INTRODUCTION:- The Speeches below are sample Maid of Honour speeches. It is up to you how long you choose to make your Maid of Honour speech. The sample Maid of Honour speeches below should give you some great ideas to write your own Maid of Honour speech.
General, Maid of Honour Speech
Maid of Honour Speech - Sisters, Simple Toast
My dear sister, how wonderful it is to see that you found the perfect man for you. I was proud to stand by your side when you said, “I do.” You took a big step towards your future today, and, in turn, gave me the gift of a new brother. The fun times we shared during your engagement and the happiness of this day bring us even closer together. Congratulations!
Maid of Honour Speech - General
I've heard that when two people get married, their nuptials have a positive effect on their community. Like someone dropping a pebble into still water, your love sends out ripples of happiness to everyone around you. It brings joy to those who have already said, “I do” as they fondly remember their wedding day. It brings hope to those who are still looking for that special someone. And it shows young children what they have to look forward to when they grow up.
Two people brought together by the bonds of love and united in marriage are a powerful force. You bring happiness to those who are here to bear witness and those who couldn't attend, but carry you in their hearts.
May your love remain strong to sustain you during times of struggle and enrich the good times you will share together. May it continue to send those ripples of happiness to all of us. Congratulations!
Maid of Honour Speech – General
How beautiful you are in that gorgeous white gown. How happy you looked walking down the aisle. How tender your first kiss during the ceremony. How sweet your first dance will be as husband and wife. As I watch you together, I see the joy in your eyes.
The reminders of this special day will be all around you: in the photo album on your coffee table, in the picture frame hanging on your wall, and in the shining band you wear on your finger every day. Use these reminders a source of comfort and strength during the hard times. And let them bring a brighter smile to your faces in times of happiness.
Congratulations to you and (groom)!
Friend, Maid of Honour Speech
Maid of Honour Speeches - Good Friend who is Finally Getting Married
Finally! Remember the times we sat through another friend’s wedding, filled with the hope that someday, it would be one of us up there. Gone are the lonely nights we talked until the early hours, crying over the fear that it might never be one of us up there.
Say goodbye to bad blind dates and relentless pestering by that co-worker who was always trying to fix you up with the wrong guy. Say goodbye to scanning all those sad profiles on the Internet dating sites, looking for someone to peak your interest.
How happy are you that you will never again have to fight with the other single girls to catch the bouquet? Can you believe you actually get to be the one tossing the bouquet this time?
Well, I sure can. I always could. I knew during those awkward introductions at happy hour, when one of our friends invited a single guy and didn’t tell you. I knew when you were secretly picking out your own wedding gown on all those shopping trips for the other girls who were engaged. I confess I got a little worried when you started dating Mr. Wrong. What was his name? The guy we called “please don’t let her marry him.” I knew there were better things in store for you. And, thankfully, you did too.
And then there was (groom). The guy we called “the dude we like.” I remember when you first told me he could be “the one.” I could just picture it. (Groom) down on one knee, asking you to make him the happiest man in the world, offering you that beautiful diamond ring, you in that gorgeous gown, me making this speech.
It may have been many years in the making, but (groom) was certainly worth waiting for. It is so great to finally see you so happy!
Maid of Honour Speech - Childhood Friend
When (bride) and I were little girls, we dreamed about our wedding day. We discussed centrepieces and honeymoons and where to hold the reception. We dressed up in my mom's gown, veil, and gloves and practiced walking down the aisle. Sometimes we even stole our bouquet from the dining room table, sitting in a vase my parents received as a wedding gift.
We even knew who the groom would be: David Cassidy or Tom Cruise or Leif Garrett, depending who was on the cover of our teen magazines. It was all so easy back them because our imaginations had no limits. And a twelve-year age difference between you and the celebrity groom you'd never met could never stand in the way of true love.
As we grew up, the style of the gown changed, as did the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. The perfect man switched from a TV heartthrob to the (name), cutest guy in 7th grade. The details differed from year to year but the dream always remained the same: to find the who was perfect for you and declare your love in front of family and friends. Followed by a wedding reception that would have made Martha (Stewart) drool, of course. How wonderful that your dream has come true. Congratulations to you both and may you spend the rest of your lives fulfilling each other's dreams.
Maid of Honour Speech - College Friend or Sorority Sister
Old friends are great but I say college friends are even better. (Bride) and I became friends in college. We were both very proud members of (sorority, club, or sport team). We've seen each other through term papers and finals, light night parties followed by early morning classes, bad boyfriend break-ups and good boyfriend make-ups, ski trips during winter break and beach trips for spring break, first day of freshman year all the way through to graduation. It would not have been the same without you. In fact, it was better because we did it all together.
As I watch you graduate from your single life and enrol in your new term as (groom)'s wife, I see a bright future ahead. From changing your name on your social security card to joint tax returns, late night cravings to early morning feeding, silly arguments and romantic apologies, more ski trips in winter and beach vacations in summer, from this special day through the best graduation of all: retirement. It wouldn't be the same without you so I'm glad we'll keep doing it together.
So I propose a toast to (alma matter) for developing such fine alumnae and (sorority, club, or sport team) for making us such good friends.
Family, Maid of Honour Speech
Maid of Honour Speech - To Big Sister
To my big sister (bride); you were always there to lead the way for me. When we were little girls, you taught me how to make mud pies and kept me from eating them.
As we got older you taught me how to put on makeup and paint my nails. You showed me how to dance and kiss boys and all the other cool things you learned from your teen magazines. You covered for me when I came in late from a date and counselled me through my first crush.
Today you are still leading the way; shining a light on the path of love and marriage, showing me how its done and, sometimes, what not to do. As you begin this new chapter in your life, I will still look to you for guidance because you helped me get this far. How blessed I am to have a big sister like you!
Maid of Honour Speech - To Little Sister
When you were first born, Mum told me I adored you. Then we got a little older and you started to annoy me. I couldn’t go anywhere without taking you along. If you cried, I got the blame. If we were fighting, I had to give in first.
Then we got a little older you started to come in handy and didn’t annoy me as much. You were good for playing Barbies and board games. I could practice putting my makeup on you. I even liked it when you would come into my room and sit with me when I was sad, even though I told you to go away.
Then we got a little older and I missed you while I was in school. I was actually excited to see you on holidays and during the summer. I liked talking about classes and boyfriends and politics and how to get more spending money out of Mum and Dad.
I am excited to be able to share in the excitement of your engagement, the silly games we played at your bridal shower, and all the laughter during your bachelorette party. I have been able to watch you marry (groom) today and celebrate with both of you at this wonderful party. I know she will bring the joy to her married home we shared in ours. Congratulations little sis, and thank you Mum and Dad for my beautiful sister.
Maid of Honour Speech - Sister-In-Law
Let me be the first to officially say “welcome to the family.” We couldn't be happier that (groom) has chosen such an amazing woman to add to the (groom's last name) clan.
We welcome you as sister-in-law, [step mother (if appropriate)] cousin, daughter-in-law, niece, and aunt. We take you into our homes for the holidays and in our hearts forever. Some of those holiday will be fun while others will be trying. The seasons will change but our love for you will stay the same.
We ask that you take us as we are: chipper, melancholy, optimistic, realistic, zany, stoic, open, guarded, early bird, night owl, loud, soft spoken, gentle, firm, sweet, and reserved because it takes all these different types of people to make a family.
Now, if any of this scares you, I remind you that it's too late. Your one of us now! But the good news is that we're all in it together; bound by blood and marriage and strengthened through love and friendship. As our family continues to grow and change through joyful additions like this one and sorrowful departures, we hope that you will truly feel like one of us. Because, as of today, you are a (groom's last name). Welcome, sister, and congratulations!
Maid of Honour Speech Tips
One of the most important traditions of a Maid of Honour or Matron of Honour is to make a small speech and give the bride a toast. Traditionally, the speech would be given during the wedding party speeches in the first half on the reception and would focus on the bride. A maid of honour speech that includes a variety of emotions helps make the speech more interesting. The speech/toasts includes funny stories growing up with sentimental friendship and love.
Words of advice:-
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 of your Maid of Honour speech.
Here are a few ideas to include in your Maid of Honour speech
- Stories of what the bride used to say about the groom when they first met.
- 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
- A 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
- A poem or verse relating to the couple