Happy New Years Ladies! 2013 is here and I will be in Maui Hawaii next year for our 15th Anni...
I had a short chat with our minister today and he brought up the topic of readings at the ceremony. Now we're extremely lucky that our minister is pretty relaxed about personalizing the wedding ceremony to suit our personalities. I started hunting around online for suggested readings for weddings that weren't super traditional or too overused. Searching for "wedding readings" produced a mass of very similar passages (usually repeated on every site) that I've heard a dozen times.
Of course Offbeat Bride and Indiebride had a whack of excellent suggestions, but what interested me most were the return posts from other brides about what readings they really liked/used/wanted to include. There were some amazing suggestions that I had never heard before and I really want to collect more!! I'm adding a reading that I really love here and if anyone has any suggestions of readings that you love then pretty please post them here! Thanks!
BLESSING FOR A MARRIAGE
~ James Dillet Freeman ~
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another - not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another's presence - no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.