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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.

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Father of the Bride Speech Guide

If you want to know how to write a flawless father of the bride speech for your daughter on her wedding day, here's your...

‘Dad Duties’ As Father Of The Bride

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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The Most Romantic Quotes for Your Wedding Day

Romantic quotes on love and marriage are great for your wedding day – they can fit in anywhere, from the wedding speeches and readings,...
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Wedding Readings: Wedding Reading Ideas for Every Kind of Ceremony 

Wedding readings can include everything from modern quotes from movies and non-religious readings inspired by songs to traditional wedding readings peppered with famous quotes....
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Best Wedding Readings for Children

If you have children, chances are, you'll want to include them in your wedding ceremony and there's nothing better than a wedding reading by...
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The Most Popular Modern Wedding Readings

Modern wedding readings can include everything from quotes from songs and movies to non-religious wedding readings that are alternative and funny. Be inspired by...
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The Most Romantic Disney Quotes for Your Wedding Speech

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...
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Funny Wedding Readings for 2019

Funny wedding readings are the new trend if you're getting married in 2019, but it can be hard to find a wedding reading with...

6 Of The Most Romantic Wedding Readings From Books

If you and your husband-to-be are lovers of literature, then fiction is a great place to start if you're looking for meaningful wedding readings....

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...

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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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...
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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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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,...
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Best man speech examples, template ideas, jokes and everything you need...

The best man speech is usually the most eagerly awaited of all the wedding speeches – so if you've been tasked with writing a...
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Groom speech tips: How to write the perfect groom speech for...

Want to know how to write the perfect groom speech? Professional speechwriter and founder of Great Speech Writing, Lawrence Bernstein, shares his tips on...