Last month we started a new series on Non-Religious wedding readings for a civil ceremony. Non-religious readings can be read as part of a religious ceremony but religious readings can not be read as part of a civil ceremony so we are making it our mission to try and introduce you to as many beautiful non-religious readings as possible! Homemade bride Kate kicked off with Part 1 and is back again today with Part 2.
This is the reading that I had at my wedding. Sean’s father did an amazing job reading this and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I still love this reading. I hope it gives you the same feeling as it gave me.
“Union” by Robert Fulghum
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 promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — 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 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, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.
What do you think?! I hope our new series is proving helpful! We will be back next month with the next instalment x