Should I Give A Mother Of Bride Speech?
The question I asked myself when helping plan my daughter’s wedding was; “Should I be giving a Mother of Bride Speech?” Well, the truth is that my daughter is a modern woman and is intent on both having a pretty traditional wedding and giving her own bridal speech.
As the wedding got closer, I started doing some research on Mother of the Bride speeches. I know that in the traditional Victorian past, it was only the men that did the speaking (i.e. grooms speech, father of the bride speech), so I wanted some feedback on whether or not modern day Mothers of the Bride were doing wedding speeches.
My first inclination was to stick to the traditional program, mostly because I wanted to be able to sit back and enjoy the entire wedding experience, including the other wedding speeches, without worrying about giving a Mother of the Bride’s speech of my own. However, I read a lot of feedback from other mother’s of the bride and finally came to the conclusion that I should and would prepare and give my own wedding speech.
So, the first thing I did was fire up my laptop and search for advice on preparing my wedding speech. The nagging question that I needed answers to was; “What should I talk about in my mother of bride speech?” The good news was that I did find some helpful resources that made sense, and that was for the mother to introduce herself and welcome her new son-in-law and his parents into the bride’s family. One particular resource I found not only provided wedding speech examples for each wedding party member, but provided a fill-in-the-blank template that made the preparation of my Mother of the Bride speech a breeze.
A slightly different twist on the whole wedding speech dilemma was to determine whether a combined Mother and Father of the Bride speech could be an option. I thought it might be interesting to do our speeches together and not have to worry about overlapping content. But after discussing it with my husband we decided that it would be better to do separate speeches, and coordinate the content so that we didn’t overlap.
The bottom line was that it really turned out to be the right decision! My Mother of Bride speech and the Father of Bride speech were both special and unique tributes to our daughter from our own personal perspectives.