Wedding reading - serious
June 25, 2005 2:09 PM Subscribe
I'm getting married in two weeks tomorrow, and we are having trouble finding a serious reading for during the ceremony.
posted by jb to writing & language (18 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
We have certain requirements - as a marriage between two agnostics with some tension about religion in the family, the wedding is explicitly non-religious (I've just spent 1/2 taking out all of the references to God out of the vows bit). We also have very liberal ideas towards marriage - we like it, but we also recognise that other people start families without it, and that's fine. I was looking at an Elizabethan Homily for Marraige - and had to reject it as it was all about getting married to avoid fornication (opps, little late for that). We're also very gender neutral in the whole ceremony (we are actually both coming down the aisle, as there are two).
The problem is, this leaves us with potentially very cheesy poems about the nature of love (I've been reading around websites, and coming across mostly Hallmark like poems). We both tend to have somewhat more unusual and quirky tastes (the "light" reading after the vows is the "Owl and the Pussycat", which is damned romantic, and our wedding favours consist of retro rocket shaped bubble blowers), but wanted something to capture the seriousness and solemnity of making such an important vow to each other.
Does anyone have any ideas? Any sort of passage from literature, poetry - even biblical, if it is not overly God-oriented would be good. Passages from other cultures are also welcome.