Authored by: Jim Emerson
June 28, 2018

The short answer is no you don’t…but maybe you want to.

Having families and friends gather together to celebrate with you on your wedding day is a truly special occasion. Incorporating a reading or two in your ceremony can be an effective way make your ceremony more personal and more inclusive by involving guests to participate in your ceremony. If you do include a reading which reflects your personalities and values, your guests will not only listen attentively and be engaged but will appreciate your selection. Listed below are some questions which might help you decide if you want to include a reading in your ceremony:

1) Why are you considering adding a reading to your ceremony?
2) Who is this reading for, You or our guests?
3) What does the reading say about you as a couple?
4) Do you know the right person you want to read it?

If you decide not to include a reading, your ceremony isn’t going to fall apart, and your guests might not even notice. After all, readings aren’t for every couple and you don’t want to add one just to pad your ceremony or because you’re being pressure to do so by your favourite aunt. We often suggest to couples, not to include a reading just because you think you must. Include one because it speaks to you, it provides some insight about you as a couple, and adds an emotional connection with your guests. In addition, if you’re incorporating other cultural or traditional elements in your ceremony, a reading may not add to your celebration.

Remember that a reading is personal and very subjective. This is your day, so if you choose to include a reading or not in your ceremony it’s totally up to you, not Aunt Sally.

About the Author: Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson has helped over 1,100 couples reduce the stress of creating their personal and unique wedding ceremony. He is a husband, father, friend, author, triathlete, handyman, teacher and passionate about his family and work. Jim can help you imagine, create and celebrate your dream wedding ceremony. Contact him today, he’d love to hear from you.