Wedding Readings and Speeches

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.

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...

A valentines proposal: Nothing says i love you like…

The most romantic day of the year is upon us. Or (more relevantly at Wedding Ideas) if you’re getting married. In which case it...

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...

Raise your glass to a toast-worthy speech!

Expert speech advice from Michael Parker's The Wedding Speech Made Easy featured in issue 168 helping you with planning, speaking and delivering your big...
If public speaking has you feeling a little uneasy, you'll love these 5 alternatives to the traditional wedding speech that will take the pressure off and ensure your speech is a winner!

5 alternatives to the traditional wedding speech

Weddings: the time when many of us are expected to suddenly become expert orators, effortlessly delivering a speech that perfectly balances sentimentality and humour,...

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...

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 styles and stories to inspire the best speeches!

It’s always good to have a bit of inspiration when it comes to thinking about your wedding speeches, so we asked the Speechy experts to... Danielle & Jordan Colour-593

10 ways to deliver the perfect wedding speech

You’ve written it, you’ve rehearsed it and now you have to deliver it. Yikes! More people fear public speaking than being buried alive but... 774

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... SEAN_ELLIOTT_PHOTOGRAPHY-83

Which members of the bridal party should give a wedding speech?

We've got the wedding speech experts at Speechy to give us the lowdown on who should really give a speech. Traditionally, it was the father... Danielle & Jordan Colour-619

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....

Wedding Ideas is dedicated to helping you plan your big day no matter what your budget. Its number one for real weddings and great planning ideas for bride, groom, bridesmaids, hen, stag, dress, flowers, cakes and much more!
£9.99 FOR 3 ISSUES


£19.99 FOR 6 ISSUES


Wedding Ideas


Rachel Southwood
Leshna Pirie