James Nardel asked:
Maid of honors are usually the person closest to the bride’s heart. It could be her best friend or her younger sister. It is a person who could know a lot of things about the bride that even her parents don’t know about. A maid of honor is also one of the people in the wedding that would definitely have the chance to speak during the wedding reception and give her best wishes to the newlyweds. A lot of maid of honors commit the mistake of going to the wedding reception unprepared. Thus, messing up during the delivery of a toast or speech. Because of this mistake, you missed your chance to be able to show what makes you the maid of honor of the bride.
There are lots of ways to be able to give a memorable toast to the bride. Being a maid of honor is a privilege and you should not miss the chance on giving out your best during this important celebration. It is your responsibility to give a wonderful toast for the bride. There are a few ways to be able to express your toast in a form of a speech. After all, your elder sister or best friend will be wed only once and you should not miss the chance to make your participation memorable.
First, choose a story, preferably funny, that you can share with the guests. It could be a story during childhood, embarrassing moment, how you became close friends or a certain incident wherein the bride played an important part of your life. You may use this story as your opening remark and you can expound from this. Do not add additional stories because one story would be enough for a speech.
Second, give the groom a few hints about what are the likes and dislikes of the bride. You are the most likely person that would know the bride very well. Since they are newlyweds, there could be some characteristics of the bride that the groom does not know about. Share some of these as tips but choose only a few.
Third, give them your wishes and a piece of advice to be able to have a successful marriage. You can share something spiritual that they could ponder on and use as a foundation for their marriage.
Last, be sure to bring a tissue or handkerchief with you during your speech. Marriage is a mixture of fun and sadness and because of this, a lot of people cry during speech delivery. It is better to come prepared for the tears rather than wiping with your hands. You might deliver a good speech but get a smeared makeup after.