Tear-jerking (but not too romantic) family wedding readings for all your sisters and pals #Ceremony Advice#ceremony#family#readings#secular April 11 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Worlds Okayest Sister Mug from Mix Mugs My older sister has given me a TON of advice throughout my life, no less so throughout the process of planning my wedding. I want to find a poem or reading to ask her to read that expresses how important this advice has been without being too sappy or evoking God's perspective too much or too bluntly. A lot of readings I come across are more specifically about the couple committing to one another, and I'd like something more along the lines of seeing a new couple through this life stage and supporting them as they beginning their journey as married folk. Related Post Bookish couples: 18 wedding readings from literature to tickle your amygdala Bookish couples: we know you and we love you. So we're sharing a whole new batch of killer wedding readings just for you. We've got... Read more Yes! This is an amazing way to thank you sister for all her advice and love. The trick is, of course, finding that one reading. When it comes to non-lovely-dovey readings, there are tons to choose from in the vein of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. And then there are always funny readings and even more children's books from which to pull. We'll never know exactly what your sister means to you, but here are a few readings, excerpts, and poems for a sister (or any family or community member) to read at the ceremony… "I Rely on You," by Hovis Presley I rely on you like a camera needs a shutter like a gambler needs a flutter like a golfer needs a putter like a buttered scone involves some butter I rely on you like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve like a hairpin needs a drastic curve like an HGV needs endless derv like an outside left needs a body swerve I rely on you like a handyman needs pliers like an auctioneer needs buyers like a laundromat needs driers like The Good Life needed Richard Briers I rely on you. From On Beauty by Zadie Smith “People talk about the happy quiet that can exist between two loves, but this, too, was great; sitting between his sister and his brother, saying nothing, eating. Before the world existed, before it was populated, and before there were wars and jobs and colleges and movies and clothes and opinions and foreign travel — before all of these things there had been only one person, Zora, and only one place: a tent in the living room made from chairs and bed-sheets. After a few years, Levi arrived; space was made for him; it was as if he had always been. […] He did not consider if or how or why he loved them. They were just love: they were the first evidence he ever had of love, and they would be the last confirmation of love when everything else fell away.” From The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon “It never takes longer than a few minutes, when they get together, for everyone to revert to the state of nature, like a party marooned by a shipwreck. That's what a family is. Also the storm at sea, the ship, and the unknown shore. And the hats and the whiskey stills that you make out of bamboo and coconuts. And the fire that you light to keep away the beasts.” From All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham All of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school. These are the things I learned… Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things that aren't yours. Say sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Give them to someone who feels sad. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day. Take a nap every afternoon. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. "I Love My Family So Much" by Filoi Hemopo To be apart of a family like mine is so divine where love is shown hurt is shared our love for each other is never impaired we talk we laugh we cry but we are a family and we do it all together for as a family we do it all as one for we are family a family full of strength a family full of love a family no one can touch that's why I love my family so much my family is my life and always will be forever From Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen “What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed there, regardless.” "Family Comes Together" by Glaedr the poet Family comes together For always and forever In sickness and in health In poverty or in wealth Family comes together For always and forever Without any reason Anytime or any season Family comes together For always and forever In death or in life In happiness or in strife Family comes together For always and forever In anger or in kindness Whether all seeing or in blindness Family comes together For always and forever Whether for work or for play They somehow find a way For family to come together Because families are forever Lighthearted wedding readings to make you laugh AND cry We already gave you awesome wedding readings for bad-ass couples, but what if you're less bad-ass and more wonderfully weird? Here are some wedding readings taken from Dr. Seuss, Neil… Read More Sweet, serious, and non-gaggy: a few of y'all's very favorite wedding readings about love When we're doing our wedding profiles, we noticed some trends in nontraditional readings… readings that clearly Offbeat Brides tend to adore. Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Two daredevils had an indoor skydiving elopement (dressed as pirates!) 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