How do you ask your family and friends if they would like to give toasts at your wedding without pressuring them into it?
There are a few people who I’d like to give toasts and readings at my wedding but I’m worried if I – the bride – ask them, they’ll feel obligated to do it, even if they don’t want to.
I’d especially love my mum to give a speech on the day but I don’t know how comfortable she’d be doing it. She’s been nervous doing public speaking before and I hate the thought of her spending the day worrying about the speech instead of enjoying herself, but I know she’ll feel she has to say yes if I ask her.
While I could ask someone else, it’s really the only part of the day she could be involved with, since she’s not giving me away. I don’t want her to feel left out and I’m really torn on what to do.
For the last few weeks, we’ve been running a mini-series of wedding reading inspiration. We’ve covered romantic (but not cheesy) wedding readings, geeky wedding readings, readings from children’s books, and long, non-traditional wedding readings.
To finish things up, this week, we’re looking at short wedding readings you might not have seen before. Readings like…
Our wedspiring wedding readings mini-series has looked at romantic wedding readings that aren’t cheesy, wedding reading ideas from children’s books, and geeky readings, with references to zombies, time travel, and, erm, three-ways. (Edit for your own audience as required!)
Today, we carry on with some long, non-traditional wedding readings. Nothing sappy. Nothing soppy. And nothing you’ll have heard at the past five weddings you went to.
Let’s talk about children’s books:
1) They’re written to be read aloud, so they’re melodic and easy to read, even for the most nervous speaker.
2) They’re short and sweet, and give everyone who hears them the warm and fuzzies.
3) And they usually give a good, clear message about love, respect, kindness, and embracing adventure.
Sounds like a pretty good place to look for wedding reading ideas!
Continuing our mini-series of wedspiring wedding readings, today we’re looking at cute – but not too cute – children’s books you can read during your wedding ceremony.
I talk a lot on here (well, you knew that – but specifically) about finding ways to bring your personality into your wedding day and making it feel like you.
I’ve spoken about bringing some personality into your invitation wording, your boutineers, your wedding send-off, your table plan, even your cake topper. But I haven’t spoken about the easiest and most natural way to bring some fun and some personality to your wedding: having a ceremony reading.
To make up for this truly grevious oversight, I’m running a whole Wednesday Wedspiration mini-series on ideas for non-traditional – and non-sappy – wedding readings: long readings, short readings, readings from children’s books, readings most definitely not from children’s books, and – what we’re kicking off with today – romantic wedding readings that aren’t cheesy.