I’ve seen readings at everyone wedding I’ve been too. The bride and groom typically choose the readings and who reads them, it can be a nice way to honor someone not in the wedding party and/or to highlight a specific aspect of your relationship. For non-religious weddings it also adds a bit of length to the ceremony.
For ours, my mom is reading a Shakespeare sonnet. Our friend-officiant will give a little speech, and our formal officiant will do a second reading.
honestly without the readings our ceremony would maybe 15 minutes. We went to one wedding where the ceremony was that short and it just felt a little weird to us. We want something with a bit more too it
I read a poem at my sister's wedding. We will probably have 1 or 2 readings because we are doing our own vows privately and traditional vows at the ceremony. We arent having a religious ceremony, so the readings give it a little added sense of occasion to make up for some we took out.
We chose our readings. We’re having a Catholic ceremony so there are two readings that needed picked and we also picked people to read them. I would ask your officiant how they typically do ceremonies and they’ll be able to tell you if you should pick readings and readers or not.
We chose our reader and our reading. My minister send me different options to chose from or I could find one on my own. I picked one I found online. I only had one reading and is a nice way to involve your guest. You don’t have to do it.