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Make your guests laugh AND cry with these unique wedding readings! We’ve got funny wedding readings, whimsical wedding readings, and tons of other unique wedding reading ideas. Check our Ceremony Advice archive for more tips on how to create your wedding ceremony.

A stealthy Pagan wedding reading

The question of how to tailor our ceremony to be “authentically us” yet not alienate some of the very Christian guests and family was definitely a point of discussion when we were planning our Pagan wedding ceremony. We ended up using a rather long quote from The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk to both cast our […]

Why I’m using a reading from “Les Misérables” at my Pagan wedding

My partner is atheist, and I am an Atheistic Pagan, so we do not have a concept of a religious soul. Finding a wedding reading that feels right has been challenging, but we settled on a reading is from Victor Hugo’s book, Les Misérables. The soul mentioned in this passage–to us–is human energy. Love is the greatest of those energies.

How to write a wedding poem to make ’em cry

When my nephew Chase asked me to read a poem during their wedding ceremony, I was honored, even more so when they asked if I would write one for the occasion. But I had no idea where to begin figuring out how to write a wedding poem. …Finding the right reading for a wedding is hard enough, but writing one?

Dragons, books, and so many fandoms at this nerdy literary wedding

Ours is written in blood: A wedding reading for book lovers

My partner and I are huge book nerds. I recently published a love poem inspired by that fact… and I thought it might make a great reading for other bibliophile Offbeat Bride readers like us!

Super thorough non-religious wedding ceremony script, complete with readings and music suggestions

When Emily & Jack shared their non-religious wedding ceremony script with us, we were blown away by how incredibly thorough it was — if you’re looking for some secular wedding ceremony ideas to steal, this script is full of ’em! 

A horse ranch wedding with a horseback ceremony and DIY for days

That “Apache wedding blessing” isn’t even Native American, so I rewrote it to be less problematic

That well-known “Apache wedding blessing” reading has nothing to do with Native American culture in any way shape or form, other than that it’s something that a white dude imagined Native Americans might possibly say. So I wrote a new one.