Whether you’re a stand‐in speaker or a bride who wants to make a wedding speech, here’s some guidance and sample material to help get you started If yours is an…
Written by Guest Blogger Last updated: November 18, 2016
We live in enlightened times. Britain has a female Prime Minister. And a Queen! Germany has both (sort of). The US almost elected a woman to be its Commander In Chief.
And yet, at the majority of weddings, the speaking roles are delegated exclusively to the men. The Father of the Bride, the Groom, and the Best Man. Some traditions are worth upholding, but in our opinion, this isn’t one of them.
Fortunately, it seems that slowly but surely, weddings are catching up with the times. Each year we at Great Speech Writing receive an increasing number of enquiries for Maid of Honour wedding speeches (Maid of Honor in the States, of course!) from female speakers. But they still represent only a small fraction of the wedding speeches we work on. And that’s a shame.
Because Best Women speeches are often the most original, insightful, and entertaining of the bunch. Why? There are two reasons:
So how to go about crafting something that will capture the imaginations of the guests, bride, and groom alike?
First of all, if possible, it’s always worth speaking to the Father of The Bride to make sure you don’t tread on each other’s toes. You want your contribution to the day to be fresh and original. There’s nothing more dispiriting than readying yourself for the big moment, only to hear another speaker cover the same material minutes before you’re due to follow. If he’s going to focus on Julie’s obsession with a teddy bear called Bill, it’s best you don’t. Or at least just throw in a line for an easy laugh. If he’s inaccessible, you can avoid awkward complications by focusing on content that will be off his radar entirely.
Similarly, as more speakers are introduced to the running order, it might be worth agreeing on a collective time limit. The more speakers the merrier. But not if that means the guests are going to have to endure an hour’s worth of speeches. After all, this is a wedding, not an October afternoon in Blackpool.
Once you’ve determined how long you want to speak for, and what content you’d like to include, the advice we’d give is identical to that of any wedding speech.
This might be daunting for some, but think of it instead as a privilege. An opportunity. A chance to do something different. So whether you want to write something moving, heartfelt, or simply humorous (or all three!), you have a carte blanche to bring something original, fresh, and free of expectation, to what will hopefully be an unforgettable contribution to an unforgettable day.
Great Speech Writing can help you write your maid of honour wedding speech. Please contact us at Great Speech Writing so we can talk you through the next steps.
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