Maid of Honor
One of the most important
traditions of a Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor is to give the Bride a Toast.
Traditionally, the speech would be given during the wedding party in the first half
(before people begin to leave) and would focus on the bride. Bridesmaid 101 recommends
making a wedding toast that includes various emotions. The best toasts include funny
stories growing up with sentimental friendship and love. Some Maids of Honor like to be
spontaneous and not rehearse anything prior to making the toast while others (the
majority) usually bring notes or a prepared speech.
Bridesmaid 101's words of advice are if you are a
person who does not like to speak in front of others when making a speech, make sure to
rehearse and bring a hard copy wedding speech.
Here are a few Wedding Toast ideas that may be helpful
to you when writing your speech:
Stories of what the bride used to share with you about the groom when she first met him.
Funny story while growing up
How you and the bride met and how long you both have known each other
Most "appropriately" embarrassing moment you shared with the bride
How beautiful the bride and groom look together
Talk about a funny habit of the bride that the groom will have to live with :)
spiritual statement (if the bride and groom are spiritual people)
Words of advice to both the bride and groom
Wishes you have for the newlyweds (e.g., success, happiness, many babies)
In addition, Maid's and Matron's of Honor are known to
also give speeches at the Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal
Shower, and Bachelorette
Party. These speeches are much more informal than the Wedding Toast and can be more
silly and casual. It is very common for other Bridesmaids to give speeches as well.
Honor Speech Question and Answers
Below we have started a wedding speech question and answer
section for those of you who would like extra information. Feel free to
email us your questions and we will add the wedding speech questions and
answers for others to learn from:
What about when the Maid of Honor is the Groom's sister and doesn't
really know the bride then what kind of wedding speech does she give?
Bridesmaid 101 Answer: When the Maid of
Honor does not know the bride well, she can discuss what types of
special qualities her brother was looking for and must have found in his
new bride-to-be. You can also speak of some appropriately funny stories
about your brother and how you are so happy for the couple.
Please let us know if you have other ideas for
wedding toasts that you would like us to add to this page