Readings at weddings can sometimes be lacklustre, but having children read is one way to attract and hold guests' attention. If you decide to have children do the readings, the excerpts must be age-appropriate and meaningful for children. Excerpts from children's literature, poems or movies work as passages that children can read at weddings.
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"Winnie the Pooh"
"Winnie the Pooh" is an iconic children's story. A.A. Milne's series, built on love and loyalty, works well for wedding readings.
"Us Two," a poem from "Now We Are Six"
Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going today?" says Pooh:
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.
"Hug o' War"
The works of Shel Silverstein, the iconic children's poet, are highly appropriate for children. This poem, which captures the pure goodness of love, describes an ideal world of peace with love as its champion:
I will not play at tug o' war
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses
And everyone grins
And everyone cuddles
And everyone wins.
"The Velveteen Rabbit"
The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, is a celebrated children book. In this excerpt, the Skin Horse goes onto discuss the nature of love. This passage is works because it celebrates eternal and unconditional love:
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, "or bit by bit?"
Another idea for a reading comes from Milne's "The House at Pooh Corner":
"Pooh, promise you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I'm a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"
"I promise," he said."
Other works to review include Disney movies like "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" as well as "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss
Keep the readings short; no more than 250 words. Let the child pick the reading or provide options. This will make them more comfortable come the big day. Read over the excerpts and have the children practice.
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