(Closed) Anyone have suggestions on poems/readings for my cousin to read at the ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

do a search for readings, there are a ton on here for hive and tons more on google.


irish blessing (cant find it) but its religous.

just to name a few that we considered.

Love, Joy, Understanding, Friendship, Courage…

In joining your lives may God grant you both…
Love… to afford each other a special quality of time together.
Joy…in the accomplishments of one another.
Understanding…that your interests and desires
will not always be the same.
Friendship…based on mutual trust.
Courage…to speak of a misunderstanding
and to work on a solution
before the setting of the sun.
Compassion…to comfort each other in pain and sorrow.
Foresight…to realize rainbows follow rainy days.
Imagination…to keep with you part of the child you used to be.
Mirth…from your sense of humor.
Awareness…to live each day with the knowledge
that there is no promise of tomorrow.
(you can omit this line) May God bless you and keep you
in the Palm of His hand.

“If You Can Always Be As Close”
by Larry S. Chengges

“And as happy as today,
Yet be secure enough to grow
And change along the way.
If you can keep for you alone
Your love as man and wife,
Yet find the time to share your joy
With others in your life.
If you can be as one
And walk through marriage hand in hand,
Yet still support the goals and dreams
That each of you have planned.
If you can dare to always go
Your separate ways together,
Then all the wonder of today
Will stay with you forever. “

The Key To Love

The key to love is understanding…
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is sharing…
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving…
without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.

The key to love is respect…
realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all…
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work… but the rewards are more than worth the effort…
and that is the key to love.

by Anon, 1st century China


Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We used a passage from Plato’s Symposium, but I adapted it to remove the references to homosexuality since our wedding was not the time to pick a fight with the conservatives in DH’s family.



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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