Wedding readings are a tradition that’s been passed on throughout the ages. We’ve got 10 top tips to help you pick the best reading piece suitable for you.
Personal to you
Try to choose a reading that sums you up as a couple. Think about something that talks about a subject that is close to your hearts – true love, family, never giving up and so on.
Is it appropriate?
Check with your officiant when choosing your readings, especially if you’re having a civil ceremony. Wedding readings at civil ceremonies cannot include religious references.
All about the delivery
When choosing your reader, pick someone who will speak clearly and confidently, and make sure they practice a few times in front of an audience before the big day.
Writing a reading
If someone is writing a reading or a poem themselves, check it beforehand. It must be suitable for the type of ceremony and you need to check that no embarrassing personal details have slipped in!
We love the classic reading from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres. Although it has been read many times, we never tire of it! It’s about staying together, even after the initial excitement of romance has burned away.
Is the reading self-contained? Pieces that need explanation or introduction may not work as well.
Is your reading the right length? A poem that is too short may be a bit weak, while a text that is too long might bore your guests!
Help with pronunciations
Check that the reader knows how to pronounce any tricky words or names – you don’t want them stumbling over the words while they’re stood in front of 100 people!
Love or marriage?
Is the text about marriage or falling in love? Your wedding day should celebrate the start of your marriage as well as your love.
Check out our fab wedding planning section, where you’ll find readings to suit every type of celebration.