Bridal Shower Speech – There really are no particular obligations connected with hostessing a bridal shower in the way of speeches or ceremony. The point of a bridal shower is to give the bride a chance to enjoy some private time with the women who are closest to her. People usually celebrate with refreshments and gifts (and sometimes games), but otherwise the atmosphere of most showers is usually pretty low-key and casual.
Your duties for the day are limited. You have done the planning, and will do the set-up and pre-party preparations tomorrow. When guests begin to arrive, you should welcome them and try to make them feel comfortable. Having something to drink or munch on while they wait for the rest of the guests is always a good distraction and ice-breaker.
The maid of honor’s toast is, well, a girl thing. And while male musings often move us, we think the maid of honor will find enormous inspiration in the words of her sagacious, soul-searching sisters. Below, some toast-appropriate insights and emotions from favorite female writers, philosophers and personalities.
“The capacity to love is tied to being able to be awake, to being able to move out of yourself and be with someone else in a manner that is not about your desire to possess them, but to be with them, to be in union and communion.” — bell hooks
Storytelling should be at the heart of your speech. Perhaps there is an interesting story (that the other guests have never heard before) that speaks to the bride’s kindness, generosity and reliability as a friend. Are there accomplishments and achievements that the bride has been too modest over the years to boast about? If so, this is a great occasion to blow her horn for her. Another good story to tell is one about the first time you met the groom and how you think his qualities mesh beautifully with hers. You should make mention of how lucky the groom is to have someone as wonderful as the bride for a lifelong partner.
Sometimes at a shower, there are a couple different parts of the event, and the hostess may choose to say a few words to and/or about the bride at the beginning of each (refreshments, activities, gifts, for example) and before the guests leave. But again, there’s no set procedure or specific expectation.
All that really needs to be said by you, as hostess is:
~ you are glad that they could be there to share this celebration
~ you wish the bride good luck on her wedding and much happiness in her marriage
~ you hope that the bride and the guests enjoyed themselves
How and when you express these ideas really is up to you, the activities/schedule of the shower, and your relationship with your cousin and the guests. Keep things simple. Be yourself. Be sincere. And relax. : )
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