Surprise, surprise! Finally the big day is right around the corner and surely wedding planning is not all hearts and flowers. Apart from fretting about the plus size mother of the bride dresses, you have much more on your platter to worry about. One of them must be delivering mother of the bride speech.
Summing up a lifetime of motherhood in a nutshell coupled with keeping the audience involved too can be quite a daunting and stressful task
We have drafted some pointers for you to make it as easy as a pie. Have a look!
KEEP YOUR NERVOUSNESS AT BAY
Public speaking is not everyone’s cup of tea, and understandably it can leave your nerves very volatile and jittery. It can be pretty intimidating because of being overly emotional and the pressure of making your daughter proud.
Just calm down, it is not a big deal. Either you do it formally or you would rather stand up to raise a toast, your daughter will still love the effort you have put in.
THE CONTENTS OF THE SPEECH
Be mindful while writing the speech that you have something different to say from what the father of the bride is to say. You must avoid doubling on the thank yous, childhood stories or the same toast.
Kick start by thanking the guests for bracing the event by their presence and blessings. You may also thank the wedding party for their contributions towards the bid day.
Welcome the groom’s side of the family, humbly convey your gratitude in getting to know the new members of your family.
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAUGHTER
Next, talk about your fondest memories with your daughter and how happy you are for her. Ensuring that there are humorous anecdotes to keep it light hearted.
You may ask other family members to give you more pointers about the childhood happenings. Take out old pictures to revisit the memories and convert them to words of affection and praise.
Moving on, come up with what makes your daughter a unique person. Is she a nerd, is she a glam girl or tech-head. How she has gradually grown up into this beautiful woman who you adore immensely. Also, talk about how a responsible girl she is and how she assisted you to get the best mother of the bride dresses.
BRING IN HUMOR
Wedding speeches are bound to be funny; simultaneously they should be phrased with a tinge of humor to keep the environment of the hall from getting too serious.
Being funny does not mean that you start playing pranks right away but certain light hearted observations you have about the bride and the groom’s relationship.
KEEP IT PRECISE
Anything that is too lengthy and prolonged might appear as quite a drag and humdrum. In the first place write whatever comes to your mind. Then try editing the first draft and cut it down to a 5 minutes speech eradicating irrelevant stuff.
PRACTICE BEFORE THE BIG DAY
Make sure the acoustics are well taken care of, as most of the speeches are spoiled because your are inaudible. Practicing beforehand will make you more confident while delivering it, not necessarily you have to memorize it. Cue cards or even an iPad will be enough to get the pointers.
Deliver slowly so that you are comprehended well by the audience, give pauses where you expect laughter. Keep your face smiling to give away a pleasant feel.