Post # 1
I used these boards a lot before my wedding, and now I’ve come back to ask for help. I am the matron of honor at my best friend’s wedding in a month – and I’m slightly terrified. I would greatly appreciate thoughts on my speech! I changed user name just in case…Here it is…
My name is X – I am Beth’s matron of honor and best friend, and I am so honored to be celebrating this day with Beth and Bill. Beth, of course, looks absolutely beautiful tonight.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have Beth as a life long best friend. She has been there every step of the way. We have been best friends since we were four years old – 26 years, which is hard to imagine since we are only 22. She is a constant source of laughter, of comfort, of support. She never judges me, and she always listens. Most of the time I don’t have to say much because Beth always knows what I’m thinking. We actually figured out years ago that we are psychic – this always amazes everyone. What number am I thinking? (She says a number) See!? We grew up down the street from each other as kids, and now as adults we live down the street from each other again. It seems that we will never be far apart, and that is truly a blessing in my life.
And I’m sure Bill never expected that he would never be far apart from me. For those of you who don’t know Bill and I were officemates at my old job. Back then nothing was too serious – a typical day at work consisted of throwing things at the window to see if they would stick, and Bill making me smell the inside of his shoe to show me how bad his feet smelled. It was a lot of fun, but I never would have pictured he would end up marrying my best friend. Then one night Beth and I were out on the town and Bill was there. I’m not sure they exchanged more than two words, but somehow I had a feeling there would be chemistry between them.
So the next day, of course, Bill said to me “who was your friend last night?”. So I pretended I didn’t hear him. Then finally I said “That’s Beth, but Bill you always tell me you don’t have feelings.” (he was very tough) And he said, “I changed my mind, I could feel for THAT girl”. So it was love at first sight. The relationship took off quickly after that, and today Beth and Bill have been through a lot together that demonstrate the strength of their relationship – through career choices, buying a house, taking care of a psychotic dog, Bill’s snoring – and now deciding to spend their lives together. Beth and Bill are truly two of the most genuine, funny and caring people that I am fortunate enough to know and I am so happy they have found love with each other. So please join me in toasting the Beth and Bill, and wishing them love, happiness and a wonderful future together.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2011 - Mackinaw Valley Vineyard; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
It sounds really good! Equal parts funny and serious!
Post # 5
It’s good, but I think it’s quite a bit too long. My advice? Cut the psychic bit and leave out the subtle digs to Bill (i.e. his smelly feet, snoring). I know it’s meant to be funny, but it may embarrass him. Think about how everyone would react if the best man were making jokes like that about the bride.
I love the part about what Bill said the day after meeting Beth and the ending of your toast.
Post # 6
So cute! You really put a lot of thought into this and it sounds great!
Also, I’m going to have to disagree with @babylou: — I think the subtle digs at him are harmless and funny. I’m sure you know the couple well enough to understand their sense of humor.
Awesome job — I bet it’s a huge hit! 🙂
Post # 7
I agree that it might be a little too long, but I don’t know that I would change it. I obviously don’t know them and have a sense of each of them. and the part at the end where you say what he said about “falling for That girl” i almost teared up. (granted i’ve been very emotional these last few weeks) but I think it will really strike the other guests that know and love them as much as you do.
Post # 8
On length… it didn’t take very much time for me to read it to myself.. and generally when speaking infront of people you talk even faster.
My sisters was MUCH longer and it didn’t feel that long at all (i know that it was longer b/c she had it written out on multiple pages lol).. I think the little quips you have reallly break it up.. and since you actually knew the groom BEFORE him and your friend even knew each other I think the jokes are safe. =)
I think even if no one else listens to it all, gets it, or even likes it for that matter.. the Your friends are going to LOVE it! It’s personal toward both of them.. funny.. and incredibly heartfelt =)
Post # 10
At first look I thought it was a little long, but after reading it- I think its worth the length. Its really sweet and heartfelt. There is nothing cheesy or cliche in there. I love it.
Post # 11
I really liked it! I too thought it was the perfect blend of serious and funny. I didn’t think it was too long, but I’m a really fast reader, so 🙂
Post # 12
I don’t think its too long at all. Leave it it’s perfect.
Post # 13
Thank you all so much for the feedback! I really do welcome any and all thoughts including criticisms. This speech takes me almost exactly 3 minutes to say out loud. To tell you the truth, I would love to cut it down, not because I think 3 minutes is too long really, but I’m just so nervous that I think the shorter it is the easier it will be for me. I might take out the psychic part – my sisters love that but I’m not sure how well it is going to go over. Has anyone else had major speech anxiety? Thanks again:)
Post # 14
Sorry this feedback is a little late, but I found this through a search of Maid of Honor speeches bc I have to give one soon, too!
This is really picky, but if you’re 22 years old and you have been friends since you were 4, then you’ve been friends for 18 years, not 26 🙂
I thought the rest was perfect – good mix of serious and fun. Good luck!
Post # 15
If my matron of honor gave that speech, I would love it. It’s funny and sentimental. I think the length is perfect and I think the digs are harmless. If the guy asked you to smell his shoes, he probably wouldn’t be offended by anything. 🙂
@NoelleW: – I think they’re actually 30 but telling people they’re 22.
Post # 16
ok, pls disregard that last post by me – it was a joke that I obviously didn’t get – ah, embarrassing 🙂 Maybe that’s a sign I shouldn’t be trying any humor in my own speech, haha