My fiance' and I are going to be having our legal ceremony, at our local courthouse, about a month and half before our wedding in May. We are doing it for a few different reasons, including the fact that we would like our grandparent's to be there, as they are very sick and they may not make the trip out to our wedding venue in a few months. We are still looking to have a ceremony at our wedding, but instead of an officiant doing the ceremony, we were thinking of just having a very good friend of ours read something, as we exchange rings (for the first time) and are pronounced husband and wife. However, on the legal side, this all would have been done already at the courthouse.
We were not planning on doing personal vows to begin with, so that isn't changing. We are looking to keep the ceremony part of the wedding down to 15 minutes at the most. Does anyone have any good links to some nice writings that our friend could say? We were both raised catholic, yet neither one of us are religious, so we don't mind if religion is brought into the speech, just not the main focus. I usually am pretty good at Google searching, but I am at a loss on what to even search to find something like this.
We have agreed that the date of our wedding in May is going to be our anniversary date, so we are not looking at it as a "fake" wedding, we are considering that our real wedding, just legally on paper, we'll have been married since mid-March.
Thanks in adv.