How long are they? Honestly, as a guest, i would probably gret bored sitting through six, but if you love them and can't live without them, your gursts can deal. However, it might be nice to try to cut time from other parts of the ceremony just so it doesn't drag.
Six could be fine depending on how long they are. One should keep their guests in mind, but not so much that you exclude things that are meaningful to you. Personally I think that the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding because that is the WEDDING and the reception is like the after party.
I am Catholic so our wedding will me a full Catholic Mass, so we will have three readings AND Eucharist.
If these are things that that you feel are necessary for your guests to hear, consider printing them in the program or making a sign with the reading for display at the reception. If it is more about involving other people who are important to you then, have them do a few of the readings at your rehearsal dinner.
2 (maybe, maybe 3) is the max. amount I would think is appropriate
During my ceremony I had two readings, and I somewhat regretted that in the moment. They were awesome, and I loved them, but during that moment I just wanted to get to the good stuff (where we do vows and kiss and are announced as married) and I was trying to figure out why I made my ceremony so long (10 minutes...lol). It was hot, but I couldn't focus on anything I was so excited and antsy.
I would be squirming in my chair looking for an escape route at a wedding that had so many readings on top of the regular ceremonial stuff (vows, prayers, ring exchange, etc).
At my wedding we had no readings, solos or anything else except the "norm" and a rose ceremony. Even the rose ceremony we shortened to just he and I exchanging roses. I didn't want my guests sitting thorugh the ceremonial portion for a long period of time.
Nancy Taussig ·
If the readings are short (1 or 2 sentences long) and interspersed amongst the rest of the ceremony sections, it may not be too long.
If a reading is longer than your vows, keep it to 2 (3 at the most).