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Old 21.01.2015, 16:24
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Reading for wedding

I'm going back to England this Summer for my sister's wedding. My daughter is to be a bridesmaid/flowergirl and my son whatever the boy equivalent is. I'm not a bridesmaid but she would like me to do a reading.

I need ideas! She picked some really great readings for my wedding and I would like to do the same for her, I want to find something that she'll love. Although I consider myself well-read and educated, she is much more academic than I am (she went to Oxford, has a doctorate, she is also really arty and has read a million books!) so I feel a little out of my depth seeking out something that she is less likely to be too familiar with,

I realise it's a personal issue so I'm not asking for you to choose for me, I just need help getting started! Those of you who've had this task, what did you choose and why/how did you choose it?
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Old 21.01.2015, 16:35
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Re: Reading for wedding

Ezekiel 25:17

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Old 21.01.2015, 16:43
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Re: Reading for wedding

The first question is, are you reading something they choose or something you choose?

Second, what kind of a reading? Religious? Mushy romance? A poem of some sort?

Third, is this a first marriage or second? Any kids involved?

I can give you all sorts of tips but this is where you generally start.

Edit: @dk - um, no.
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Old 21.01.2015, 18:02
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Re: Reading for wedding

quote from this book had been popular at some weddings


The PROPHET, by Kahlil Gibran
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Old 21.01.2015, 18:08
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Re: Reading for wedding

1 Corinthians 13 is always popular (if a bit clichéd)

http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/rea...thians-13.aspx
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Old 21.01.2015, 18:25
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Re: Reading for wedding

Apologies because this isn't helpful, but from your title I thought you were going to Reading for a wedding.

https://www.google.ch/search?q=readi...&client=safari
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Old 21.01.2015, 18:26
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Re: Reading for wedding

I keep thinking of the reading during the wedding service in Gavin and Stacey. "Stop all the clocks..."
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Old 21.01.2015, 18:56
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Re: Reading for wedding

If it's a civil ceremony then you're not allowed religious readings. We had The Owl and The Pussycat at ours.
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Old 21.01.2015, 19:14
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Although I consider myself well-read and educated, she is much more academic than I am (she went to Oxford, has a doctorate, she is also really arty and has read a million books!)
Unlikely she'll want anything from the bible or with a religeous theme then !
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Re: Reading for wedding

FI: Boys who are participating in the wedding ceremony are usually referred to as pageboys.
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Old 21.01.2015, 19:30
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Re: Reading for wedding

We had a good friend choose and read a poem for us - she chose A Subaltern's Love Song by Betjeman. I remember at the time not being terribly sure if it was complimetary but the facts spoke for themselves - I was a GP's daughter, I did live in Surrey and we had played lots and lots of tennis (and I think drunk a fair amount of gin) when we were dating....
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Re: Reading for wedding

Well, here is an idea. This was read at my civil wedding and we both loved it.

"ONCE IN A LIFETIME."

Once in a lifetime,
you find someone who
touches not only your heart,
but also your soul.

Once in a lifetime
you discover someone
who stands beside you,
not over you.

You find someone who loves you for who you are,
not what you could be.

Once in a life time,
if you are lucky, you find someone.....
as I found you."

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Old 21.01.2015, 21:21
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If it's a civil ceremony then you're not allowed religious readings. We had The Owl and The Pussycat at ours.
Brilliant - don't know why, but The Owl and The Pussycat was the first thing that came into my head after reading the opening post.

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Apologies because this isn't helpful, but from your title I thought you were going to Reading for a wedding.

https://www.google.ch/search?q=readi...&client=safari
You'd have to take courage if it was actually in Reading.



Kipling wrote some exceedingly good poems: http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poet...pling_ind.html

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Old 21.01.2015, 21:25
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Re: Reading for wedding

Maybe Tim Minchin's If I Didn't Have You.
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Old 21.01.2015, 21:44
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Re: Reading for wedding

I love Reading, spent many years there and have been to many weddings in Reading.

What's the question again?
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Old 21.01.2015, 21:48
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...have been to many weddings in Reading.
You beat me to it by a minute ;-)
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:20
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Re: Reading for wedding

"The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri or possibly also Sun Tzu's "Art of War".
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Re: Reading for wedding

Here is one to consider......
“Marriage Joins Two People In The Circle of Its Love” by Edmund O'Neill (b. 1929)

Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an 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, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent or 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, new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.

When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto 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 each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill.


I hope if time allows you will post what you end up reading. Best of luck.
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Old 21.01.2015, 22:53
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Re: Reading for wedding

In American English, the little boys are called Ring Bearers and, yes, they carry a pillow with the wedding rings tied on top.
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You beat me to it by a minute ;-)
And I beat you to it by three hours.
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