(Closed) Non-religious Ceremony Readings

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I dont have the wording with me but we read Corethians (sp?) and The Irish Blessing at our non-denominational wedding.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are having a religious ceremony, but our reading is actually from a children’s book called, I Like You by Sandol Stoddard.  I think Mrs. Candy Corn had her brother read it at her wedding.  I love the book and it represents our relationship so perfectly!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I compiled a few way back in the day when I was looking for some… I’m attaching the word docs here for you (or anyone) to grab!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We used two Kahlil Gibran readings (one of our favorite writers) – On Marriage and On Friendship.  Just google them! 

Good luck !

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Here are our two:

From Le Petit Prince

“Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret.”

The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.

“You are not at all like my rose,” he said. “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.”

And the roses were very much embarrassed.

“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on. “One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you– the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.

…“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

“It is the time I have wasted for my rose–” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.

“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…”

“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

From The Decemberists’ ‘Red Right Ankle’

This is the story of your red right ankle

And how it came to meet your leg

And how the muscle bone, and sinews tangled

And how the skin was softly shed

And how it whispered “Oh adhere to me

For we are bound by symmetry

And whatever differences our lives have been

We together make a limb

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This may sound funny because it is actually something called “christian wedding” …but it only has one “god” line and we took it out. I saw Mrs Avo use it and it really spoke to me.  I would cute and paste my text….but weddingbee gets a little weird when you past stuff….so instead check out this link

 

http://cheapwife.blogspot.com/2009/10/reading.html

 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

@mandalynn – we’re having “I Like You” read too! I love that poem!!!

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Sugar bee

We used Union by Robert Fulghum, which I LOVED.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We’re having “We Walk Together” By Sue Boynton read. I LOVE that poem. I think I posted it on another thread a couple of months ago. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This one is a little unconventional but really suits our fun personality (I am considering moving it to the reception because it may not fly with FMIL)

Yes I’ll Marry you

Pam Ayres

Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear,
And here’s the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it’s creepy and it’s late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.

Yes I’ll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It’s you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It’s you that has to whack him.

Yes, I’ll marry you,
You’re virile and you’re lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!

It’s you who has to work the drill
and put up curtain track,
And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do!

 

This one also suits us to a T

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiELDUYnQfA  (the video its worth watching made me laugh and cry at the same time)

 

A lovely love story by Edward monkton (the transcript) My big sis (MOH) will read this she has real character and is the only one who will be able to pull off all the voice changeovers

The fierce dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there after all it was his cage.

Then along came the lovely other dinosaur

The lovely other dinosaur melted the dinosaurs cage with kind words and loving thoughts

I like this dinosaur thought the lovely other dinosaur.  Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever although I will not tell him this for now

I like this lovely other dinosaur thought the dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur

But he can be so distant and peculiar at times thought the lovely other dinosaur.  he is also overly fond of things. Are all dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping.  Are all lovely other dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things thought the lovely other dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping thought the dinosaur. For she fills our lives with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides I am not unkeen on shopping either

Now the dinosaur and the lovely other dinosaur are old look at them

Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs

And that my friends is how it is with love let us all be dinosaurs and lovely other dinosaurs together for the sun is warm and the world is a beautiful place

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