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Wedding 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.

How to write a flawless father of the bride speech

We teamed up with Liz Ballinger, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa to bring you some killer father of the bride speech...
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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...

Father of the bride speech rules for 2018

Fathers of the brides are no longer shackled by out-dated etiquette but there’s certainly more pressure on you dads to be funny. Here, the...

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...
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The dos and don’ts of bride wedding speech making

As increasing numbers of brides are now writing and delivering their own words to guests, Martha Alexander reveals how you can own the mic...
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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...
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Best man speech: Tried-and-tested best man jokes that will win over...

Plan on cracking a few jokes during your best man speech? We look at the best tried-and-tested quips... Taking on the role of best man...

A guide to overcome wedding speech nerves!

A Guide To Overcome Wedding Speech Nerves... This ultimate speech guide will give the best tips and tricks to help anyone overcome wedding speech nerves, not...

These 10 hilarious wedding speeches will have your sides splitting!

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...

How to write the perfect mother of the bride speech

Planning to deliver a mother of the bride speech? Here's how to make it witty, warm and wonderful... Good news – more mothers are grabbing...

Speech guide: The traditional running order of wedding speeches

When it comes to wedding speeches, it's important to know who speaks when on the big day. We asked speech writing coach Lawrence Bernstein...
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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...

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 wedding readings for...

How to write the perfect 2018 groom speech

How To Write The Perfect 2018 Groom Speech! Speech etiquette has changed. Be thankful for this. A 2018 groom speech will no longer be a tedious list...
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Should More Women be Making Wedding Speeches?

With news that Meghan Markle will be making a speech at the royal wedding reception on Saturday, is it time to say goodbye to...

What To Mention In Your Groom’s Speech

Normally wedged between the father of the bride speech and the best man speech, the groom's speech needs to stand out! Here are the...

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....

10 Perfect Wedding Love Poems

10 Perfect Wedding Love Poems Poet and titleholder of Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi has created his personal list of the 10 best wedding...
From love poems and romantic film quotes to funny, quirky and cute wedding readings, use this guide to find the best civil ceremony reading ideas for you...

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,...
In most religious ceremonies you can include two readings, one chosen from religious wedding readings and one non-religious. Find yours here...

Religious Wedding Readings: 6 Romantic Ideas For Your Religious Ceremony

Wedding readings can personalise your ceremony, add meaning and give your loved ones a special role in the day. Here, we help you choose...

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