Examples of Bridesmaid Speeches

Speeches seem to be a male domain. It always seems like second nature for a man to stand up at a podium and to take a microphone in his hand and say some words. For a young lady, however, the prospect can be daunting … unless you read the following examples of bridesmaid speeches for inspiration and to calm your nerves.

Short and sweet

“Hello, I am (name) and I’d like to thank (bride) and (groom) for honoring me with the opportunity to be a bridesmaid at their wedding.

I’ve known (bride) since we went to elementary school together and I always knew she’d make a stunning bride. I’m really thrilled that she has found a husband in (groom) and I know they’ll make a wonderful life together. I’d like to wish them health, happiness and as many babies as they can handle.

Please raise your glasses to, (names), the bride and groom.”


“Hi, I’m (name) and I’m delighted to have been asked to give one of the bridesmaid speeches tonight, in honor of (bride) and (groom).

Even though (bride) and (groom) look like a picture of wedded bliss right now, I just hope that when they start to realize that (bride) has smelly feet and (groom) is an obsessive football fan, they’ll look back on this day and remember the love that fills this room.

When the children’s noses need wiping, the lawn needs mowing and the car runs out of gas because it was the other person’s turn to fill the tank, I want them to keep in mind the amazing atmosphere of romance that we all feel here tonight.

And when the dawn breaks tomorrow on their first whole day as man and wife, I hope they will not mind that we’ve arranged for the hotel maid to short-sheet the bed, set the alarm clock to 4am and steal their clothes so they miss their flight to the Bahamas.

But seriously, here’s to the most wonderful couple I know and to a long, happy life together forever. Please raise your glasses to (bride) and (groom).”

Song titles

If you are really desperate to avoid being too sentimental, try blending song titles to make a funny bridesmaid speech.

“Hi, I’m (name) and considering (bride) and (groom)’s musical interests, I thought I’d give a speech that honors their passions.

Building A Mystery began in 2003 when (bride) met (groom). But That’s The Way Love Goes, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. I Want You To Love Me, (groom) told (bride) after their first date on a Saturday Night At The Movies. ‘I Do, I Do, I Do,’ said (bride), followed by ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’. ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me,’ said (groom), but there was no need to worry. ‘You’re The One That I Want,’ she replied. And so, a Love Story was established. No doubt, (bride) had gone out with other guys before. But I’d never seen her so happy as the day when (groom) returned from a business trip and she burst into song, singing ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’ at the top of her lungs.”

More songs to fill out the bridesmaid speech, followed by

“So tonight, when they’re Knock, Knock, Knocking On Heaven’s Door at the Hotel California – and I’m sure they will Feel Like Making Love – I hope that (bride) gets to be Once, Twice, Three Times A Lady.”

Bridesmaid speeches don’t have to be difficult or boring. You can make them fun, hilarious, sweet, touching or a combination of these elements and more. Just avoid being overly rude or saying anything that may cause discomfort to the bride and groom or any of the guests. Other than that, have fun!