Readings are one of the easiest ways to personalise your wedding ceremony and what type you choose will depend on your venue – religious readings and hymns, for example, are not permitted in a civil ceremony location.
Having readings at your ceremony is also a great way of including a special friend or relative in the day, especially if you haven’t been able to choose them as a member of the main bridal party. I often find couples sometimes are really stuck for ideas for readings so will often suggest that they ask the close family or friend to choose one for them as this can be more personal and have more meaning.
Check with your officiant when choosing your readings, especially if you’re having a civil ceremony. Wedding readings at civil ceremonies cannot include any religious references whatsoever. This is by no means restrictive, though. Think about all the other ideas you could have – song lyrics from your favourite tune, funny quotes from films or how about a childhood poem or story?
When you’re choosing who you’d like to do a reading, pick someone who will speak clearly and confidently. Make sure they practice it a few times in front of an audience (or a mirror!) before the big day so they can get their confidence. I would also recommend that they try learning a piece off by heart as this is a good thing to do as it will stop the reader looking down so often. If you choose a younger guests to do a reading, make sure they are confident and happy with the piece and that there are no long, difficult words.
How about injecting some fun and laughter in to your wedding ceremony? Including a fun, lighthearted wedding reading will guarantee smiles amongst your guests.
Here is one of my favourites but also a lighthearted classic…
Yes, I’ll marry you – Pam Ayres
Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear,
And here’s the reason why;
So I can push you out of bed
When the baby starts to cry,
And if we hear a knocking
And it’s creepy and it’s late,
I hand you the torch you see,
And you investigate.
Yes I’ll marry you, my dear,
You may not apprehend it,
But when the tumble-drier goes
It’s you that has to mend it,
You have to face the neighbour
Should our labrador attack him,
And if a drunkard fondles me
It’s you that has to whack him.
Yes, I’ll marry you,
You’re virile and you’re lean,
My house is like a pigsty
You can help to keep it clean.
That sexy little dinner
Which you served by candlelight,
As I do chipolatas,
You can cook it every night!
It’s you who has to work the drill
and put up curtain track,
And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,
I do see great advantages,
But none of them for you,
And so before you see the light,
I do, I do, I do!
Keep an eye out in future blog posts as I will be sharing lots of different examples of wedding readings to give you some inspiration!
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