Your best friend is getting married, and you have been asked to be her maid of honor. This is something you have always dreamed of being ever since your best friend first started talking about the wedding. You do have a lot of responsibilities before you can get ready for the big day including helping with the wedding itself, taking care of the bridal shower, and making a speech at the wedding reception. Have you ever written a speech before? If the idea of making your maid of honor speech makes you nervous, then here are some tips to help you make that speech memorable and heartfelt.
Think about your bride
The bride is your best friend, so the chances are that you have known her for a very long time. Think about what makes her your best friend, and use those feelings to convey what makes her so special. If you have never told her how much she means to you this is your chance.
Do you want to make everyone cry, laugh, or a combination of both? The tone of your speech is important because this is probably one of the most important days your best friend will ever have. Keep the tone light and playful, this is a very special occasion and your speech needs to make your best friend as beautiful as the dress she is wearing.
The relationship you have should be an important part of your speech. After all, you were chosen to be the maid of honor because your best friend trusts you and knows you are the best person for the job.
When you stand up and are handed the microphone, the first thing you want to do is introduce yourself. There may be a lot of people at the wedding that you have never met, and even if the room is full of people you know, it is still the right and polite thing to do.
Before the wedding, it may be a good idea for you to rehearse your speech to make sure it’s not too long. A traditional speech is somewhere between five and ten minutes. Remember, this speech is part of the festivities. You are there as part of the celebration of your best friend’s wedding, not to bore everyone or ruin the festive mood.
Don’t forget the groom
Many maid of honor speeches go on and on about the bride, but they tend to forget about the groom. You don’t have to mention him too much, but it might be a good idea to make sure that you do mention him because like it or not, he is now part of your best friend’s life and you do have to share your best friend with him.
Public speaking is not something everyone is comfortable doing. You have been given a very special task and your best friend is counting on you to give a terrific, heartfelt speech. Just take your time, speak from the heart, and everything will be just fine.