Giving a Maid of Honor toast can seem like a daunting task. What should you say? How should you say it? Should it be funny or serious? Don’t worry! You’ve got this, just be yourself, and follow these 10 tips for the perfect Maid of Honor toast!
This is not the time for procrastination. The longer you wait, the more stressed you’ll get. Give yourself some time to think about what you want to say and how to say it.
Know Your Audience
Is this a black-tie, super formal event or a more relaxed, backyard wedding? You want to have a good feel for the vibe of the wedding and craft your speech to fit that style.
Make ‘em laugh!
Humor isn’t just for the Best Man’s speech, you can throw in a joke, or a funny story, too! However, steer clear of anything that will embarrass the bride or groom. If you wouldn’t say it in front of your mom & dad, don’t say it in your speech.
Do not mention their Ex(s)
Remember, this isn’t about you.
While you can include stories of experiences you have shared with the bride, make sure your role isn’t the focus. You want this to be about the bride and groom.
Do not get drunk.
Again, Just don’t. Wait until after you’ve given your speech to imbibe. You want guests to remember your toast because it was awesome, not because you were totally sloshed!
Don’t forget the groom.
Start your toast by talking about the bride, but make sure to acknowledge the groom, too. End with a mention of them as a couple.
Keep it short and sweet!
Nobody wants to listen to a speech that goes on and on and on. Keep yours to two or three minutes if possible. Any longer, and guests may stop listening.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
While you don’t want your toast to sound super rehearsed, you do want to be prepared so you feel comfortable. Read your speech in front of a few trusted friends, and get their feedback. And no, you do not need to memorize your toast!!
Take a deep breath, relax, and just speak from your heart. You’ll do great!