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Readings and Speeches

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.

Any public speaking can be daunting, but this handy section will guide you through and give you top tips on how to deliver a speech or reading to remember.

Simply choose from our ‘Wedding Readings and Speeches’ posts below to start planning your wedding like a pro.

Mother of the Bride Speech Guide

Planning to deliver a mother of the bride speech at your daughter's wedding? Here's some wedding speech advice on how to make your words...

The Most Popular Wedding Readings for Modern Ceremonies

Finding some suitable words to say (or have said) when you tie the knot is going to be a big part of your planning...

Thoughtful Wedding Readings for Your big day

From lighthearted to romantic and maybe even serious, choose from our favourite wedding readings that reflect your type of ceremony and who you are...
5 Alternative Wedding Readings and Poems

Alternative Wedding Readings and Poems

Looking for romantic wedding readings that will shed a few tears? Or maybe a funny wedding poem that will have your guests roaring with...

Four of the Best Wedding Readings for Children

There are all sorts of reasons why you may want a child to say some words as part of your wedding ceremony. Maybe you...

Father of the Bride Duties: Things Your Dad can do for...

Father of the bride duties are important - your dad is a big part of your wedding day and should be made to feel...
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Bring Some fun Into Your day With These Quirky Wedding Readings

If you and your partner aren't ones for tradition and are looking to inject a bit of fun into your wedding reception, why not...
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Make Your Guests Laugh With These Funny Wedding Readings

It can be hard to write a speech that gets everyone laughing without recycling over-used puns and one-liners. Why not take some inspiration from...
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Disney Quotes for Your Wedding Speech: The Most Romantic Wedding Readings...

There are plenty of subtle ways you can incorporate Disney into your wedding day – whether it’s choosing Disney-inspired wedding readings, Disney love songs...

Speech Guide: The Traditional Running Order of Wedding Speeches

Confused about the running order of speeches for your wedding day? Expert speech writer Lawrence Bernstein tells us who, traditionally, should speak first. Here's your guide...
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A Valentine’s Proposal: How to Make a Declaration of Love

With Valentine's Day 2019 nearly upon us, there's no better time for brides-to-be to make a declaration of love. Here's how to write your fiancé...
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27 of the Most Romantic Quotes to use in Your Wedding

Romantic quotes on love and marriage are great for your wedding day – they can fit in anywhere, from the speeches and readings to...
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Who Does Wedding Speeches From the Bridal Party?

Traditionally, speeches have always been made by the father of the bride, the groom and the best man. Three blokes and only one of...

10 Hilarious Wedding Speeches

Whether you're the groom, best man or the father of the bride, or if you have just been asked to make a speech at...

7 Non-Cheesy Wedding Readings for Long-Term Couples

If you've been together for many years, you'll want a special reading that reflects that. Here are some of the best non-cheesy wedding readings...
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4 of the Best Wedding Speeches Ever

Whether you're a groom, best man or father of the bride, here's four of the best wedding speeches ever to provide you with some...
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How to Write a Flawless Father of the Bride Speech

If you want to know how to write a flawless father of the bride speech for your daughter on her wedding day, we've teamed...
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5 Real Speeches to Make Your Guests Laugh

Ready to raise your glass to word-perfect wedding speeches? Do you want the whole room to be roaring with laughter or holding back happy...
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Wedding Speech Tips That’ll wow Your Guests

Giving a speech at any time can be incredibly nerve-wracking, let alone at a wedding. Wedding speeches can really take your audience on an...
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5 Alternative Wedding Speech Ideas

Weddings: the time when many of us are expected to suddenly become expert orators, effortlessly delivering a speech that perfectly balances sentimentality and humour,...