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    Carrie read something at a wedding in "Sex and the City", it was very secular and sweet (though perhaps more for a friend's wedding than a niece's):


    His hello was the end of her endings
    Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
    His hand would be hers to hold forever
    His forever was as simple as her smile
    He said she was what was missing
    She said instantly she knew
    She was a question to be answered
    And his answer was "I do"

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    What kind of person is your niece, Jayar?

    I would probably have something like Ogden Nash at mine:
    To Keep Your Marriage Brimming

    To keep your marriage brimming,
    With love in the loving cup,
    Whenever you're wrong admit it;
    Whenever you're right shut up.

    And if I were being really honest about it, er, I might like Yes, I'll Marry You Dear, by Pam Ayres:

    Yes, I'll marry you, my dear,
    And here's the reason why;
    So I can push you out of bed
    When the baby starts to cry,
    And if we hear a knocking
    And it's creepy and it's late,
    I hand you the torch you see,
    And you investigate.

    Yes I'll marry you, my dear,
    You may not apprehend it,
    But when the tumble-drier goes
    It's you that has to mend it,
    You have to face the neighbour
    Should our labrador attack him,
    And if a drunkard fondles me
    It's you that has to whack him.

    Yes, I'll marry you,
    You're virile and you're lean,
    My house is like a pigsty
    You can help to keep it clean.
    That sexy little dinner
    Which you served by candlelight,
    As I do chipolatas,
    You can cook it every night!

    It's you who has to work the drill
    and put up curtain track,
    And when I've got PMT it's you who gets the flak,
    I do see great advantages,
    But none of them for you,
    And so before you see the light,
    I do, I do, I do!


    But most people would prefer something a little more, um, serious, like Edward Muir's The Confirmation:

    Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face,
    I in my mind had waited for this long.
    Seeing the false and searching the true,
    Then I found you as a traveller finds a place
    Of welcome suddenly amid the wrong
    Valleys and rocks and twisting roads.
    But you, what shall I call you?
    A fountain in a waste.
    A well of water in a country dry.
    Or anything that's honest and good, an eye
    That makes the whole world bright.
    Your open heart simple with giving, give the primal deed.
    The first good world, the blossom, the blowing seed.
    The hearth, the steadfast land, the wandering sea,
    Not beautiful or rare in every part
    But like yourself, as they were meant to be.

    Which is lovely and not commonly used.

    But I'd go with Ogden Nash, myself.
    "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.

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    Love the Apache wedding prayer! And I really like Shakespeare's "Let me not to the marriage of true minds..." And the Pam Ayres poem is great!!!

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    I love the Velveteen Rabbit reading!!

    My Shakespeare professor's parting words at the end of our class were that if we were ever asked to do a Shakespeare reading at a wedding, we should be very, very careful about what we read. The sonnets may sound pretty, but almost all of them have dark, not-wedding-y undertones. So if you go with one of those, just be careful.

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