Maid of Honor Speech Guidelines
Follow these tips to deliver a memorable, heartfelt speech or toast
By Julie Hampton
Being chosen as the maid of honor is a real privilege -- until you realize you need to give a toast in front of a large crowd. At that point even the most confident maid of honor can get a touch of the nerves. Take heart though: A few simple tips will make your toast a memorable moment for your audience -- and stress-free for you.
- What You Need to Know
- It's never a bad idea for the bride and maid of honor to talk about what the bride's expectations are for the speech.
- The bride doesn't have to approve every word, but she does know her guests and family and will be able to tell you about what will work.
The most important thing to remember is prepare your speech well in advance. Under no circumstances should you come to the wedding unprepared. If you're concerned about forgetting your toast or speech, use cue cards. Maid of honor speeches can last from 20 seconds to two minutes so write a toast that will do justice to the time limit. No matter what the time length is, make sure your speech is classy and professional.
The evening before the wedding, ask the bride for the time line. Understand when it will be your turn to give the speech. Ask if you will be speaking first or following another speaker or toast, such as the best man. Communicate with other members of the wedding party that are giving speeches so that everyone involved is aware when it is their turn to address the bride and groom.
Introduce yourself to the wedding party and guests when starting your speech; family members or out-of-town friends may not know who you are. Give your thanks to the bride and groom for including you in the wedding ceremony. Speak loudly and clearly or use a microphone if your voice is soft or if you don't think it will carry throughout a crowded room.
Tell the audience your name and how you met the bride. Tell a short story about the first time you met; the story can be humorous or serious or a mix of both. Remember to not include anything that would embarrass the bride, groom or elders present.
Bestow words of advice and well wishes onto the married couple. Add appropriate personal information about the bride, such as a quirky habit she has that the groom must now live with forever.
Raise your glass and congratulate the happy couple. Take a sip from the glass before placing the glass back on the table and being seated.
About the Author
Julie Hampton is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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