Originally Posted by Magelet
the song of songs is just beautiful and so much of it might be suitable. (It also talks more about love than g-d, so if your ideas of g-d are different....) It's from the hebrew bible (which is pretty much the same as the old testement I think)
thanks! it is really beautiful, but i think it's too, um, erotic or flowery for my tastes. haha...i'm kind of modest.
Originally Posted by raelize
have you read Khalil Gibran's "the prophet"? i believe their is a section on love or marriage. i only remember the children section now and it is beautiful and moving and i would think appropriate to a mixed religious/spiritual ceremony
yes, that's one of the few i've already found and liked. my uncle just used the exact same passage at his wedding a few months ago, so i'm trying to find something a little more unique, but i might end up using it anyways.
Originally Posted by indigosky
I loved some passages from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Handfasting-Wedding-Rituals-Welcoming-Blessing/dp/0738704709/
that are very nature-based. Some parts of the book are explicitly Pagan, but others to me are lovely passages about human connections and our place in the universe.
We also had a commitment ceremony but didn't get legally married (by our choice and preference). There are tons of books of "wedding readings" -- I got a stack out of the library and read through them to find passages that spoke to me (and then he read the ones I liked until we found ones we agreed on.)
I believe that near the end we also injected some humor by having my brother and sister-in-law read an excerpt of Dr. Seuss's Oh the Places You'll Go.
thanks! i looked at the preview for the book on amazon but it didn't let me see any of the poetry/ceremony! i am in peru, so i don't have access to a library, sadly.
Originally Posted by Tradd
You might do the "Love is patient, love is kind" reading from the New Testament - 1 Corinthians 13. Begin/end wherever you like. And God is not mentioned, if that is of concern to you.
that is perfect! exactly what i was looking for.