What should I read at my sister's wedding?
August 1, 2012 2:15 PM Subscribe
Looking for suggestions for readings that I can give at my sister's wedding. Specific requirements inside.
posted by Scientist to Grab Bag (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So I've been asked to give a reading at my sister's wedding this coming September. The minister has provided me and the other folks who will be doing this (just one other person I think) with a list of possibilities to choose from, but none of them are really doing it for me. I myself am not really up to the task of writing something that I feel would be suitable, so I'd like to hear from some folks about suggestions that might work.
The length of the piece should be about a minute when read, so we're talking a couple paragraphs or maybe one double-spaced page at the most here. I'd like something that suits both my personality and hers, rather than something that looks like it was just chosen out of a list of Stock Wedding Readings, you know? I'm a very nerdy scientific type who is a bit flaky and sort of embarrassingly romantic at heart, and my sister is a bit less nerdy but is a very thoughtful, intelligent person with a wonderful sense of humor and a great head on her shoulders who has really chosen a wonderful guy to marry. They've been together for several years. Both of us are Unitarian Universalists. Neither of us are really into the Bible. In fact, let's just disqualify anything that's taken from scripture.
I'd prefer something contemporary, sans God-talk, humanist, maybe a little on the nerdy/sciencey side but not so much as to make it seem like the reading is all about me, with really beautiful prose and having as its central theme a strong, positive affirmation of the joys of a committed, loving relationship. It's not a toast – it shouldn't be specifically about my sister and her fiance or their love in particular, but rather about couples in general and love in general.
Can anybody toss out some recommendations? I'm very interested to hear what you all come up with.