Non-Religious Wedding Readings: Part 3

Homemade Bride Kate is back with part 3 of our new series of non-religious wedding readings, because civil ceremonies don’t allow any religious readings we are trying to find a variety of options for you to choose from and we will aim to have a new one for you every month! the-pursuit-of-love-nancy-mitford

At first reading this poem didn’t seem very fitting for a wedding but the more I read it the more I loved it. It’s not one of those sickly sweet sentimental poems. It’s a poem about real people being honest to each other. It’s about two people being real and saying that we might not be perfect but I will try my best to be the best person for you. It’s says all the things that might be a challenge but at the end of it “worth a shot”


By Ian Duhig

I will be faithful to you, I do vow

but not until the seas have all run dry

etcetera: although I mean it now,

I’m not a prophet and I will not lie.

To be your perfect wife, I could not swear;

I’ll love, yes; honour (maybe); won’t obey,

but will co-operate if you will care

as much as you are seeming to today.

I’ll do my best to be your better half,

but I don’t have the patience of a saint;

not with you, at you I may sometimes laugh,

and snap too, though I’ll try to learn restraint.

We might work out: no blame if we do not.

With all my heart, I think it’s worth a shot.

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