The only bible verse I REALLY wanted read during the ceremony was the 1 Corinthians 13 passage (until I was looking around and came across the Cord of Three Strands), so I was looking high and low for other poems to be read during the ceremony. It was hard looking for poems and such, mostly because I don't really read poetry or anything like that.
I went to my good friend, WeddingBee, for some help. There are tons of ideas there for readings, but I found what I was looking for from Mrs. Duckling, who had done a post on meaningful readings. (I thought of going for Miss Scissor's idea, using I Like You as a reading, which I got for Josh for Valentine's Day. Shhh! Don't tell him!) The first reading she had listed was one I fell in love with. I read through it, and thought it fit us perfectly! I can say that pretty much everything in the poem is true.
Make sure you get out a tissue...you'll need it:
Unionby 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.
See!? It's amazing! I think it's 100% us. I'm so glad I found it!
How did you find your readings? Did you find anything that fits you personally?