Can I skip the readings? Any reading alternatives?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My cousin in law is a teacher.  She had friends read a children’s book called I really Like You…or something like that.  I thought it was nice.  My husband thought it was the dumbest thing ever.  Go figure.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 3
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Of course you can skip them. We did. Our ceremony was 6 minutes flat and everyone loved it. 

Post # 4
3250 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Letshaveakiki:  Absolutely you can skip them. When I was looking into readings I had a hard time finding something. When I talked about it with my husband (then FI), he said that he thought the only reasons to have a reading are:

1) You have a favorite reading that you absolutely want included in the day.

2) You have a person that you really want to include as part of the day and they aren’t a bridesmaid/groomsman/etc….

So we did not have a reading and no one missed it. We did do a winebox/love letter ceremony that people liked and seemed to fit us better.

Post # 5
2501 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Taeyers:  I have a feeling our ceremonies will be similar lol

Our reverand ( we found him online) gave us a nice packet of stuff to pick and choose from so we are just doing that. I am aiming for 20 min ceremony lol mainly to appease my mom who states that we can’t have a short ceremony

Letshaveakiki:   we are skipping the unity candle stuff and any bible verses/prayers as we arent very religious

Its your ceremony make it your own. You are getting married- not putting on a show


Post # 6
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Yeah why not??  We didn’t have any readings, any unity stuff, any blessings, etc.  Just the officiant talking about what marriage means to us, then our vows, then the ring exchange, then the pronouncement, then the smooch!

If you do want a reading, there are a ton of good online resources.  Here’s one:

Post # 7
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We are having our friend marry us and have decided to do our own vows and have him just talk about us. No formal readings. We wanted it to be personal.

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