- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I just got back from the wonderful wedding of my best friend! As the Maid/Matron of Honor, I gave a speech at the reception, and for weeks I was really stressed out about it. I finally got it written a few days before the wedding, and it ended up being a huge hit! Tips: start brainstorming early, write out the whole speech, and just focus on the bride.
So as an inspiration/example for other MOHs, here is my speech:
Hello everyone. My name is Natasha, and I am very happy to be here tonight to celebrate the wedding of my dear friend Mary to her new husband Felix. Mary you look absolutely stunning tonight. Felix is one lucky man!
If you don’t know the story, Mary and Felix met each other at her sister’s wedding almost 3 years ago, and it was love at first sight. No distance could keep them apart, and even from the Dominican Republic, Felix serenaded Mary over Skype and text messages. His charm and sweet words soon won her over, and she took a leap of faith in love and moved to the DR to teach for a year and of course be close to Felix. And now Mary and Felix, because of the trust you had in each other and in the love that you shared, you are finally able to live and love together as husband and wife, and even in the same country!
To the beautiful bride Mary: we met back in first grade, and I am honored to still be one of your closest friends and celebrate with you on this special day. Typically the maid of honor gives some marriage advice. I am not yet an expert on marriage, but I am an expert on Mary. I know that Felix will not only be your husband but your new best friend. So Felix I would like to share some insights from Mary’s very old best friend to her new very best friend.
1. Felix, if you ever upset Mary, just remember that she loves ice cream. And if you really upset her, try French fries dipped in a chocolate shake.
2. Mary will not be afraid to knock sense into you when she feels necessary. I once said the wrong thing and she threw a pillow at me, which happened to contained a hardbound textbook. Who keeps books in their pillows?
3. Felix, a word of warning, Mary was a hurdler in high school. So don’t stand in her way, because she can and will jump over you.
4. If you ever get tired of her talking, just send her out for coffee with some friends. But only if you can handle caffeine hyped Mary.
5. Mary is the queen of procrastination, and she seems to do her best work in the middle of the night. Felix, uh, you can take advantage of this…
Felix you are now prepared for all that lies ahead. You have chosen a wonderful woman to be your wife and all I ask is that you take good care of her and always keep her laughing.
And to Mary, thank you for being such a wonderful friend. I love your infectious laugh, open heart, and brutal honesty. Always remember that I, along with the rest of your friends and family will always be here to support you.
Before I finish, I wanted to share part of a letter that you had written to me on our high school graduation day: “Natasha, we have been through life’s ups and downs together and we are still standing strong. As the day that I move approaches, I pray that our friendship will endure forever so that one day we really will sit next to each other in rocking chairs watching our grandchildren play and reminiscing on these wonderful days of our youth.” Well Mary we still have a ways until grandchildren, but tonight you are one step closer!
Please raise your glasses to Mary and Felix. May the happiness you have tonight only be the start of a wonderful life ahead.