Trying to write your speech as the mother of a beautiful bride? Despite knowing how you feel about this upcoming special event, putting feelings into words is often a challenge. Take a look at the following example speech courtesy of Wendy Hayes and see if you aren’t inspired to write your own beautiful ode to your precious daughter, or make a few tweaks to this one:
It is with incredible love, joy and pride that I stand here today to wish my beautiful daughter, a blessed life, full of happiness, joy and much laughter. And if there is any such thing as angels –[the bride] is one.
[Bride] is the sunshine to all that know her and truly, as all children are, the most beautiful gift and blessing I have ever been given.
As a little girl [Bride] was always happy, always finding good in all creatures and her aura of gentleness was like honey to the bees, attracting everyone to her.
[Bride] your kindness and generosity, your calmness and strength are inspirational. Your wisdom and maturity are beyond your years. These qualities permeate every aspect of your life. As a mother and as a partner you are a natural mum, giving my beautiful grandchildren a blessed life of love, fun and caring. You really are a mother goddess meant for a tribe of little ones around you and yes I believe a tribe you will have.
[Bride] you have a beautiful partner in [Groom], and I am proud of you both. [Groom] I value the love, laughter and security that you give to my daughter. Together you both create a wonderful family. I know [Bride] loves you with all of her heart and that you are her true friend and true love.
You were both so very young when you first met eight years ago. You have weathered some tough storms together and stayed by each others side, and I respect you both for that. We only have to look at [children] to see how much love, security and ease there is in your family. Your love and respect for each other is reflected in your beautiful children- such exquisite little ones – you know how much I love them…to the moon and back!
[Bride] I know there were times that were not easy for us, I remember the challenges we had in your teens and I know we have talked about this but I want you to know that sometimes as parents we don’t always get it right and that we have many lessons to learn. Children are the greatest gift and we gain so much and learn so much from our children, I am grateful that I have learned a great deal from you, my darling daughter. I am delighted with whom you have become and very proud of you, even if at times I did get in your way. All these memories add to the richness of our relationship and the treasured friendship I have with you, which makes me feel incredibly lucky and blessed to have you not only as my daughter but as my very best friend.
And now that you are grown I may not hold your hand each day but I will always hold onto your heart.
[Bride and Groom] you have [my husband’s] and my support and love for you as a couple, and as a family. May you both be blessed with much happiness, love and laughter and may today’s joy always stay with you. With all our heart we congratulate your commitment you have made to each other today. We love you.
Wendy suggests reading this speech out loud a few times to familiarize yourself with it and practice it in your speaking style. She also notes that it’s perfectly okay to cry, just have a little waterproof makeup on!