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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.

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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...

Bring some fun into your day with these quirky wedding readings

If you and your groom consider yourselves free spirits – if you feel you’re a little bit boho, a bit artistic, a bit creative...

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...

Thoughtful Wedding Readings For Your Big Day

Thoughtful Wedding Readings For Your Big Day From lighthearted, to serious and romantic, choose a wedding reading that reflects your type of ceremony the most! Depending on...
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The dos and dont’s 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...
10 groom gifts to surprise your man with on your wedding day

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...

5 of our favourite alternative wedding readings and poems

Why do people have readings at weddings? Well, we think it’s to express how you feel about the day, your emotions, what you think...
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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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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...

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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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...
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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...
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...

Should the bride make a speech at the wedding reception?

Traditionally it’s the bride’s father, the groom and the best man who say a few words, but these days we're seeing more and more...

Absent parents? Second marriage? Wedding speech tips for every situation

Not every wedding features a young bride and groom and two sets of happily married parents. So for those of you celebrating a civil...
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10 Ways To Deliver The Perfect Wedding Speech

10 Ways To Deliver The Perfect Wedding Speech You’ve written it, you’ve rehearsed it and now you have to deliver it. (gulp!) More people fear...

How to overcome nerves if you’re giving wedding reading or speech

Wedding readings and speeches are probably the most worried-about element of the big day – whether it's the bride or groom, a parent or...
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...
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,...
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...

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