mother of bride speech samples

A mother of the bride 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, 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 template. What should you include…perhaps a few of these mother of the bride speech examples of what others have done before you.

First all, you should start by welcoming the guests to the wedding, particularly those who have travelled from long distances to attend the wedding.

If you’re going with the traditional order, you’ll be first up in the speeches so also introduce yourself and perhaps explain who you are and why it is a mother of the bride speech the guests are being treated to and not a father of the bride speech – take inspiration from others in these mother of the bride speech examples.

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Example: “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.”

If applicable, explain just how proud and happy your husband or your daughter’s father would have been if he could have been part of the special day. It might bring a tear or two, but poignancy is as much a part of a wedding speech as jokes and laughter. If it is not the reason, don’t get into family politics.

Example (if applicable): “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.”

Talk about your daughter, how beautiful she looks, what a fine young woman she has grown into, and about her relationship with her new husband. Tell a story about how they became a couple, the first time you met him, what a nice young man he is and how is the perfect match for your daughter. Welcome him to the family, and welcome his parents into the fold too.

Example: “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 their relationship]. I’d also like to take a moment to welcome [XXXX] into the family and also his parents [XXXX] and [XXXX].”

If you’re planning on including a few mother of the bride speech jokes or making it funny, a few anecdotes while talking about your daughter and new son-in-law works very well. Or you might want to just tell some funny stories about your daughter growing up, some humorous mother and daughter moments you’ve had in your life or just one or two jokes you’d expect at a wedding.

Finish your speech by raising a toast to the happy couple. Wish them all the happiness in the works, offer them a piece of advice heading into marriage and raise the glasses to the new husband and wife.

Example: “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’d like you to be upstanding and toast the happy couple”.

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.