post # 7
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The website A Practical Wedding has a ton of good non-religious weddings if you go through old posts and read all the comments. I’ve gotten a lot of ideas from there (but watch out, it can take a whole afternoon!)


(And this thread on there on vows actually has some reading suggestions becuase people post their whole ceremony: http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/08/write_nontraditional_wedding_vows/)

And then offbeat bride also:




(Sorry to just send you links but there are sooo many readings out there that it’s hard for me to choose just one or two 🙂 )

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