(Closed) Ceremony readings What did you/ are you using?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

@auggiefrog:  I could send you the readings I use if you want. It is a file of about 100 KB. So if you want it send me your email addy, okay. Good luck with your hunt for an Officiant.

Post # 4
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Your Officiant might have something for you.  Also, google poems and readings.

I’m using the following that I found on Google and it fits me and my honey.  I hope you enjoy it.

My Love… Everlasting

You were a dream…
A dream that filled my thoughts
and my loneliest nights.

You were the dream I held on to,
the dream my heart longed to one day have.

You were the dream that made me smile…
an escape from my reality,
a fantasy I longed to one day come true.

Once only my dream, my escape, my fantasy,
came true the day when I first saw you.

My dream that used to be
is now my reality.

A fantasy waiting for its happy ending
is now a fairytale come true.

Once my only escape…
is now the comfort that I live for.

Together we have been through the heartaches…
the pain of walking away or being left behind.

Every new road we had to take
because of the choices we had to make,
only paved the road
that brought us closer to one another.

Life may not be easy,
with all the burdens and drama
that life hands to us,
but when you find someone
to share your life with,
no drama is hard to handle…
no burden is hard to bare.

When you have someone…
the one that you’ve dreamed of…
then your life becomes the escape you both take
to get away from the reality that surrounds.

I know because…
I found the love…
my lifetime partner
my soul mate
in YOU!

– Jenny C Phillips –

Post # 5
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re having an ELCA Lutheran ceremony, so we went through our pastors suggested lists and such and chose what fit us best. He was great to work with, very flexible, and embraced my liberal requests (these two people, rather than man and woman, etc).

We also added in a reading (that I found from the WB!) that actually gave him pause, he liked it so much. Here I was worried he wasn’t talking because he didn’t like it, but he actually suggested we have someone read it right at the beginning instaed of him doing an opening. I really like it a lot. Then we’re following up with shorter scripture readings later in the ceremony.

The Art of Marriage (non-relig)

Song of Solomon 2:10-13 The voice of the beloved

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 The greatest gift is love

John 15:9-12 Love one antoher as I have loved you

Post # 6
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We used a few readings from the Bible:

Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a

Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33

John 17:20-26

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We’ve got three:

1. “Union” by Robert Fulghum. I don’t know what this was originally written for, but it’s a sweet reflection on what has brought you to the wedding day, as well as the fact that things are about to get REAL up in hyah.

2. “Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health” by Margaret Marshall. This was the ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in Massachusetts. While we definitely support marriage equality, we’re not going to explain where it comes from during the ceremony. We don’t need our grandparents to get the vapors, and most of our hipper friends will get it anyway. However, we also like it because we’re not a religious couple and so our marriage is an entirely civil one. It nicely sums up the importance of civil marriage, not only to the people entering into it but to society at large.

3. “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams. A reading about becoming “real” and how, by the time you get there, you’ve usually been roughed up quite a bit. However, it won’t matter because all the damage means that you’ve been really and truly loved. I’m summarizing it HORRIBLY. Just Google it. It makes me and ScottSouth want to cry.

Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

and this one… we are big dog lovers 🙂


First of all, it’s a big responsibility, So think long and hard before deciding on love. On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you’re walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ain’t no one going to mess with you. Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defense? On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises. Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy. Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long. Is love good all the time? No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love. Love makes messes. Love leaves you little surprises here and there. Love needs lots of cleaning up after. Sometimes you just want to get love fixed. Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again! Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk. Because love loves exercise. It runs you around the block and leaves you panting. It pulls you in several different directions at once, or winds around and around you until you’re all wound up and can’t move. But love makes you meet people wherever you go. People who have nothing in common but love stop and talk to each other on the street. Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again. But most of all, love needs love, lots of it. And in return, love loves you and never stops.

Post # 10
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

oops i meant to say that last one is called “Falling in Love is like owning a Dog”

Post # 11
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My Future Sister-In-Law is a writer and she will be writing her own reading for the wedding. Maybe if you know any artsy/creative people, they can write something for your wedding that is special to you.

Post # 12
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@sarasouth:  I used Union and the Velveteen Rabbit too! I got them from someone on weddingbee. I wasn’t going to have readings before I found these.

I also used a Bible verse from Colossians.

Post # 13
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We used an Irish blessing to honor my fam. 🙂

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

We’re both agnostic and were adamant that we didn’t want any prayers or biblical readings in our ceremony. This was our way to keep our religious families happy by including a mention of God.

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