maid of honor speech examplesYou’ve just been asked to be the maid of honor, and it’s now time to think about your wedding toast. While a maid of honor several responsibilities, one of the most important is giving a speech at the wedding reception. Here you can find all you need to know about the maid of honor toast!

What is the Maid of Honor Toast?

Though this toast makes a regular appearance at weddings today, this has been a relatively recent development – several wedding websites and magazines still do not include it in their guides to the big day!Traditionally, only the groom, father of the bride, and best man would give wedding toasts, so this is your chance to get a word in for the girls.You may be the only woman giving a speech at the reception, so your wedding toast is an excellent way to celebrate the amazing female bond you have with the bride and to speak on her behalf.

The toast takes place during the wedding reception and is part of a series of speeches and toasts done by various members of the wedding party. The maid of honor usually gives her toast after the father of the bride and before the best man, but every wedding is unique so make sure to double-check this running order with the bride and groom! Because your toast is one of several being given, do be wary of time and err on the side of brevity! People will be eager to have another sip of their champagne…

What Should Your Wedding Toast Include?

As an important member of the wedding party, it’s easy to forget that not everyone will know who you are! You may not have met the groom’s second cousins or the mother of the bride’s co-workers, so don’t forget to introduce yourself and briefly explain your relationship with the bride before moving into the body of your toast. When it comes to the content of your speech, be aware of what has and will be said in the other wedding toasts. The father of the bride will often include an anecdote from his daughter’s childhood, delighted to be recounting memories about his little girl. In this sense, you can pick up where he stops off – even if you’ve been friends with the bride for several years, or known her all her life as a sister, cousin, etc., choose to talk about a more recent moment in your relationship. Did you room together at university, or get to know each other while working on that important project at work? While the inclusion of a childhood memory is perfectly acceptable, a great maid of honor toast should also speak to who the bride is today, after she left home and the watchful eyes of her parents. If you’re stuck for ideas, click here some bridesmaid and maid of honor toast examples, or ask for advice from a friend or family member who has given one before.

Some Final Advice About the Maid of Honor Toast…

If you’re following the traditional order of wedding reception toasts, after the maid of honor speaks, the best man will give his toast – this is usually comedic and often contains a rude story or two about the groom. Because of these humorous expectations for the best man’s wedding toast, it is up to you to ensure that the guests are treated to a touching and more accurate depiction of the groom and his relationship with the bride!Towards the end of your speech, therefore, include a brief story about the bride and groom as a couple, or talk about when she confided to you that he was ‘the one’. Even if you had a bad first impression of the groom, or maybe still do not particularly like him, remember that he is the most important man in the bride’s life – this is not the time to recount for all the guests how he once hit on her sister or ditched you all at a party! The best maid of honor speeches are respectful and sincere, so if you don’t know the groom that well, make an effort to speak to him before the wedding. A quick email asking about specifics of the ceremony, reception, etc. can help get the ball rolling, or ask about him more frequently when you talk with the bride.

On the day, remember to keep your toast positive, be confident in your delivery, and smile! With this important information in mind, you now know all you need to know about the maid of honor toast!

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