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So I do have to do a reading in T's sisters wedding and she asked me to look for something and I haven't come across anything that is short, not too mushy and that I like.
Tell me what readings you did/ are doing?

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    Apache Marriage Blessing is my fave, but check to see her minister isn't already doing it.
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    My favorite poem is the Desiderata.  I'm having it read at my wedding and read it at a friends.  It's not mushy, more of a whole life lesson than just romance.
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    We had Scott's sister read this one:

    ~ The Key to Love ~

    by Anon, 1st Century BC, China
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    The key to love is understanding …
    The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
    but those unspoken gestures,
    the little things that say so much by themselves.

    The key to love is forgiveness ….
    to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
    without forgetting, but with remembering
    what you learn from them.

    The key to love is sharing …
    Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
    both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
    to intensify your happiness.

    The key to love is giving …
    without thought of return,
    but with the hope of just a simple smile,
    and by giving in but never giving up.

    The key to love is respect …
    realizing that you are two separate people,
    with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
    that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

    The key to love is inside us all …
    It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
    that will take you to its threshold;
    it is the continual learning process
    that demands a lot of work …
    but the rewards are more than worth the effort …
    and that is the key to love.

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    We had The Art of Marriage read
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    I love The Blessing of The Hands
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    I'm liking these so far! Much better than the mush I found online.
    Karen- her sister is officiating and they're writing their own ceremony so I think thats safe.
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    Mrs Jesse- No I haven't! Didn't even realize she had that...
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    We're doing Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. I also really like the poem "Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog."
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    I'm going to copy Squirrlys thing to her, along with the above mentioned that are not on squirrlys page. There has to be something there she'll like, I really like a lot of them.

    I also really, really love the wedding ceremony in the style of Dr. Suess. Chances are, I may end up being T to read part of it someday.
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    I second, "The Blessing of the Hands." We had it in our ceremony, and our guests loved it. We did also, obviously =p

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    We had this read, from a book (you can order said book on amazon):

    A Lovely Love Story, Edward Monkton 

    The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

    Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
    The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

    I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
    Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny.
    He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

    I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice.
    She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

    But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.
    He is also overly fond of things.
    Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

    But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping.
    Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

    I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

    I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

    Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old.
    Look at them.
    Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

    And that, my friends, is how it is with love.
    Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.
    For the sun is warm.
    And the world is a beautiful place.

     


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    We read 'Union' by Robert Fulghum.  I didn't want anything that was overly, cloyingly sweet, and this was a good one for us.  I have it in my married bio under the 'ceremony' section.
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