Have you been selected to be a maid of honor for one of your best gal pals? If so, this is a huge honor! You have been chosen to be the first-hand woman of your friend to walk down the aisle, and give a speech at the reception ceremony. You have been picked because you are closest with the bride, which means you will have the best stories to tell for your maid of honor speech!
In this article, we will discuss acing your maid of honor speech and how you can start brainstorming for your time in the limelight.
Showcase The Bride, But Include the Husband
You know the bride best, so you will have the most interesting stories to share during the maid of humor speech! This speech should be focused on her. Sharing experiences you have had together, how she became your close friend and paying respect to her life as a single lady.
While you should focus your speech on the bride, it is always a good idea to loop in the husband at the end of your speech to end the moment shining on the new happy couple. This is a great way to help the groom feel included and welcome him into your friend/family group that adores the bride just as much as he does!
Make it Inspirational
We’ve all sat through maid of honor speeches that leave us feeling…bleh. Instead of only sharing stories and taking the folks through a walk down memory lane, try to include a piece or two of inspiration to leave the crowd with something to think about. End the speech with a quote or message alluding to inspiration surrounding newfound love!
Don’t Include Friends or Other Family
Remember, the maid of honor speech is supposed to be focused on the bride, with a splash of the groom here and there! Try to avoid including family and friends in your maid of honor speech as this can bring up topics and memories that the bride might not want to focus on during her wedding day.
It is important to always take into account the feelings and relationships of others while noting that you might not always be in the loop about what is going on in others’ personal lives. Play it on the safe side and make your speech about the special lady!
Have a Sense of Humor!
To help make your maid of honor speech make a long-lasting impression, try to include some humor in the mix! Whether it be sharing a funny story of the Bride from college, or a fun fact about how the happy couple came to be, encouraging those around you to laugh during an event that is typically more serious can be the comedic relief everyone needs.
Wedding ceremonies are long. Maid of honor speeches are typically conducted at the reception after the wedding ceremony has concluded. Giving guests the ability to let loose and laugh will help them power through the rest of the event.
We hope this article helped you get inspired to create the best maid of honor speech possible. It is a joy and an honor to be selected for this special role, so make the most of it! For more helpful content on all things weddings, check out the rest of the FanCDesigns blog.