If you’re happy with children attending your wedding then you’ll probably want to include them as much as possible on your big day. There are many ways that you can incorporate them into your ceremony, but nothing is as sweet as a little one reciting one of your favourite readings.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best wedding readings for young children, older children and even ones that the adults will enjoy. If you want to involve more children in your wedding day, then check out our edit of flower girls, ring bearers and child attendants.
7 Beautiful Wedding Readings for Children
Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton
This lovely little extract from the book ‘Your Personal Penguin’ by Sandra Boynton is a great passage for children to recite at a wedding. It’s a simple extract that is the perfect length for a young child to read.
I like you a lot.
You’re funny and kind.
So let me explain
What I have in mind.
I want to be Your Personal Penguin.
I want to walk right by your side.
I want to be Your Personal Penguin.
I want to travel with you far and wide.
Some Things Go Together by Charlotte Zolotow
‘Some Things Go Together’ by Charlotte Zolotow is a fun and quirky poem that will translate perfectly into an adorable wedding reading for a child. Short and sweet, this will be a lovely reading to hear on your special day.
Pairs of things that go together.
Pigeons with park
Stars with dark
Sand with sea
and you with me.
… Hats with heads
Pillows with beds
Sky with blue
and me with you.
Do you love the idea of poetry during your ceremony? Then check out our 11 beautiful wedding poems.
If you want an excuse to incorporate a little Disney into your wedding ceremony, then this is it. This beautiful extract from Pocahontas is a great wedding reading for children and it will be appreciated by both children and adults alike.
If I never knew you,
If I never felt this love,
I would have no inkling of,
How precious life can be,
And if I never knew you,
I would never have a clue,
How at last I’d find in you,
The missing part of me.
If you love all things Disney, then take a look at this real Disney inspired wedding.
Us Two By A. A. Milne
This Winnie The Pooh passage is a popular wedding reading for children thanks to its touching portrayal of friendship. This heart-warming reading will be a lovely addition to your ceremony and again, it’s the perfect length for a young child to read.
Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss
Who said Dr Seuss isn’t appropriate at a wedding? This extract from the poem ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go,’ is a perfect reading to have at your wedding and it promises not to leave a dry eye in the house.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the couple who’ll decide where to go.
If you loved this extract read the full version here.
My Advice by Unknown
If you and your partner already have a child, then this poem is a great choice for them to read on your wedding day. Emotional and funny, this poem will tug on everyone’s heartstrings.
Mum and Dad Get married Today,
I’d Like to help them on their way.
So here’s some special advice from me,
To help them with our family.
Keep our house filled with laughter
Let’s have fun forever after.
Keep the drawer filled up with sweets,
And give us children lots of treats.
Make sure you spend time together,
To keep your happiness forever.
Make sure you spend lots on us,
And then us kids won’t make a fuss.
But the most important thing for you,
Is to show your love in all you do.
A caring word, a kiss, a touch,
And those family cuddles that mean so much.
Don’t forget to tell your bridesmaids their on the day duties before the ceremony.
Mira and the Secret of Happiness
The innocence and simplicity of this reading are similar to that of a child’s nature and we think that this reading is one of the most fitting for them to read on your wedding day. Not to mention how thought-provoking it is too.
And what is true for tortoises, is also true for people.
If people like each other, they understand each other perfectly,
even if they don’t’ speak to each other.
And if they understand how good it is for both of them to be together,
they will always live happily together.
Remember children need a lot of attention so make sure you plan lots of fun ways to keep them entertained. If you need some ideas, check out our edit of how to entertain children at weddings.