Your best friend is experiencing one of the most important milestones in her life, and as her best friend and maid of honor, it’s your job to bring the funny to every part of the occasion. Weddings aren’t the same without funny maid of honor speeches.
We know the bride especially is looking forward to what her funny best friend has to say, and it would mean a lot to the groom to know you support the union.
When raising a glass to their union, speak from the heart with words of support and encouragement for the couple. Though heartfelt, it should be lighthearted to keep spirits high and make the event even more memorable.
Here are 8 examples of funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend and how you can improve your speech.
Points to include in your funny maid of honor speech
Funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend usually starts with an introduction. Let everyone know your name and who you are to the bride.
After that, use these basic ideas to guide the subject or point of your speech so you don’t end up rambling on and on. We’re sure you have a lot to share about the bride, but this isn’t about you.
01Share some of the funny or quirky memories you’ve had with your best friend in your funny maid of honor speeches. This is meant to highlight the unique bond you share and should paint a picture of the bride’s personality too.
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02Reveal your first impressions of the groom, whether good or bad, and how your relationship with him as your best friend’s husband developed. You can also include stories you have about the bride and groom’s relationship in your funny maid of honor speeches.
03Tell the guests why you think the bride and groom are a great match with funny stories about them as a couple.
04Offer your advice about what makes for a happy and successful marriage, but only if you’re actually married. You can even tell jokes about your own marriage.
05Poke fun at other friends/family, and include them in your funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend’s wedding.
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06Talk about how much you love her dress, the food, the venue decor or whatever you love about the wedding.
End the funny maid of honor speeches with energy and offer a toast wishing the couple well. It should make the audience feel warm and fuzzy inside, and optimistic about the marriage.
Consider these when making a funny maid of honor speech at your best friend’s wedding
Humor is subjective, and you have to keep your audience in mind when delivering funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend’s wedding. Remember, a lot of friends and family are going to be there, and the older folk may not be interested in the college humor you are known for.
If kids are among the guests, keep it family-friendly and save the inside jokes for later. Here are some other things you should keep in mind when delivering funny maid of honor speeches on your best friend’s big day:
01Don’t drink too much
Wait until after your speech to go crazy on the alcohol. You want to be coherent when you make your speech, otherwise, you can end up embarrassing the bride and groom.
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02Don’t talk too much
Funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend’s wedding shouldn’t go on for more than 5 minutes. Keep it short and spicy, and aim for 2-3 minutes. The average person speaks about 140 words per minute (in English), so try not to pass 300 words, accounting for pauses and applause.
03Rehearse your speech
Practice your speech so you don’t have to look at your notes too much. It will be more heartfelt this way.
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04Eye contact is important
Dedicate the speech to the couple and the family by maintaining eye contact.
05Crying is okay, but control yourself
We know you’re happy for your best friend, but you don’t want to mess up your makeup (or hers) by sobbing uncontrollably while you are delivering your maid of honor speech. It’s distracting.
8 Examples of Funny Maid of Honor Speeches for Your Best Friend’s Wedding
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Knowing the groom well allows you to crack a few jokes at him and include everyone in the fun. When making jokes about the bride and groom, bear in mind boundaries and what could be taken the wrong way.
You certainly wouldn’t want to make things awkward for the couple, as this can land you in hot water with your best friend. With that in mind, enjoy these examples of funny maid of honor speeches:
2 Funny Maid of Honor Speech Examples of How Protective You Are of Your Best Friend
01If Derrick likes you, I like you too
“I’m Tyra, Sophie’s bestie since before I can even remember. But how we became best friends is one of the great mysteries of the world, because we’re different in every single way.
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked how, I’d probably have more than enough to cover the cost of the open bar, especially for those of you who’ve been throwing them back like I have! We’re as different as hot and cold, night and day and north and south, but somehow, we made it work.
Being her best friend also makes me the keeper of embarrassing secrets and stories, but that’s for another day when we’re much drunker, and her boss and family aren’t here.
Plus, I don’t want to incriminate myself if you know what I mean. I’m so excited to be here, thanks for the invite guys.
Let’s put it this way, Jonas: if Derrick likes you, I like you. For those of you who don’t know, Derrick is Sophie’s brother; her big brother.
And like big bros do, he wanted to protect lil sis. That means keeping her away from boys who mean no good and her friends who took her to bars and clubs.
It took a while for Derrick and me to see eye to eye, and let’s just say we have an understanding. Isn’t that right Derrick [look at Derrick].
When I heard you were letting them meet, I was nervous about what you would do, but surprise, surprise, they got along!
Where’s the big, cool Derrick that had all the middle schoolers terrified to ask my best friend to the prom?
So, Jonas, like I said, if Derrick likes you, I like you. I’m so happy that Sophie found you. A toast to the brand-new Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Cheers.”
Use this to poke fun at another family member who’s close to the bride. It talks about how protective the family is over their precious daughter, and the acceptance of the groom is the only stamp of approval you need to tell that he’s the one for your best friend.
It’s also a great way to show everyone how close you are to the bride and how important this moment is for you.
02I was jealous for no reason
“I must admit, I was angry about you guys getting together. Emily and I have spent our whole lives together, since pre-school actually, and here comes this guy wanting to share her with me.
I’m Taylor, and we’ve been best friends since we were in diapers. Seriously, we haven’t spent more than a day apart, plus our houses were side by side and our moms were close, so we were like sisters.
Emily means so much to me and all I’ve ever wanted for her was the best. That makes me a bit overprotective, but I can live with that.
We get each other in ways that others will never understand. For example, we know that once we hear Taylor Swift come on, we have permission to be obnoxious and put on a full performance.
We also know the importance of angles and doing it for Instagram, so just imagine my surprise when I heard her say: “Okay, that’s enough pictures for today”.
When I saw how happy you made her, Patrick, I realized I was jealous for no reason. In you, I saw the man she’s wanted all her life, and I was so excited at the thought of her finding her happily ever after.
You were like the organic peanut butter to her vegan jelly and the Spock to her Captain Kirk. You two nerds deserve each other.
You fill all the spots I never could for her, and I know you two will have a lifetime of laughter and happiness. To Mr. and Mrs. Murray!”
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It’s normal to feel left out when your best friend has found someone else that means just as much to her as you do. This speech talks about what your friendship is like and how close you are to each other.
It shows you approve of the union and you wish the couple all the best in their marriage.
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03Aunty Ruby can’t wait to be a bad influence
“Thanks to everyone for being here at my best friend’s wedding, and supporting her and her husband. I’m Ruby for anyone who doesn’t know me, and I’ve known Elly for 13 years.
I hope you know what you’re getting into, buddy. This is my best friend of 28 years and I know her like I know my ABCs.
I’ve seen her at her best and her worst, and have stuck by her through everything. Literally, she can’t shake me!
She’s always been there for me, and when she started dating Josh, I sort of knew they’d be together long term. He told me he hates spicy food, but somehow we ended up at an Indian restaurant for her birthday one year, and he was a real champ.
His face turned red and everything, but he didn’t want to ruin that moment for her. You have the love and support of everyone here, and you did a wonderful job bringing us all together for this moment.
Everything looks wonderful, and when I get back to my seat, I’m asking the waiter for seconds. Thanks, Dad, for footing this bill, and not having a heart attack every time you had to write another check. I have enough room left in my stomach to make sure you get your money’s worth.
In the meantime, raise your glasses to Josh and Elly. The timer for my nieces and nephews starts tonight!
Aunty Ruby can’t wait to be a bad influence and tell them all the wild stories about their mom!”
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This pokes fun at the quirks of the bride and who she really is behind closed doors, but not in a bad way. It says she’s an amazing person who you adore because of who she is.
It’s a great way to give the couple compliments about the food and decor of the venue, and share cute stories about the bride and groom.
04Aunty Rachel will be the one they can trust
“For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Rachel, the official best friend of Karen. Yes, the crazy one that cries a lot, but I promised I’m not going to today.
That brings us to why I was allowed to get the mic in the first place, but I’m just as shocked as you are. I’ll try to hold the tears until the end, so bear with me.
I’ve loved Karen my whole life, and I’ve seen her at her best and her worst. Knowing her is to love her, and she’s the sweetest person in this entire world.
Since I’m her best friend, you’re probably on the edge of your seats waiting for all the juicy details of her life and embarrassing moments. Sorry to disappoint you all, but she made me swear not to.
Karen has talked about this day her whole life, and it’s finally here. She got the beautiful dress, the right DJ, a stunning venue and the perfect man, and I’m honestly overjoyed for her.
I remember when we were kids, and your mom was away for the weekend, and we dyed your hair blue. She was so mad, and up to now, I think she still holds it against me.
I miss the days we’d sneak out to go to the park on Sunday nights, and the adrenaline of getting caught pumped through our skinny bodies. I can’t wait to tell your babies about all the rebellious moments we’ve had together. Trust me, Aunty Rachel will be the one they will turn to when it’s their time to sneak out.
Today is the beginning of the rest of your life together as husband and wife. Your union signifies your commitment to uplifting and supporting each other through the good days, as well as the bad ones.
Keep this feeling close to your heart, and enter into this marriage with the reassurance that love conquers all. Find yourself in each other, and be the other’s keeper.
Raise your glasses to the beginning of forever!”
Newlyweds can always use advice about navigating marriage because it certainly isn’t easy. This speech will serve as a reminder of the journey they’re about to embark on, and how they should approach it. This speech is also a great way to give compliments on the wedding itself and how the groom was able to bring his bride’s dreams to real life.
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05He’s definitely the one for you
“Hi everyone, I’m Beth, Yvonne’s best friend since middle school, and I’ve been there for it all: from the emergency sleepovers to the embarrassing secrets I’ll take to my grave. We’ve laughed together, cried together, and even fought.
Today is the beginning of the story of two people who started out as strangers, became friends, and now they’re starting a family and a life together. No, this isn’t the story of Yvonne and me. It’s about Yvonne and Ryan: congrats guys.
Congrats to me too, I guess. Our relationship went from strangers, to best friends, to sisters at heart.
No worries though. Ryan, I have loved you for Yvonne since the first day I met you.
She fell for you hard and fast, and I was worried she might be in over her head, but you proved me wrong. You showed me you were a gentleman who was obsessed with this diva right here, and you would give her the world in a heartbeat.
How could I not love a guy who picks out the fruit from her trail mix and cuts the crusts off her sandwiches? I think we can all agree he’s the one? [gesture to her family for support].
See, the people who love her support you. Make us proud so we don’t get disappointed.
A toast to Yvonne and Ryan.”
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When the family and best friend love the guy, it’s usually a good sign. This speech involves the family, giving those who aren’t getting a chance to make a toast an opportunity to show their love and support for the union. It also says the family has her back 100%, and won’t mess around when it comes to protecting the bride.
06From bad boy punk to refined gentleman: the groom’s transformation
“I’m Lisa, and Miranda is my best friend in the entire universe. I’m not surprised I’m giving this speech today, who else would do it?
Thank you everyone for coming out and showing out, you all look wonderful tonight.
So, I didn’t meet Gavin until a few months after he started dating Miranda. Knowing Miranda, I was suspicious about why she hid him from me.
Hello? Best friend. You’re supposed to tell me everything.
Turns out Gavin was someone we knew very well. The name didn’t click at first, but then I realized it was Gavin from high school, the same Gavin she said she’d never date again if her life depended on it.
Gavin and Miranda were high school sweethearts, and sorry if I let the cat out of the bag, Mr. Reynolds, but Miranda used to sneak out at night to meet up with Gavin.
We hated Gavin too. He always rode a motorcycle without a helmet and constantly got in trouble. That’s a typical bad boy……but deep inside I secretly found that….pretty cool man.
We all wondered what the hell she was doing with this bad boy and we burst into applause when we heard he was leaving for the army!
Like always, I helped her pick up the pieces of her heart, and onwards we went. Little did I know, Gavin would be back 7 years later with the recipe to sweep her off her feet.
One thing I can say for sure is that this experience changed Gavin from the punk he was in high school, to a refined, hardworking and disciplined man.
I know he’ll keep our Miranda safe and take care of her from now on. You have my blessing, Gavin. Cheers.”
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Reflect on how you met the groom with this speech, and what you first thought of him when you met. It talks about how your impression of him has changed to you now supporting the relationship.
This says you think they’re a great match, now that you’ve seen him grow up and become fitting for your bestie. It also pokes fun at the family, especially because the relationship began by going behind their backs.
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07Advice from the maid of honor: make your years together count
“For those of you who came in support of the groom, I’m single. I mean, I’m Angie.
I’ve been Katherine’s best friend for about 27 years now, which means I’m an honorary member of the Johnson family. I like to think that means what I have to say matters.
Katherine and I met in preschool, and the rest was history. We went to the same college, joined the same sorority and even shared the same room.
In college, I was all about partying and having fun, but Katherine was a hopeless romantic. I remember back in elementary school, Katherine would always dress like the beautiful bride.
One night, I dragged her to a party, and she kept repeating: “Omg guys, tonight could be the night we find our husband.”
As it happened, we met a guy later that night when we stumbled into a 7-Eleven for Gatorade and cheesy snacks. You guessed it, that guy was Gary, and they clicked right away, just like the rom coms she’d force me to watch in our dorm room.
My advice to the newlyweds is to always remember to have fun. Life is about discovery and adventure.
Make your years together count. See the world, try new things, and when you’re ready, bring new life to this world.
You have the support of everyone here. To Gary and Katherine.”
Share your memory of the start of their relationship, and how the two eventually got together if you were there from the beginning. It pokes fun at them being an unlikely couple turning out to be the perfect match.
08Love like this is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.
“I’ve known Sophia since middle school. For most of that time, I hated her.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think the girl who wore pink stripes with cheetah print would eventually be my best friend. Turns out, we’d go to the same university together, and I realized that bringing my childhood hatred to another state was ridiculous.
We started hanging out, and somehow she grew on me. The problem is, now I can’t get her off.
There’d never be one without the other, even when we were doing stupid stuff together. Then, by the second year, I kept hearing Greg, Greg, Greg.
All she could talk about was this Greg. Greg this, Greg that, “Did you know Greg likes apples? I love apples”.
I heard about Greg so much, I had to get to the bottom of this. Then I realized Greg was worse than Sophia.
Sophia this, Sophia that, and that’s great and all, but I can’t count the amount of times I nearly hung up on them or blocked their number.
They were acting like two high school kids in love, and though annoying, it dawned on me. They were truly meant for each other, plus, I’d finally get some time off from Sophia!
It’s one thing to really like someone, and it’s another to be in love. Don’t forget this feeling you have right now, and how much you love and appreciate each other.
The only way you’ll stand the test of time is to remember why you fell in love with each other in the first place. Fall in love with each other more each day, even if it means being a corny couple that wears matching T-shirts and is into PDA.
Love like this is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have. I can guarantee neither of you will find this love in anyone else. Cheers, to Greg and Sophia, our favorite newlyweds in the entire world.”
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This is a funny way to talk about how annoyed you were at how much your friend talked about her new partner, but you were also interested to find out the reasoning behind it. It says you soon realized they were very alike, and with true love at the forefront of their relationship, everything else will be a piece of cake.
See, writing funny maid of honor speeches for your best friend isn’t so hard. You just have to find one that makes sense for the relationship, the type of wedding and the situation.
Speak from your heart, but don’t be too serious. Weddings are supposed to be fun!
Pay attention to how the audiences in the videos we included react to funny maid of honor speeches and get inspired. But don’t forget to make it your own!