(Closed) Non religious reading

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine are kind of mushy, but you’ll find more than you could ever dream of here:


Post # 4
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We had Christian vows but non-Biblical readings. Here’s what we had:


Excerpt from “Owlsight” by Mercedes Lackey (I’ve never read the book, but I found the reading online and liked it)

Now you will no longer fear the storm, for you find shelter in each other.
Now the winter cannot harm you, for you warm each other with love.
Now when strength fails, you will be the wind to each other’s wings.
Now the darkness holds no danger, for you will be the light to each other’s path.
Now you will defy despair, for you will bring hope to each other’s heart.
Now there will be no more loneliness, for there will always be a hand reaching out to aid you when all seems darkest.
Where there were two paths, now there is one.
May your days together be long upon the earth, and each day blessed with joy in each other.



“Traditional Irish Blessing”

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Post # 5
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

DH’s grandmother read “I Wanna Grow Old with You” by Adam Sandler as ours. It was perfect!

Post # 6
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My friend read “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd A. Peterson

Post # 7
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

we are having The Union put into our ceremony but it is traditionally a reading…

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.

Post # 8
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@o0olibelulao0o:  We are doing this one! It made us both tear up when we read it. It was one of the many awesome ones I found from that link above

Post # 9
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We were not allowed any religious readings. This is what my Maid/Matron of Honor chose to read.


On your wedding Day

Author Unknown

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife

It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey 
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be time when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends 
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real 
May success find its way to your hearts 
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys 
But today is the day it all starts.

Post # 10
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Here is a few I have in my listings of non-religious readings…

Blessing For A Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman

“May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another — not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you. May you need one another, but not out of weakness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you entice one another, but not compel one another. May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another. May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces. May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults. If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another’s presence — no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”

Benediction of the Apaches

“Now you will feel no rain,

For each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold,

For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness for you.

For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies,

But there is only one Life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place,

To enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be good and long upon the earth”

Blessing of the Hands

“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”

Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love”

Marriage is a commitment to life,

the best that two people can find

and bring out in each other.

It offers opportunities for sharing and growth

that no other relationship can equal.

It is a physical and an emotional joining

that is promised for a lifetime.

Within the circle of its love,

marriage encompasses all of life’s

most important relationships.

A wife and a husband are each other’s

best friend, confidant, lover, teacher,

listener, and critic.

And there may come times when one partner

is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other

may resemble the tender caring of a parent for

a child.

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.

Happiness is fuller,

memories are fresher,

commitment is stronger,

even anger is felt more strongly,

and passes away more quickly.

Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes

life is unable to avoid.

It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences,

and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than


When two people pledge their love and care for

each other in marriage, they create a spirit

unique unto themselves which binds them closer

than any spoken or written words.

Marriage is a promise, a potential

made in the hearts of two people who love each other

and takes a lifetime to fulfill.


— Edmund O’Neil

Let’s Grow Old Together

Let’s grow old together…beginning with today.

Let’s work slowly with each other and build a relationship that we can both enjoy being a part of.

Let’s share love and understand that neither of us is perfect; we are both subject to human frailties.

Let’s hold each other close and whisper though the night–pledging our love, honoring our commitment.

Let’s encourage each other to pursue our dreams, even when we’re weary from trying.

Let’s expect the best that we both have to give and still love when we fall short of our expectations.

Let’s be friends and respect each other’s individual personality and give one another room to grow.

Let’s be candid with each other and point out strengths and weaknesses.

Let’s understand each other’s personal philosophy, even if we don’t agree.

Let’s lie awake long into the night sharing our innermost secrets.

Let’s be friends as well as lovers.

Let’s laugh at time and plan with each other and wonder how we ever got along without this love we’ve found.

Let’s never take for granted these moments that we’ve shared, but always be reminded of how intensely we have learned to live, how completely we have learned to love.

Let’s grow old together…

and look back on life and smile.

I Love You!

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 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

Could have done

To make me happy.

You have done it

Without a touch,

Without a word,

Without a sign.

You have done it

By being yourself.

Perhaps that is what

Being a friend means,

After all.

The Art of Marriage

Ceremony Readings

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 a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;

the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,

it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude

of duty or sacrifice,

but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating

gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an


It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a

sense of humor.

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 establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and

the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner,

it is being the right partner.

“The Promises of Marriage”
by Bettie Meeks

“Marriage is a promise of companionship,
Of having someone to share
All of life’s experiences.

Marriage does not promise that there will
Not be any rough times,
Just the assurance that there will
Always be someone
Who cares and will help you through
To better times.

Marriage does not promise eternal romance,
Just eternal love and commitment.
Marriage cannot prevent disappointments,

Disillusionment, or grief,

But it can offer hope, acceptance,
And comfort.

Marriage can’t protect you from making
Individual choices
Or shelter you from the world,
But it will help to reassure you
That there is some by your side
Who truly cares,
When the world hurts you
And makes you feel vulnerable,
Marriage offers the promise that there will
Be someone waiting to listen,
To console, to inspire.

Marriage is the joining of two people
Who share the promise
That only marriage can make …
To share the sunshine and the shadows,
And to experience a richer, more fulfilling life
Because of it.”


Post # 11
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i LOVEEE e.e. cummings, especially i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart).

Post # 13
193 posts
Blushing bee

@CM326: Short and sweet though I am using it as a 2 person reading:

Person 1: (directed to Bride and Groom) “Bride name” and “Groom name”, today we come together to celebrate the love that you have found with each other. By being here with you, each of us is declaring our support for your decision to join together in marriage.

Person 2: (directed to all) As family and as friends, we form the community of support that surrounds “Bride name” and “Groom name”,. Through our presence here today, we are called upon to uphold them in honoring and loving each other.

Person 1: (directed to Bride and Groom) On behalf of everyone here today, we promise to always stand beside you, never between you, offering our love and support, not our judgment.

Person 2: (directed to all) And may we return to you the love you have given us, The love that has brought us together here today; And may it grow deeper and sweeter with each passing year


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