- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
So I’m the maid of honor (well, matron, but I think that makes me sound old) in my younger sister’s wedding this upcoming weekend. I finished putting together my Maid/Matron of Honor speech last night and was hoping someone could read through it and make sure it sounds alright and/or suggest anything I should add/change.
Darling Husband doesn’t want to read it before the wedding because he wants to be surprised so I was hoping the Hive could help me out.
So what do you think of my Maid/Matron of Honor speech (K = me, B = bride/my sister, M = groom, F = sister’s new married name, R = maiden name)?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m K and I’m the proud big sister of our beautiful bride and I’d like to start by congratulating Mr. and Mrs. F, and thanking you all for being here today to celebrate the beginning of their marriage!.
I’ve known B for her entire life and, I must say, I wasn’t nearly as fond of her when we first met as I am today. Two-and-a-half year old me wondered who this person was who dared to pull Mommy and Daddy’s attention away from me. But as we both got a little older, we formed such a strong friendship. Between sharing bunk beds and a love for soccer to our escapades like putting eggs in the middle of N. College Ave for the cars to run over or making late night walks to Checkers when she’d visit me at Georgia Tech, B and I became so much closer than two-and-a-half year old me could have ever imagined. She is no longer just my little sister, but a graceful, smart, generous, caring equal and it is an honor to know the person she has become.
Living away from Indiana, admittedly I didn’t get to have as much interaction with M while he and B were dating as I would have liked. But looking at how M planned their engagement, I knew B had found a keeper. You see, us R’s are really big on family. I’m pretty sure my mom’s cell phone is practically on constant rotation of calls from her three kids!
Clearly, M figured this out and he secretly invited our parents down to Indianapolis for the night he was planning to propose. So when he and B headed over to M’s parents’ house after dinner to share the news, B got the wonderful surprise of getting to celebrate not only with her future in-laws but with her parents as well. I know this meant a lot to her and M’s thoughtfulness in involving B’s family in the engagement really showed me that he was the right guy for my sister.
Being married myself, I remember how quickly my entire wedding day passed by. There are so many little details that get missed and moments you only hear stories about from others afterwards because you are just in your own bubble of excitement and happiness.
B and M – I want you to take a second to look around this reception right now and see all of the people who are here in support of you both. If you remember nothing else from today, remember how many wonderful people you both have in your lives who want nothing more than to see you have a wonderful, happy life together and will be there to support you every step of the way. You both are very blessed.
At this point I would ask if B, you could hold out your hand, and M could you place your hand on top of B’s? Now M, please cherish the moment as this is the last time in your marriage that you will ever have the upper hand!
But in all seriousness, marriage will take work on both of your parts. Someone once said, “Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” I’m confident that you will both “love your partner every day” and that today is just the beginning of a long and happy life together.
So B and M – (raise glass) Here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after. Cheers!