Your wedding ceremony is a chance to showcase your love and commitment to each other in a way that's meaningful and personalized. One way to do this is by including non-religious wedding readings that reflect your personalities and values.
Here are three of the best non-religious wedding readings to make your ceremony memorable, and there are 300+ more to choose from in the Provenance Rituals and Readings library.
"Hold My Hand" from The Wedding Singer
"I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad. Carry you around when your arthritis is bad. All I want to do is grow old with you. I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches. Build you a fire if the furnace breaks. Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you. I’ll miss you, Kiss you, Give you my coat when you are cold. Need you, Feed you, Even let you hold the remote control. So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink. Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink. I could be the man who grows old with you. I want to grow old with you."
"The Future Belongs to Hearts" from Les Misérables
"The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite. Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven … What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything that is not elevated and great. An unworthy thought can no more germinate in it, than a nettle on a glacier."
"I Carry Your Heart with Me" by E.E. Cummings
"I carry your heart with me(I carry it in my heart)I am never without it(anywhere I go you go, my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)
I fear no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)I want no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows(here is the root of the root and the bud of the budand the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)"
Wedding readings are a wonderful way to personalize your wedding ceremony and express the love and commitment you have for each other. They can add a special touch to your ceremony and make it truly memorable for both you and your guests.
Remember, these are just a few of the many great options out there. There are 300+ more rituals and readings, including non-religious ideas, in the Provenance Ceremony Designer tool here.
Q: Can we use religious readings in a non-religious ceremony?
A: Yes, you can absolutely include religious readings in a non-religious ceremony. Just make sure to choose readings that are meaningful to you and your partner and that fit with the overall tone of your ceremony.
Q: How many readings should we include in our ceremony?
A: There is no set number of readings that you need to include in your ceremony. It all depends on your personal preferences and the overall length of your ceremony. Some couples choose to include just one or two readings, while others may include three or four.
Q: Can we write our own wedding reading?
A: Absolutely! Writing your own wedding reading can be a great way to express your love and commitment to each other in your own words. Just make sure to practice reading it out loud beforehand to make sure it flows well and fits with the overall tone of your ceremony.
Q: Can we have a friend or family member read the wedding reading?
A: Yes, having a friend or family member read a wedding reading can be a great way to involve them in your ceremony and add a personal touch. Just make sure to choose someone who is comfortable speaking in front of a crowd and who you trust to do a good job.