Post # 1
My sister just got married, and had a mind-blowingly lovely ceremony with all readings. I’m having a simple, traditional, reform Jewish ceremony, but since hers I’ve been thinking of adding a reading. A lot of stuff I’ve seen is sappy to the point of being cheesy. Any readings you’re using, or you’ve heard, that were beautifully meaningful but not all-out cheese?
Post # 3
I pulled a lot of inspiration from this website:
There’s lots of good stuff there. The reading we will actually be using is this one:
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From 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.
Post # 4
We read the ruling of Goodrich vs Boston Dept of Public Health, Love by Roy Croft, and a reading about joining hands to build a life together that I think was written by someone doing a handfasting… that last reading brought tears to everyone’s eyes!
Post # 5
Great, thanks so much, gals! Hugely helpful.
Post # 6
How do I love thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning-I heard this in a ceremony and it was lovely. We are having two good friends read 1st Corinthians