(Closed) Non-religious Blessing or reading??

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

@o0olibelulao0o: Isn’t there something about, “I like you because…” or something to stress that you don’t just love the other person, that you like them. I’m a Christian but I still cry whenever I hear that being read at a wedding! You may already have that as an idea. I think it’s fairly popular.

This might be a good source, too: http://offbeatbride.com/2008/07/wedding-readings

Good luck!

 

ETA: Not to make it sound like it’s super popular. I’ve only seen it done once at a real-life wedding. Every other time, it’s been on the boards/general wedding search. I’m sure your guests won’t have first-hand knowledge of it themselves (unless they’re planning, too)!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Is the Union Reading religious?! this is one of my faves and MUSTS!

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 commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all 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 that 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, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love the Art of Marriage.  We read the poem in its entirety but you can shorten as needed.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@CupCakeMeg: I second Union, we used it and got tons of compliments after the ceremony.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Here’s a short version:

The Art Of Marriage”
by Wilferd A. Peterson (short, popular version)

 

 

Compliments Of Erik & Beth Kent, Co-Publishers of NJWedding.com

 

 

A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things

 

 

It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.

 

 

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

 

 

It is speaking words of appreciation and
demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

 

 

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

 

 

It is not only marrying the right partner…
It is being the right partner.

 

 

by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@CupCakeMeg: We’re using Union toooo! I love that reading, brings tears to my eyes every time.

@Diet Coke: “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. This was a contender too, but we ultimately decided to go with Union. The poem is quite long, I’ve seen others shorten it to include their favorites parts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s a link to it: http://erikstar.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-like-you-sandol-stoddard-warburg.html

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We had Union at our wedding, too! A close family friend read it. Just beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@o0olibelulao0o: I did the hand ceremony (Blessing of Hands), too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@o0olibelulao0o: I know, it’s beautiful. That was my favorite part of our ceremony! ๐Ÿ™‚

Edit: Well, besides our first kiss. hehe

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