View Full Version : Need a Wedding Ceremony Reading that Doesn't Suck

02-04-2008, 11:51 PM
Hey all,

I'm getting married in 13 days. It's a double wedding -- 2 couples getting married in the same ceremony (me & my fiancé, and my fiancé's sister and her fiancé).

We are just now finalizing the details of the ceremony, and the "other" groom has picked an absolutely boring passage as a reading. I didn't originally want to add a reading to the mix, but I feel obligated to now (...if for no other reason than to wake everyone back up).

I know (most of) you guys are inveterate readers -- can you think of any stories, books, scenes, etc., from literature that are poignant and love-related (but not nauseatingly so)?

I'm especially interested in readings from classic fiction or literary fiction. Here are some specific ideas:

I love anything written by a Russian (Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Gogol, Tolstoy)
I have more than a slight Somerset Maugham fetish
I really like the Magical Realism (Márquez et al.)
The person who I'd like to have "perform" the reading happens to love Pomo stuff (DeLillo, Vonnegut, Pynchon, etc.)...Any ideas you guys have would be really, really appreciated. :)

02-05-2008, 12:04 AM
I would recommend some Yevtushenko poems. He has some really beautiful love poems. Here's one for an example:

When your face came rising
above my crumpled life
the only thing I understood at first
was how meager were all my possessions.
But your face cast a peculiar glow
on forests, seas, and rivers,
initiating into the colors of the world
uninitiated me.
I'm so afraid, I'm so afraid,
the unexpected dawn might end,
ending the discoveries, tears, and raptures,
but I refuse to fight this fear.
This fear-- I understand--
is love itself. I cherish this fear,
not knowing how to cherish,
I, careless guardian of my love.
This fear has ringed me tightly.
These moments are so brief, I know,
and, for me, the colors will disappear
when once your face has set...

The book I have of his poetry is called "Yevgeny Yevtushenko Early Poems (http://www.amazon.com/Yevgeny-Yevtushenko-Early-Poems/dp/071452896X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202155439&sr=8-1)." It's not all love poetry but I would say there's probably 8 or 10 nice poems in there.

02-05-2008, 12:05 AM
Nabokov's Spring in Fialta always takes my breath away, but I'm not sure of a specific passage about love...

02-05-2008, 04:40 AM
Hey, Nancy, I don't have any Russian poems to offer, but I do offer my best wishes for all of you. Congratulations!

02-05-2008, 05:01 AM
Thank you for the suggestions (and for the congrats)!

02-05-2008, 05:04 AM
This is one of my favorite love poems.

On Marriage
Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

For anyone not familiar with his work, here are his vital stats:

Born January 6, 1883
Bsharri, Lebanon
Died April 10, 1931 (aged 48)
New York City, United States
Occupation poet, visual artist, painter, sculptor
Nationality Lebanese American