Thursday, May 28, 2009

Shakespeare For Weddings

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.

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