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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.

5 Alternative Wedding Readings and Poems

Alternative Wedding Readings and Poems

Looking for romantic wedding readings that will shed a few tears? Or maybe a funny wedding poem that will have your guests roaring with...

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...

Why You’ll Want A Bespoke Wedding Poem On Your Big Day…

Why You'll Want A Bespoke Wedding Poem On Your Big Day! Hamish Guerrini has been delighting wedding congregations for over twenty years with his heart-warming,...

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...
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 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!...

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...
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...

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...

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...

Fun And Quirky Wedding Readings With A Difference

Fun And Quirky Wedding Readings With A Difference If romantic wedding readings make you cringe rather than coo over your bride or groom-to-be, why not...

6 Questions Grooms Ask About Their Wedding Speech

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...

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...
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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...
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...

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...
For the best man, groom or even bride, planning wedding speeches can feel like a lot of pressure. Use these 3 wedding speech examples to make it simple

3 Real-Life Memorable Wedding Speech Examples That You Could Use Too!

These couples ramped up their speeches to make them a roaring success. Here, they reveal how you can do the same with their wedding...

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...
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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...

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...

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