Choosing your wedding reading
1st July 2012
Whether you have opted for a religious or civil wedding ceremony, most couples will choose wedding readings. These are not a legal requirement, but they can really set the tone to your ceremony and add romance and even humour to your ceremony. Your reading can be in the form of poems, quotations, verses, prose passages, personal reflections, song lyrics or even an old love letter that you have written to your life partner in the past.
Ideally, all your readings should sincerely reflect to everyone how much you love your husband or wife-to-be, but how on earth do you choose what readings to have?
Having a large range of wedding readings to choose from will enable you to be an informed choice. If you decide to go with a poem, sit down with your partner and go through a list of them. Select one that tells the story of your love life and that both of you can personally relate to.
The next question will be who you should ask to read them. This is a really nice way to include a special friend or family member in your ceremony, who you have been unable to include in your bridal party. A close friend, or family member who knows the couple well and speak well in public will be most appropriate, as it can be seen as a sincere congratulatory message to the couple.
Talk to your Celebrant about where to find the most appropriate wedding readings, and where it should be included within your ceremony for maximum effect. A well chosen and appropriate wedding reading will help you add a special personal touch to your marriage ceremony, making sure it is both memorable and meaningful.