I know we just did “Wedding Sonnets”, but reading Bardisms recently got me thinking about all those great couple-liners strewn throughout the works that can be used for so much more than just standing up and doing a reading (ala Sonnet 116).
So I’m curious to open it up a bit more broadly. Think about all the different spots in a wedding where a nice Shakespaere quote might fit :
* formal reading to those in attendance
* a toast, either before or after the ceremony
* well wishes from a guest as the videocamera and microphone are passed around
* advice for parents to children
* lines spoken directly from husband to wife, or vice versa
* notes of thanks from wedding couple to groomsmen / bridesmaids
..and so on.
For instance on the card for one of my groomsmen, who I knew would “get it”, I wrote “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he who stands with me today shall be my brother.” I then went on to explain to him my subtle joke – I’d left out the “shed blood” part, figuring there’ll be plenty of that now that I’m married. *badump*
So who else has got some good lines? Pick a context (“advice from father to son”, etc…) and then let us have it.