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.

9 wedding speech rules from Speechy!

Etiquette guides just don’t cut it these days. Do we really need Debrett’s to tell us who to thank or who to toast? Surely we...

5 speech stories to inspire the best speech!

5 speech stories to inspire the best speech!   It’s always good to hear real wedding speech stories for a little inspiration before the big day!...
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The ultimate guide to giving a wedding speech

Like a free bar stocked with craft beers and Bollinger, giving a speech at your wedding is a sure-fire way of impressing not only...
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A quick and easy guide to the best wedding speech ever

You don’t need to feel that sinking feeling, the cold panic just before you are about to stand up and face a huge crowd....
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6 things that make a BRILLIANT best man’s speech

Public speaking isn't everyone's forté, but anyone can learn the qualities that every great public speaker has, according to speaking expert, Sarah Lloyd-Hughes. Sarah has...

How to overcome nerves if you’re giving wedding reading or speech

Wedding readings and speeches are probably the most worried-about element of the big day – whether it's the bride or groom, a parent or...

Absent parents? Second marriage? Wedding speech tips for every situation

Not every wedding features a young bride and groom and two sets of happily married parents. So for those of you celebrating a civil...
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Marvin Humes reveals how to be the perfect groom

As Marvin Humes and wife Rochelle Wiseman are revealed as the new hosts of This Morning, the new dad and ex-JLS heartthrob still maintains...
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How long will the best man’s speech last? Now you can...

After the bride’s dress, the best man’s speech is the most exciting part of any wedding day. Guests have long wagered how long the...
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Do you need help with your best man speech? Try this…

Is your best man struggling with his speech for the big day? Do you think he needs a little helping hand? Don't let him...

Essential wedding speech tips from real-life grooms and their best men

You know what most men dread about getting married? It’s having to get up in front of a room full of people and make...

How to write and deliver a medal-winning wedding speech

Remember the Olympics? The drama? The nail biting finales? Just imagine how the competitors and athletes must have felt – not unlike the groom...

How to choose and deliver the perfect wedding reading

If you're planning on celebrating your love with a heartfelt extract or poem, we've got 10 top tips that will help you pick the...

10 things you need to mention when saying your marriage vows

The promises you make to one another on your wedding day are very special and very important. Some couples like to write their own...

Should the bride make a speech at the wedding reception?

Traditionally it’s the bride’s father, the groom and the best man who say a few words, but these days we're seeing more and more...

Alternative wedding readings and music that you’ll just love!

The readings and music you choose to help you celebrate your wedding should be very personal to you and reflect your hopes and dreams...

Wow your guests with our top tips for a wedding speech

Your friends and family have all gathered together to celebrate your big day and at some point they’re going to want to hear all...

Plan your modern wedding readings with these top tips

Get your wedding readings right from the start and you'll have everyone hanging on your every word. Get it wrong and your wedding could...

The groom’s speech – 10 top tips for writing the perfect...

Is your h2b worried about his big wedding speech? Simply get him to follow our fab tips for writing the groom's speech from top...
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The bride’s speech – Top tips for delivering that all-important speech

When you think about wedding speeches, the first things that come mind are probably the best man's speech, the groom's speech or the father...