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Wedding Readings: 2019 choices!

Updated: Apr 17, 2019





Choosing wedding readings is as personal as you are! I have written a series of blogs to give 10 of each type of reading: traditional, alternative, spiritual, funny etc. They are exactly that: if you put into Google, 'Wedding Readings', there are literally thousands and thousands of possibilities.


You might want to ask the person you have chosen to read to choose something or indeed to write something. In this blog, I share some of the 2019 choices.





A Blessing by Anon

May your love and deep respect for each other sustain throughout the years to come.

May your life together flow with peace and harmony.

May your vows be fully realised and may you realise their own true nature together.

May you both promise to do what you think to be right; speak what you think to be the truth; help others in what is fair, accept your mistakes without excuses for them.

May you both accept full responsibility for your actions and reactions.

May sincerity of this resolution give you both strength to fulfil your duties towards yourself and others.

Amen.


From Captain Correlli’s Mandolin

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

And when it subsides, you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body.

No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Marriage, as most of us understand it, is a voluntary and full commitment of a man to a woman, to each other.

It is made in the deepest sense of to, the exclusion of all others and is entered in to with the desire, the hope and the firm intent that it will last forever.


A Vow by Wendy Cope

I cannot promise never to be angry; I cannot promise always to be kind. You know what you are taking on, my darling – It’s only at the start that love is blind. And yet I’m still the one you want to be with And you’re the one for me – of that I’m sure. You are my closest friend, my favourite person, The lover and the home I’ve waited for. I cannot promise that I will deserve you From this day on. I hope to pass that test. I love you and I want to make you happy. I promise I will do my very best.


Union by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry.

From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way.

All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time.

Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years.

Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world – This is my husband. This is my wife.





From Beginning to End" by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment.

At some point, you decided to marry.

From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.

All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks—all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will and you will and we will"—those late night talks that included "someday" and "somehow" and "maybe"—and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word."

Look at one another and remember this moment in time.

Before this moment you have been many things to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years.

Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.

For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this—is my husband, this—is my wife.

When time is up and the sun it dies

Until the rivers flood and the ocean dries

Hand in hand under the falling sky

I will love you

When I’m old so old and I lose my mind

I’ll still look at you like it’s the first time

So many say it and it’s all a lie

But I will love you.

You are the reason I make is through the day

You gimme the reason to better all my ways

The beauty goes, the money spent

And everything else fades away

You are my constant

When we’ve walked the earth every inch and mile

Laughed so hard until we cried

Through every triumph and every trial

I will love you.

Today is a day you will always remember

The greatest day in anyone’s life

You’ll start off the day just two people in love

And end it as Husband and Wife

It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey

With moments to cherish and treasure

And although there’ll be time when you both disagree

These will surely be outweighed by pleasure

You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past

When the secrets of marriage were spoken

But you know that the answers lie hidden inside

Where the bond of true love lies unbroken

So live happy forever as lovers and friends

It’s the dawn of a new life for you

As you stand there gogether with love in your eyes

From the moment you whisper, ‘I do’

And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real

May success find its way to your hearts

Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys

But today is the day it all starts.


Apache Wedding Blessing

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.

May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years, may happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.

Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.

When frustration, difficult and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong.

In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.

And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.


Winne the Pooh by A A Milne

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.

“Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?”

“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.

“I just wanted to be sure of you.”

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.

“Even longer,” Pooh answered.

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together .. there is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart … I’ll always be with you.”


What is Family?

A family is ….

The sweetest feelings

The warmest hugs

Trust and togetherness

Unconditional love

The stories of our lives written on the same page

The nicest memories anyone has ever made

Treasured photos

Thankful tears

Hearts overflowing with all the years

Being there for one another

Supporting and caring

Understanding, helping, sharing

Walking life’s path together

And making the journey more beautiful because …

We are a family …. And a family

is Love.


The one you love by Passenger

We're all looking, That's what he said For someone to share our thought's, For someone to share our bed's

But if you find someone That doesn't try to change you And if you find someone That doesn't have to blame you And you find someone You don't need to explain to, You've found the one you love

We're all searching, that's all I know For someone to keep us warm, When the rain soaks through our clothes

But if you find a hand to hold When the night comes, To be there when your old And you're frightened If you find someone That loves you with a love song, You've found the one you love

Oh, and if you find someone That doesn't undermine you If you find someone That doesn't drag behind you If you find someone That loves you just like I do, You've found the one you love.


Nikki Kulin is a Wedding Celebrant and member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and www.thecelebrantdirectory.com She is based both in the Costa del Sol, Spain and West Sussex and travels internationally. Nikki has built a reputation on providing truly unique ceremonies. www.costacelebrant.com


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