There are all sorts of reasons why you may want a child to say some words as part of your wedding ceremony. Maybe you have younger brothers and sisters who would like to be given a special role or perhaps you both have children and step-children who want to be involved in the ceremony but aren’t quite grown up enough to be bridesmaids or groomsmen. If that’s the case, we think these four wedding readings for children are sure to raise a smile, a laugh and maybe a tear or two…

Young girl giving a wedding reading Four of the Best Wedding Readings for Children
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Four of the Best Wedding Readings for Children

The first poem we’ve chosen is called ‘On Your Wedding Day which talks about the journey that you will take as a couple…

‘On Your Wedding Day’

Unknown Author

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as husband and wife
It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’
And with luck all your hopes and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts

Young boy doing a wedding reading Four of the Best Wedding Readings for Children
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The view of a wedding day from a child’s perspective…

‘How Your Children See Your Day’

Sandra Cook

Today you’re getting married; some say you’re getting wed
There’s crowds of people in our house, and strangers in my bed!
We had to get up early, take breakfast all together
Allowed to have the TV on to listen to the weather
Shower time was hectic, should have seen the queue
Girls were taking twice as long and air was turning blue
Hair was being straightened, perfume being sprayed
Nails were being painted, the boys of course delayed
Lots of make-up lots of shoes, sparkles in the hair
Pretty cards and parcels, flowers everywhere
Everyone had new clothes, Dad even wore a suit
Mum is looking stunning, and I look kinda cute
Posh car turned up at the door, took my Mum away
Left me with the other kids but told I couldn’t play
Lots of photos lots of fuss, what’s it all about?
Parties are for having fun, there’s no need to shout!
Mummy looks real pretty, Daddy’s not too bad
Someone here is crying but doesn’t look real sad
Lots of people laughing, sometimes very loud
Then it goes all quiet, lady talking to the crowd
Daddy holds Mum closely, putting on a ring
Says some words and makes a speech and makes them cry again
Mummy takes another ring and puts it on his finger
Says some words and makes a speech and then we hear a singer
Someone says a poem, lots of people clap
Waking up the funny man who’s taking a quick nap
Now we are all standing, watching them both kiss
They look so very happy, think they call it bliss!
Time to do some writing in a great big book
And with all those cameras, which way shall we look?
Is it nearly over, can I go and play?
Lets come back tomorrow, we can do it all again

Here are a few classic lines from the poem ‘Love is Giving’…

‘Love is Giving’

Anon

Love is giving, not taking, mending, not breaking, trusting, believing,
never deceiving, patiently bearing and faithfully sharing each joy, every sorrow, today and tomorrow.

Love is kind, understanding, but never demanding.
Love is constant, prevailing, its strength never failing.
A promise once spoken for all time unbroken,
Love’s time is forever.

If there are several children you’d like to speak, why not get them to all stand up together as a team to give a few short quotes? In that case, we think this excerpt from Winnie The Pooh gets it absolutely right…

Winnie the Pooh

A. A. Milne

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” 

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” 

“We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
Even longer,’ Pooh answered.” 

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” 

Things to avoid with children’s readings

Firstly remember to make sure that the words are appropriate for children to read and nothing too complicated in terms of words if this is to be read by particularly young children. Plus, if you’re having a civil ceremony, then there should be no religious content.

Also, don’t expect children to read poems that are very long, for them the shorter, the better. They may start off confidently and then look around the room and become overtaken by shyness. Remember they’ll need lots of practice, so ask their parents and family to become involved and get them to help them.

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