(Closed) Simple ceremony readings

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

"Union" by Robert Fulghum (sp).  I’m not sure if it’s simple enough, but the wording is fairly basic, and I love the message it has.

Post # 4
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ooh, I love "Union". That is going to be read during our wedding. I think it’s fairly simple.


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.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Could you do the 1 Corinthians "Love is patient, love is kind" reading?  you could cut down the length to just a few verses, and if the wording is too difficult, maybe a different version of the Bible would have simplified wording.

Or could he maybe just read a favorite wedding/love quote?  It could be easy as just one or two sentences.  I think there’s another recent post that has a lot of beautiful, simply worded quotes in it, but you could also search for one that really fits you and your relationship.

Post # 6
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Uber short adn simple but also uber sweet:

short poem from Ian Burgham.

And you,
A windrose, a compass
My direction, my description of the world.


Post # 7
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

EEK!  That was my 500th post!  I’m a helper bee now! 🙂

Post # 8
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Whee, readings! =D I love planning my ceremony. I must have a backlog of about a hundred readings I want for my wedding. =)

Here’s a really short, simple one: "Marriage" by Friedrich Nietzche 

Marriage: / I call this the will / that moves two / to create the one / which is more / than those who created it.

If he has an easier time with rhymes, then here are two more (a bit longer, but still fairly short; they’re also first person, though):

1) "Never Have I Fallen" Rex A. Williams

Your lips speak soft sweetness / Your touch a cool caress / I am lost in your magic / My heart beats within your chest // I think of you each morning / And dream of you each night / I think of your arms being around me / And cannot express my delight // Never have I fallen / But I am quickly on my way / You hold a heart in your hands / That has never before been given away.

2)  "I Will Love You Forever" Amanda Nicole Martinez

I love you so deeply / I love you so much / I love the sound of your voice / and the way that we touch / I love your warm smile / and your kind thoughtful way / the joy that you bring / to my life every day / I love you today / as I have from the start / and I’ll love you forever / with all of my heart. 

If you like humour, try this one (from "Juno"):

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is to find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you…the right person will still think that the sun shines out of your @$$. That’s the kind of person worth sticking with. 

And one more, from David Suzuki’s "The Sacred Balance":

From the very beginning of life each one of us is shaped for and by close relationships with other human beings. Being loved teaches us how to love, how to imagine and feel for another person’s existence, how to share and cooperate […] Love is attraction, connection, coherence; it is a place to belong […] Love, as we know from our own experience, is formative: it shapes the giver as it affects the receiver, because it forms a union between the two. 

Post # 9
28 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Maybe this?  I love this and it should be relatively simple.

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Post # 10
22 posts

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Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;but how can one be warm alone?Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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