ceremony readings logistics

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
11604 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
852 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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!

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