Realistic Wedding Readings

 
by Jennifer Cram (09/06/2019)  |  Categories: | Wedding Ceremony |
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If you're a down to earth couple, with a realistic view of what marriage really entails, the vast majority of the poems and poetic prose read at weddings are just not for you. I've gathered together a selection of more down-to-earth readings.
Maybe
by an Unknown Author

Maybe… We are supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.
Maybe… it is true that we don’t know what we have got until we lose it, but it is also true that we don’t know what we have been missing until it arrives.
Maybe… the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Maybe… the best kind of love is the kind where you can sit on a sofa
Together never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.
Maybe… you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
Maybe… you should hope for enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, and enough hope to make you happy.
Maybe Love is not about finding the perfect person; it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. When you do what you can, love will do what you can’t.
[Reproduced under licence from the Copyright Agency, Ltd]


These I Can Promise
by Mark Twain

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.
[Reproduced under licence from the Copyright Agency, Ltd]

On Marriage
by The Dalai Lama

Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk. And that a loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. Be gentle with the earth, be gentle with one another. When disagreements come, remember always to protect the spirit of your union. When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. So love yourselves, love one another, love all that is you life together and all else will follow.
[Reproduced under licence from the Copyright Agency, Ltd]

The Promise
by Eileen Rafter 

The sun danced on the snow with a sparkling smile,
As two lovers sat quietly, alone for a while.
Then he turned and said, with a casual air
(Though he blushed from his chin to the tips of his hair),
“I think I might like to get married to you”

“Well then, she said, “Well there’s a thought,
But what if we can’t promise to be all that we ought,
If I’m late yet again, when we plan to go out.
For I know I can’t promise, I’ll learn to ignore
Dirty socks and damp towels strewn all over the floor.

So if we can’t vow to be all that we should
I’m not sure what to do, though the idea’s quite good”.
But he gently smiled and tilted his head
Till his lips met her ear and softly he said

“I promise, to weave my dreams into your own,
That wherever you breathe will be my hearts home.
I promise, that whether with rags or with gold I am blessed
Your smile is the jewel I will treasure the best.

Do you think then, my love, we should marry – do you?”
“Yes” she said smiling “I do”.
[Reproduced under licence from the Copyright Agency, Ltd]

Spoken by Celine in the Movie ‘Before Sunrise
by Richard Linklater

When people talked about how a couple would begin to hate each other by anticipating their reactions or getting tired of their mannerisms – she thought it would be the opposite for her. She thought she truly would be in love when she knew everything about him – the way he’s going to part his hair, which shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he’d tell in a given situation.

She’s was sure that’s when she’d know she was really in love. If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding somebody completely, of sharing everything. It might be almost impossible to succeed… but who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.
[Reproduced under licence from the Copyright Agency, Ltd]

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