Moody and real: this pragmatic wedding reading is about REAL life #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#readings May 26 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Couple on Ski Lift Fingerprint Guestbook by PTWatersDesigns Related Post "Mouths wandering each to each": A seriously passionate wedding reading Upon first glance at this wedding reading, it seems lovely and sweet. But give it a second and it starts to sounds like some real... Read more Our one guarantee in life is that we'll have both good and bad times (and death and taxes, too). The beauty of a partnership is that someone is there to help you make it through it all, the highs and the lows. I love this excerpt by Rolfe Gerhardt because it takes a real look at like and creates a moving and pragmatic wedding reading that hits home for anyone. Sure, it's a little darker than some readings, but you probably need some variety to give the commitment some heft and bring it back to reality from fantasy. But don't forget a little fantasy, too! "Let this be a reminder that you are guaranteed by the seasons of nature a significant winter each year, and you are guaranteed by the whimsies of life more winters of the soul than you can now imagine. So I am bringing before you these words to ask you to remember the springtimes that should follow each winter, springtimes that are not always given to you but sometimes must be created by you even when it seems impossible. Find the time to arise and come away with each other; be romantic; listen to the voices of birds that aren’t there; laugh and cry deeply; and be silly as a daisy in spite of the chill and dark times that must come into everyone’s life. That is the love I am wishing you. As much of any of us would wish otherwise, there must be winters in your life, so we pray for your springtimes as well." – Rolfe Gerhardt Need even more readings? We've got TONS. "Two Days We Should Not Worry": a lovely and realistic wedding reading Sometimes a wedding reading should be passionate and loving and remind us of how much we mean to each other. But other times you might want to harness a little… Read More At Last: a sweet wedding reading that honors a life lived before finding love Not unlike Etta James' classic love song "At Last," this particular reading narrows down those feelings of having lived life, been beaten by it a time or two, and still… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride’s Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Two brides, bright colors, crafty projects, and Mexican culture NEXT Gender-neutral (and slightly NSFW) wedding party gifts Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.