If you have children, chances are, you’ll want to include them in your wedding ceremony and there’s nothing better than a wedding reading by a child. From easy-to-read short and sweet quotes for children to say at your ceremony, to more meaningful and thoughtful excerpts for the older kids to read, we’ve rounded up the best wedding readings for children…
Best Wedding Readings for Children
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’ve got the best wedding readings for children which are sure to raise a smile, a laugh and maybe a tear or two…
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 by Anon
“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.”
The view of a wedding day from a child’s perspective…
How Your Children see Your day by 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.”
My Advice by Anon
If you and your partner already have children together, then this poem is a great choice for them to read on your wedding day.
“Mum and Dad Get married today,
I’d Like to help them on their way.
So here’s some special advice from me,
To help them with our family.
Keep our house filled with laughter
Let’s have fun forever after.
Keep the drawer filled up with sweets,
And give us children lots of treats.
Make sure you spend time together,
To keep your happiness forever.
Make sure you spend lots on us,
And then us kids won’t make a fuss.
But the most important thing for you,
Is to show your love in all you do.
A caring word, a kiss, a touch,
And those family cuddles that mean so much.”
Here are a few classic lines from the perfect poem for children to read, Love is Giving…
Love is Giving by 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.”
Oh, the Places You’ll go by Dr Seuss
If you’re looking for funny wedding readings for your ceremony, a Dr Suess quote is perfect for a child to read at your wedding ceremony…
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.”
Disney Wedding Readings for Children
If there are several children you’d like to speak at your wedding ceremony, why not get them to all stand up together as a team to give a few short quotes? In this case, we think this excerpt from Winnie The Pooh gets it absolutely right…
Winnie the Pooh by 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.
‘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.'”
Quote From Pocahontas
If you’re a Disney-loving bride and want an excuse to incorporate a little Disney quotes into your wedding ceremony, then this is it. This beautiful extract from Pocahontas is a great wedding reading for children and it will be appreciated by both children and adults alike…
“If I never knew you,
If I never felt this love,
I would have no inkling of,
How precious life can be,
And if I never knew you,
I would never have a clue,
How at last I’d find in you,
The missing part of me.”
Wedding Ceremony Readings for Children: Dos and Don’ts
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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