Including a reading or readings is yet another way to make your wedding ceremony unique and extra special to you. Readings can express how you feel about marrying each other, can be a way of sharing words that have special significance for the two of you, be a way to express what you understand by marriage or love, and what you hope for in your marriage to each other.
From poetic to profound
There are readings that cover the whole range from deeply religious to sentimental, to poetic and profound, to outright funny. Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places you’ll go” is a classic in the joyful and humorous line. You may ask the officiant to do some, all, or none of the readings. Again, this is an excellent way of including or honouring family members or friends by inviting them to do a reading. You may choose the reading for them or have them choose a reading, subject to your approval, of course. It’s a good idea to know before you even invite anyone to do a reading, that this particular person will be comfortable giving a reading in front of you and the wedding guests. Some people may be delighted and honoured, but absolutely terrified of actually getting up there and doing it.
When do you do wedding readings?
Readings usually come early on in the ceremony, for example, after the Address to the Guests or the Address to the Couple. Two readings are about right. Any more than that, and the ceremony starts to become more of a show than a ceremony, with too many people coming back and forth from their seats to participate. It can break the flow of the ceremony. But if it is done smoothly, it adds an extra dimension.
Rehearse wedding readings
If you are planning to have readings, blessings, or rituals of any kind, it is a very good idea to have a rehearsal so that everyone has a chance to practise what they will be doing, and to get comfortable with whatever part they are playing in your ceremony.
Ask Catherine if you have questions about how to plan your ceremony or send a query to check availability of dates to schedule your special day—leave plenty of time if you can, but don’t hesitate to ask.