You may wish to further personalise your ceremony by including a maximum of 2 readings.
Readings can be a poem or piece of prose of your choice and will be read by one of your guests at the ceremony. Alternatively, you or a guest or family member may wish write something to read at your ceremony. If they would like the reading to be a surprise, they can send it to us directly, with your names and ceremony date.
All readings should be short in length and must not contain any religious content, for this reason any reading must be approved by the superintendent registrar prior to your celebration. If not, the reading will not be included in your celebration.
Please see a selection of suggested readings (PDF) that you may wish to choose from when deciding on the content of your ceremony.
There are several ways to personalise your ceremony. One way is to use music. This can be played while your guests are seated, for your entrance, the signing of the register and your exit.
You may wish to choose one of the following CDs which we offer at each of our register offices:
Traditional wedding music
- Bridal March - Wagner
- Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke
- Canon in D - Pachelbel
- Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone
- Wedding March - Mendelssohn
- Canon in D - Pachelbel
- Clair de Lune - Debussy
- Air on a G String - Bach
- The Four Seasons, Spring - Vivaldi
- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
- Disc 1
- Thousand years - Christina Perri
- Take my hand (wedding song) - Emily Hackett ft. Will Anderson
- All of me - John Legend
- Make you feel my love - Adele
- Greatest day - Take That
- Disc 2
- Songbird - Eva Cassidy
- Signed, sealed, delivered - Stevie Wonder
- The first, the last, my everything - Barry White
- Can't help falling in love - Elvis Presley
- All you need is love - The Beatles
Alternatively, you are welcome to provide your own music but you must ensure that the music has no religious content. For ceremonies taking place in the Register Office, please bring your music with you on the day of your ceremony. All of your music must be recorded on one device and in the order that you wish it to be played (no compilation albums please). You will need to ask one of your guests to operate your Bluetooth device. If you would like to check that your music works on the Register Office system, please take it into the office for testing between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday only. We cannot be held responsible for your music not working on our system.
Files available to download
- Suggested Civil Ceremony readings (58.6 KB)
A list of readings for your ceremony that are short and without any religious content