Being the maid of honor in a wedding comes with a lot of responsibilities. One of these is to give a speech during the wedding reception. It will take some nerve to grab the microphone and make a speech in front of all of the wedding guests, but it is something that you should take seriously and feel honored to do.
When you agree to toast the bride and groom you are essentially a poet who has a story to tell. You should not put off writing the speech that you plan to give. About 3 weeks before the wedding you should start thinking about what you want to say about the bride and groom and how you want to say it. You should approach the speech with a serious attitude; treat it like you would a paper that is due. Ask someone that you know and trust to edit your work and make sure that you write a couple of drafts. Preparing in advance will help make sure that your speech is not just scrawled on some cocktail napkins while you are having a panic attack because you waited until the last minute.
There are several things that you should cover in your toast. First, you should express your excitement about being at the wedding and thank the couple and their parents for inviting you and each of the guests to enjoy this special day.
Next, it is a good idea to add a personal touch to the speech. Share a favorite memory, secret, or joke that is emotionally significant. Offer words of wisdom and advice for the couple’s future together. Often a quote will work nicely into this part of the speech. Finally, end the speech by raising your champagne glass to the couple. Make sure that you take a sip!