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More Wedding Speech Tips

29 Aug

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!?

I found this How to Write a Wedding Toast post on A Practical Wedding, that really helped me write/format my speech.  They suggest splitting the toast into four parts:

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!

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Advice: Maid of Honor speech

3 Jun

This week, Lovely Little Details blog had some great advice on giving a bridal party speech.  I am the maid of honor in one of my friend’s weddings this Labor Day, and I am already nervous! I have not begun writing the speech, and despite having plenty of time (exactly 3 months), I will be printing these tips that I took away from her post to ease my worries as the speech time approaches.

  1. Think of the speech as an outline with a beginning, middle, and end.
  2. Start off by giving “congrats” to the couple and give background on who you are and your relation to the bride.
  3. Add personal touches & antidotes.
  4. For timing: keep the speech 2-3 minutes. When in doubt, short & sweet never fails!
  5. Finish with a cheers and raise your class to the happy couple.
  6. In anticipation, practice makes perfect! Feel comfortable with the speech.
Here are a few tips of my own:
  1. When picking a personal story or 2 to share, don’t keep it too focused on inside jokes that only a select few- or no one else- at the party will understand.
  2. A few sips of champagne will calm your nerves, but you don’t want to be known as the maid of honor who realllly likes her booze. (LLD blog mentions this too).
  3. To keep from shaking, stand semi behind the bride and touch the chair now and then looking down at her. It keeps you from moving around too much and will look sweet.
  4. Laugh, cry, make it your own!
  5. Don’t try to be someone you are not- if you aren’t always a jokester, don’t start throwing out all these jokes that will make you feel out of your comfort zone. Be you.
  6. BREATHE.
That being said, I will let you all know how this goes after my speech on Sept 3, 2011.
Do you have any speech giving advice?

Thanks to Lovely Little Details for these great tips! Be sure to check out the full list of tips.