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.

You want a memorable wedding speech, but you also want to follow tradition and make sure you know what to say and when. These wedding speech tips help

14 Wedding Speech Tips To Deliver An Epic Speech

On the hunt for wedding speech tips? Whether you're the groom, best man or father of the bride, these words of wisdom will have...

Fun And Quirky Wedding Readings With A Difference

Fun And Quirky Wedding Readings With A Difference If romantic wedding readings make you cringe rather than coo over your bride or groom-to-be, why not...
For the best man, groom or even bride, planning wedding speeches can feel like a lot of pressure. Use these 3 wedding speech examples to make it simple

3 Real-Life Memorable Wedding Speech Examples That You Could Use Too!

These couples ramped up their speeches to make them a roaring success. Here, they reveal how you can do the same with their wedding...
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10 Ways To Deliver The Perfect Wedding Speech

10 Ways To Deliver The Perfect Wedding Speech You’ve written it, you’ve rehearsed it and now you have to deliver it. (gulp!) More people fear...

6 Questions Grooms Ask About Their Wedding Speech

Wedding speech expert Lawrence Bernstein has answered every speech-related question under the sun from anxious grooms. Here are the answers to six frequently asked...

The 5 Worst Wedding Speech Mistakes To Avoid On Your Wedding...

5 Of The Worst Wedding Speech Mistakes To Avoid On Your Wedding Day Exes on the guest list. Calorie counting on your wedding day. The...
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6 Types Of Best Man Speech And What To Expect

One of the groom's tasks is to choose their best man for the wedding, and there's a lot to consider before making that decision....

The Best Man Speech: 5 Things To Avoid!

The Best Man Speech: 5 Things To Avoid... Let's be honest, if you had to pick the most challenging of wedding speeches, it would have...

Why a Toastmaster could prevent all stress on the big day…

If you have decided to rope in the help of a planner to organise everything in the lead up to your big day, brides...
Can children give speeches at weddings? Older children might embrace the moment to raise a glass and say a few words, but for littler ones, try these ideas

Can children give speeches at weddings?

Wedding breakfasts are characterised by a slew of speeches, traditionally given by the groom, the father of the bride and the best man. But,...

What to do if you don’t want to give a speech

Speeches may be traditional, but they’re not for everyone. We’re here to help you plan your dream wedding – speeches or no speeches, so...
The ultimate guide to modern wedding readings, with the 10 things you need to know to choose the best speakers and the perfect words for your big day

Word perfect: 10 things you need to know about modern wedding...

10 things you need to know to make your modern wedding readings memorable. These reading ideas, tips for planning and help for your speakers...

Two men, One speech – and how to smash it!

The joint best man speech is the trickiest in the book. Done badly, it can come across like a dodgy variety act. Do it...

4 types of readings that will be remembered at your wedding

Wedding readings: they add a special touch, give your loved ones a role to play and make the magical blur of your ceremony more...
7 things not to do in your groom's speech to write a winning wedding speech that will have your guests and - importantly - your new wife gushing!

7 things NOT to do in your groom’s speech

While many brides are now stepping up to say a few words at their weddings, the groom’s speech is a tradition that isn’t going...

What we’ve learnt from this summer’s speech season!

As the evenings draw in and the leaves start to fall, most people mourn the end of summer. Not us. At Great Speech Writing...
Want the BEST bridesmaid speech EVER? Step aside boys, the girls are here! With guidance usually geared to guys, here's the lowdown on how your girls can nail their bridesmaid speech

Girl talk! How to nail the bridesmaid speech

More and more brides and bridesmaids aren’t leaving it all to the boys, they want their extra few minutes in the limelight, too! Here...

5 top tips for delivering the best wedding speech

You know if the father of the bride starts his speech with, ‘I won’t talk for too long,’ you are doomed. Children fall asleep...

Visual aids to entertain during your speech!

A wedding speech should be just less than ten minutes. That doesn’t sound long but actually, unless you have really great material, watching someone speak...

We’re talking wedding traditions! – Where are they headed?

Weddings are as unique as the couple making a commitment to one another - a fact that, if you’ve spent any time reading bridal...