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How to write a maid of honor speech

how to write a maid of honor speechFirstly, how to write a maid of honor speech, is the same as how to write a maid of honor toast in some respects.

Our special thanks go to apracticalwedding.com and this particular article http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/08/write-wedding-toast/ for this article and especially Kyley, who left this post. It is so good we wanted to show you.

When we posted “Ask Team Practical: Wedding Toasts,” the idea was that we would look through the comments and collect the best tips on how to write a wedding speech. Luckily for us, there was no need to pick and choose. Kyley left this brilliant comment about how to give a Maid of Honor (or Best Man!) toast that tells you everything you need to know, in four easy steps:

After delivering what I consider a bang up Maid of Honor speech, and hearing a number of other wonderful ones, here is what I consider the perfect wedding toast formula:

Part 1: I love you both so much.

Part 2: A lovely anecdote about the couple’s relationship and how awesome they are. (Try to stay away from something just about about the bride or groom, but about them as a couple. Talking about primarily the bride or groom within the context of their relationship and their love can be lovely, too, if that’s your relationship to the couple.) This should be the bulk of your speech.

Part 3: I hope you are always as happy, joyous, and in love as that moment. OR This proves how madly in love you two are. May you continue to be an inspiration to us all. Etc.

Part 4. (Actually make the toast.) Everyone drinks!
Keep it short and sweet, and it will be a home-run every time. And now because we go the extra mile for you, a sample wedding toast, written by out very own Columns Editor, Alyssa.

Stacey and James,

I love you both so much. Stacey, not only for you being one of my best friends, but for being there for me when being my friend didn’t just involve late night Wal-Mart runs and hours of watching 80′s movies. We’ve grown up together and I am so very grateful that we did not grow apart.

And James, I love you, too, for not only being such an incredible partner for my Stacey, but for being a great friend to me also. I know you didn’t expect that dating Stacey would include helping her flaky friend after she locked her keys in the car three times in one month, but you are a doll and a gentleman for doing so with a smile and only laughing at me a little.

However, what I love most about the two of you is how you are together. I’ve never seen two people that fit so well in each other’s lives; it’s hard to imagine a time when you weren’t “Stacey and James”. It may seem to some like you two were just meant to be and that fate put you together, but I think to look at it that way diminishes how amazing your relationship really is.

Having been there from the beginning, I know that what appeared to be seamless was the effort of two people who truly loved one another and were determined to make their relationship work. They didn’t just magically fit into each other’s lives, they rearranged their lives to make room.

They changed priorities, made time for one another and learned to love each other’s little quirks… like James’s not-so-secret love of male R&B vocalists. But nothing shows this as much as Stacey, James and the hockey debacle. You see, when they started dating, James noticed that Stacey had a framed Gretsky jersey in her living room.

And, deciding to play it cool, James started asking Stacey if she wanted to go to local hockey games and watching the latest game on TV just so he’d have something to talk about to Stacey the next time they chatted. Stacey, oblivious to all of this, thought James really liked hockey so she enlisted my brother to teach her more about the game.

Because, you see, Stacey never watched hockey. The jersey belonged to her Uncle Mike, and Aunt Laura gave it to her as a reminder of him and how he’s watching over her. Meanwhile, both of these guys are pretending to know more about hockey than they actually do and were starring in their own sports-themed comedy of errors. Eventually, they figured it out… and by eventually I mean seven months later.

However, once these two worked on their communication skills, they had a new favorite hobby to do together… and further proof that Uncle Mike really is watching over Stacey. AND, he’s bound and determined that she marry a hockey lover!

And it only goes to show not only how goofy these two are for each other, but how much they truly are committed to being in each other’s lives. Your love makes us smile, makes us tear up with joy and makes us believe in the kind of love cynics would make you feel is impossible. Thank you for being an inspiration and my friends.

To Stacey and James! (everybody drinks)

And that, ladies and gentleman? That’s how it’s done. Now seriously. Do us all a favor and don’t mention strippers, mmmkaaayyy?

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Maid Of Honor Speech Examples

maid of honor speech examplesWriting a maid of honor speech as all speech writing is made easier by using maid of honor speech examples.

Your best friend or sister asked you to be the maid of honor at her wedding. You must be excited then you start to get nervous when you think about the speech. What to say? How to impress everyone? It is very difficult to speak out when everyone is staring at you. You must be trying to find some magical words online to make this day special for your friend or sister. May be I don’t come out with magical answer. But hopefully I want to share some tips to help you.

Plan AheadBut be comfortable if good points don’t hit until later – I started thinking about speech three weeks earlier before wedding. I note down number of inspiring thoughts but nothing was going into right direction. Only a few days earlier when I feel urgency, things started to flow. Plan ahead but there is no need to rush. Take your time and don’t forget to ask for the feedback.

Write freely – Make a draft as no one is going to read thisEven if you are a good writer, you are not able to complete the speech because of nervousness. It makes you more embarrass when you think everyone will stare you during speech. I will advise you to put everyone out of your head and write freely as no one is going to read your speech.

Ask few questions to improvise your Speech: —

  • How it was growing up with your sister? How much you were closer to each other?
  • How did you meet your friend and how you people came together?
  • What are the admiring facts about your sister or friend?
  • Either she was helpful, loving, or dominating?
  • Don’t forget to write about her fiancée?
  • What you have learnt from her and how she is different from others?
  • How much you are going to miss her after her wedding?

Start with the middle – Try to get the answers of all questions that we have discussed earlier for middle paragraphSometimes, it is difficult to start with the speech. The best idea is to draft the middle paragraph before giving it a final touch. Once you are completed, you are free to take suggestions for starting and concluding paragraph.

Avoid embarrassing or negative stories – Retelling these stories at maid of honor speech is not a nice idea – We all try different things that embarrass ourselves, right? Maid of honor speech is not the right time to bring up such stories. Be careful with your jokes and sense of humor. The main objective of your speech is to celebrate a new marriage, not to share friend’s dirty laundry.

Here is the rule of thumb – if you cannot speak out your maid of honor speech in front of your parents then you should not speak those words at all. Besides that try to make your speech short and sweet so that everyone can get involved into it. Once you follow all these interesting tips, you are ready to prepare maid of honor speech for your friend or sister.

Key is to get some great help and as I said the maid of honor speech examples are so helpful.

Maid of honor speech examples

Matron Of Honor Speech

matron of honor speechWe have put together an example of a Matron Of Honor Speech (head bridesmaid), that you can customize to suit your own needs. We think the Matron Of Honor Speech is so important for you and the bride, it has to be considered carefully.

While our example is a great start, we have other resources where we can help, so read on and utilize what works for you. We wish you all the best, good luck.

Matron Of Honor Speech

Normally follows the best man, so the audience will be warmed up at this point, well we hope so, or the best man has bombed.

Thank you .. (The Best Man’s name) .. for your hilarious and yet heartfelt speech there. I think a few of us have learned something new and interesting about the groom there. I will try and follow that with and enlighten you more about the (Bride’s name) the bride. I’d like to start by saying thank you for all the compliments but all the bridesmaids that are over a certain age are all taken, sorry!

But me and .. (the Best Man’s name) .., the best man, do agree on two things: firstly, .. (the bride).., she does look fantastic, and the dress is amazing. I just feel sorry for whomever it is that’s picking up the bill for it. Only joking .. (the Groom) .. it wasn’t too expensive, but the dress and your lovely wife combined look a million dollars. And secondly, I think we all agree that the couple are a match made in heaven – the perfect couple.

Every couple will have their ups and their downs; it’s inevitable, and they are bound to have their differences.

For example, I asked .. (The Groom) .. what he wanted from the marriage. He said to me that he wanted happiness, a family and to be with his lovely wife until the end of time. And when I asked .. (The bride) .. what she wanted from the marriage, she replied, a new George Forman grill and a large diamond. Not quite the same as .. (the Groom) .. , but still at least she is easy to satisfy.

I’ve known .. (the Bride) .. for X amount of years now. I’ve seen her with lots of old boyfriends, but never happy, or in love. That’s how I knew that .. (the Groom ) .. was the one for her. The first time I saw them together, she was a different person. She was relaxed, happy and carefree. This must have been the way that .. (the Groom) .. made her feel, like the princess she is.

He has shown her that she is special and shown her true love. I know that if I am half as happy and loved as .. (the bride) .. is when I get married, I will be blessed. And .. (the bride and Groom) .., it’s hard to put into words how seeing you together, so happy, makes all of us here today feel. And when we all witnessed you in the church today make those vows we all knew they would last forever.

I know how insecure the bride has felt in relationships before and this morning she was a bag of nerves, wondering if .. (the Groom) .. will show and listing all the things that may have gone wrong. So .. (the Bride) .. , I’ll tell you again what I told you this morning; . .. (the Groom) .. loves you. Your new life as Mrs ??? is just starting, so enjoy it.

.. (The Bride,) .. it is a real honour to be your Matron of Honor. I am deeply moved for even knowing you, and even more so that you would grant me this opportunity. So thank you very much.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please could you stand and raise your glasses once again for the “Bride and Groom”.

“Long may their love and happiness last”.

(With special thanks to Ryan Marshall for the speech)

We hope that you enjoy being the Matron of Honor and good luck with your Matron Of Honor Speech!!!

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Maid Of Honor Speech

maid of honor speechWelcome to our Maid Of Honor Speech website and congratulations on being the maid of honor! 

Please don’t worry anymore, I know a great person and I really like what she has created to help you. She understands Public Speaking is most people’s number one fear, number two being death!! So she has made it very simple for you to make a great speech you will love as will your great friend the bride!!

She has recorded a short message here , I would love for you to have a listen and also read some of what she says, she is an author of several popular wedding speech books and is a renowned public speaker herself. So I think she should be able to help you, and you have nothing to lose as there is a 100% money back guarantee.

You could have your speech started in the next 10 minutes. Good luck to you with whatever you choose to do and I really hope your big day goes well and you enjoy it.

You were picked as maid of honor because you are a kind, loving and supportive friend to your best friend or sister, so all you have to really do is think about your feelings for the bride and groom and put them into words and in the right order. You are really half way there, and we can help you go the whole way by guiding you.

Our top maid of honor speech tips are

  • Stay calm, it is going to be ok.
  • Start to think about what you want to say as soon as you can. But don’t worry if you are not ready yet, we can help you right away.
  • Consider these ideas;
    • How did they meet?
    • What do you love about the bride
    • Why are they good together
    • If it’s your sister, talk about growing up, great times together, how she has helped you
  • Once you have finished, get opinions from people you trust
  • Memorize as much as possible, write some notes to keep you on track but try to memorize
  • Keep it short, 3 to 5 minutes is enough time to convey your feelings

The best advice we can give you right now, is to take a look at our speech examples or we highly recommend trying our book. And keep reading our great web site, there is a lot here to help you and we will add new posts with more useful information for you the maid of honor. Oh and well done btw for getting the job!!

And good luck with your maid of honor speech…

Here is a link to Wikipedia Bridesmaids

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