Ceremony Readings

Dave and I will be having a non-denominational wedding ceremony with nontraditional readings.

Below you will find the two readings we have chosen for our wedding, plus a collection of poems and readings I have gathered that I like. 

Also, Here is a link to good ceremony readings.


"Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love"
by Edmund O'Neill

Marriage is a commitment to life,
the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.
It offers opportunities for sharing and growth
that no other relationship can equal.
It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

Within the circle of its love,
marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships.
A wife and a husband are each other's best friend,
confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.
And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing,
and the love of the other may resemble
the tender caring of a parent or child.

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.
Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher,
commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly,
and passes away more quickly.

Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life
is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life,
new experiences, new ways of expressing
a love that is deeper than life.

When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage,
they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer
than any spoken or written words.
Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people
who love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill.
The Apache Wedding Blessing

Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the
journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be your companion and
your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and
remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness,
gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulties and fear assail your relationship,
as they threaten all relationships at one time or another,
remember to focus on what is right between you,
not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms when
clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that
even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your
life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.


Love Sonnet XVII
by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were a salt rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
So I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

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 bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the 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)

Love's Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle -
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea -
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?

by Margaret Atwood

Marriage is not
a house or even a tent
it is before that, and colder:
The edge of the forest, the edge
of the desert
the unpainted stairs
at the back where we squat
outside, eating popcorn
where painfully and with wonder
at having survived even
this far
we are learning to make fire

Some Vows

  I, Carolyn, take you Dave, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, for better, for worse, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in failure, I vow in honesty and sincerity, to be your faithful and loving wife, for all the days of my life.
Officiant: David, do you take Carolyn to be your wife?  Do you promise to be true to her in good times and in bad, in in sickness and in health, to love her and to honor her all the days of your life?

Groom/Bride: “I do.”

Repeat after officiate: Carolyn, take this ring, as a sign of my love and faithfulness.
"I, ______, choose you, ______, to be my wife/husband. I will respect you, care for you, and grow with you, through good times and hard times, as your friend, companion, and partner, giving the best that I can, to fulfill our lives together."

Sample Wedding Ceremonies

Low Impact Wedding Script
Traditional Catholic Wedding - Dave and I both grew up Catholic but are not practicing now.  We don't want a religious ceremony, but we would like some aspects of the Catholic wedding in ours.
Interfaith Wedding Ceremony Ideas - readings, scripts, etc.
“The Wedding Ceremony Planner” by Reverend Judith Johnson, PhD.

Script from WeddingBee.com

From Miss Penguin on the WeddingBee


Welcome everyone!Miss and Mr. Penguin have asked all of you to be with them here today because each of you has given something of yourselves into their lives.Your friendship and love will always be appreciated.

Whenever we attend a wedding celebration, we are given the opportunity to reexamine our own lives.

We might look at the happiness of Miss and Mr. Penguin and be tempted to compare their joy to the quality of our own relationships.The truth is that each one of us is a powerful creator in the dance of our own love and marriage.Each one of us, each moment of every day, has the choice to rededicate ourselves to one another or to withhold our love and caring.

Let us be bound by Miss and Mr. Penguin’s example to make our promises to one another and to remember that life and love are good.

Love is powerful.
It is simple.
Yet it is very complex.

It is love that gives the deepest meaning to our lives.
It is our highest calling, our greatest purpose, and our finest achievement.

One of the greatest joys of a wedding day is the joining together of the couples family and friends.
Miss and Mr. Penguin are forever grateful to each and every one of you for the loving, caring, friendship, and support that you have given them throughout their lives.
Being able to share their wedding day with you, surrounded by your love and support, is a blessing.
Knowing that your best wishes go forward with Miss and Mr. Penguin strengthens them as they embark upon their glorious journey as husband and wife.



Miss and Mr. Penguin would like to acknowledge their parents, whose love, support, and nurturing are such an essential part of who they are today.

They thank you for being their first teachers of the power and possibilities of love.

May you take great pride in the fact that the seeds of love you have planted in Miss and Mr. Penguin will flourish in the formation of this new family today.

Let us all remember, today and always, that there is nothing more important than loving one another.



Marriage is the essence of human relationships.It challenges us to be of one accord without abandoning the truth of our individuality.

It challenges us to recognize ourselves in one another, and to admire and respect each other while walking side-by-side, heading in the same direction.

Do not just be married or in love, but let your marriage be an active process of loving each other.
Let your love be an inspiration to others to reach for what is good within all of us.May your love be so abundant that you have plenty to share with the rest of us as well.

Miss and Mr. Penguin, it is your love that has brought us together here today.June XXth will always have special meaning for you as the day you vowed to love each other in all ways, always.

Each year when you come upon your anniversary, I encourage you to rededicate yourselves to the vows you make here today.Take stock of where you are in your marriage and how you are doing as partners.Express your gratitude to each other for the ways you have loved and supported one another, and forgive yourselves and each other for any disagreements that have come between you.

Show each other that you can be trusted and counted on for comfort when facing difficult times, and celebrate abundantly the successes and joys life brings your way.Let your love lead the way and be more important than anything else.May your love grow deeper and sweeter with each passing day.


May I have the rings please

Best Man and MOH hand rings to Linda



Miss and Mr. Penguin, on behalf of your loved ones who are here today, I would like to mention some of the things that we wish for you.


May your days “for better”, “for richer” and “in health” far outnumber stormy days and times of trouble.

As you live and love throughout the years, may you realize all the joy that marriage can bring, and know that all your days have been happier because you have shared them with each other.

And now by the power vested in me by the state of California, it is my great honor and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Congratulations and God Bless You!

You may kiss the bride!

Ladies and Gentlemen, its my great pleasure to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Penguin!