A Mother of the Bride speech isn’t among the age-old traditions, but it is becoming a more and more popular theme throughout the wedding world. If this seems like something fitting to your family, take a peek at our quick and easy go-to guide to get yourself started on the words and the plans!

A Quick Overview of a Mother of the Bride Speech

This type of speech is becoming more commonplace during wedding breakfasts for different reasons. But how does it work and what should it entail?

First of all, you may be giving the speech for several reasons. Your husband may have died, or your daughter’s father may play no part in her life and therefore did not attend the wedding or give her away, and as a result won’t be performing a father of the bride speech.

Whichever reason it might be, you’re here planning what to include in your mother of the bride speech.

A Few Tips to Write a Great Speech

  • Start by welcoming the guests to the wedding
  • Introduce yourself/Explain your relationship to the bride as well as why the speech is taking place (pay homage to a father who has passed, etc)
  • Make it personal and share some outstanding memories.
  • Gush about the bride in all aspects, from her character to her beauty.
  • Speak nicely about the relationship between the couple.
  • Finish off with well wishes and a toast.

Two Great Examples of Mother of the Bride Speech

Heartfelt and Sentimental
I’d like to welcome you all here today to celebrate the marriage of my daughter Dawn and James. 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 Dawn’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 James 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 James into the family and also his parents [XXXX] and [XXXX].

[Tell a story about their relationship].

[Tell a joke or two about the groom]

This is the proudest day of my life. I’m sure you’ll all agree to how stunning Dawn 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 James.

[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.

Funny and Upbeat Examples
My late husband would have loved to be here today giving this speech, although he’d be moaning about the cost of everything!

[On your daughter:]

I’ll be sad to see Dawn leave and become a wife, but I’ll be happy knowing my make-up will be where I left it and now where she moved it to.

Now that Dawn is a married woman, I’ll finally get to see the bottom of my laundry basket.
Dawn wasn’t interested in boys for a long time – in fact she said she hated them. At least we’ve finally got one to take her off our hands.

[It doesn’t have to be about jokes either, funny stories of things the two of your used to get up to or something memorable that happened work well.]

I remember as a toddler, the time Dawn lost her temper…

[On her husband:]

I was delighted when Dawn met James and brought him home for the first time. We had met all of her previous boyfriends and hated every one of them until James came along.

He might be a bit scruffy normally, but at least he scrubbed up well today.

I always thought Dawn would marry a prince or some form of royalty, but I suppose James will have to do…
[If you’re giving advice on a happy marriage:]

My husband and I have been happily married for 20 years, but isn’t bad when you consider we’ve been married for 28 years.

If you need some advice on what to do to make your marriage long and happy, don’t ask me!

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