- 3 years ago
Ok ladies, here is my moh speech. Any thoughts or critiques on any part of it are welcome. I just want it to be perfect for my best friend. 🙂 Thanks in advance!!
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful evening and I would also like to thank everyone for coming. For those of you who don’t know who I am, my name is B and I am honored to be J’s Maid of Honor. I had so much fun sorting through 14 years of memories to write this speech, and had the hardest time narrowing down what I want to say, so I apologize if this gets a little long.
J and I have known each other since the first day of 5<sup>th</sup> grade, or to use her words, we go way back. I still remember the day we met. I was a new student, having just moved and switched schools, and didn’t know anyone. I hadn’t yet developed into the loud, outgoing, and talkative person I am today, and was understandably shy. A shy red head came up to me at recess and offered to hang out with me, and despite declining that first day, we quickly became friends. J made my transition to a new school bearable, and has enriched my life ever since.
Our friendship only got stronger through the years. We made it through awkward adolescence, crushes, and boyfriends, and sports and teenage angst. We made it through making new friendships, losing friends and disagreements. And we made great memories. From me making fun of her for brushing her “long, blonde cheerleader hair” all the time, to us making a pact to be buff, tan swimsuit models after summer (which didn’t really happen by the way, we all know J doesn’t tan!) We stayed up late watching movies and talking, and found humor in things no one else did. I would dutifully listen to her stories about dance and cheerleading, just as she would when I would blabber on about my animals for hours on end. We worked on school projects together, and talking about where we would, or wouldn’t, go to college.
We remained best friends after high school, dealing with the distance that comes with college and growing up. If anything, it made the friendship more solid, knowing that it didn’t matter how long it had been since we had seen or talked to each other, that we could pick up right where we left off. I got to watch J blossom from this quiet, reserved, and shy girl she was when we were younger into the outgoing, friendly, and confident woman she is today. We traded spending nights working on school projects, for nights spent at the bar talking about work. We moved out and moved away, but despite all of the changes and growing up, our friendship never faltered.
If anyone would have told my 10 year old self that that day at recess I had met the person who would be my best friend 14 years later, even my naive kid self wouldn’t have believed it. I still can’t believe that I get to call this beautiful, amazing, kind, gracious and sincere woman sitting next to me my best friend. I can’t even begin to explain how much of an impact you have had on my life. I am the person I am today in large part to your friendship. I can list all the memories, and stand up here all day trying to explain it, but words don’t do it justice. I will forever be grateful for the times we have laughed together, all the good times, and the bad times, when we were there for each other, and all the memories we have left to make in the future.
Just as I couldn’t ask for a better best friend, I couldn’t have asked for a better husband for J. Having known P for as long as I have known J, I’ve watched him grow up too. I still have a hard time reconciling the little boy who used to sit behind me in homeroom and try to annoy me, with the responsible, loving and wonderful man that sits in front of all of you. Having watched both of them grown up together, with all the trials that comes with it, I know they have found their true match in each other. P, I thank you for being such a wonderful partner for J, the kind I could have only hoped for her to find, and I know you will continue to make her unbelievable happy throughout your life together. Typically the maid of honor speech includes some advice for the groom, but I don’t have any advice for you, because you know her as well as I do. Just don’t go looking for any jobs in California!!
So with that, I ask everyone to please raise your glasses in a toast to the bride and groom. I hope today was everything you ever dreamed of, and I wish you both every happiness that the world has to offer you. May you both live long and happy lives together, filled with laughs and happy tears, continuing to enrich not only each other’s lives, but the lives of everyone around you.
To J and P!!