Post # 1
I would like to end my ceremony, well, the part before the processional, with a blessing/wish for us as a couple. I’m therefore frequently looking for something along those lines, but I just haven’t found anything. My suspicion is that I will have to write it.
Basically, I would like something along the lines of the Irish blessing, minus god. Thoughts? Do you think a mish-mash would work? Here is what I’ve got right now:
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings. Slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day foward.
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon the fields. And, Until we meet again, May love hold you in the palm of its hand.
Post # 3
It’s not wonderful by any means, but a quick Google search brought this up:
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 which 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
Post # 4
Take a look at http://kvetch.indiebride.com since nearly everyone there is planning a secular ceremony. They have a ton of resources that may work for you.
Post # 5
I wanted to 2nd indiebride. I’m a member there and it’s a wonderful community.