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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How long will the best man’s speech last? Now you can...

After the bride’s dress, the best man’s speech is the most exciting part of any wedding day. Guests have long wagered how long the...
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4 of the best wedding speeches EVER

Whether you're a groom, best man or father of the bride, these four brilliant wedding speeches provide some wonderful inspiration... We love a good speech...
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Do you need help with your best man speech? Try this…

Is your best man struggling with his speech for the big day? Do you think he needs a little helping hand? Don't let him...

Essential wedding speech tips from real-life grooms and their best men

You know what most men dread about getting married? It’s having to get up in front of a room full of people and make...

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...

The most popular wedding readings for modern ceremonies

A wedding without a reading is a bit like a bride without a bouquet… Finding some suitable words to say (or have said) when you...

Make your guests laugh with these funny wedding readings

A wedding is a serious occasion – after all you’re making a huge commitment to one another to spend the rest of your lives...

How to write and deliver a medal-winning wedding speech

Remember the Olympics? The drama? The nail biting finales? Just imagine how the competitors and athletes must have felt – not unlike the groom...

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...

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...

10 things you need to mention when saying your marriage vows

The promises you make to one another on your wedding day are very special and very important. Some couples like to write their own...

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...

Alternative wedding readings and music that you’ll just love!

The readings and music you choose to help you celebrate your wedding should be very personal to you and reflect your hopes and dreams...

Wow your guests with our top tips for a wedding speech

Your friends and family have all gathered together to celebrate your big day and at some point they’re going to want to hear all...

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...

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...
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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...

Wedding Speech Tips that’ll Wow Your Guests!

Giving a wedding speech can be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of the big day. So we caught up with leading speech writer, commentator...

10 Wedding Vows for a Happy Marriage

Writing wedding vows for the biggest day of your life can sometimes feel a bit daunting But the best bit is yet to come –...

Wedding readings for children – our best suggestions

At my wedding, I inherited the most beautiful step-daughter who was 10. We decided that the best way for her to be involved and...

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