Bridesmaid Speeches – Stress, Panic and Finally Joy!

November 10th, 2009

Hello Cassie here,

Click here if you’d like to skip right to the solution I found for easily giving unforgettable bridesmaid speeches.

If you’re looking for the best way to prepare your bridesmaid speech (or Maid of Honor speech), then I’m glad you’ve found this website and I strongly suggest you keep reading…

Because this my uncensored story. The ups, the downs, what stuff didn’t work and finally the one thing that did help me achieve my goal of giving a wedding speech that would leave everyone in the audience speechless.

My “Day of Judgment” was looming ever closer as my sister’s wedding approached.

The joyous occasion that her wedding day should have represented was severely marred by the stress and stage fright that I was experiencing over a minor technicality and custom that’s performed millions of time each year by women everywhere: the dreaded bridesmaid speech.

When my sister initially approached me about being her Maid of Honor, I was incredibly excited! It’s a rare gift to commemorate a loved one’s marriage and celebrate the life the bride and groom will have together with a speech.

I knew that my sister was showing her respect for me by offering such a large role in her wedding day.

I was extremely flattered…until I actually started trying to write it. I remember thinking, “How do all those other bridesmaid speeches get written so easily by everyone else?

I had to face facts. I wasn’t able to produce the bridesmaid speech that I knew my sister deserved, and as the days flew by I became more nervous about how the speech would go.

I was contemplating cancelling my speech when I stumbled across a book that helped me write the perfect bridesmaid speech for my sister…in less than an hour!

Click here to see how I quickly solved my problem.

After the hours I spent stumped by what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it, this book showed me how to organize my speech into an unforgettable one that everyone, and most especially my sister, loved.

The book that helped me, simply called Maid Of Honor Speeches, is a step-by-step guide that focuses on the development of your speech while also providing numerous examples of sample speeches, and even toasts.

These samples helped give me the confidence to express my thoughts and feelings into a speech worthy of my sister’s wedding.

The step-by-step guide’s most helpful feature for me was the sample humorous, yet heart warming sample speeches that are provided. The package includes over 20, but inspiration hit me after I read a particular one that I felt was made for my sister and her husband.

Our situation was practically mirrored in the sample speech, which made it that much easier to write my own. The package also included over 100 toasts.

To be honest, I took one of the toasts word for word and everyone loved it!

Also, the package included great one-line jokes; I only used a few but the ones I used fit very well into my speech as a whole and kept everyone laughing without detracting from the seriousness of my speech.

In addition, the package included quotes and poems that I drew from. All of these sources were organized by the guide and helped me write a bridesmaid speech my sister will always remember.

With the confidence, etiquette, and speech that Maid of Honor Speeches helped me find, my sister and I grew that much closer. Halfway through my speech she began to cry, and I have never seen happier tears in all my life.

From my experience, I would highly recommend Maid of Honor Speeches to anyone who’s looking forward to giving one of the most memorable bridesmaid speeches possible, on someone’s special day. :)

Click here to visit the official web site for the book
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The Bridesmaid Speech – My Personal Experience

October 26th, 2009

Out of all the bridesmaid speeches I’ve given, I thought I’d share my personal experience and memories of the time I was the maid of honor for my best friend’s wedding.

It was such a momentous reception; the gazebo was draped in white and red roses, friends and family gathered to watch my best friend wed the man of her dreams. Everything was in place for the perfect fairytale wedding, the last thing I wanted to do was ruin it with one of those horrible wedding speeches we’ve all seen.

Thankfully when it was time for me to stand and convey my feelings to the bride and groom, I was well rehearsed to give the bridesmaid speech of the century. With outlets such as books and the Internet, I had the efficient tools to deliver the perfect bridal speech, and ensure my best friend had the wedding of her life.

It's speech time!

It's speech time!

I had been the bride’s best friend for over 15 years, yet I had no clue how to begin my speech! With four months before the wedding I knew I had plenty of time to prepare myself for the upcoming occasion. Books and Internet sites dedicated to bridesmaid speeches are great outlets to get an idea and formulate a structure for your wedding speech. With a few clicks of a mouse I was ready to start my speech.

Knowing someone for many years gives you the advantage of tying in many personal moments to make the speech heartfelt. The bridal speech should have personal events that you and the bride have shared throughout your lives.

For example, when you first met, what has made you friends, and what she means to you personally. Reminiscing on these events or stories of funny events the both of you have encountered are wonderful ways at beginning a bridal speech. Even stories of when the bride first met the groom can send giggles throughout the crowd, which is effective for gaining the crowd’s attention and breaking the ice. A heartfelt message is always well received by the audience and the newly wedded couple and should be the foundation for your speech.

Your bridesmaid speech should have serious parts as well. I used a couple of books to aid in my speech (click here to see the one that really helped me the most), which suggested incorporating a quote to sum up your relationship with the bride, or what you wish for the new couples’ future.

With thousands of quotes it can be hard to find the right one, and you also don’t want to pick a cliché quote. This is why you want to allow yourself time to find the perfect quote, or even make up your own. If you and the bride have an , “inside joke,” or a regular , “saying,” you can incorporate them into wonderful quotes or themes for your speech.

If you’re still lost and in need of a safe choice, it’s always good to go with a quote in regards to everlasting happiness, and a wonderful marriage. Although this is a safe choice for your wedding speech, it will still make everyone smile in the room, leaving you looking like a total pro.

One month before my best friend’s wedding I finally had the perfect bridesmaid speech, the only problem was I was afraid to speak in public. I couldn’t let my fear of public speaking ruin my best friend’s wedding , so I decided to practice my speech whenever I had the chance. Regardless if I was on a lunch break with my co-workers, or sitting at dinner with family and friends, I always found time to practice my speech.

Not only will this get you comfortable to speak in front of an audience, but it’ll also let you hear yourself out loud and decide if the speech is formatted to your liking. If time is of the essence you can also use note cards as a general guide for your bridesmaid speech; just remember to still practice so you can still be professional.

I used to be terrified to speak in front of a crowded room, especially my best friend’s wedding, but with all the ideas from books and the Internet, I felt no fear as I took my glass of champagne, delivered my bridesmaid speech and wished the newly wedded couple a wonderful and mesmerizing evening, and many happy years ahead of them.

Click here to see the book that helped me the most


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An Example Of A Bridesmaid Speech

October 22nd, 2009

When it comes to bridesmaid speeches, this one is simple, short and to the point. It seems to have fit well into the presentation and resonated with the audience at the wedding reception.

The Best Bridesmaid Wedding Speech

October 18th, 2009

So, what makes up the best bridesmaid speeches? Well, there’s no hard and fast rules but there are some guidelines.

  • nervous woman making a bridesmaid speechIt’s normal to expect a few butterflies, but with proper preparation you won’t be overly nervous.
  • You don’t want your speech to be too long, or too short.
  • If you’re going to use humor, make sure it’s appropriate for who will be in attendance. There’s nothing worse than an attempted funny wedding speech that’s anything but funny.
  • When relating a humorous story about the bride, don’t embarrass her in any way or put her in a bad light. Make sure it’s endearing.
  • Make sure your speech honors the wedding party and all guests.
  • Don’t write out your wedding speech word for word. Use 3 x 5 cards to make an outline of points to cover.
  • While you can use notes, it’s an extra bit of polish to have your bridesmaid speech memorized, if you’re up for it. I’m not talking about reciting your wedding speech, but having an outline committed to memory and speaking naturally. Again, this is not necessary to have a touching and memorable bridesmaid speech, but it bears mentioning.
  • Take a cue from the best man speech. If he speaks before you, pay attention and see if there’s a point or a story you can refer back to in your speech. This will make it sound like you’re speaking naturally, on the spur of the moment.
  • Beware alcohol. The drinks can flow pretty freely at the wedding reception, and they can impair you’re ability to make a great bridesmaid speech. Be careful until after your speech.
  • Practice! And it doesn’t hurt to do it in front or a mirror either. Practicing in front of small group, like some family members can also be helpful. You might also practice your wedding speech into the web cam on your computer and record it. Then you can watch it objectively and make positive adjustments.

Remember, being prepared doesn’t mean you care any less or that you’re bridesmaid speech is any less heartfelt, in fact it shows just the opposite.

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Making Bridesmaid Speeches – It’s All In The Planning

October 18th, 2009

If you’ve had to make bridesmaid speeches in the past, then maybe you’ve shared some of the challenges I’ve faced. Things like nervousness, not knowing what to say, how long to talk, if it should be a funny speech or a serious one, etc.

Then again, if you’ve never done it before and you have a bridesmaid speech coming up in the near future, you might be a little more than terrified like I was my first time.

One helpful tip is to start jotting down some memories of times you’ve shared with the bride in the past. Serious or funny, it really doesn’t matter, and don’t worry about any sort of order for now. This will help you create an outline for your bridesmaid speech.

In the near future I’ll provide some examples of bridesmaid speeches so you can see what others have had success with in the past. There’s nothing like seeing the results of  a little field testing!

There are so many wedding speeches given on that special day, like the grooms wedding speech, the brides speech, the best man speech, the matron of honor speech, the father of the bride speech and on and on. How will you make your bridesmaid speech stand out? How will you be admired and remembered?

It’s simple really. You’ll have something no one else has, and that’s top notch preparation. Most everyone else will be “winging it.” There will be attempts at funny wedding speeches that will fall flat with the audience. Some will be too serious and drag on too long. But yours will be perfect; the right length, the right content and the right emotions.

Before you know it, brides will be asking you to be in their wedding just because of your prowess at making bridesmaid speeches. :)

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