Traditionally, a mother of the bride speech happens when a mother steps in for the father of the bride but increasingly mums around the world are simply being given the spotlight they (rightly) deserve.
The Speechy team have been helping mothers craft amazing mother of the bride speeches for years now. As TV scriptwriters by trade, we’re well versed in entertaining an audience and finding original ways to talk about love.
To help you write a truly memorable speech we’ve gathered some mother of the bride speech videos to inspire you and give you some ideas on how to get started.*
(*Of course, if you’re looking for more than ideas, you may want to consider our mother of the bride template, speech edit service or even our bespoke writing service. We’re ‘Excellent’ rated on Trustpilot for a reason).
It’s not just the best man who gets to exercise his comedic chops. This mother starts her speech as she means to go on, warning the wedding party ‘it’s more of a roast than a toast’.
She sets the tone immediately, before rolling off funny stories about her daughter growing up. It’s very funny and thanks to easing us in with all the laughs, packs a surprising emotional punch at the end.
Sure, the mother is helped with delivery as good as most stand-ups. But this needn’t be intimidating. We can have you delivering your speech just as well with a bit of help from our delivery coaching service.
Prop-er Good Speech
Now, props aren’t necessarily encouraged by us at Speechy. They often slow down the speech and can be a little awkward. However, this is a perfect example of how to use one.
Notice how the mum never pauses to let the groom open the prop – in this case, a printed copy of a letter her daughter wrote in her childhood. Instead, she ploughs on delivering joke after joke and a great story about her daughter always wanting to marry a cowboy.
By the time the speech finishes, the gift is opened, and everyone knows what it is. There’s no pause as everyone works it out. She turns the prop into a story.
And it’s a great story! Emotional and funny. Plus, on a separate note, how great is it to see a groom in a cowboy hat. More of that, please!
The Storytelling Speech
Mother of the bride speeches seem to be more popular in America but Brits can do them too. Whereas our first two mums incorporate several stories into their speech, this mother only uses one – a funny story about how the bride initially stood the groom up when they first met.
It’s personal, it’s funny, and it’s quick!
In three minutes the mother has set up their relationship, made everyone laugh and sat down, winning the day and allowing everyone to crack on with the most important part of the day (OK, maybe the second most important part) – partying!
The Take-My-Advice Speech
Mothers don’t just have to hand out zingers about their daughter in their speech. They can also use their years of married experience to give advice to the new couple.
This speech starts emotionally but then springs the funny advice on us.
It’s personal and everyone in the room gets it. It gives a good perspective on what it’s like to ACTUALLY be married, something these whippersnappers will find out over the years.
Be funny. Give good advice. And, most importantly, give a good and honest story about you and your daughter’s relationship.
For more tips, mums, worry not! We’ve got you sorted over on our Mothers of the Bride Advice page.
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