Wedding speeches are a significant and memorable portion of many wedding receptions. The speech by the mother of the bride is an excellent opportunity for the speaker to share feelings with her daughter, new son-in-law, and the entire family as well as friends. Sharing interesting details about the couple, whimsical stories about the bride's childhood, and personal wisdom can help create an unforgettable mother-of-the-bride speech.
Begin with an introduction, as some guests may not know your name or relationship to the bride and groom. You may wish to share facts about yourself such as, how long you have been married or how many children you have.
Reveal stories from your daughter's childhood, especially her early opinions of men or marriage. Tell how the couple met or an entertaining story from early in the romance. Describe when you realized that your daughter had found the one or how she has changed since meeting her husband. Check beforehand to be sure your anecdotes do not duplicate those in the speech of the father of the bride, which precedes this one.
Welcome the Groom
The wedding marks the official joining of both the bride's and groom's families. Welcome the groom as your son and his family as your own. You may wish to thank his mother for raising such a respectable young man or acknowledge other positive traits that the groom possesses. Share occasional eye contact with the groom during this section of your speech.
Thank everyone who played an important role in the planning, decorating, and execution of the ceremony and reception. Mention that you are thankful to share in the newlywed's special day. Acknowledge the minister's heartwarming words or how much you enjoyed the service. Express appreciation for the bridal party and other participants.
Speaking directly to the newlyweds, share your thoughts or advice on marriage. What do you wish your mother had told you about tying the knot? Explain what you believe keeps a union together. Keep it lighthearted.
Conclude with a Toast
Raise your glass and toast the bride and groom. Include a quote from your favorite poem or author or compose a special toast for the occasion. Speak to the couple with occasional glances at the guests.
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