Wedding ceremony readings are borrowed excerpts from literature that add romance and sentiment to the occasion. Whether Louis de Bernières or Shakespeare, wedding ceremony readings before your vows can create a deeper experience. Not every couple chooses to have wedding ceremony readings, but for those that do, these tips should help you create the perfect moment.
Who Gives Wedding Ceremony Readings
The very important people chosen to give wedding ceremony readings are chosen by the couple. It can be a mother, father, grandparent, or another special person. Before asking someone to take on this important task, there are a few things to consider. Those that give wedding ceremony readings should be eloquent speakers. They should be able to deliver the passage with feeling. Being able to convey the feeling from the authors intentions is an incredible gift. While many couples choose their mother or a close friend, think about whether yours will deliver the message with impact or shift beneath the pressure of the stage.
Who Should Not Give Wedding Ceremony Readings
There are certain people that should not give wedding ceremony readings. If the person lacks maturity, so will the reading. Unless you are choosing a playful piece from Dr. Seuss, young children should sit this one out. Avoid having someone that is politically passionate or overly biased conduct a reading to avoid having something inflammatory injected into the reading. Avoid someone that overuses sarcasm and dark humor. For obvious reasons, avoid nervous personalities and those that suffer with anxiety. Avoid asking the overindulging person that drinks to the point of obnoxious behavior. Nervousness is likely to demand a couple drinks for this person. Never ask someone that is ruled by disorder and chaos. If they are overwhelmed and disorganized for life, they will probably fail at delivery when the moment calls for preparation.
An Example of Wedding Ceremony Readings
A beautiful excerpt from Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières is a favorite among wedding ceremony readings for its similes and personification of love.
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body.
No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love," which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. (Bernières, 1994, p. 281)
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Bernières Louis De. (1994). Corelli's Mandolin. Vintage International, Vintage Books.