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the wedding ceremony
|Having a friend or relative read a poem or other selection during the ceremony is a way to include someone important who isn't in your wedding party.
It helps to know they can, in fact, speak reasonably well in public settings.
It's a rule (or should be) of public speaking that one should never attempt to read what one doesn't first understand.
Don't have a friend read a dense and complex poem if he or she can't take the time and energy to "take the poem apart" and understand it first!
Have your friend read the selection for you, so you can check for mispronounced words, etc.
It will pay off for you on the wedding day when the reading is an integral and meaningful part of the wedding!