Post # 1
So…I have a number of ideas for wedding readings. I also have a few people in mind to ask for readings, but haven’t asked yet because I haven’t worked out the logistics yet.
Do you usually have one person each do one reading or can/should one person do mulitple? I have a few reading ideas that are pretty short so I thought maybe those could be read by same person.
How many is too many, both in number of readings and in number of readers? I have two readings I know I want…and then four more that I’m considering. I have 4 people in mind for asking to read.
Any other tips or advice when it comes to readings?
I also wouldn’t mind feedback on my wedding reading ideas if you have any. The ones I know I want are
To Love is Not to Possess by James Kavanaugh
Love by Roy Croft
The ones I’m considering, but not sure about are
Hope is the Things with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
Carrie’s Poem from Sex and the City
Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess
A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton
Post # 3
It really depends on the rest of your ceremony. We had 3 readings plus some talking and vows. That lasted just under 20 minutes.
How long do you want your ceremony to last?
Post # 4
I agree with AlwaysSunny – how long is your ceremony? We had a very short ceremony that was about 20 minutes, and had two readings.
As a guest, listening to six readings would be incredibly boring for me, so I’d suggest definitely not doing that many. If you’re having a short ceremony, I would say two or three readings is more than enough, and I would have different people do each one, rather than the same people doing multiple.
Post # 5
I had just one reading, a really personal peice about us as a couple by my best friend. It lasted only around 5 minutes. I love Jane Austen, so she linked a few quotes together for us. Our whole ceremony was around 45 minutes I think.
The same friend had four readings and four readers at her wedding.
I think any more than four readers would be too much, but if you have short peices then someone could read two. The readings themselves never seem to last very long, its the getting up and sitting down of the vairous readers that takes time. As always sunny says it depends how long you want your ceremony to last….I’d think about the number of children in that calculation!
Post # 6
thanks everyone for your replies! And to answer your question about length of ceremony, I’m not sure. I planned in timeline about 30 minutes snd I think that’d be as long as Id want it to be but that sounds long. We are anticipating about 175 guests with very few children. It will be outdoors.
thanks again for your input!