Wondering how to write a bridesmaid's speech? Look no further, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you’ll need for the big day.  

Start with a plan 

Before you begin writing, take some time to plan out your speech. This will help you feel confident and prepared. Consider the structure, key points you want to include, and the overall tone. You’ll want it to be engaging, heartfelt and of course, funny. 

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Writing your bridesmaid speech

Now that you have a plan, it’s time to start writing. Here are some steps to guide you through the process. 

Step 1: Introduce yourself 

Begin your speech by introducing yourself and explaining your relationship to the bride. This helps the guests understand your connection to the couple and reflect on their own connections too. 

Step 2: Share personal anecdotes 

Next, share a few personal stories about the bride. These stories should be positive, funny and most importantly appropriate! If you aren’t sure, it’s always ok to ask the bride how they would feel about a certain story. Sometimes getting it right is more important than it being a total surprise. 

Step 3: Compliment the couple 

Talk about the couple’s relationship and why they are such a good match for each other. Compliment both the bride and groom and express your happiness for them. 

Step 4: Express well wishes 

Share your hopes and wishes for the couple’s future. This is a great way to show your support and love for them. Everyone else at the wedding will be feeling the love too. 

Step 5: Close with a toast 

End your speech with a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds. Raise your glass and invite the guests to join you. This is one tradition that everyone can get involved in. 

Tips for delivering your bridesmaid speech 

Writing a great speech is only part of the process; delivering it confidently is equally important. Here are some tips to help you present your speech effectively. 

1. Practice 

Practice your speech several times before the wedding day. This will help you feel more comfortable. If you feel nervous about speaking in front of people, the best way to feel more confident about it is to deliver it in front of people before.  Choose people you trust with the content and who will be honest with you if there’s anything you need to improve. 

2. Keep It short and sweet 

Aim for a speech that’s around 3-5 minutes long. This is long enough to cover all the key points but short enough to keep the guests engaged. Getting the balance right is important when it comes to your bridesmaid speech. 

3. Speak clearly and confidently 

Speak slowly and clearly, and make sure to project your voice so everyone can hear you. You don’t want people to miss what you’re saying or ask you to speak up, as this can throw you off your stride completely. 

4. Use cue cards 

If you’re nervous about forgetting your speech, use cue cards with key points to help you stay on track. You don’t have to read off them directly, but a few prompts if you get caught up in the speech can really help you. 

5Stay calm 

Take deep breaths and stay calm. Remember, everyone is there to celebrate and support the couple, and they’ll appreciate your words, but they aren’t the main event. You don’t need to put unnecessary pressure on yourself 

Writing a bridesmaid speech can feel daunting, but with a little preparation and practice, you can deliver a memorable tribute to the bride and groom. Enjoy the moment, and most importantly, have fun celebrating. 

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