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How lengthy ought to a maid of honor's speech take?

When it comes to writing a maid of honor speech, you probably have a thousand and one questions. And if we had to guess, we would say, "How long should a maid of honor's speech take?" falls somewhere in your top three. Fortunately, we have a little insight into this puzzle.

After giving not one, but two separate speeches by the maid of honor (and seeing dozens more), we are pretty confident that we will have the answer you are looking for. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as you hoped it would be.

To see how to be a modern maid of honor is to know that no two trips are the same. What works for one of you may not work for the next. It is therefore important that we make this very clear when we give our honest advice and personal opinions.

That being said, we will try to answer this question as briefly as possible. We will split it into three separate parts.

1. How long is a typical maid of honor speech?

On average, your maid of honor's typical speech falls within the 3 to 5 minute range. This schedule is designed to ensure that the speech stays “short and sweet” as opposed to lengthy and sprawling. More importantly, the speaker is subconsciously forced to choose the most important points of conversation so that not every detail is taken into account.

2. What if my speech is longer than 5 minutes?

That's okay! The 3 to 5 minute range is not a fixed rule, just a loose guideline. We personally believe that anything under 8 minutes is perfectly acceptable as long as you are sure that your story justifies the extra time.

Also keep in mind that your delivery has a big impact on the overall length of your speech. Practice speaking slowly and clearly, and only measure yourself when you have found your perfect pace.

3. How can I decide whether my speech is too long or just right?

First, answer the following three questions to determine if your speech is too long:

  • Did I accidentally repeat myself?
  • Am I telling inside jokes that only the bride and I will understand?
  • Am I taking too much time to talk about myself?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, shorten your speech to omit these additions.

Next, ask yourself the following:

  • Are all of my anecdotes necessary for the overall picture that I am trying to paint?
  • Did I talk about the relationship between the bride and groom as well as about my personal relationship with the bride?
  • Does my delivery flow seamlessly with no unpleasant or unpleasant transitions?

If all three answers are yes, you can get started!

Our last thoughts …

If you are still unsure or just want a second opinion, practice speaking to someone who doesn't know the bride and groom. Ask for their honest feedback. Could you understand everything you said? Have you rushed or looked nervous about your delivery? Have you ever been bored or wished it was over?

Once you have the simple answers to these questions, you can determine the length of the language that is best for you!

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