It wasn’t so long ago that it was considered pretty maverick for anyone brave enough to let a woman do the talking at a wedding. Thankfully those days are behind us and led by the American Wedding Machine, the world is at last welcoming women to the microphone.It just leaves the question: what on earth do you say in a Maid of Honour Speech? Well, this is a gilt edged opportunity to show the boys how it’s done. And about time too.
Unlike the other wedding speakers there really is no set agenda as to what a Maid of Honour Speech should really be about, which is great in one way as it gives you so much scope and also slightly terrifying in another as the limitless boundaries can make it hard to focus. Below is a succinct guide as to how you could set it up.
If I’m writing this speech I’ll be wanting to make them laugh from around the second or third sentence. Don’t forget to introduce yourself as unless you’ve mad a complete spectacle of yourself at the church, most people still won’t know who you are. Then hit them with the funny.
This is where you’ve got to do your best not to descend into a wobble of emotion. All wedding speakers are prone to it and it can be a very effective way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Keep the sentiment real and honest but less is more. What goes unsaid is usually much more powerful.
People are expecting you to be the sentimental wreck, so this is where you can stick it to them and make the best man start sweat even more than before. EVERY speech is better for humour and you should be thinking of something funny to say in almost every paragraph. The people are there to be entertained. So entertain them.
This shouldn’t be Facebook Live. We don’t need to know every exam passed or deluxe hotel stayed in. Work in a chronological fashion through her life and keep the detail light. If you make your speech easy to follow, you’ll have them on your side and relaxed.