5 Ways to Ace Your Maid of Honor Speech
So, you’ve been selected as the maid of honor and therefore need to make an amazing, beautiful, moving, and funny toast. No pressure, are we right?
If you are having toast jitters, or need some ideas you have come to the right place. Read on for our top 5 tops to ace the maid of honor toast at your bride’s reception!
This one seems very obvious, but trust us, it gets overlooked quite a bit. The best maid of honor toasts we have been witness to (a lot), we have noticed one thing in common: an ease and sense of confidence. No matter who you are, we all know that confidence is key. Confidence comes from practice and working out the kinks. Record yourself giving the speech, have friends critique your performance, or at least get in front of a mirror and read our speech out loud. You will thank us when the hottest groomsmen compliments you on your hilarious yet thoughtful speech. 😉
2) Keep It Short & Sweet
Something to always keep in mind during your toast is that your toast is essentially between the ceremony and the party. Many guests are also waiting to eat. This is the harsh reality of being a toast giver at a wedding. Be kind to your guests and keep things moving at the beginning of the reception by giving a speech that is no longer than 1-2 minutes. Guests will thank you and comment on how elegant and graceful you were, in your shirt time on stage.
3) Don’t Tell Inside Jokes
You’re reflecting on your many years of friendship and sisterhood while writing this toast and so it may feel difficult to not mention inside jokes between you and the bride. Remember that the reception hall is full of people that may not have been in on your jokes together and so keep it universal and use jokes that everyone can relate to.
4) Make This About The Couple
It will be very difficult to not talk about yourself up there. After all, you are going to feel like you need to introduce yourself to this big group of people! A brief introduction is called for, but just remember, this is about the bride, more specifically, the bride and groom.
5) Have a Start, Middle, and an End
Remember writing a thesis, body, and conclusion to essays in gradeschool? Follow the same rule of thumb when writing your speech. Make sure it has a story arch, albeit brief, with an ending that rests on this couple’s future together.