Hello everyone. I’d like to say a few words to honour the happy couple.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is X and I’m the Maid of Honour.
I never imagined that I would one day be giving a speech at X’s wedding. I first met X years ago and we have been friends ever since.
Obviously I know a lot of terrible, embarrassing stories about her… but I don’t think I should share those now.
Doesn’t she look beautiful today? I’m sure there are a few gentlemen here who wish they had seen her first. Sorry, guys, but that ship has sailed. However, I do know that some of the bridesmaids are single…
Sometimes, when people talk about love, we say that it was just ‘meant to be’. I don’t quite believe that. I don’t think that we’re born with one name written in our heart. If you hadn’t gone to that party, if you didn’t get that job, if you had missed the bus that day, you might never have met the person you ended up loving.
But that doesn’t make it less special. In fact, it shows you just how special it really is. Any one of a thousand choices made differently would have led you somewhere else. And that would have meant that we weren’t all here today, together and celebrating.
Your life isn’t written in the stars and your love was not inevitable. It didn’t all just happen; you had to make it happen, and you have to keep making it happen. It’s work. It is a challenge.
Because it’s easy to love someone, and to say you love them. Agreeing to live with them is harder. Today we’re not just celebrating their love but their commitment. A commitment to one another for life. I think the groom is the best guy the bride has ever dated. Fingers crossed, he will also be the last guy she ever dates.
This is the part where you would usually wish the couple joy and happiness and things like that, but I know that they don’t need any help with that. So, I’m going to wish them a few more practical things instead.
I wish them:
More duvet than they need
Fewer bills than they expect
and well-behaved children.
Finally, I would like to say that a marriage is a chance for two families to offer the best of what they each have and make something new and amazing from it.
So please join me in raising glass to the best thing that could have happened: the bride and groom.