8 Tips for the Perfect Maid of Honor Toast

Make your maid of honor toast unforgettable. 

8 Ways to Make Your Maid of Honor Toast Memorable

The time has come, your best friend is getting married and she’s chosen you as the Maid of Honor! This is an exciting role that comes with some essential duties, including the Maid of Honor toast. 

Unless you are a professional speaker, the thought of giving a Maid of Honor toast at your best friend’s wedding, can fill you with dread. The idea of being in front of the crowd and finding the perfect words can be overwhelming. With these tips, you’ll sound like a pro during your toast – and may even cause some happy tears.

bride laughing during maid of honor toast
bride and groom looking at maid of honor

1. Plan your speech.

A wedding speech is not a time to wing it or to wait until the last moment.  Plan what you are going to say and practice saying it.  Try it before a mirror or a small group of people in advance.  Ask for feedback about the pacing too long, too fast, etc.

maid of honor reading from notes

2. Use the mic properly.

If you aren’t sure how to hold the mic, ask the wedding DJ for a few pointers. Hold the mic close to your mouth, about chin height.  If you talk with your hands, use your non dominant hand to hold the mic.  Be sure to pronounce each word clearly.  And yes, this thing is on.

excitement during maid of honor speech

3. Start it off right.

Too often maid of honor speeches start with “For those that don’t know me, my name is __.” The wedding DJ will introduce you so restating your name isn’t necessary.  Consider beginning your toast with a simple start, “I am so honored to be speaking at my best friend’s wedding”  or “I’ve known the bride since __.” Be sure to stand for your toast.

bride hugging maid of honor

4. Don’t be basic.

It’s easy to use phrases like, “She’s the sweetest” , “They’re the best couple” and “She’s so pretty”.  While obviously true, these basic phrases lack the weight to be remembered later.  Instead use specific examples that show how those basic phrases are true.

focus on bride and groom during MOH speech

5. Tell your and her story.

Half of the room may not know the bride the way that you do.  Telling them that “she’s so sweet, smart and kind” is a statement.  Telling them that you knew you were friends for life when she took detailed notes from a lecture you couldn’t attend because you were ill, tells the wedding guests the type of person she is.  Share an impactful moment with guests.

bride laughing during MOH speech

6. Don’t mention the worst of times.

Did your bestie have the worst break-up ever before meeting her new husband?  Your wedding toast isn’t the place to bring it up.  This is the happiest night of her life, be sure to focus on the good times.

groom laughing during toast

7. Toast the bride and wish the couple well.

You’re toasting your best friend so it’s normal that the majority of your (brief) time will focus on her.  But this toast is on her wedding day, so you must mention the groom too. Think about ending your toast on how the groom has added to her life. Bring the ending home with a well wish to the couple.

bride and groom raising glass

8. Raise your glass.

Avoid an awkward ending by inviting guests to raise their glass with you in a toast to the newlyweds.  This will let everyone know that your toast has ended.

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