- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I just wanted to share a part of our ceremony because a) I’m really happy with this and b) because I’m bored and felt like it.
I come from a VERY religious Jewish background, my fiance comes from an Irish Catholic background. We’re both complete Atheists and for years have known that when we got married, our ceremony would be short, sweet and completely secular. Even if we DID plan to include god and get married in a place of worship, one of our families would be really angry at us for picking the WRONG place.
Finding someone to perform a secular service was hard. Most people I found were charing $500+ since it would have to be a custom made ceremony. Thankfully, I eventually found a wonderful person inside our budget.
After meeting with him, he whipped up an incredible ceremony and was completely on board with us doing something secular. He brought in a few really touching things such as the symbolism of the ring, clasping hands, etc. He also convinced us that we should put something with religion in the ceremony to make our family happy.
We’re not monsters, so we thought about it and absolutely agreed. At the end of the ceremony, we’re going to include the Hebrew priestly blessing.
“May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
It’s perfect. It’s short and sweet. My FI’s family will know it as it is apparently occasionally read at church. My parents will DEFINITELY know it as they blessed me and my brother with this every Shabbat. We decided not to tell anyone that our completely secular ceremony would have a 15 second prayer in it. I think this compromise is going to make our parents bawl with appreciation.
So yeah. No questions. Just typing to kill time. I’m really excited about this and wanted to share it with SOMEONE.