- Happy Day
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2006
I found some really helpful speech information on Weddingbee and hope that I can get some feedback on my Maid/Matron of Honor speech. I’d posted it on another forum, but had to delete it when I found out the bride was using that site, eek!
I would still like to work something in about the groomsmen, but haven’t figured out what or how yet.
PS – names and dates have been changed for privacies sake.
On behalf of myself and my wedding party partner in crime Kate, congratulations Sam and Ella, or should I say Mr. and Mrs. Smith! You look gorgeous Ella; you’re a lucky man Sam! And Sam, you’re a handsome devil in that kilt!
For those of you I haven’t met yet, I’m the nervous maid of honour Emma-Jane.
Ella and I go way back. Back 16 years to bad hairdos and high waist jeans. We met through my Mom when we were all working at The Bay. I remember one night Ella came over to have dinner with my Mom and another lady from their department. It was that night as I was getting ready to go out that I thought, ‘she seems way too fun to hang-out with to leave her behind’ so she came with me. Sorry Mom!
I’m delighted to say over the years our hairstyles have improved and our high waist jeans have been banished, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that Ella is still a constant in my life. She’s a fun loving, loyal and dependable friend and a woman I admire immensely for the way she devotes herself wholeheartedly to everything she does. From her time studying Law at UofT, to her demanding career and more recently as a volunteer and wedding planner. Since I’ve known her she’s had some remarkable pastimes as well, she’s been a fly fisherman, dirt biker and competitive kick boxer, not to mention a do-it-yourself home renovation guru.
She was the first of my girlfriends to hold our newborn daughter and the friend who made a point of keeping in touch during those first rocky months of new motherhood, something which meant the world to me. She also stood by me on my own wedding day and was an invaluable part of the planning process. She’s been there through the good and the bad and even though I know at times my type B personality drives Ella’ type A personality a little crazy, she`s one of my dearest friends. She psychs me up and I talk her down, it’s a great balance really!
Something else we’ve shared over the years is nights out at The Bucket pub. I think I can speak for Ella too when I say it holds a special place in our hearts. It’s the place we always seem to end up. We’ve laughed there, cried there and laughed so hard we’ve cried there. We’ve celebrated everything from birthdays to bachelorettes and Halloweens to Saturday nights there. This makes it so completely fitting that it’s where it all began for Sam and Ella.
On the fateful night of Oct 31, 2009 we`d planned a girls night out. Originally it was supposed to be a night of dinner and dancing at a bar in downtown Winnipeg. But plans changed and stars aligned and we ended up at our old faithful The Bucket. Ella later said she noticed Sam the moment we walked in. Not long after they were introduced it was obvious there was some serious chemistry between the two of them. A fact that was confirmed when they swapped phone numbers at the end of the night.
Ella programmed her number into Sam’s phone under an alias to see if he was serious about calling, very sly my friend, very sly! Needless to say, he called! I remember her being thrilled, excited and a bit scared, mostly because she actually really dug this guy. Sam was someone unlike any of the guys she’d met before. It was easy to tell from early on their relationship had the potential to be something special.
I’m pleased to say that two and a half years later it’s obvious from the way she’s glowing today that she still really digs him. You make her a happy woman Sam, which is wonderful, because as the saying goes ‘happy wife, happy life!’ I have a few words of advice to keep your beautiful wife happy:
1. Love her;
2. Cherish her; and
3. Always make sure you have plenty of gluten free, dairy free, high protein, healthy snacks on hand. We all know Ella is a much happier camper when she’s well nourished.
We found out just how important proper nourishment is on a recent girl’s weekend in Seattle, it was no Cuba, but it was a ton of fun. During our first day of shopping Ella stumbled upon a set of stick-on moustaches. The set included Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, The Hulk, Mario and Magnum PI moustaches to name a few. Because Ella isn’t your typical girly-girl she bought those moustaches and thought it would be a great idea for the four of us to wear them out… in public… where people could see us. It took some convincing, but being that she was the guest of honour we all somewhat reluctantly obliged her and wore them. As it turns out wearing those moustaches was a complete blast.
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On that note, I would like to say thank you, for having me as a part of your special day, it’s been an honour to be one of your wingmen!
Please 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 Sam and Ella.