Omigod! Union - Robert Fulghum just made me cry! At Work! Love it!
Lol! I found this online last week too and bawled my eyes out at it. FH doesn't love it though so we've rejected it. I think it's lovely though.
I think we're pretty set on these two, although I feel like I must have read every single wedding reading out there and then some. I honestly think this has been the hardest part of organising the wedding so far!
First reading: Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare
(I love Shakespeare and we used to live in Stratford upon Avon so it's quite apt!)
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Second reading (took us aaaages to decide on thisThe Promise – Eileen Rafter
The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile;
As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while.
Then he turned and said, with a casual air
(though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair),
"I think I might like to get married to you."
"Well then," she said, "there's a thought.
But what if we can't promise to be all that we ought?
Can you promise me, say, that you won't rage and shout,
If I'm late yet again, when we plan to go out,
For I know I can't promise I'll learn to ignore
Dirty socks or damp towels strewn all over the floor.
So if we can't vow to be all that we should
I'm not sure what to do though the idea's quite good."
But he gently smiled and tilted his head
Till his lips met her ear and softly he said
"I promise to weave my dreams into your own,
that wherever you breathe will be my heart's home.
I promise that, whether with rags or with gold I am blessed,
Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best.
Do you think then, my love, we should marry - do you?"
"Yes, she said smiling, "I do."
(We quite liked that it was a little bit more light hearted)
We're also asking the celebrant to read this prayer as we feel it acknowledges both the family and friends that have travelled to be with us, and also those that were unable toWedding Prayer
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in
which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.