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How We Write a Maid of Honour Speech

Why the need for a speech?

The Maid of Honour – the all-important role of ensuring the Bride’s needs are met. Though, as the Maid of Honour, you may sit somewhat in the shadows, that is  – until the time of your speech! Then, all eyes are on you. Similar to the Best Man speech, it is your role to make people feel appreciated and happy on the wedding day by delivering a great speech. Though it appears more socially expected that the Maid of Honour speech is less entertaining but at least as heartfelt, so it’s important to make an impression emotionally on your audience.

Telling a story or two and making the bride happy is your role in this speech. But, there is plenty of room to compliment the bridal party, talk about the couple, and give the audience insight into the bride. By including all these areas within your speech, you will make the bride and groom happy and impress your audience by pulling on their heartstrings.

How we write a Maid of Honour Speech

 

We typically follow the below structure to create a Maid of Honour Speech. You may wish to include more stories or messages, but as long as you consider the below, you'll create a great speech that injects extra fun and good feelings into the wedding reception.

Audience

Who are you talking to and what do they like? Remember - a good Maid of Honour Speech, like any speech, is about the audience and what they want to hear. When using the Speech Generator, you are asked to select an audience type. This is because there is no point in telling offensive jokes to a conservative audience, and you don't want strange looks from chilled-out onlookers when you start using a bunch of "big words". Consider your audience throughout your writing journey.  

Theme

We recommend creating a theme if you are unsure about the direction you wish to take with your speech. Creating a theme makes it much easier to think of ideas for your speech, and it makes it easy to keep your speech on a specific path as you write your stories and content. You can always change your theme as you progress through writing the speech. Think about what do you want to say about the bride and couple? If the audience only took away only one key message from your speech, what would you have it be?

Example - As Alana’s Sister, I have plenty of interesting stories about Alana’s outlandish behavior. Though, Alana is not only my sister – she is my best friend, and I am immensely proud of the person she has become. The Bride and Groom have been inseparable since they met, and I know their partnership will be a success.

Opening

The very first words in your speech. You could launch straight into a "hi everyone", or consider launching straight into a comment or telling a story about the bride or couple. We like to grab the audience's attention straight away and prepare them for some heartstrings to be pulled, along with some laughs.

Ad Hoc Story About the Day

Behind the scenes, you’ll get up close and personal to the bridal party and some of the funny events that take place. Your audience will find stories about these moments highly entertaining and will set the tone for a positive speech.

 

Where It All Started

Telling a quick story about how you know the bride will provide the audience an insight into your relationship with her. Alternatively, share a brief "get to know the bride" story. These stories are an easy way to get the audience’s attention, and it will allow you to add some humour and show heartfelt appreciation for the Bride.

A Story of Yesteryear

Talking about nostalgic or personal memories you have of the bride is a great opportunity to feature your theme, capture the audience's interest, and add some humour. It may also teach the audience a little bit about what the couple or the Bride is like

The Silly Things We Do

A wedding speech is an entertaining speech, so including a funny story about the bride or advice on marriage is a great way to get some laughs and lighten the mood. Just remember to keep it appropriate for your audience type.

On a More Serious Note

Your speech isn't complete with adding a touch of admiration and sincerity. Talking about how special the Bride or couple will balance out the light-heartedness of your earlier sections

Even More Serious

A quick story or an opinion, with a focus on the couple, will enhance the story that the audience is already apart of – the couple’s adventure of falling in love. Being close to the Bride, you have a unique insight into the couple and can help to boost the love-filled spirit of the occasion. Additionally, you may wish take this opportunity to thank the bridal party and acknowledge the audience

 

On That Note

Ending your speech on a highly positive note that encapsulates your theme will ensure that you leave your audience with feelings of love and happiness.​

Your Delivery

Consider how you are delivering your speech. There may be times in your speech that you should vary your tone and volume, and times you should use gestures. These tools will help to get maximum impact, so consider this when you write your speech. For more on how to deliver a Maid of Honour speech, check out our Resources page.

Final thoughts

At SpeechForm, we believe your efforts to write your Maid of Honour Speech is not to just “get it done”, but to make the speech enjoyable, memorable, and one that has people approaching you to sing their praises for your speech. After all, you will have put in a lot of effort. There is something special about making an impact on your audience, when you thought your sole job was just to “get through it”. Make sure to include the above points so that the audience gets what they expect from your speech. And always ask yourself - what am I trying to achieve with this speech? Keep that in mind as you develop your content.

 

Remember to rehearse. This is a performance. The more you develop your speech and rehearse, the greater the impression you will make. Confidence through a well-written speech is great, but using your voice and your body effectively only comes through practice. 

 

Get it right, and you will leave a lasting impression that your audience will remember long after the wedding.

 

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