Ceremony – god no god or something else?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I also think that spirit is odd.  I dont think there is anything wrong with not mentioning god in your ceremony, especially considering that you said that you weren’t religious.  If neither you nor your partner see this marriage as a covenant with god or a higher power, then I would just have it focus on your love.

I pulled this vow from the Knot (i’ll link the full thing below), that I think might work

I, Bride take you, Groom to be my husband. I will share my life with yours, Build our dreams together, Support you through times of trouble, and rejoice with you in times of happiness. I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together. This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope, and made new every day of our lives.


it includes faith, but faith can mean many different things, and you can take it to mean whatever you want


Post # 3
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

chels88bridetobee :  I would not use Spirit because a lot of people there who do believe in God might take it for the Holy Spirit, which is basically the same thing (without going into all the details anyway). 

I remember reading this article some years back about the couple’s in the same situation. You may want to read it and consider some of the advice in it.


Post # 4
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m Christian, my husband is atheist and a huge Carl Sagan fan. We were united in a Celtic handfasting (I’m Irish American). Our ceremony included references to the Universe, stars, earth, etc. It had spiritual undertones without mentioning religious dogma. 

Post # 5
1128 posts
Bumble bee

Ive heard “the universe” used in a not cheesy way.  I personally don’t like the sound of “spirit”.

Post # 7
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

As a Catholic, using Spirit is weird to me because of the close connection to the Holy Spirit (and also because it sounds New Age-y; just my opinion). I like the idea of the universe, or the “heavens and the earth”, something with more of a natural ring to it. 

Post # 8
52 posts
Worker bee

shyqueen12 :  Well, Native Americans refer to the Great Spirit.

Post # 10
3872 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

You mention a reverend… is he a Christian reverend then? Doing a non-Christian wedding? I’m confused! 

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