(Closed) Suggestions for readings for ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am using the poem how do I love thee by Elizabeth barrett Browning

Post # 4
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Here are a few…

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. 

A good marriage must be created.  In the art of marriage,

the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say, “I love you.”

It is at no time taking the other for granted.

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

it is standing together facing the world.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,

but in the spirit of joy.

It is not expecting perfection in each other. 

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humor.

It is having a capacity to forgive and forget.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,

the dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is not marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.

It is discovering that your love for one another at its best will never

lose sight of or be blotted out by the common place experiences of life.

And it is remembering that remaining devoted, confident and hopeful

in one another are the secret ingredients, which will help you to

remain two very happy people, richer for your oneness.


Giving and Receiving


I launched a smile; far out it sailed On life’s wide troubled sea.

And many more than I could count Came sailing back to me.


I clasped a hand while whispering, “The clouds will melt away”.

I felt my life was very blessed,  All through the hours that day.


I sent a thought of happiness Where it was needed sore,

And very soon thereafter, found Joy adding to my store.


I wisely shared my slender hoard, Toil earned coins of gold;

But presently it flowed right back Increased a hundred fold.


I helped another climb a hill, A little thing to do,

And yet it brought a rich reward, A friendship that was new.


I think each morning when I rise, Of how I may achieve,

I know by serving I advance, By giving I receive.


In Love Forever, by Susan Polis Schutz


How can I stay in love with you forever?

How can we make our relationship into a lifetime of sharing and joy?


In order to stay in love Forever

I must first find the right person to love and I have, in you


In order to stay in love Forever

we both must understand each other

and ourselves vary well

and we must be completely honest

with each other at all times

We both must have our own goals and interests and actively pursue them

We both must have complete freedom of thought and we must

encourage each other to follow our dreams

We muse always be Fair, kind and supportive of each other

We must dedicate ourselves to being equal partners in all that we feel

and in all that we do.

We must promise each other that we will always create time

to just appreciate each other and our love and that we will never be lazy

and take our love For granted


In order for me to stay in love with you

Forever and have a relationship that is a lifetime of sharing and loving

I must really pledge myself to this wonderful commitment;

and I must really want to stay in love with you forever and I do.


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.”


If you would like to see more I have 30+ pages I can email to you. 

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