Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone had any readings that they chose for their ceremony that they just loved. We are having an outdoor ceremony so it’s not really going to be religous but I am not opposed to verses from the bible. I would really like to do the excerpt from the veleveteen rabbit as one of them but I can’t find another one that really resonates with me. I really like Corinthians 13 (love is patient, love is kind, etc) but my sister had it read at her wedding and I feel like everyone does it! Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I’m doing the velveteen rabbit quote too! We are having his seven year old daughter read it, she is so excited 🙂 I’m searching for a bible verse that isn’t overdone too. I’m thinking something from the book of Romans bc it’s one of my favorites. I just haven’t made my mind up yet.
Post # 4
Hey! My Maid/Matron of Honor is doing a reading and ran it by us before she chose it – and I absolutely adore it:
From: ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Post # 5
Im having a civil ceremony and I’m going to ask my friend to read Carrie’s poem from SATC.
his hello was the end of her endings
her laugh was their first step down the aisle
his hand would be hers to hold forever
his forever was as simple as her smile
he said she was what was missing
she said instantly she knew
she was a question to be answered
and his answer was ‘i do’
Post # 6
Union by Robert Fulghum and Apache Wedding Blessing are what we chose for our secular ceremony.
Post # 7
If you don’t mind bible passages… which I assume not with your first choice… I really liked Song of Songs 2:8-10,14,16; 8:6-7. The first part is a bit flowery so if you don’t like that you can just read the part I really like
“Set me as a seal on your heart,
as a seal on your arm;
For stern as death is love,
relentless as the nether world is devotion;
its flames are a blazing fire.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor floods sweep it away.”
Post # 8
Ps this is the first part if you don’t mind how flowery it is
Hark! my lover–here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
My lover belongs to me and I to him.
Post # 9
Here’s another I like:
Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b
Brothers and sisters:
Let mutual love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all
and the marriage bed be kept undefiled.
Let your life be free from love of money
but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not be afraid.
Post # 10
I’m pretty sure we’re going with these two (short, sweet and to the point):
“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I wish you a wrestling match with your creative muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories… Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” – Ray Bradbury
Post # 11
Thank you so much everyone! I was tearing up after reading these! I wish I could use them all!
Post # 12
@Meggiemae14: At our wedding in his country, my mom read from Song of Soloman in English, and his mom read from 1 Corinthians 13 in Spanish.
At our upcoming wedding in my country, my mom will be reading something from Jane Eyre, one friend will read i carry your heart by e.e. cummings, and another friend will read an exerpt from The Little Prince. 🙂