When it comes down to it, maid of honour speeches are pretty simple (though it may not be easy). You really have three big goals for your speech. If you can attend to these, any speech you write will be a winner.
First, you are part of the wedding party and can help set the tone and make the guest feel welcome. Listen to the list of folks who have already been thanked by speakers before you and offer your thanks to anyone else who is appropriate.
Second, paint a picture of the bride for the audience. Call on your knowledge and experience of the bride to remind the guests who the bride is as she comes to this union. Remember that, though you seem to be educating the guests, your real goal is to delight your friend. It’s easy to go for laughs, the real sign of a good speech is leaving the bride feeling honored on a memorable occasion.
Third, make it clear why the marriage is a thing to celebrate, how the road has been long, or the two seem destined for each other. In some ways, you can think of yourself as christening a ship about to leave on a great journey or even welcoming a new child into life. A marriage is almost a third entity. In addition to the bride and groom, there is now a union of the two in the world.
The central thing for you to remember is that the wedding day belongs to the bride and groom. And for most, it will be their one day to shine together. There are some simple guidelines that will help you make sure that nerves or carelessness never take the light away from the couple and by mistakenly shining it on others in the wedding party.
Here’s the final pointer, and it’s all for you.
There’s absolutely no reason these days not to deliver a great speech with very little prep time or stress.
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