How to make a great bride’s wedding speech

Oh, whoops … should a bride make a wedding speech? Surely this is an escape from the traditional male-dominated scenario? OK, with a hat-tip to tradition we have covered male speeches in this series here for the father-of-the-bride, here for the groom, and here for the best man.

How to make a great bride's wedding speech

These days the women don’t just sit around looking beautiful, despite the fact that they are – they can get up and make speeches that often knock spots off those made by the men.

But we’ve only just got started. These days the women don’t just sit around looking beautiful, despite the fact that they are – they can get up and make speeches that often knock spots off those made by the men. So let’s start with …

The bride’s wedding speech: content points can you consider

You may only want to get up and say a very few words, and that’s great. But conversely you may want to say quite a lot. Here follows a checklist of topics you can choose from, whatever length of speech you want to make…

For a list of ALL our articles on wedding speeches for everyone from groom to granny, click here.

 

Why we’re all here

  • This is the most wonderful day of my life
  • I am so thrilled to see so many people I love here sharing the day with us
  • Thank you so much for coming
  • Thank you so much for your gifts

Distant friends and family (present)

  • It’s especially heart warming that (people) were prepared to travel all the way from (place)
  • I’m so glad they could be here to complete our family/group of friends
  • I have such fond memories of the great times we’ve had together, especially on my trips out to see them in (place)

Distant friends and family (absent)

  • It’s a great shame that (names) couldn’t be here today
  • I know they’re thinking of us right now and I promised I’d have an extra drink for them
  • (Short anecdote about them? Joke about why they couldn’t come?)

Distant friends and family (ill)

  • It’s a great shame that (name) couldn’t be here today due to ill health
  • (Possible explanation of ill health – e.g. accident, surgery, etc)
  • I know they’re thinking of us right now and I promised I’d have an extra drink for them
  • I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing (name) a swift recovery / all the best

Distant friends and family (deceased)

  • I know this is hardly the time to think of sad things
  • As you know (may not know) my (relationship), (name,) passed away (when.)
  • However I just wanted to say how much s/he would have enjoyed today
  • I can almost see him/her (short amusing anecdote about that person and how s/he would have reacted to this occasion?)
  • I’m sure s/he is with us in spirit and s/he is very much on our minds today

Appreciation of parents, parents-in-law, grandparents and grandparents-in-law

  • Their role in your past
  • Amusing anecdotes??
  • What they mean to you now
  • What they have contributed to your relationship
  • What they’ve contributed to this wedding

Appreciation of your siblings and children

  • Their role in your past
  • Amusing anecdotes??
  • What they mean to you now
  • What they have contributed to your relationship
  • What they’ve contributed to this wedding

Appreciation of your new family

  • Parents-in-law
  • Sisters and brothers-in-law
  • Step-children
  • Step-in-laws and siblings
  • What they have contributed to your relationship
  • What they’ve contributed to this wedding
  • How much they will all mean to you in the future

Appreciation of other members of the wedding party

  • Your father (or whoever gives that traditional speech)
  • Your husband!
  • The best man (assuming you speak after him)
  • Your bridesmaids
  • Pages and flower girls
  • Other people who contributed

Appreciation of friends

  • Their role in your past
  • Amusing anecdotes??
  • What they mean to you now
  • What they have contributed to your relationship
  • What they’ve contributed to this wedding

Appreciation of colleagues

  • Their role in your working life
  • Amusing anecdotes??
  • What they have contributed to your relationship (if relevant)
  • What they’ve contributed to this wedding
  • How your working life will be after marriage

People to whom you might propose a toast:

  • Distant/absent friends and family
  • Your husband
  • Your parents
  • Your family
  • Your joint families
  • Your children
  • Your guests

A poem, perhaps?

  • Love poem to your husband
  • Appreciation poem to your parents
  • Appreciation poem to all your guests
  • Appreciation poem to your children

Jokes potential

  • About yourself
  • About your new husband
  • About your relationship / courtship / engagement
  • About marriage itself
  • About your expectations of marriage

Other events sharing the same date

  • Did you know that on this day in (year) (the following) happened?

A sample running order to work with

Here, now, is a sample running order you can use for your bride’s wedding speech. You probably won’t want to use everything, so just pick up on the ideas that work for you and edit out the ideas that don’t. Plus, you probably will want to re-order it to suit your needs.

  • Why is the bride making a speech? Many of you know I talk too much anyway, so why change the habits of a lifetime just because it’s my wedding?
  • Actually I wanted the chance to say “thank you” to many people – in fact all of you
  • First I want to tell you how I met (husband) … (short amusing, true, anecdote)
  • Thank you so much to (name) who introduced us
  • Thank you, too, to (name) who organized such a wonderful hen party (short amusing anecdote here…)
  • While I’m about it I must thank all of you for coming here today, especially those of you who have traveled from far away
  • Also I must mention (relative) who I know would have loved to be here today but sadly can’t be (reason why)
  • And of course I must thank you for your fabulous gifts
  • We haven’t opened them yet because we’re saving them for when we get back from honeymoon / because we’re keeping them packed so we can sell them on eBay (sense of humor required!)
  • I’d also like to thank (name, best man) for his, er, brilliant speech (perhaps quick joke here?)
  • Thanks, too, to (whoever else played a particularly significant role. If you want, you can present them with gifts now)
  • But perhaps more than anyone I owe thanks to, it’s my parents
  • Why I owe them so much from when I was a little girl
  • Why I owe them so much now
  • How much I love them and thank them for today
  • And how much I love my sisters / brothers / friends who have been so supportive through all my wedding plans – thanks, guys
  • And thanks, too, to my work colleagues who have been so supportive as well
  • Now, to my new husband, the most important person of all
  • My own ordinary words aren’t enough to describe what I feel
  • So I will share this poem with you all (if appropriate!)
  • (Read poem)
  • Someone told me I should marry a rich man
  • Well, I have – a man rich in all the qualities that any woman will even need to make her happy.
  • Now, a toast – to my husband, (name)

Feeling inspired? I hope so! Good luck with your fab bride’s wedding speech…

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