What should a maid of honor speech include? What format should be delivered in? And how long should it be?

Well, there’s no right or wrong answer to any of those questions. There is no definitive maid of honor speech template that you should follow.

Firstly, it’s a speech you, as the maid of honor, are giving to your best friend and her new husband. It is personal to you both, you’re just sharing it with the guests at the wedding breakfast.

But there are some important pointers of the type of thing to include that will help you compile a maid of honor speech which will provide an insight into the relationship between you and the bride, as well as send her and her new husband skipping off into married life with a thought or two from you firmly planted in their mind.

Start by introducing yourself. Don’t assume the assembled guests will all know who you are you. But don’t deliver your speech to the guests, talk specifically to your friend and her groom.

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Then it should be about the honour of being maid of honor for your best friend, a story or two about your relationship with the bride (and groom for that matter) and your take on them as a couple. A funny story of how they met, how they became a couple or an anecdote of humourous moments of their time together will always go down well.

End your speech with a meaningful maid of honor speech quote, a lyric from their favourite song, a line from their favourite film or book, or just a simple message for the bride and groom to take forward into married life and of course a toast to the new husband and wife.

Finish things off with a raise of the glasses as you say: “Here’s to the bride and groom” or “here’s to Mr and Mrs XXXX”.

Here is a template you can use to complete your maid of honor speech:

“Firstly, I’d like to say what an honour it has been to be maid of honor for [XXXX]. It has been a pleasure to be part of your special day.

“For those of you who don’t know, I’m [XXXX]. I first met [XXXX] at school/work/through mutual friends/etc and we’ve been best friends ever since.

Example: “I first met xxx in a maths lesson at school and we clicked instantly” or “We became work colleagues with our desks next to one another, and we became firm friends and tea buddies”

“[Talk about your relationship with the bride, about her relationship with the groom and about your relationship with both – use some funny stories about the couple]

Example: “I’ve been friends with xxx for so many years and she’s definitely found the perfect man in [XXXX]”

“[Use a lyric, a quote or some poignant to send a message to them]

Examples of Maid of Honor speech quotes you could use.

“I’d like you to raise a toast to [XXXX] and [XXXX]. Here’s to the bride and groom” or “here’s to Mr and Mrs [XXXX].”

Are you nervous? Afraid you might forget the words? Not sure if you can do it in front of all those people? Still do not know what to write to be witty and funny? Check out our Total Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.

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