Post # 1
Bees- I need help!
I feel like I have scoured every inch of the internet looking for non-religious readings for our ceremony and I am coming up empty-handed. Fiance and I are not super emotional or sappy, so no poems, no sweeping declerations of love, and nothing too serious (but not too goofy, either!). My sister used that Khalil Gibran reading at her wedding, which I thought was ok, but I don’t love it and I would feel like we are copying her if we used it (even though I know it’s a really popular reading at secular weddings).
Any suggestions? What did you all use at your secular weddings?
Post # 4
I’m using an excerpt from a children’s book. It works for me especially well because I’m an elementary teacher, but I think it would work well for just about any couple who’s looking for something sweet but not sappy. We used the book “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. It’s a book about friends, but it works really really well for couples. We went through the book together and chose the parts of it that spoke to us.
Post # 5
Our readings are:
- an excerpt from “I Like You” by Stanley Sandol Stoddard (my sister)
- “The Sun has Burst in the Sky” by Jenny Joseph (MOH)
- “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman (the mothers together)
And we’re also having all our guests read “For You Both” (don’t know the writer, but it starts off with “scattered from hands of love like bread for wild birds”); and our officiant read the Apache Wedding Blessing, an excerpt from Margaret Keip (starts off “marriage has certain qualities of contract”), and Corinthians 13:4-7 (no mention of God at all, just the “love is patient”, etc. part).
Post # 6
Another common secular reading is “Union” by Robert Fulghum.
Others I’ve heard mentioned are “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss & “The Velvetine Rabbit”, as far as children’s books go.
You might want to check out http://www.indiebride.com for more ideas; they have a huge thread on secular readings, most of them non-sappy. That’s where I got my ideas from!
Post # 7
@paperumbrella: Did you find a reading that spoke to your heart?