I Was in the Middle Before I Knew That I Had Begun

When choosing what would be read at our wedding ceremony, there was only one REAL qualification: nothing religious. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but Mr. B and I are having (much to FMIL’s dismay) a completely non-denominational wedding. To me, if I include even slightly religious wedding readings, it defeats the purpose. Yes, I know that our wedding can be whatever we want it to be. But it is important to me to keep religion completely out of it. So when it came to choosing our readings, I knew I wanted to stay away from anything overtly religious. But there have got to be tons of awesome non-religious wedding readings, right? WRONG. At least I kept running into the same.darn.ones. EVERYWHERE! And the ones I found definitely offered some slim pickings”¦

As I was looking online through these readings, I was hoping to find a beautiful passage from one of my two favorite books: Gone with the Wind or Pride and Prejudice, you know, without having to re-read them (because I’m a busy bride and I definitely don’t have time for my favorite things, you know, like reading). Sadly, however, my searches were fruitless. I couldn’t find any passages suitable from GWTW, and could only find one from P&P, and it was (in my opinion) too short to fit the bill for what I consider a “reading”:

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

Because Colin Firth will always be my favorite Mr. Darcy!

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So now that my search for passages from my two favorite books were out, I was back at square one.

How did you pick your ceremony readings? Were you able to pick out readings from your favorite books? Or were you forced to start over after a fruitless first search?


Mrs. Buffalo

San Diego, CA
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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  1. graywolf Member
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 4:50 am

    the idea about song lyrics is good – you can google “first dance songs” and find some really great options that you can take from. poetry is also good – we’re using a pablo neruda poem, and then a kids book! google “love poems” instead of “wedding readings” and that way you’ll get something different.

    also, i love that quote – maybe you can use that somewhere on your program or something?

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