(Closed) Reading for 17 year old brother?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

I know said you feel like you would be treating him like a kid if you had him do a reading from a kids book. However, I am not a child and have not been for a long time and I did this one recently and the guests loved it. So I will throw it out there anyway…

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ‘em over with care.

About some you will say, “We don’t choose to go there.”

With your heads full of brains and your shoes full of feet,

you’re too smart to go down, any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any

you’ll want to go down.

In that case, of course,

you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there

in the wide open air,

Out there things can happen

and frequently do

to people as brainy

and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,

don’t worry. Don’t stew.

Just go right along.

You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on your way up!

You’ll be seeing great sights!

You’ll join the high fliers

who soar to great heights!

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have all the speed.

You’ll pass the whole gang, and you’ll soon take the lead.

Wherever you fly you’ll be best of the best.

Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.

Because sometimes, you won’t.

You’ll get mixed up of course,

as you already know.

You’ll get mixed up

with so many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.

Step with great care and great tact

and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will indeed!

(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)


So, be your name Buxbaum or Dowrie or Bass

or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,

you’re off to great places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So … get on your way!


Then again, I am a child at heart! Or there is this one..


A Happy Couple

A happy couple standing hand in hand

looking ahead to a promised land.

(Love O and Love X), today as you promise to have and to hold,

and you seal those vows with small bands of gold.

As you journey the path of love together,

so stormy as well as sunny weather.

Remember there’ll be some hills to climb,

but you will be guided from time to time.

So if ever you feel you’ve lost your way,

just look to each other, and think of this day



Post # 5
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The Union, might not be too mushy… what do you think?

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

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