Increasingly I encourage couples at their weddings to introduce their own personality in any ‘prose’ or ‘words’ to be read out. I wanted to share some couples' recent selections and their reasoning behind their choices.
Both really love the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho so chose this excerpt:
When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. Because when you know the language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.
A fun loving couple that love music; a song entitled, Everlong, featured at their wedding – played through a sound system, it was sung by an acoustic guitar player. The lyrics were shared by me as final words within the ceremony, the song rang true to them and who they are.
If everything could ever feel this real forever If anything could ever be this good again The only thing I'll ever ask of you You've got to promise not to stop when I say when.
These two didn’t want traditional poems or scribe read at their ceremony, they did however, want some words on love that they loved; here is the excerpt chosen from Dom’s favorite piece of literature, Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
The question is who knows how to make love stay? Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honour and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet. That would mean that security is out of the question. The words "make" and "stay" become inappropriate. My love for you has no strings attached. I love you for free.
When planning your ceremony, think about words on love and marriage and life that ring true to you, whichever form they may take.