If you're looking for an inspirational wedding reading that will capture the room, then look no further than The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. It's about making the most out of life, and showing up for those you love no matter what. If you don't feel moved after reading it, then we suggest reading it again. And maybe a third time. And then printing of our free copy and reading it again at your wedding ceremony to a room full of your nearest and dearest who may or may not be moved to tears...
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Anyone else feeling something existential happening? Just us? Okay, no worries, might be the coffees... but if The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is for you then we have a downloadable ceremony-ready copy up above! Fancy something more light-hearted? Then we have our selection of funny wedding readings that will do the trick. Poetry your thing? Then our roundup of wedding poems will also be your thing. Having a religious ceremony? We have you covered there too. Who ever said you could have too much choice...