Wedding readings that make you teary? :')

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

C. S. Lewis on love

From Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis:

Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also many things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling. Now no feeling can be relied on to last in its full intensity, or even to last at all. Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go. And in fact, whatever people say, the state called “being in love” usually does not last. If the old fairy-tale ending “They lived happily ever after” is taken to mean “They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,” then it says what probably was never was or ever could be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense — love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both parents ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be “in love” with someone else. “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.


Post # 4
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- 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 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, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife.

My BIL (sister’s husband) read this during our ceremony and it was beautiful (he’s really good at public speaking).  In our wedding highligh video, the recording of his voice is played over soft music as I’m walking down the aisle.  By far my favorite part of the video, makes me smile everytime. 

Post # 5
2276 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@maganda:  i have always loved e.e. Cummings i carry your heart (something like that, lol). we used that and an irish blessing as our readings.

Post # 6
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MadTownGirl:  this made me teary. thanks for sharing

Post # 10
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@maganda:  Oh my gosh, that is adorable and yet so sweet and true!!!! I may have to kidnap it for our ceremony…

Post # 11
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

We are using this, always makes me cry :


Sonnet XVII Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda

Post # 12
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@maganda:  That’s pretty good. I might have to borrow it for my speech, if FI allows…

The reading from The Velevteen Rabbit about being Real always makes me cry. I’ve heard people say it’s really overused at weddings though. I’ve never heard it at a wedding!

Post # 13
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@McBezel:  & @mrsztobee:  Thanks! I thought so too 😉

@maganda:  Glad to hear you’re already using it!  I’m telling you, especially if you have a person good at public speaking/reading, it is so touching and so beautiful during a ceremony. 

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