(Closed) Some more non-religious reading for you ceremony.

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Beautiful! I copy pasted it so it’s in my comment history for when we start working on the ceremony reading and vows 😉

 

Union by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

awesome, thansk! I’m going to need this pretty soon.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@crystalrae:  Oh my goodness, we used that as part of our ceremony wording (modified a bit, of course).  It was perfect, and really reflected us 🙂

My sister did our reading, from the Velveteen Rabbit.  There were very few dry eyes by the end 🙂

Here it is:

What is REAL?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day… “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand… once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

[Annnnd I just cried again reading it just now! lol]

 

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We modified this from Plato’s Symposium (motified to take out the reference to homosexual love… jsut not worth upsetting some of the in-laws)

Love is our best friend, our helper, and the healer of the ills which prevent us from being happy.

To understand the power of Love, we must understand that our original human nature was not like it is now, but different. Human beings each had two sets of arms, two sets of legs, and two faces looking in opposite directions. Due to the power and might of these original humans, the Gods began to fear that their reign might be threatened. They sought for a way to end the humans’ insolence without destroying them.

It was at this point that Zeus divided the humans in half. After the division the two parts of each desiring their other half, came together, and throwing their arms about one another, entwined in mutual embraces, longing to grow into one. So ancient is the desire of one another which is implanted in us, reuniting our original nature, making one of two, and healing the state of humankind.

Each of us when separated, having one side only, is but the indenture of a person, and we are always looking for our other half. And when one of us meets our other half, we are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and would not be out of the other’s sight even for a moment. We pass our whole lives together, desiring that we should be melted into one, to spend our lives as one person instead of two, and so that after our death there will be one departed soul instead of two; this is the very expression of our ancient need. And the reason is that human nature was originally one and we were a whole, and the desire and pursuit of the whole is called Love.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Thanks for this!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@fivedogsrule:  That was one of the very few “poems” we have chosen for our ceremony! I love it!!! I think it embodies what goes into a good relationship and what FI and I strive to be.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@fivedogsrule:  i read that and got teary eyed as well. were the same, dont want religiious stuff. so were def gonna use that!!! <3

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