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On Saturday I finally gave my maid of honor speech at the A’s wedding! I was very nervous about the speech leading up to my moment. I went through several drafts and couldn’t have done it without the proof-reading help of my mom and brother (thank you!).
I started out with a story of how the bride and I met, continued on into how friendship has grown, then included thoughts about her now husband. I ended using the first few lines from the poem I Carry Your Heart by e.e. Cummings .
I had a bit of trouble with the microphone, but overall was very happy with how the speech turned out- I got lots of compliments after too! I didn’t cry but was shaking some- as I predicted. These toast giving tips (here and here) really helped, and the only thing I would say is practice, practice, practice! I only did a few times and once in front of the mirror. If I do it again, practicing will be my mantra. Also- have fun! I had to remind myself why I was giving this speech and it helped me not to be so scared.
PS: It’s been a while(!) and now that the craziness of my summer weddings is nearly over- just one more to go on September 24th- I will be posting more regularly. I have lots to share with you!
I posted a bunch of tips earlier this summer for making a maid of honor wedding toast/speech. With my big MOH toast just 5 days away, the nerves are really setting in. The speech is written and I’ve practiced a few times, as practice makes perfect!, but I am now getting nervous for how I am going to be during the toast. Will I cry too much or shake too much? I know a sip of champagne…or two, or three, or four…will help calm my nerves, but can I really make it through it!?
Part 1: I love you both so much.
Part 2: A lovely anecdote about the couple’s relationship and how awesome they are. (This should be the bulk of your speech.)
Part 3: I hope you are always as happy, joyous, and in love as that moment. OR This proves how madly in love you two are. May you continue to be an inspiration to us all. Etc.
Part 4. (Actually make the toast.) Everyone drinks!
I am also heeding the advice to keep it short and sweet, not only for the listeners’ sake, but my own!
Wish me luck!
image via Etsy
Discussed here previously, what do you think of varying bridesmaids dresses in a wedding party? Check out the bridal parties in these two recent weddings: the first from Naomi at Rockstar Diaries, the second posted on Lovely Little Details.
I love the vintage feeling of both of these weddings, and the bridal parties connect due to the fact that they are carrying the same flowers.
For the future Mrs. A’s bachelorette, I wanted to give a favor to each of the girls who attended. I had seen a favor mix-tape for a wedding on the blog Silver Lining last year. I book-marked the page, knowing I wanted to do something like this for a bachelorette.
A few weeks before the bachelorette, I emailed all of the girls attending asking them to send me a song or two that reminded them of the bride in some way, with a note about the memory/song. I told them I was making a gift for the bride. I had made a list of a few I wanted to add in honor of her engagement, the bachelorette, and the wedding. Most of the girls responded, and I was able to put together the playlist. I had my brother, who has helped me with all of my DIY paper products this wedding season, create the CD cover using the city-line image that was on the bachelorette invitation.
I listed the songs in chronological order and put a little note next to each one. I then tied a pink ribbon with a fake ring around each to give to the guests.
I love this eco-friendly, unique favor idea featured on Ruffled. These DIY soy candles will add a personal touch to any bridal shower and can be a fun project for the bridesmaids or those hosting the shower.
- Soy wax flakes
- Containers: Ruffled suggests vintage teacups, recycled jars, old tumblers. I like the idea of mason jars.
- Pitcher with spout
- Fragrance oil: Ruffled recommends looking on Etsy.
- Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or something to hold the wick
- Candle dye (optional)
See all the step by step directions here.
What do you think of DIY favors?