Wondering what you should include in your mother of the bride speech and how it should be delivered? Well there are several ways in which you can perform at the wedding breakfast.
First of all, the mother of the bride speech is likely to take place first, whether it is replacing the father of the bride speech or running alongside or before or after it.
You might choose to deliver a short mother of the bride speech to simply fulfil the requirement of speaking about your daughter’s marriage, particularly if speaking in front of people is not your thing, or may be the type of person to deliver a funny mother of the bride speech. But either way, what should you include?
The speech should start by welcoming the guests to the wedding breakfast, or the wedding if the speeches are taking place after the meal. Thanking them being part of the day and specifically welcome long distance travellers.
Also congratulate the bride and the groom on becoming husband and wife, tell a few stories about how they met, what they are like as a couple and some funny things about them and what lies in store for your new son in law.
It should also welcome your new son-in-law to the family and his parents into your extended family, and raise a toast to the happy couple along with perhaps a word of advice or two for the happy couple to take into married life.
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If you’re going down the funny route, throw in a few jokes to keep the guests entertained too
Here is a mother of the bride speech template to use as an example and craft your own knockout speech:
“I’d like to welcome you all here today to celebrate the marriage of my daughter [XXXX] and [XXXX]. For those of you who don’t me, I’m the mother of the bride.
“There’s a reason I’m doing this speech today and that is because [XXXX]’s father is sadly no longer with us. For those who don’t know…[tell the guests the story]. I know he would be immensely proud of you and [XXXX] today and would have loved to have been here making this speech and leading you down the aisle.”
[If you are separated or divorced, then you might not want to tell the story]
“I’d also like to take a moment to welcome [XXXX] into the family and also his parents [XXXX] and [XXXX].
[Tell a story about their relationship].
[Tell a joke or two about the groom – see examples of which can be found here]
“This is the proudest day of my life. I’m sure you’ll all agree to how stunning [XXXX] looks today. She’s grown from a beautiful little girl into a beautiful young woman and I know she is going to have many happy years together with [XXXX].
[Tell a story about your daughter from her childhood and of your relationship with her – for inspiration see some examples]
“Today will be the happiest day of your lives, but you’ve got many more lying ahead of you. You’re heading on an amazing journey together and I wish you every happiness. I know you are going to have so many happy years together.
[Add some examples and funny stories of your own experience, and some guidance for what might lie ahead – some jokes and funny thoughts are available to use]”
“I’d like you to be upstanding and toast the happy couple”.