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Ceremony Readings For Your Wedding

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Asking someone to read at your wedding is a beautifully personal request. It’s a way of keeping those you love included without inviting the guest-zilla to take over!

Maybe you’ve already got a reading in mind or perhaps you’d like your guest to take the lead on finding the piece. If you’re choosing the latter they’ll probably be grateful for a little guidance on the style of reading you are hoping for.

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When it comes to choosing your reading there are no hard and fast rules if it is a Celebrant lead ceremony. However, if you are having a Civil Ceremony you need to be aware that they can refuse anything that may be considered religious. As an example a couple I know were told they could not have the lyrics of ‘God only Knows What I be without you’ by the Beach boys as a reading.

Finding the right reading for you is part of the Complete Celebrant Package and the Ceremony Creation Only package offer by Uniquely You Ceremonies. I also offer speech training for those feeling a little nervous of public speaking. Please visit the website for more info or drop an email to

Below are a few tasters to get you started – Enjoy!

The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nanna came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

A lovely love story – Edward Monkton

Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernières

An Irish Blessing

The Art of Marriage - Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Love Sonnet 17 - Pablo Neruda

The Wedding Singer - Tim Herlihy

The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks

How I Met Your Mother

Ruth (1:16-17)

A Blessing for the Journey (buddhist Prayer)

The Princess and the Frog - Never Knew I needed - NeYo

The Princess Bride - William Goldman

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