May 2012 Weddings

RP: Are You Doing Ceremony Readings?

If so which ones are you doing and who is reading them?

Re: RP: Are You Doing Ceremony Readings?

  • I am doing the bless of the hands it's a poem

    My father is retired from NYPD and one of the men he worked with who I have known him and his wife for almost my entire life, they are going to do the readying.
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    A friend (who isn't in the wedding) will be reading The Art of Marriage... The rest will be done by the preacher.. We haven't decided which scripture we want...

    Art of Marriage- Wilferd Arlan Peterson
    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" at least once a day.  It is never going to sleep angry.  It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.  It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.  It is standing together facing the world.  It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.  It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.  It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.  It is finding room for the things of the spirit.  It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.  It is establishing a relationship, in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.  It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.  It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

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  • We're doing three.

    A modern take on 1st Corinthians (i found it on pinterest!)
    i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart) by ee cummings
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  • We're doing two. My brother is reading one, and a good friend is reading the other.

    “Love” by Roy Croft
    I love you,
    not only for what you are,
    but for what I am when I am with you.
    I love you,
    not only for what you have made of yourself,
    but for what you are making of me.
    I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
    I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
    and passing over all the foolish, weak things
    that you can’t help dimly seeing there,
    and for drawing out into the light
    all the beautiful belongings
    that no one else had looked
    quite far enough to find.
    I love you
    because you are helping me to make
    *of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple;*~ delete
    out of the works of my every day
    not a reproach but a song.
    I love you because you have done
    more than any creed could have done
    to make me good
    and more than any fate could have done
    to make me happy.
    You have done it
    without a touch,
    without a word,
    without a sign.
    You have done it by being yourself

    “On Marraige,” from Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
    You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
    You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
    Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

    Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
    Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
    Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

    Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
    For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
    And stand together yet not too near together:
    For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
    And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
  • We're thinking of doing:

    Desiderata (not weddingy, but i have kind of used it as my life motto since I was 16 and I think it fits us) -- a good friend from growing up is reading this

    Love Me- Walter Rinder

    We've also worked some other readings into our ceremony.
    If you PM me, our officiant sent us like 10 packets of readings that are classified into easy to navigate sections.. I'd be happy to share them if you give me your email! :)

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  • Our reading is a passage from the letter Paul Newman wrote to Joanne Woodward on their wedding day. It's in my bio. A friend of ours will be reading it. 
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  • edited February 2012
    These are great! Thanks for sharing ladies! We are thinking of doing two. Working on finding some really meaningful ones for us!
  • We are doing The Art of Marriage (long version) by Wilfred A. Peterson read by my brother.
    And, this one will be read by our friend:
    When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the
    language that all the world spoke – the language that everyone on earth
    was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something
    older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at
    that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his
    life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing.
    Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone
    in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in
    some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past
    and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the
    incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by
    one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul
    for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would
    have no meaning.
    ---Paulo Coehlo "The Alchemist"
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