It can be difficult to write and perform a good speech; it would therefore be beneficial to examine what defines the role of Maid of Honor to help predict an approach. Oprah Winfrey put it very nicely:
“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
This type of quote is ideal for a Maid of Honor that is close with the Bride. The opening of a speech can help set the tone for what is to follow so take the time to consider what you want to say and perhaps more importantly how you want to deliver it.
“There is no doubt that James was the big winner in this relationship, he even managed to turn up today with more hair products on show than the bride!”
The comedy opening can consist of jibes about the Groom or about weddings in general. There are many examples but the above is a classic. There is also the chance the Best Man will make at least one joke about you so throw the first punch.
Tried and tested humor can work extremely well, don’t be afraid to adapt existing jokes into your speech but don’t overuse them. It is about forming a blend and maintaining the general information.
When concluding the speech it is important to consider that it will be the final word to leave with the wedding party and guests. Make it short and to the point, often with a little bit of stirring:
“I now await the arrival of my first niece or nephew – I don’t think I will need to wait too long!”
If you have never given a public speech before, don’t panic and pick a friendly face to focus on.