Make Weddings Special
There are so many options available today to help make weddings special
that the happy couple planning their marriage ceremony may have to make
some difficult choices as far as just what features to include. One
semi-traditional aspect of the wedding ceremony that can help lend a
spark of romance to the event is the literary wedding reading. Recitation
of romantic poetry, heartfelt prose, or Shakespearean verse during the
wedding ceremony can add a refined touch to an already beautiful occasion.
Selections of wedding readings can run the gamut of available literature;
from writings as old as Biblical passages to the more modern works of
authors and poets like Amy Tan and Maya Angelou. Any piece that relates
a theme of love, devotion, or commitment can be appropriate as a wedding
reading. The choice, really, is up to the couple as far as what they’d
like to have as a wedding reading. Following are some traditional, modern,
and more unusual wedding readings.
Poetry and prose about love and devotion make for wonderful wedding
readings and it is selections from this category that you will hear
most often. Favorites here include Shakespearean sonnets, the famous
How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and selections from
The Prophet by Kahil Gibran, but can, again, include virtually anything
that the couple would like to include. Thoughtful, insightful, and moving
passages are the key to having your wedding reading stand out in the
minds of your guests.
A favorite of religious wedding services, inspirational wedding readings
are also quite common. The Bible is a fantastic source for these types
of readings and certain passages have become standard fare in many church
wedding services. Most familiar here is the instantly recognized “Love
is patient and kind…” reading from I Corinthians and the “husbands love
your wives” passage from the fifth chapter of Ephesians. Inspirational
poetry can be used here as well as quotations from inspirational speakers.
Anything that is spiritually uplifting and appropriate for the occasion
will work here.
Out of the Ordinary Wedding Readings
Some wedding readings can be very creative, while others are just plain
odd. I attended a wedding between two aspiring actors. Both the bride
and the groom as well as several members of the wedding party were active
in community theater. They used their wedding ceremony as an opportunity
to perform for their guests and actually acted out the famous balcony
scene from Romeo and Juliet, complete with Elizabethan costumes. Another
wedding experience featured the bride and groom reciting the lyrics
to Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light which, while certainly
an inappropriate selection for most weddings, seemed to fit their personalities
and got quite a laugh from the guests. Clearly readings like this are
not going to work for every wedding, but the examples do serve to show
that the choices in wedding reading selection are really unlimited.
The choice of whether to include a wedding reading in your ceremony,
as well as what material to use, lies entirely with you.
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