Ceremony Readings Quirky Readings
1.The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery2. You've got a Friend in Me by Aimee Pryor3. A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton4. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne5. Yes Ill marry you my dear by Pam Ayres
6. Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney7. The Colour of My Love by David Foster & Arthur Janov
Romantic Readings 8. Love's Philosophy by Percy Shelley
9. I Carry your heart by E.E. Cummings10. Captain Corellis mandolin by Louis de Bernires
11. Blessing of the Hands by Unknown12. These I can promise by Mark Twain
13. The Future by Emma Salmon14. Shakespeares Sonnet 116
15. Ship by Carol Ann Duffy The16. Promise by Eileen Rafter
Themed Readings17. London by John Davidson
18. My Country by Dorothea Mackellar19. Always Marry an April Girl by Ogden Nash
20.Love and Friendship by Emily Bronte21. A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
Advice Readings 22. To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh23. The Art of Marriage by Wilfred Arlan Peterson24. Native American (Apache) Wedding Blessing
25. The Key to Love by Anonymous26. Of Shared Love in Marriage by Victor Hugo
Traditional Readings 27. On Love by Thomas a Kempis
28. On Your Wedding Day by Anonymous29. Union by Robert Fulghum
30. Love is giving by Anonymous31. That still and settled place by Edward Monkton
Funny Readings 32. Ill be there by Louise Cuddon33. I Rely on You by Hovis Presley
34. Recipe for a Happy Marriage Poem by Anonymous35. I wanna be yours by John Cooper-Clarke
1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"What does that mean'tame'?" "It is an act too often neglected," saidthe fox. "Itmeans to establish ties." "Go and look againat the roses. Youwill understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present ofa secret." The little prince went away, to look again at the roses. "You are not at all like my rose," he said. "Asyetyou are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are likemy fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world." And the roses were very much embarrassed. "You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passer-by would thinkthat my rose looked just likeyouthe rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds ofyou other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that Ihave sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimeswhen she said nothing. Because she is my rose." And he went back to meet the fox. "Goodbye," he said. "Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to theeye." "What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated,so that he would be sure to remember. "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." "It is the time I have wasted for my rose" said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember. "Men have forgotten this truth," saidthe fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose..." "I am responsible for my rose," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
2. You've got a Friend in Me by Aimee Pryor
No matter what happens Or who is to blame Our friendship will forever Remain the same.
You've got a friend in me And I'll never go away Just you remember I'm here for you everyday.
Timothy, you've got a friend Who loves and cherishes you so No matter what life throws us
Our friendship will always grow. You've got a friend in me And I'll never go away Just you remember I'm here for you in every way.
Nothing can break the bond That our love has grown Our friendship can fight battles Strength in us, truly shown
You've got a friend in me And I'll never go away Just you remember I'm here for you everyday.
3. A Lovely Love Story by 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 Dinosaurs 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
4. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Pooh whispered Piglet. Yes, Piglet replied Pooh. Nothing, answered Piglet,
I just wanted to be sure of you. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without
you. Its so much more friendly with two. Pooh, promise me you wont forget about me, ever. Not even when I am a hundred.
Pooh thought for a little. How old shall I be then?
Ninety-nine. Pooh nodded. I promise, he said.
Some people care too much, I think its called love.
5. Yes Ill marry you my dear by Pam Ayres
Yes, Ill marry you, my dear. And heres the reason why. So I can push you out of bed When the baby starts to cry. And if we hear a knocking And its creepy and its late, I hand you the torch you see, And you investigate.
Yes Ill marry you, my dear, You may not apprehend it, But when the tumble-drier goes Its you that has to mend it. You have to face the neighbour Should our labrador attack him, And if a drunkard fondles me Its you that has to whack him.
Yes, Ill marry you, Youre virile and youre 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!!!
Its you who has to work the drill And put up curtain track, And when Ive got PMT its 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!!
6. Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney
Little Nut Brown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nut-brown Hare's very long ears. He wanted to be sure that Big Nut-brown Hare was listening. "Guess how much I love you," he said. "Oh, I don't think I could guess that, "said Big Nut-brown Hare. "This much, "said Little Nut-brown Hare, stretching out his arms as wide as they could go. Bid Nut-brown Hare had even longer arms. "But I love YOU this much," he said. Hmmm, that is a lot thought Little Nut-brown Hare. "I love you as high as I can reach, "said Little Nut-brown Hare. "I love you as high as I can reach, "said Big Nut-brown Hare. That is quite high, thought Little Nut-brown Hare. I wish I had arms like that. Then Little Nut-brown Hare had a good idea. He tumbled upside down and reached up the tree trunk with his feet. " I love you all the way up to my toes!" he said. "And I love you all the way up to your toes," said Big Nut-brown Hare, swinging him up over his head. " I love you as high as I can HOP!" laughed Little Nut-brown Hare, bouncing up and down. "But I love you as high as I can hop," smiled Big Nut-brown Hare-and he hopped so high that his ears touched the branches above. Thats good hopping, thought Little Nut-brown Hare. I wish I could hop like that. "I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river," cried Little Nut-brown Hare. That's very far, thought Little Nut-brown Hare. He was almost too sleepy to think anymore. Then he looked beyond the thorn bushes, out into the big dark night. Nothing could be further than the sky. "I love you right up to the MOON," he said, and closed his eyes. "Oh, that's far "said Big Nut Brown Hare. That is very far." Big Nut-brown Hare settled Little Nut-brown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, "I love you right up to the moon-AND BACK."
7. The Colour of My Love by David Foster & Arthur Janov
I'll paint a sun to warm your heart Knowing that we'll never part. I'll draw the years all passing by So much to learn, so much to try.