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 pressure too.

Entertaining a room full of strangers, some elderly relatives and a load of drunken mates can be scary. But it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to tell a true friend, or maybe even your sister, how goddamn awesome they are.

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

*Or if you’re looking for more than ‘advice’, check out our speech edit service or our bespoke speech writing service. 

Maid of Honour speech etiquette

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. 

YOUR STYLE 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). 

YOUR FOCUS – The focus of the speech should be a witty description of the bride. 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’. 

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

THE STORIES  A good speech includes good stories. Get a bottle of wine and invite some mates round for a brainstorm. Be conscious of avoiding the stories which might mean she has to apologise to her husband later.  

THE TOAST – Other speakers get first dibs on the classic toasts but quite frankly, who wants them? Find a unique way to toast the newly-hitched- even if it’s just to ‘the coolest couple this side of The Tipsy Cow’.

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The 5 rules to writing a maid of honour speech

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 not that complicated. There’s never an excuse for jokes about even the wedding cake being in tiers.

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 (peri-peri sauce?) 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 a 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.

Maid of Honour Speech Help

The Speechy team can help you write a witty, modern and memorable speech. 

Contact Us if you’d like to talk about the best option for you or find out when we’ll launch our new Maid of Honour speech template. 

  • Bespoke Speech


    Commission the Speechy wordsmiths to craft a bespoke (and rather brilliant) wedding speech for you. 

    Buy today and we’ll get the ball rolling.

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  • Speech Review Service


    Purchase a Wedding Speech Review and the Speechy wordsmiths will ensure it’s a speech to remember for all the right reasons. 

    Once purchased, simply upload your speech when prompted and our experts will ensure it passes all the etiquette and story-telling tests. We’ll also rewrite any sections that we feel are lacking and ensure your speech is one you can’t wait to deliver.

    Your ‘Reviewed Speech’ will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchase.

    Further detail can be found below.

  • Delivery Masterclass


    Deliver Your Speech Like a Pro with our Speechy Delivery Masterclass

    Wedding speech delivery is just as important as writing a great speech. As ex BBC TV directors, we’re trained to get the best out of you and teach you the tricks of the presenting trade. 

    The Masterclass is a one-to-one Skype call with one of the Speechy team that will take between 45 and 60 mins. We’ve worked with numerous celebrities and countless comedians as part of our TV career helping them to get into their comfort zone and deliver the goods and, with a few simple tips, we guarantee you will too! 

    We’ll ask you to present your speech before giving you feedback & presenting tips, and then get keep on rehearsing it until we feel you’ve got it. You’ll inevitably see immediate an improvement but we’ll also send you a personalised email with everything you need practise and remember on the day. It’s basically The Cheat’s Guide to Nailing It. 

    Once purchased, we’ll be in touch to set up the Masterclass Skype call or you can call us in advance to check our available time-slots.

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


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.


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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