Welcome back to our Sunday segment, Wedding Readings Ideas. Here we source and share some of our favourite texts perfect for weddings. This week we are focusing on non-religious wedding readings. We try and include a variety of ideas so that there is a reading suggestion for every kind of speech at every kind of wedding!
However, if you are looking for a reading suggestion for a specific event, please feel free to leave us a comment. We would love to help you source one.
This week’s reading is 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.
This is one of our favourite non-religious wedding readings. This is perfect to ask your celebrant to read at your ceremony, as it deals with the excitement and gravitas of feeling before you say “I do”. The sheer romance of this reading is sure to leave not a dry eye in the room!
If you like this reading, keep your eyes peeled next Sunday and every Sunday from here on out. We will share more non-religious
, as well as faith based readings and more.