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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Best man Speech Examples, Template Ideas, Jokes, and Everything You Need...

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Groom speech tips: How to write the perfect groom speech

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Best man speech: Tried-and-tested best man jokes that will win over...

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Speech Advice: How to Confidently Deliver Your Wedding Speech

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6 Civil Ceremony Reading Ideas To Personalise Your Wedding

We recently shared six of our favourite wedding readings for religious ceremonies and today it’s the turn of civil ceremonies with six great ideas. Here,...

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10 Ways To Deliver The Perfect Wedding Speech

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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...

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