Tarzan Inspired Non Religious Reading

When you get married you can find inspiration from so many different places. Today’s Tarzan inspired non religious reading is from Disney’s animated movie. It has beautiful words and wouldn’t be out of place at any wedding. ~ Kate

Tarzan Inspired Non Religious Reading

You Will Be In My Heart- From Tarzan

Come stop your crying
It will be all right
Just take my hand
Hold it tight

I will protect you
from all around you
I will be here
Don’t you cry

For one so small,
you seem so strong
My arms will hold you,
keep you safe and warm
This bond between us
can’t be broken
I will be here
Don’t you cry

‘Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here
in my heart always
Always

tarzanPhoto Credit: Disney

 Absolutely gorgeous isn’t it. Disney is just awesome, for so many reason, this is one of  them, their amazing music. As well as making me want to be a mermaid.

But mainly the music x

Non Religious Reading: Metallica- Nothing Else Matters

Well after the epic weekend of #Cwtchfest2016 we are still all on cloud nine! Thought we would give you a little food for thought. Finding a non religious reading can be pretty hard. I know that my husband and I had loads of debates. This is actually the song that I walked up the aisle to but it was the words that spoke to me more than the actual song.When I showed them to my mother in law she cried. I also knew that, Metallica-Nothing Else Matters, was one of my husbands favourite songs so it was a winner. I love the sentiment of what is being said and I hope that you don’t get scared off just because it is by a metal band. What do you think….?  ~Kate

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Photo Credit: Maria Farrelly

“Nothing Else Matters”

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else mattersNever opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else mattersTrust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
But I know

I never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don’t just say
And nothing else matters

Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
And nothing else matters

Never cared for what they say
Never cared for games they play
Never cared for what they do
Never cared for what they know
And I know

So close no matter how far
Couldn’t be much more from the heart
Forever trusting who we are
No nothing else matters

Non Religious Wedding Readings

“When I was getting married I really struggled to find a non religious reading that didn’t make me want to be sick. Some of them are so overly sweet and I felt that they were not the right fit for us. My husband on the other hand really didn’t mind what I chose. That was until I made my decision and he didn’t like my choice. (Facepalm!)  I have asked a few photographers and they can tell you all the ones that they have heard a thousand times I didn’t want that.The readings and the song to walk up the aisle to were some of my hardest decisions. I wanted them to tell our story and at the same time be a little bit different.  If you have any suggestions please mention them in the comments as I would love to share them with the rest of our lovely Cwtchers.” 

On Your Wedding Day 

Author Unknown

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife

It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be time when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of tru love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’

And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts.

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Photo: Maria Farrelly

Readings for a Vintage Wedding from the Vintage Bride

Our Vintage Bride Sophie is back this week with a selection of beautiful readings that would perfectly suit a vintage themed wedding, take it away Sophie!

Hi Cwtchers!

I’m going to be exploring some old wedding readings with you today. Traditionally weddings were religious, as were the readings spoken at them. Today however, I’m going to be looking at poems and pieces written many years ago but which would work brilliantly as part of a ‘vintage wedding’ – today!

Firstly, I must share the same disclaimer Charlie did in her first post on alternative wedding readings because, alas, the exact same thing just happened to me. I’ll call it ‘the curse of looking at wedding readings following your own wedding or in the week before your wedding’. It’s a cruel, cruel curse so please be warned… If you have chosen your readings and it is too late to change them, put your laptop or tablet down. Just do it. Save yourself. Do it now.

Now that that’s cleared up, the first reading I will share is “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe. It was published in 1599, after his death. Although Marlowe was English, this would sit so beautifully at a Welsh wedding. As soon as I read it my heart sank because it would have been perfect at our own wedding almost three years ago. You would think he was writing about Wales… He mentions valleys, myrtle (which is considered lucky here) and, dare I say it? Sheep. I LOVE it. SOB!!!

If you’re having a 1930s style wedding you can even use it for your first dance. In 1995 it was used as song lyrics for a 30s-style swing piece in the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Have a listen, it’s gorgeous.

Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle,
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle.

A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty lambs we pull,
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold.

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs,
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.

The shepherds’ swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning;
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.

THE CURSE STRIKES AGAIN!!! Those that know Gareth and I well will instantly know why this reading would have been perfect for us. I wish I could share the reason but he would give me evils and I would blush like a beetroot. However, that aside, this is so sweet. Us Two is a verse included in a book titled When We Were Six by A. A Milne and was published in 1927. It captures the innocence of young love and is so light and lovely, it is sure to make everyone smile. Oh, and it mentions dragons… Again, obviously Welsh!

“Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
‘Where are you going today?’ says Pooh:
‘Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,’ says Pooh, says he.
‘Let’s go together,’ says Pooh…
‘Let’s look for dragons,’ I said to Pooh.
‘Yes, let’s,’ said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
‘Yes, those are dragons all right,’ said Pooh.
‘As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,’ said Pooh, said he.
‘That’s what they are,’ said Pooh.
‘Let’s frighten the dragons,’ I said to Pooh.
‘That’s right,’ said Pooh to Me.
‘I’m not afraid,’ I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted ‘Shoo!
Silly old dragons!’ – and off they flew.
‘I wasn’t afraid,’ said Pooh, said he,
‘I’m never afraid with you.’
So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
‘What would I do?’ I said to Pooh,
‘If it wasn’t for you,’ and Pooh said: ‘True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together,’ says Pooh, says he. ‘That’s how it is,’ says Pooh.”

For those looking for some serious ‘old school love’ the following romantic poems are pretty lovely. They’ll certainly add a touch of classic vintage to the proceedings!

Because She Would Ask Me Why I Loved Her
by Christopher Brennan (1870-1932)

If questioning would make us wise
No eyes would ever gaze in eyes;
If all our tale were told in speech
No mouths would wander each to each.

Were spirits free from mortal mesh
And love not bound in hearts of flesh
No aching breasts would yearn to meet
And find their ecstasy complete.

For who is there that lives and knows
The secret powers by which he grows?
Were knowledge all, what were our need
To thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?

Then seek not, sweet, the “If” and “Why”
I love you now until I die.
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give.

Marriage Morning by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Light, so low upon earth,
You send a flash to the sun.
Here is the golden close of love,
All my wooing is done.
Oh, the woods and the meadows,
Woods where we hid from the wet,
Stiles where we stay’d to be kind,
Meadows in which we met!

Light, so low in the vale
You flash and lighten afar,
For this is the golden morning of love,
And you are his morning star.
Flash, I am coming, I come,
By meadow and stile and wood,
Oh, lighten into my eyes and heart,
Into my heart and my blood!

Heart, are you great enough
For a love that never tires?
O’ heart, are you great enough for love?
I have heard of thorns and briers,
Over the meadow and stiles,
Over the world to the end of it
Flash for a million miles.

And for those with a sense of humour, the next two would really get some laughs. I was lucky enough to witness the Readers Digest article from 1955 in action at a wedding recently, it went down a treat. Everyone in the room was roaring with laughter and I genuinely don’t think the bride knew it was going to be read! Well I’d have loved it

A word to husbands by Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

And this one:

Image Source: Pinterest

Image Source: Pinterest

I always rattle on about asking your parents or grandparents about their wedding but another way to include them and personalise your wedding would be to use their readings or vows on your own day. If they’re still happily married, who knows, maybe there’s some luck in there for you :)

What are your thoughts? Do any of these take your fancy or do you have an old reading you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!

See you soon!

Sophie x