Giving a brief speech at the wedding reception is an important maid of honor duty. It's a time to let the new couple, and everyone gathered for their celebration, know just how happy you are for them while also sharing best wishes for a successful marriage. If you're not sure what you want to say or how to strike just the right sentimental tone, use this sample speech as a starting point for creating a perfect speech for the big day.
Sample Sentimental Maid of Honor Speech
Click the image below to download a free printable maid of honor speech written with a sentimental tone. It is an editable PDF file can easily be customized to meet your needs. If you need help with the file, use the tips in this guide to printables.
Customizing the Speech
Once the file is open, click anywhere in the text to begin editing. There are several areas within the speech where you will need to personalize the speech, adding in details about your relationship with the bride and what she has shared with you about the groom that you'd like to mention on this joyous occasion.
Keep as much of the current wording as you'd like, filling in text to complete and making changes where appropriate. Stick with the basic structure provided in the sample to ensure that the tone stays sentimental. If you'd prefer a different message, look at one of these maid of honor toasts or other wedding speeches.
Speaking as the Maid of Honor
When speaking as maid of honor, there are a few key tips you should keep in mind.
- Keep your speech short and sweet. Town & Country indicates that two to four minutes is the ideal length.
- Focus on positive aspects of your thoughts and wishes about the couple as they move into the next stage of life together.
- If you think you might tear up while speaking, have some tissues close by in case you need them.
- Make sure you know what should occur immediately after your speech, so you know who to ask to speak next or what activity to announce.
Share the Love
It's a big honor to have the opportunity to share in a longtime friend's big day as her maid of honor. Whether you're overjoyed about the public speaking component of the job or if you're a little nervous about writing and presenting a speech, keep in mind that this is just one of the duties that go along with the maid of honor role. Your primary job is to be there for your friend, helping and lending support as needed, as an integral part of the wedding ceremony and beyond.