(Closed) Did you have anyone speak at your ceremony besides officient?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Did you have anyone speak at your ceremony?
    Yes (please explan who and what etc below!!) : (12 votes)
    60 %
    Nope : (8 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I went to a wedding this weekend where they had six friends do readings, and then their siblings also participated – some prompted the vows, some read a little introduction to the rituals that were done (tree planting and handfasting).  It was really interactive and nice – not sure how they asked them though

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee

    We had two of our best friends do readings.  One read a scripture passage (Romans 12: 9-18) and the other read a poem ("Union" by Robert Fulghum).  These two friends were both members of our bridal party, but we wanted them to do something else special in the ceremony.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    the blog A Backyard Wedding did a take on a Quaker ceremony and actually encourgaged the guests to participate. I liked this idea so much I included it in our own ceremony! We put a little blurb on our wedding website to let people prepare and know that they were encouraged to participate and our officiant is going to open up the "floor" so to speak, for people to share kind words during the ceremony (after our vows and before the ring exchange). Hope this helps.

     

    "While we are not Quakers, our ceremony today will be performed an edited version of a "Meeting of Friends", or Quaker Meeting.

    In a few moments, Vanessa & Sean will exchange the vows they have chosen. After this, anyone may stand and speak if so moved. While messages are welcome, periods of silence are expected and are a time for reflection. If you would like to speak, please stand as the last person finishes. Your words may be literal or metaphorical; in the form of poems, readings, or straight from the heart- and about anything appropriate to the joy of the occasion."

     After we read our vows, the officiant will say "now if anyone would like to speak, please stand and do so."

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m getting married in 3 months but we are not planning on having anyone other than the Priest speak at our ceremony.

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We are having my dad and brothers sing a meaningful song while his sister accompanies on guitar, and his other sister will read a traditional Irish wedding blessing.  We may also incorporate the 7 blessings traditional in Jewish weddings, though instead of having 7 people read them we would probably just have our moms do it.

    Post # 8
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Besides our officiant (who is our friend), we have his nana (great grandmother) doing a prayer–our ceremony is not religious, but knew how much she would love doing that as she’s been an important member in their family’s church; we have three poem readings: the Apache Wedding Prayer, an e.e. cummings poem: somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond; and the poem by taylor mali: falling in love is like owning a dog.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We ar ehaving a Catholic ceremony so we will have two readings (likely by two of our cousins) and then petitions read.

    Post # 10
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    we are having 2 readings – the religious one is by the groom’s uncle who is a (no longer practicing) minister, the non-religious one by my great-aunt and uncle who have a really long happy marriage. also, a good friend and bridesmaid is singing the solo and my other great-aunt is playing the organ. we just asked people to help in a casual but enthusiastic way and got great responses, and have since written some thoughtful thank yous. we decided on the great-aunts because my grandparents are gone so having two of my grandmother’s sisters involved seemed nice.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I took a missions trip to West Africa where I met two of my very best friends. I asked both of them to read scripture at our wedding.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    My husband’s three sisters did the readings during out ceremony.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee

    All the weddings we have been to (either together or individually) have only ever had the minister read everything that is included. So the idea of seperate readers, etc seems odd to me.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    At our ceremony, we’re going to have a lot of people besides the officiant speak. Of course, we will (duh), but we’ll also have all the guests read a poem of support to us, and we’ll have several people do readings. =)

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