Post # 1
I need some help. I am moh in my cousins wedding on Saturday & need to write my moh speech. Last minute it know! I’m in nursing school & i just had my last test so I wasn’t able to start writing until this week. However over the past year I’ve been writing down random thoughts and ideas, so I’m not working from a black slate. I literally have a bunch of random thoughts and ideas that I don’t know how to make flow.
I’m not sure of where I want to go with this speech. IT’s my cousin who weve known each other for 28 years. So i want to tell some childhood stories, I dont want to embarass her. I want this speech to be meaningful & sentimental yet funny throughout. I have trouble being funny when I try to be. I want some kind of quote but all the ones i found on the internet have been cheesy or irrelevent.
I need some advice. Im not looking for someone to write my speech. I’m looking for tips or advice from people who has given speech or had speeches given at their wedding. Things that stuck out to you that I should include or not include. Or any advice on how to get my thoughts all flowing together.
Post # 3
My Maid/Matron of Honor was my best friend since we were 5. What stood out to me from her speech were her stories of us playing wedding with our dolls, and talks of being one another’s MOHs someday. She ended on a very touching memory about us being buddies walking across the street at school, and having to hold hands. She said she was happy to see I have found a great man to be my “buddy” for life, who will hold my hand forever. Pretty sure I teared up!
Post # 4
my Darling Husband cringes everytime someone starts their speech “For those of you that don’t know me, I am the maid of honor, [name].”
Post # 5
@showmethebling: Speeches are so personal, which make them hard to write!! I know as a guest, I love speeches that make me cry, and then make me chuckle. I love hearing a few ‘good’ stories, but of which are short and sweet, and not long-winded, or full of things I do not understand. I love a speech to incorporate the couple – at some point, and not just the bride or the groom!!
I have given 2 speeches in great friends weddings. I opened both with a background of how or why I know the Bride, shared a story about ‘us’, and then went into remembering how or when or why the Bride met her Groom, and then usually throw the groom a compliment, and then a warning about how I was not going ANYwhere! I then asked for the crowd to join me in a cheers, and tried to incorporate a witty ‘one-liner’, of which I cannot remember at this time.
My speeches were maybe a 1:30 in length, if that, and cried through both of them. I hope this helps?!
Post # 6
@showmethebling: Don’t try to be overly funny if it’s not natural! I think the best speeches are short, to the point and meaningful. Don’t tell too many “inside jokes” because no one is going to get it other than the bride.
I was at a wedding where the best man had written his speech down, but ended up getting drunk and he ripped it up right as he took the mic and just winged it. It was awful. Then he kept saying “ROLL TIDE!” which I guess was a joke at his bachelor party which also doesnt make any sense because we are from NJ, not Alabama, lol. It was like crickets in there. So awkward.
So basically – short, sweet & don’t try to be funny if you can’t pull it off (I know I can’t – I am pretty witty and funny in real life but my comedic timing is awful). And write it down. And don’t get drunk beforehand. LOL.
Post # 7
Thanks you girls. This was all so helpful. I feel some motivation to cut out my rambling & get on the right track.
@ajillity81: Lol good to know
@littlemisst08: Thank you. ME & my cousin have played to gether as babie & also spend so much time dressing up at brides and holding pretend weddings. I have included that in my speech, hoping I can tie it in nicely
@OUgal0004: Bride requested that the speech not be more than seven minutes. I was thinking more like 1-2. I’m defilenly going to keep short & sweet in mind.
@weatherbug: Lol that role tide thing is funny. I can only imagine the faces in the room. I probably will have a small drink before the speech to calm my nerves but I already have my other cousins on deck to make sure i don’t get “drunk” before the speech.
When I finish I’ll post the speech maybe you girls can look at it.