(Closed) Reading too long for ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Is 4 mins too long for ceremony reading?
    Yes : (4 votes)
    44 %
    No : (5 votes)
    56 %
  • Post # 3
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    12973 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think it might be too long.  People may just stop listening or zone out, unfortunately.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Yeah, I can’t imagine myself paying attention to someone reading for 4 minutes, unless they either had an interesting voice or were reading something I personally found interesting. I would just zone out…

    Though a quick Google search reveals it’s a children’s book. Perhaps it would be possible to have a slideshow of the pages along with the reading, to help keep everyone’s attention?

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Actually, further Google research makes me think I might try stealing that for my wedding. Thanks! And it seems fairly interesting and light-hearted, so even as a reading, without visuals, it may be possible to keep people’s attention. Possibly experiment with some unlucky bridesmaids or family members!

    Post # 6
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    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I wouldn’t say 4 minutes is too long, but I’ve read Love monkey and I found the story made me want to yawn a bit. For me it’s too slushy but I’m sure most guests wouldn’t mind. I would also find it too childlike for an adult wedding. 

    I voted no for 4 minutes is not too long. I’ve sat through longer!

    Post # 7
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    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    4 minutes is definately not too long; I hate short readings anyway and I’ve sat through much longer at other weddings!

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