A daughter’s wedding can be one of the most emotional times of all. In most weddings it is not exactly customary for the mother of the bride to give a speech or a special toast in celebration of the wedding, but it can be a nice touch as a small part of the reception or as a bigger aspect of the rehearsal dinner the night prior. Mother of the bride speeches can be on the shorter side or the longer side, and they can be general or personal, emotional or humorous, or a bit of both.
The tone and length really depend on the mother of the bride and her comfort level and what she wants to say. Consider these tips on preparing and giving mother of the bride speeches and toasts at your daughter’s wedding or rehearsal dinner.
Mother of the bride speeches and toasts are a nice touch for this formal occasion for several reasons. First, the bride’s mom is an important member of the family and special honored guest of the wedding. Giving a speech or a toast allows her to address all of the guests at once, and allows the guests to figure out who the mother of the bride actually is, if they don’t know her personally. Mother of the bride toasts and speeches also allow the mom of the bride to thank all of the guests for being a part of her daughter’s special day. For these reasons and more, a mother of the bride speech can be a great way to kick off the festivities.
Tips for Planning and Delivering Great Mother of the Bride Speeches and Toasts
No matter if you are outgoing or timid and shy, mother of the bride speeches and mother of the bride toasts are a great way to commemorate your daughter’s wedding. Here are a few tips on giving mom of the bride speeches and toasts.
• If you are nervous about public speaking, consider giving your mother of the bride speech or toast with the father of the bride, mother of the groom, or another important family member or guest. Sharing in the effort will make you less nervous about speaking in front of a large group.
• Most weddings feature toasts from the best man and maid of honor on the wedding night, so you might consider giving your mother of the bride speech during the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.
• Practice your speech a couple of times to ensure you are comfortable delivering it on the day or night of the occasion.
• Consider your audience in determining how much emotion and humor to inject into your speech or toast. Including some humor can be good, but try to avoid embarrassing the bride on her wedding day.
• Try to keep it short and sweet, especially if there is a chance you might become overwhelmed by emotion.
• Don’t forget to express your appreciation and love for your daughter and her husband (or soon-to-be hubby).
• Make sure you introduce yourself as mother of the bride or have the DJ introduce you and your special speech or toast.
• Be sure to thank and recognize special folks with significant roles, such as the parents of the groom, the bride’s and groom’s siblings, grandparents, and so forth.
• Welcome your son-in-law into the family and express your happiness that they have found each other.
• Conclude your mother of bride speech with a warm toast to the special couple!
These are just some general tips on delivering special mother of the bride speeches and toasts for your daughter and her husband on their special day. Don’t be afraid to inject some of your own personality into your mother of the bride toast or speech. You should come across as the real you, genuine, honest, and true. Best wishes on the marriage of your daughter!