Your speech can be
anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes in length and if you're married
to the best man you can do a speech together.
Greet the guests and
introduce yourself, "Hi my name is Cathy and I'm Mary's maid
of honour and sister. It means so much to me to be given this
privilege, tonight. Thank you Joey and Mary."
Thank people that have
helped with the wedding planning, decorating, cooking, etc. Mention
them by name and get them to stand up so that everyone can see
who they are. "I'd also like to thank Mrs. Smith for making
all the centrepieces and Aunt Lucy for making the bridal party's
Talk about your relationship,
“It seems like yesterday that we were having a tea party
on the table our dad built for us and now I'm giving a speech
at my sister's wedding. We were quite a handful as children..."
Add a kid story, teen years story and talk about the first time
you heard about this new guy.
Mention the groom,
“My sister couldn't have gotten a nicer guy, if I went and
picked him out myself." Talk about how much the bride loves
her husband and let everyone know about something you've witnessed
between the couple or something the bride has told you in confidence
End with something
sentimental and a toast to the bride, the groom or her mother.
"Not only is Mary my sister but she's my best friend. I wish
Mary and Joey, health, happiness and love in the future. I'd like
to propose a toast to our mother, who has been there for us from
the beginning and never complained about anything, she taught
Mary how to cook and clean. And no one was happier or prouder
when Mary got her college degree. To the best mom anyone could
ask for, you're one in a million, Cheers!"