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5 Tips for Writing An Unforgettable Maid of Honor Speech

by Katherine Callaghan

Being a member of a bride’s bridal party is a huge honor. If you’re a Maid of Honor, you have some added responsibilities. You’ve been with the bride during her bridal fittings and you were the first person they called when the wedding planning went totally array. But, one of the most important Maid of Honor duties is giving a toast during the wedding reception.If you’re a barrel of nerves about giving a speech, don’t fret. We have some helpful tips to keep in mind when writing your speech, and if anyone sheds tears of joy during your speech, consider that a win-win!

Before the writing begins, here are some things to keep in mind. Keep your speech short, sweet and to the point. We recommend keeping your speech anywhere from 3-5 minutes. You want to make your point, but don’t want to drag things on. Second, like any successful editorial, you should write a couple of drafts of your speech to make sure it is thorough and complete. You’re also going to want to someone else to give it a once over to make sure it makes sense to various audiences. You want everyone from distant cousins to Great Aunt Mary to follow along and be able to understand your train of thought.

Now, let the writing begin!

Pre-Writing Your Speech

Giving a toast at your sister, cousin or best friend’s wedding is a huge responsibility. Unlike your college term paper, don’t leave it for to the last minute. Planning and preparation are key when it comes to writing your MOH speech. art free writing now. Just write whatever stories, memories, moments come to mind that you’ve shared bride. Next, free write moments you’ve shared with the couple.

Now it’s time to let the writing begin! Start by writing whatever stories, memories, moments come to mind that you’ve shared bride. Next, free write moments you’ve shared with the couple. Once you’ve noted down some memories,  go back and underline your favorite memories. Again, make sure it’s a memory that everyone can understand and appreciate. You don’t want to share anything inappropriate or an inside joke no one will understand.

Intro and Thank You

Now it’s time to put your thoughts into tangible sentences. Your speech should begin by introducing yourself and your relationship to the bride. Not everyone at the wedding may know who you are, and even if they do, a formal introduction never hurt. Next, you want to thank the guests for coming to celebrate the happy couple as well as thank both the bride’s and groom’s parents.

Add a Personal Anecdote

Now’s the time to share your memory with the bride. This personal anecdote is an important part of the speech because it shares your love for the bride while giving your speech life and substance. I think we can all agree that there’s nothing worse when a speech sounds stagnant and robotic. While your closer with the bride, it’s not just her day, it’s the couple’s day so don’t forget to mention the groom in your speech. This makes for a good transitioning point to talk about your favorite memory you’ve shared with the couple.

 Words of the Advice

Adding a quote about love and marriage adds a nice touch to your speech. Google and Pinterest are your best bets for finding a quote that speaks to the couple. If you can’t find one that works seamlessly into your speech then it’s ok to omit this part. You never want anything to feel forced. If you can’t find a quote that reflects the couple, try offering your own piece of advice to the happy couple.

Toast the Happy Couple

Now it’s time to wrap up and raise your glass to the happy couple. You can also breathe a sigh of relief that you totally nailed your Maid of Honor speech!