Nail your Maid of Honour speech

We love a maid of honour speech. Boom! That’s the best man blown right out of the water.

Of course, being asked to give a maid of honour speech is a bit of a ‘responsibility’. An honour, hell yeah, but a shed load of responsibility too.

Entertaining a room full of strangers, some elderly relatives and a load of drunken mates with a propensity to heckle, can be scary. But it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to tell a true friend how goddamn awesome they are and we want to help you nail it.

Follow our advice and write a speech that will get the best man weeping.*

*Or get us to do the hard work. Check out our Maid of Honour templates and writing services. 

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Maid of Honour speech etiquette

Hoorah – there’s none! Unlike the best man there’s no obvious ‘to dos’ with a maid of honour speech.

YOUR JOB – Your job is simply to drop a love-bomb on your friend. In our experience, a maid of honour speech can be just as touching as the groom’s, but that’s not to say it shouldn’t be blooming funny too. In fact, it definitely should be funny (as all good speeches are). 

Tailor your speech to suit the style of the wedding. Is it a rock n roll affair, a traditional do or a child-friendly bash? Think of your audience and decide if ‘ladies and gentleman’ is necessary or overly formal (generally it’s the latter). The basic advice is not to get laden down by old-school etiquette.

YOUR FOCUS – The focus of the speech should be a witty description of the bride. You want lots of laughs but your speech also needs to be a thoughtful acknowledgement of a friendship. This doesn’t mean you need to sing your mate’s praises for a solid eight minutes, it means having fun with her character and showing you really ‘get her’. Find the things that her friends & family recognise as ‘her’ – her photographic memory of the Nando’s menu, her unusually short T-Rex arms, you get the idea . Yes, it might seem like you’re taking the mick but that’s actually a great way to show you care. 

THE GROOM – Remember to be nice about the groom and it helps if this sounds sincere. Say more than the usual platitudes and give a sense of his character too. 

THE STORIES – a good speech has to include good stories. Get a bottle of wine and invite some other mates round for a brainstorm. Be conscious to avoid the ones which might mean she has to apologise to her husband later.  

THE TOAST – The other speakers get first dibs on the classic toasts but quite frankly, you wouldn’t want them. Find a unique way to toast the newly-hitched- even if it’s just to ‘the coolest couple this side of the Hog’s Head’.

If you want to swot up on what everyone else is covering – check out Confetti’s Etiquette Guide. Only necessary if you’re the swotty sort. 

Finding Your Funny

Granted, the bride (and her mum) will focus on the touching side of your speech – but everyone else, well, they want the laughs. Here’s how to achieve them…

1- AVOID WEDDING ‘JOKES’ Being funny isn’t about finding good jokes on the internet . Humour comes from real life, so don’t look anywhere else for your inspiration. You’ve got a ready made character that you can play with and even if the bride’s on the straight and boring side, we guarantee there will be fun to be had. Yes, it’s more effort to create original humour but it’s actually not that complicated. There’s never an excuse for jokes about honeymoons in Bangor.

2 – IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE IT’S TRUE – Start by thinking about the things that make the bride unique. Ask yourself lots of questions – what’s her worst habit (cheating at the pub quiz), what’s her guilty pleasures (Dire Straits), what might she love more than her groom (avocados?) etc. Once you have a bit of content to play with, the comedy will be easier to find.

3 – CREATE A CHARACTER – Imagine the bride was the central character in a sitcom. What type of person would he be? The health freak who transforms into a kebab-eating monster after a bottle of Pinot? The A&E doctor who can’t live without her straighteners? The intellectual who secretly loves The Kardashians? Once you find a basic premise, use anecdotes can help build on the character you’ve created.

4 – KEEP IT SIMPLE – Good writing is all you need for a great speech. Powerpoint and props can often get in the way. Keep your speech short and your jokes punchy. 

The 5 rules to writing a maid of honour speech

Maid of Honour Speech - Do's and Don'ts

DO

Don’t pretend your friend is a princess – she might be in a big white frock but everyone loves her for who she is whether that’s ditsy, gobby or an absolute loon.

Introduce yourself – Remember there will probably be people at the wedding you’ve never met. Explain how you know the bride

Practise your speech and film it on your phone – Watch it back, ignore the unflattering lighting and spot where your speech can be improved.

Talk slower than feels natural – It’s what those authoritative people do to make themselves seem more intelligent.

DON'T

Thank anyone – It’s not your job. 

Ignore the feedback of friends – It’s always worth testing your speech out on a mate but this also means you have to listen to them. If they don’t get a joke, don’t waste your time explaining it as you won’t be able to do that on the day.

Talk over laughter – You’ve worked hard for those laughs – don’t rush them. Always wait until your guests have settled down before continuing with your speech.

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Speechy is here to help maid of honours in need.

We’re currently hard at work crafting our Speechy Maid of Honour Template. Get in touch if you want to be emailed when it goes online. 

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