For many women, their wedding day is one of the most memorable and special occasions of their life. It is an event that they have planned, dreamed about, and labored over for innumerable hours – sometimes even years.
If you are asked to be a maid of honor in a wedding, it is an honor that should not be taken lightly. Aside from planning things like the bachelorette party, the wedding shower, and details of the wedding day, you should also be prepared to give the maid of honor speech.
Many times, a married couple will struggle to tell you what the minister spoke about during the ceremony, and they probably would have trouble telling you what anyone at the reception said during their toast. It is hard not to get wrapped up in the magic of the day, and to have your mind present at all times, actually retaining what is being said.
As the maid of honor, you do have an opportunity to make a lasting impression on the bride whom you are representing. With a little planning, and creativity, you will be able to give a speech that will be truly memorable.
Many times, the bride and the maid of honor are close friends, and have many memories together, and stories that date back many years. It would be a great idea to brainstorm through your time with the bride, and pick out one or two events or situations that were meaningful in your relationship. It can be a humorous event, or a personal moving story, or something that you know would mean a lot to the bride.
Using humor in maid of honor speeches is a good idea, but do not think of yourself as a stand-up comedian who must make your audience laugh over and over again. Touching the emotions of those listening, especially the bride in this case, is an important quality of a memorable speech. Humor is a great way to grasp the attention of your hearers, and an excellent way to transition into a more sentimental segment of what you would like to convey to the bride.
It is critical that you practice and rehearse your speech before standing up to deliver it at the wedding reception. If you would like to, it is okay for you to write your speech out on note-cards, or outline the main points you would like to cover.
Just as the title suggests, being a maid of honor for weddings is just that – an honor. With a little preparation, and well-thought-out material, you can make your maid of honor speech a memorable experience for not only the bride, groom, and the audience, but for yourself as well.