Usually I don’t think much of blogging about non-news stories like some random schmoe posting some too-cute-by-half idea, unless and until something explodes, bursts into flames or undergoes spontaneous proton reversal. But this bad idea is the sort of simple thing that a lot of people could grab onto thinking it’s awesome, only later coming to really, really regret it. Why do I bother to bring it up? Because I’m a caring guy, that’s why. Same reason why I have said “no” to the idea of doing wedding photography… I may have a camera, a few skills and a little talent, but the risk of flubbing the task is high, and ruined wedding photos seem like the sort of minor First World problem that could cause anger that would last decades. So, without further ado, here’s this thing:
Instead of a guestbook, have each guest highlight their favorite Bible verse and sign their name beside it. They will use this as their family Bible for years to come. Such a great idea! This is a GREAT idea!
How is this a bad idea? Two ways spring immediately to mind:
1) How many people actually have favorite Bible verses? Honestly?
2) Fark.com is *all* over this: there are some Bible verses that might be kinda interestin’ from a wedding standpoint.
Proverbs 23:27 – For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
Ezekiel 23:20 – For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
Deuteronomy 25:5 – If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her.
Genesis 19:32 – Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
Proverbs 21:19 – It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
And there was this wise comment:
What if you’re a guest at this wedding and are not a believer? Should you just highlight something from the copyright page?
Granted, if you have been invited to someone’s wedding, they are probably not expecting you to be a dick. But this is just an open door invite to any smartasses who may show up… especially if booze is involved. And from what I’m led to understand not all wedding parties are filled with people entirely thrilled with the choices being made… parents who think the forthcoming son/daughter-in-law ain’t good enough for their precious snowflake, former boy/girlfriends, secret admirers, etc.
Still, I think Problem #1 is the biggie.