Wedding Speeches Off The Grid

Wedding Speeches Off The Grid

My niece’s wedding is in November 2014. She asked me if I could find off-the-grid passages and read them at the church ceremony. Here are two I really like.

Edmund O’Neill – poet

Marriage Joins Two People in the Circle of Its Love

Marriage is a commitment to life –

To the best that two people can find

And bring out in one another.

It offers opportunities for sharing and growth

that no other human relationship can equal,

a joining that is promised for a lifetime.

Within the circle of its love,

Marriage enhances all of life’s most important relationships.

A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend,

Confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.

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 for a 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,

And new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life.

When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage

They create a spirit unique to themselves,

which binds them closer than any spoken or written words.

Marriage is a promise, a potential,

Made in the hearts of two people,

which talks a lifetime to fulfill.

American Indian Wedding Prayer

Now you will feel no rain

For each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold

For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now you will know no loneliness

For each of you will bec

companionship to the other.

Now you are two persons

But there is only one life between you.

Go now to your dwelling place

To enter the days of your life together.

2012 Friends for Peace Day

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