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 feel involved was to do a reading at our ceremony. She loved it. She read this:

I Will Be Here by Steven Curtis Chapman

If in the morning when you wake,
If the sun does not appear,
I will be taking
If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand and have no fear,
I will be here.
I will be here,
When you feel like being quiet,
When you need to speak your mind I will listen.
Through the winning, losing, and trying we’ll be together,
And I will be here.

If in the morning when you wake,
If the future is unclear,
I will be here.
As sure as seasons were made for change,
Our lifetimes were made for years,
I will be here.
I will be here,
And you can cry on my shoulder,
When the mirror tells us we’re older.
I will hold you, to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me.
We’ll be together and I will be here.
I will be true to the promises I’ve made,
To you and to the one who gave you to me.
I will be here.

There are lots and lots of wedding readings for children. By Winnie the Pooh (well, AA Milne, but you know what I mean), the Owl and the Pussycat, the one that goes like this (by our old friend Anon):

readings for childrenToday 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 they’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

And actually, I wish I’d put a bit more thought into it. You can find some more ideas on our forum here

Whatever you decide on, be sure that the content is appropriate, is reflective of you, has the right level of emotion attached to it and conforms to the rules about the use of religious prose or poems at a civil ceremony (the same applies to music).

When I asked for Twitter and Facebook’s suggestions for this The Wedding Reporter Emma told me that she chose Meatloaf’s ‘For Crying Out Loud’ for her wedding. The words form a power ballad but also a great wedding reading:

For taking in the rain when I’m feeling so dry
For giving me the answers when I’m asking you why
And my oh my
For that I thank you

childrenFor taking in the sun when I’m feeling so cold
For giving me a child when my body is old
And don’t you know
For that I need you

For coming to my room when you know I’m alone
For finding me a highway and driving me home
And you gotta know
For that I serve you

For pulling me away when I’m starting to fall
For revving me up when I’m starting to stall
And all in all
For that I want you

For taking and for giving and for playing the game
For praying for my future in the days that remain
Oh yes, for that I hold you

Oh but most of all
For crying out loud
Don’t you know that I love you?

Other suggestions on wedding readings for children on our Facebook page are:

Rachel Wheeler: My brother, who will be 17, is going to read my favourite poem, which is called ‘I Carry Your Heart

Laura Robinson: Our 14 year old nephew is reading ‘The Lovely Other Dinosaur

Paula Blunden: My three children are giving me away in three days. Twin boys 15 and my daughter 17. My daughter is reading ‘He Never Leaves The Seat Up’ and my sons are reading alternate verses of ‘Today is a Day They Will Always Remember’

Hayley Bradford: My little sister, who is 12, is reading ‘The Apache Wedding Blessing’ at our church ceremony.

Whatever you do, choose the right person. It’s a great way to involve someone who’s special to you but doesn’t currently have a formal role in your wedding, or a step-parent who has been very much in your life.

Rachel x


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