Post # 1
How many of you bees have gotten up at a wedding to speak? As the Maid/Matron of Honor in my friends wedding I know I need to get up and speak, but I’m SO nervous! I don’t know what I should reference, what I shouldn’t…we have a lot of inside jokes with out group of girlfriends but other people won’t get it.
Have you searched online and looked at other speeches for inspiration? Would it be bad if I did??
Ahhh my nerves are already shot!! I will definitely need a stiff drink before I get up in front of 100 people.
Post # 3
I would keep it short and sweet, keeping the inside jokes and anything embarrassing to a minimum.
Post # 4
I second Eva, keep it short and sweet. Perhaps something like,
“For the past XX years I have been honored to know (bride). For the past XX years/months/whatever, I have been honored to see how much love and joy (groom) has been able to bring to (bride). May they have many more years of that love and joy together.”
Edit: It would not be bad to look around online for examples and quotes and stuff. Just remember though that the best speeches are from the heart. People remember the speeches that mean the most, not that sounded the prettiest.
Post # 5
The internet is a GREAT resource – use it!
My coworker was a best man and he went to all sorts of websites for help with writing his speech. He practiced it on a few people at work because he was nervous, and I thought it was great. I was at a wedding recently where the best man had clearly used sample speeches he found online, but I was the only one who noticed, because he added so many personal touches that he had everyone in tears of laughter.
Just remember – everyone is looking to enjoy your speech. They will laugh at the slightest humor and smile at the slightest emotional touch. Wedding crowds are easily pleased, so don’t be too nervous!