- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Hoping for some feedback on my Maid/Matron of Honor speech…I used a lot of examples and structure from the examples on here but made it (somewhat) my own!
Good evening everyone!
On behalf of myself and the entire wedding party, congratulations Alex and Camiee – or should I say, Mr. and Mrs. [LAST NAME]! You look gorgeous Camiee; you’re a lucky man, Alex. And to the groom, what a handsome devil you are tonight!
For those of you I haven’t met and don’t know; I’m the very nervous maid of honour, Becca. For those of you that do, relax, I’ll try to keep this brief. I am very lucky to be in a position at work with a lot of downtime so was able to work on my speech during the day. I’ll never forget the moment of watery eyes and goosebumps I forgot writing it. I’m going to try to maintain my composure, but Lord knows that won’t be easy. So, here goes…
Camiee and I go back a ways; somewhat. I guess the saying is true, you never know where you’ll meet your best friend. Camiee and I met through the Bachelor of Applied Human Services Community and Criminal Justice program – say that five times fast – before I deserted her, and left to finish another program. While we’re been friends for a short time; just over three years, it feels like a lifetime. Not only have we been through a lot with one another in these 3 years, including many deep late night conversations, shawarma dates, and Buffalo trips – especially one where we got a little closer than I think either of us ever wanted; but it feels like we’ve been friends forever.
Something we’ve shared and made special over the years is our love for shawarmas – of which Camiee introduced me to; Camiee’s with ceaser dressing instead of garlic aoli, served with fries, and a side of gravy. Not only have we shared many stories there; including those which provoked both laughter and tears, we’ve made a friend with the waitress. It’s to the point where if I go with someone else, I’m questioned on where Camiee is and if she’s okay. Clearly, I’m not the only one who she’s made a lifelong impression on. It’s to the point where if either of us are struggling, stressed with exams, work, or just life in general; we meet over a shawarma and all is (mostly) healed. What takes a normal person 20 minutes to eat turns into a 2 hour situation sometimes. But at the end, we’re there for one another and take the time needed to work things out. While we may not talk every day, see each other Camiee has proven time and time again that she is a true friend and we have come to know each other so well that we have an understanding that goes beyond words. She has always supported my decisions with open ears, arms, and heart and I am so thankful to have that. I am also so thankful that she found someone willing to marry the both of us.
I’m pleased to say that after the past 3 years, I’ve also come to know and love Alex. Alex, you make her a very happy woman; which is wonderful, because as the saying goes “happy wife, happy life!” Also, words of wisdom from my supervisor at work which actually came from her 92 year old father on being right; he knew he could be right, or he could be happy. Know that both of those things will often not come together, but it’s much less stressful on both of you to have a genuine smile on your face. Going along with those two excellent pieces of advice, I have a few more:
1 – Love her;
2 – Cherish her; and
3 – Always make sure you’ve got chicken wieners and ‘shmallows …. We all know Camiee is a much happier camper when she’s well nourished.
On that note, I would like to say thank you, for having me as a part of your special day, it’s been an honor to be the Maid of Honor and represent you both up here!
Alex, you are the luckiest guy in the world to get to be married to such an amazing, gorgeous, and kind hearted woman and if this incredible day is any sign of what is to come for your future you two will be truly blessed. Like someone dropping a pebble into still water, your love has sent out ripples of happiness to everyone around you. It brings joy to those who have already said, “I do” as they fondly remember their wedding day, and it brings hope to those who are still looking for that special someone.
On behalf of the bride and groom, I’d like to thank everyone here for sharing their day, and it now gives me great pleasure to invite you all to stand and join me in a toast to the bride and groom, may your troubles me less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door.
To Alex and Camiee.