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How to Write a Mother of the Bride Speech

Sep 26, 2021

As the mother of the bride, you’re sure to have a few sentiments you’d like to share with your daughter and her new spouse on their special day. If you’re overwhelmed with the thought of putting your feelings into words, take a deep breath and read on for a simple guide that will make writing your speech feel like a piece of cake.

What is the mother of the bride speech?

The mother of the bride speech is an important moment in the festivities. Whether you’re speaking at the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or during the wedding reception, your speech is a unique opportunity to express your love and share your well wishes for the new couple.

How long is the mother of the bride speech?  

ideas for mother of the bride speech

The key to a great mother of the bride speech is to keep it short and sweet. Aim for a maximum of three minutes and keep it focused on a few key points by following an outline, such as the one I’ve provided below.

How to write a mother of the bride speech

When it comes to delivering a memorable toast, preparation is key! Give yourself a few weeks—or even months—to write your speech. Start by jotting down anything that comes to mind as you think about your daughter, her partner, and their special day. Then, as you write, try to let go of any pressure and just be yourself. Write in your voice and let the words flow naturally. Next, read the speech aloud a few times to see how the words flow. (It’s also helpful to read it to a friend or family member you trust to provide constructive feedback.) If you come across any sticking points, go back to those spots and revise them until the words feel natural when you read them aloud.

Ideas for a mother of the bride wedding speech

mother of the bride speech poem

If you’re feeling stuck, here are a couple of mother of the bride speech ideas to get you started:

  • Incorporating a poem or quote can be a beautiful way to share a sweet sentiment or impart some advice when you’re having trouble finding the words. When searching for material, remember to keep it short and consider using just a few impactful lines that will convey your meaning.
  • If it feels natural, you may want to include a joke or two. Just make sure the joke is tasteful and fits in the context of the occasion—and, of course, test the joke with a friend or family member to make sure it’s funny! It’s also a good idea to avoid using any inside jokes, which could leave guests feeling left out.

Mother of the bride speech outline

The following outline can be used as a framework for writing a  speech that flows nicely and hits all the right notes:

  • Introduce yourself as the mother of the bride
  • Thank the guests—and especially the new in-laws—for sharing in the couple’s special day (you can also make mention of family members who could not attend or have passed away)
  • Share a positive memory about your daughter that highlights what you love most about her
  • Welcome your daughter’s new spouse to the family and thank them for being in your daughter’s life (this is also an excellent opportunity to share a fond memory you have with the couple)
  • Express your well wishes and any advice for the couple’s future before closing with a toast

Why should you hire a mother of the bride speechwriter?

mother of the bride speech at rehearsal dinner

Writing the mother of the bride speech may seem as simple as putting a few thoughts together and watching YouTube videos for inspiration. But on her special day, your daughter deserves a speech that has been thoughtfully crafted and will live on as a fond memory for years to come.

I compose the mother of the bride speech with you, not for you, so you can rest easy knowing that your words will come straight from the heart. Schedule a free consultation to collaborate on the perfect mother of the bride speech. We’ll even work together and practice the delivery too!

Resources
https://www.brides.com/story/tips-mother-brides-toast
https://www.theknot.com/content/mother-of-the-bride-speech
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/weddings/its-a-wedding-toast-what-could-go-wrong.html
https://mylittlelovenote.com/a-simple-guide-to-the-father-of-the-bride-speech/
https://mylittlelovenote.com/what-should-a-maid-of-honor-speech-say/

 

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