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I have only two regrets from my wedding day: that I didn’t have someone record the wedding speeches (I married an Irishman and they have long speeches at their weddings) and that we didn’t pick more meaningful readings for our ceremony. When I watch our wedding video I always fast forward through the readings. They were terribly cliche and fairly meaningless for both of us.

My husband and I chose biblical readings for our Christian ceremony but honestly, I just Googled “ceremony readings” and chose a few. I had been to only one wedding when we got married and was completely overwhelmed with the responsibility of choosing the readings and songs. It felt so monumental that I chose really traditional, middle-of-the-road readings that meant nothing to us as a couple.

Since I can’t change history (although I wish I could at least edit that darn wedding video!), I’ll leave you with a little advice about finding unique ceremony readings I wish I had taken myself!

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Choose ceremony readings that have meaning to you and your partner

Many couples are tasked with choosing only a small portion of their ceremony because they’re having a traditional church wedding. They’ll choose only the readings and they have to be from the Bible. I wouldn’t recommend my system of Googling ceremony readings – you’ll end up with the most overused ones!

At the risk of sounding really religious, try to dig into the Bible and find something that will have meaning for you and your partner for that day and for your marriage.

Have a friend read or even write a poem

Poetry is such a nice addition to a wedding ceremony. Do make sure to have whomever does the reading practice before hand – with poetry, the way it’s read is really important.

And I have to admit, I’ve heard “I Carry Your Heart” by E.E. Cummings at more weddings than I can count at this point!

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Read song lyrics

Song lyrics are another way to bring meaning into your ceremony readings, as many song lyrics can be read like a poem. Grab a bottle of wine on a quiet evening with your fiance and flip through your iTunes libraries to find one that reflects you as a couple. You can have someone read it or even sing it during your ceremony.

I have such an attachment to the songs we chose for our first dance (Sade’sBy Your Side) and my dance with my father (Emmylou Harris’sLove and Happiness– such a tear jerker!). Those would have been lovely to have as a part of our ceremony.

Share snippets of love letters

In this age of technology, I love the idea of reading a real letter aloud during a wedding ceremony. Whether it’s a letter you or your fiance wrote the other, or a letter one of your grandparents wrote their wife or husband during wartimes, this will bring a lovely sweet sentiment to your wedding. And you’ll get such a kick out of looking back through these old handwritten notes.






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