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Looking for inspirational readings for your big day?  Here are a few to get you started ... 

You can give without loving,

but you can never love without giving.

The great acts of love are done by those who are

habitually performing small acts of kindness.

We pardon to the extent that we love.

 

Love is knowing that even when you are alone,

you will never be lonely again.

 And the great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Loved for ourselves.

And even loved in spite of ourselves.

(Extract from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo)

He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

 

He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break.

 

Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyse.

 

Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is

perfect for you.

Bob Marley

A good marriage must be created.
In the marriage, the little things are the big things…
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is having a mutual sense of value and common objectives.
It is standing together and facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is not only marrying the right person,
it is being the right partner. 

 

Wilfred Arlan Petersen

From this day forward ...

From this day forward, let us laugh together, and plan together, let us find our favourite places, and go together.  Let us enjoy the sunshine, and the rain, being alone together, and in crowds together.
From this day forward, together, let us love!


Let us walk together yet not as one, but such that our shadows are separate and distinct, such that our souls are unbound and free.  Let us share our time, yet do not give all your time, nor take all of mine for in order to develop to the fullest, to be free, we must have solitude and individuality.  Let me wander in solitude, when I need to be alone, yet be near, when I need you. 


Give freely of your love, but do not smother me, my soul must breathe a free air.   Take my love, but do not demand it, for love given of obligation, is stale and without life. 


Share my life, but do not try to shape it.   Let me share your life, but do not let it revolve around me.   Accept me as I am, do not attempt to change me to fit your dreams.  Respect me for what I am, not for what I was or one day may be.  Share yourself with me, but do not allow me to limit your freedom or bind your soul. 


Let us share our minds, thoughts, goals, values and dreams.  Let us develop these within ourselves without restriction or loss of freedom.  Thus our two free souls, may wander together as they develop in freedom. 


As we share our lives, as we walk thru life together, know my love is yours, but not my soul, for it must be free.

Marriage offers opportunities for sharing

growth that no other human relationship can equal. 

It is  an emotional and physical joining that is promised for a

lifetime.  Within the circle of love, marriage encompasses all

of life’s most important relationships. 
A wife and husband are each others best friend, 
confidante, lover, teacher, listener and critic.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. 
Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; 
even anger is felt more intensely, and passes away more quickly. 
Marriage understands and forgives, 
the mistakes that life is unavoidable to avoid. 
It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences 
and new ways of expressing your love through the seasons. 
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 and potential, 
made in the hearts of two people who are in love, 
that takes a lifetime to fulfil. 

 

Edmund O’Neil

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;

I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;

I cannot promise you an easy pathway

That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;

A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;

A love that’s ever true and ever growing;

A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

Mark Twain

I promise to give you the best of

myself and to ask of you no more than you

can give.   promise to respect you as your

own person and to realise that your interest,

desires and needs are no less important than my own.
I promise to share with you my time and my attention
and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.
I promise to keep myself open to you,
to let you see through the windows of my world
into my innermost fears and feelings,

secrets and dreams.
I promise to grow along with you,
to be willing to face changes in order to keep
our relationship alive and exciting.
I promise to love you in good times and in bad,
with all I have to give and all I feel inside
in the only way I know how –

completely and forever.

 

Dorothy Colgan

You have known each other for years, through first glance of acquaintance to this moment of recommitment.

At some moment, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. Just two people working out what they want what they believe what they hope for each other.

 

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.” 

 

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another — acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. You have learned that good company and friendship count for more than good looks. And you have learned that marriage is a maze into which we wonder- a maze that is best got through with a great companion. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

Robert Fulghum

 

Among the finest things in life,
a good marriage
is the most satisfying and rewarding,
the deepest and best of pleasures.

That blessed relationship
uplifts, enriches, encourages
and strengthens both husband and wife.

A loving marriage
overcomes any obstacles
the world may put in its way,
strengthening the special marital bond
with every challenge conquered.

Today
is the start of something better
than you can imagine.

May your marriage
continue to be 
all that you dream of and more.

 

Joanna Fuchs

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. that is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

 

(from Captain Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres)

You have known each other for years, through first glance of acquaintance to this moment of recommitment.

At some moment, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks — all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” — those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” — and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. Just two people working out what they want what they believe what they hope for each other.

 

All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed — well, I meant it all, every word.” 

 

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another — acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. You have learned that good company and friendship count for more than good looks. And you have learned that marriage is a maze into which we wonder- a maze that is best got through with a great companion. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.

Robert Fulghum

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 is all this sweet work worth 

   If thou kiss not me? 

  

Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Love is giving, not taking,
mending, not breaking,
trusting, believing,
never deceiving,
patiently bearing
and faithfully sharing
each joy, each sorrow,
today and tomorrow.

Love is kind, understanding,
but never demanding.
Love is constant, prevailing,
its strength never failing.
A promise once spoken
For all time unbroken,
Love’s time is forever.

Being in Love is like owning a dog

First of all, it’s a big responsibility, especially in a big city, so think long and hard

before deciding on love.  On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:  when you’re walking

down the street late at night and you have a leash on love, ain’t no one going to mess with you,

because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. 

Who knows what love could do in its own defence? 

On cold winter nights, love is warm.  It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.  Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. 

It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

 

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long, but come home and love is always happy to see you. 

It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.  Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.  Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper

and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

 

Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk because love loves exercise.

It will run you around the block and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions at once,

or wind itself around and around you until you’re all wound up and you cannot move. 

But love makes you meet people wherever you go; people who have nothing in common

but love to stop and talk to each other on the street.

 

Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

 

Taylor Mali

Marriage is a promise of love.  It is a commitment to life – to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.  It offers opportunities for sharing and growth no other human relationship can equal, a physical and 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, confidante, lover, teacher, listener and critic.  There may come tines 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 who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfil.

HIGHLAND CEREMONIES