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NON-religious ceremonies and readings

FI and I come from very different religious backgrounds (very conservative christian, islam, and hindu)
FI and I are not religious and we do *NOT* want to have a religious ceremony.

I've been having a really hard time finding ceremony scripts and readings that aren't religious or aren't overly sappy and awkward.

I'd kind of like something sweet with humour.  i really want to be laughing and have it be entertaining but happy.  i feel like i'm being too difficult here! lol.

Do you have any recommended readings??


Re: NON-religious ceremonies and readings

  • edited July 2015
    We are not having a religious ceremony either. My fiance chose "Maybe," (author unknown) for his reading and I chose a Dr. Seuss quote about falling in mutual weird with someone because we're always asking each other if we are weird.

    I don't know if either of these meet your requirement for something humorous, bit there are LOTS of secular readings quotes- you just have Google and spend some time reading.

    Good luck.
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  • I looove the Velveteen Rabbit bit often used at weddings, in which the Skin Horse describes becoming real. But that might be too sappy for you, and not particularly humorous.
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    I looove the Velveteen Rabbit bit often used at weddings, in which the Skin Horse describes becoming real. But that might be too sappy for you, and not particularly humorous.
    awe that's a cute idea.
    May be something sweet for our son to read 
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    We actually did the Velveteen Rabbit, but only because there was a line in there at that I thought described us perfectly.

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  • Obergefell v Hodges has some nice passages to read.
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