(Closed) Non-denominational readings – please help

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am curious to see what everyone posts. We are having 3 readings, and are leaning towards non-denominational readings. my fiance does want a “spiritual” reading, without being religious. we are definitely having “i carry your heart with me” by e.e. cummings, because it is one of my favorite poems.

other than that… it’s up in the air, i’d love to see everyone’s suggestions! (and good luck to you!)

Post # 4
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

bump… I’m interested too

Post # 5
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

These two are popular and I think we are going to use both…


by Roy Croft

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;
I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.
You have done it
By being yourself


The 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 # 8
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m interested in this too and love the reading that have been posted so far!!! I think that we are going to include the Roy Croft one for sure, I’m not sure about the others though. Keep them coming ladies!

Post # 10
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I struggled with this because though there are lots of good websites with good ideas none of them seemed to reflect both my very high-literary sense of style and my husbands much more goofy sense. Ultimately I asked my mom to either write something or choose something to dedicate to us. She wrote something and it was one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. I would really recommend it. Especially if there is a person that you would really like to make a greater part of your wedding. 

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