(Closed) As a guest, how do you feel about readings at a ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Reading ata ceremony - How do you feel?
    I enjoy readings and will have them at my ceremony : (75 votes)
    34 %
    I enjoy reading but they will not be at my ceremony : (4 votes)
    2 %
    I don't care eaither way : (35 votes)
    16 %
    I find them borning and they prolong a ceremony : (101 votes)
    46 %
    they really add something special for me as a guest : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m not the least bit religious [agnostic], so I prefer to get in and get out. Short, sweet ceremonies are what I enjoy! See the pretty bridal party, see the bride, exchange rings, and then to the after party!

    That’s pretty much how our ceremony will go =].

    Post # 4
    1880 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Readings are soooooooo boring. I never pay attention. I use that time to check my email or facebook.

    Post # 5
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re not doing readings! We’re having 2 officiants that both know us well so since we’re having 2 sermons I don’t want to make people sit through anything superfluous!

    Post # 7
    539 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I think readings can be nice if they are brief. I think this is a really nice way important close family or friends that wouldnt be a part of the wedding otherwise. Particularly those that might not be thee right age for a bridal party, such as a close aunt or uncle. I think keeping them few and brief is important though. There are also plenty if nice, non-religious readings!

    Post # 8
    16195 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I personally enjoy them because I think they reflect a couple’s personality. During my ceremony, it wasn’t our vows that made me start crying, but one of our readings. After the ceremony, we received several compliments on our choices.

    Of course, the briefer the reading…the better. 😉

    Post # 9
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I also enjoy readings that are brief. Even if they are ones I’ve heard before, I think it’s nice to take the opportunity to reflect on what love and marriage mean.

    Post # 10
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I really enjoy them, but only if the reading is interesting and delivered well.  If it’s the same old Corinthians I’ve heard a thousand times before, I get bored. If the speaker talks too fast or too quiet, I tune out. And if the speaker fidgets or seems uncomfortable, I fixate on them.

    The readings have been the most memorable part to a couple of recent weddings I’ve attended, but mainly because the reader chose a good reading and delivered it well.  We had two readings for our wedding ceremony and got really great feedback from the guests.

    If you want to do a reading, i’d suggest trying to find something unique, not too long, and truly reflective of you.  

    Post # 11
    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @faeriehazel:  +1

    Whatever happened to celebrating the marriage CEREMONY. These days it seems like all people want is an excuse to have a party



    Post # 12
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I enjoy readings, though I admit I do tire of 1st Corinthians. I’m Catholic, and having a Catholic ceremony, so I don’t a super short ceremony without readings. I picked readings that are not overdone, and that aren’t too long.  

    Post # 13
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I find most readings to be very religious, and we won’t really be having those at our wedding.  However my close friend had a reading from Winnie The Pooh at her wedding and it was so lovely.  I don’t hate them if they aren’t the same old same old bible readings.

    Post # 14
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I like them when they are well chosen. We had 2 readings and our ceremony was still very short. I have a PhD in Classics, so we chose one reading from antiquity. We used a passage from Plato’s Symposium about the nature of love (people used to have two faces, 4 arms, and 4 legs, but the gods got jealous of them and split them apart and we spend our lives searching for our other half). Our other reading was more traditional, for the family, really–the 1 Corinthians passage with Love is Patient, etc. This was a good passage for us even though it’s common because it’s fairly short and it doesn’t have anything in it about obeying. We got some compliments on the Plato passage, so I assume guests enjoyed it.

    I’d much rather sit through a reading or two than a unity ceremony, that’s for sure.

    Post # 15
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    im having a catholic wedding so readings aren’t optional – cant skip them!

    problem is you have to choose one from Old Testament and one from New Testament and in the OT there is very little choice! Its basically Genesis, Tobit or Song of Songs.

    I do think that some readings are so commonly used that they almost don’t seem meaningful anymore. 


    @littlemisst08:  May i ask which readings you picked?

    Post # 16
    3765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @newname_99:  I don’t have my book with me at work, haha! I can shoot you a message later this evening, though.

    @mrsSonthebeach:  I had a hard time picking readings because of the whole “obey” thing.

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