By Liz Neville ’15
While being a vital asset to my cousin’s wedding (reader of petitions), I learned some very important things during my big break that should be shared.
DO: Plan an outfit appropriate for reading petitions
DONT: Wear anything too flashy, trashy, or clashy towards the bride.
DO: Arrive early so you get a good seat
DONT: Procrastinate, nothing worse than not being able to see in a crowded church.
DO: Know how to walk in heels
DONT: Pretend like you know how to walk in heels and almost trip on your way up to read the petitions
DO: PRACTICE THE PETITIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE READING THEM
DONT: Wing it. It would be very embarrassing to mispronounce a word in front of 200+ people.
DO: Remember to turn the microphone on
DONT: Start talking without knowing if the microphone is on/off
DO: Make sure you are breathing while reading the petitions
DONT: Forget to breathe and pass out while you are reading in front of 200+ people
DO: Remember to talk at a slower pace so you can be understood.
DONT: Talk so fast that no one knows what you are saying.
DO: Smile once you are finished with your petitions
DONT: Wish that you had a bigger part of the wedding. Being the petition reader is a gift!
DO: Walk back to your pew with confidence. Say to yourself, “I just killed those petitions! No one in the history of time has ever read petitions better than me!”
DONT: Walk back to your seat with the walk of shame
DO: Have a great time at the rest of the wedding and the reception; eat the wonderful food and dance your heart out!! 🙂
Leah & Phil loved their petition reader