Alternative Wedding Vows or Readings: Shel Silverstein Edition

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Let me tell you, one of the hardest things about planning my own wedding was trying to write the wedding ceremony. I was not a fan of the traditional vows (I obey no one but myself thankyouverymuch) and really wanted to find something that reflected our concept of what we wanted our relationship to be. If you're in the same boat but looking for alternative vows with a sweeter, more innocent lean – well, here ya go! Some wedding vows – Shel Silverstein style!

Let me tell you, one of the hardest things about planning my own wedding was trying to write the wedding ceremony. I was not a fan of the traditional vows (I obey no one but myself thankyouverymuch) and really wanted to find something that reflected our concept of what we wanted our relationship to be. If you're in the same boat but looking for alternative vows with a sweeter, more innocent lean – well, here ya go! Some wedding vows – Shel Silverstein style!

Alternative Wedding Vows or Readings: Shel Silverstein Edition
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From "Every Thing on It"

There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.

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From "Every Thing on It"

If you’re sloppy, that’s just fine.
If you’re moody, I won’t mind.
If you’re fat, that’s fine with me.
If you’re skinny, let it be.
If you’re bossy, that’s all right.
if you’re nasty, I won’t fight.
If you’re rough, well that’s just you.
If you’re mean, that’s all right too.
Whatever you are is all okay.

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How Much Love Inside a Friend?

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.

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From "Every Thing on It"

She had blue skin,
And so did he.
He kept it hid
And so did she.
They searched for blue
Their whole life through…

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From "The Giving Tree"

Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.

… and she loved a boy very, very much– even more than she loved herself.

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From "Falling Up"

Tell my I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I'm perfect–
But tell me the TRUTH.

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How many of you are looking to incorporate some alternative vow wordings or readings in to your wedding ceremony? You can find other alternative vows and readings here.