Whether you’re having a traditional style ceremony or choosing a more personal celebrant style Ceremony, there are some things to consider for making wedding readings more memorable…
MAKE IT ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE
Use familiar words that describe both of you as you are
FIND THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB
It is a good idea to find someone who isn’t in your main Wedding Party but who would like to play an important part in your Wedding Day, other than just being a Guest.
READINGS SHOULD REFLECT YOUR MODERN LIFE
Use contemporary sources of inspiration, such as song lyrics or quotes from films that you enjoy together.
YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY
Apart from the Wedding readings having to take place during your Wedding Ceremony, exactly when they happen can be up to you – whether you choose to have them before your Vows or after. If you’re having more than one reading, you could have one before then one after, or you could have them read together, it’s completely up to you.
MAKE SURE THE PERSON/PEOPLE DOING YOUR READINGS KNOW THE RUNNING ORDER OF YOUR CEREMONY
So, they know when to speak. Practice the Ceremony with them, and make sure they attend any rehearsals. (Always have a deputy reader who can step in at the last minute – just in case!)
CHOOSE THE LENGTH OF YOUR READING WISELY
Too short and it could be over in seconds, especially if your Speaker is nervous, or have it too long and your Guests will start to switch off halfway through. Make your reading long enough to be meaningful and important to you both.
LOOKING AT MODERN ROMANTIC READINGS?
Have a look at books such as The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (also a Film), or Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton
SOMETHING MORE COMICAL?
For more contemporary readings to provide your Guests with a laugh, take a look at “He never leaves the seat up – A word to husbands” by Ogden Nash or “Yes I’ll marry you my dear” by Pam Ayres.
PREPARE YOUR READINGS IN PLENTY OF TIME
Get them checked by your Registrar/Vicar/Celebrant as soon as possible, for reasons stated in point 10…
CHECK YOUR READINGS ARE APPROPRIATE TO YOUR CEREMONY
If you’re having a religious Ceremony, you will usually need to include at least one religious reading, however if you’re having a Civil Ceremony you should not include any element of religion.
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