Tugging on your audience's heart strings, showing your appreciation for the Bride and enriching the couple's love story will leave your audience in wedding celebratory bliss.
maid of honour speech
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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 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.
How do I do this?
A well-designed Maid of Honour speech focuses on complimenting and educating the audience on the Bride. 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 and talk about the couple. By including all these areas within your speech with the right amount of focus on each, you will make the Bride and Groom happy, impress your audience and pull on their heart strings.
What do I need to do?
In your Maid of Honour speech, you should consider the following:
Your audience - who are you talking to and what do they like? Give this some thought and the audience will appreciate it. Remember - the speech is about the audience, not about you, and your job is to make them feel happy and starry-eyed.
A theme - what is the overall message you are trying to send through your stories and content? Nailing this down will help get the creative juices flowing when the time comes to think of stories.
A "hook"- the very first words in your speech. A comment or story that grabs the audience’s attention immediately.
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.
An early memory and a funny story about the Bride – educating the audience on how you know the Bride will help to connect the dots for your audience. 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.
Why the Bride and Groom are a good match – a quick story or an opinion 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.
Special points about the Bride and thank you messages – perhaps the Bride or couple has been through some challenges. Touching on these with a focus on hope and positivity will be personally appreciated by the Bride and Groom. Also, sending thank you messages to those who have helped with the occasion, particularly for the Bride and her preparation, will ensure these people feel acknowledged.
A toast and show of admiration for the couple – you may have expressed a mixture of emotions throughout your speech, but ending your speech on a highly positive note 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.
What if I get it wrong?
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, otherwise you your audience may not get what they expected 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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