For Brothers and Sisters of the Bride or Groom
by James Nardel
Attending the wedding of sister can be a lot of
fun because you just get to sit back and let her
soak up all the attention and love on her big
day. Even if you have always been competitive,
her wedding is one day where you want her to shine.
Many sisters are so busy sitting back watching
all of the planning for the big day that they
forget that they also have something important
to plan for: a sister of the bride speech. If
you happen to be the maid or matron of honor you
have probably thought about this, but it is also
customary for the sister of the bride to give
a speech and wish her sister and her new brother
in law well in their new life together.
The sister of the bride speech process isn't
all that difficult really; you just need to break
it down. If you aren't the maid of honor you may
just need to make a quick sister speech at the
wedding and then you can pass on the microphone
to the next family member to let them sweat a
bit! Still, you should have something planned
so that your nerves don't get the best of you.
Your speech needn't be overly polished or cheesy
if that is not your style, then again if you want
to get sentimental you can!
It's a good idea to start out with formal congratulations.
You can tell the bride and the groom that you
were just as nervous as they were, and that you
are glad that all of their hard work and planning
has turned out so beautifully. Your sister may
like hearing from you that things look great,
and are exactly as she planned. Then, you'll want
to make the speech more personal, since this is
your sister that you are speaking to. If you have
a story about weddings from when you were young,
like how you used to share your fantasy wedding
ideas with one another or something like that
it will spark fond memories for your sister and
share a little something with the rest of the
family and friends and the reception. Personalizing
the speech is important, because you aren't just
that fifth cousin who was invited; you are the
sister of the bride!
To close the speech you can tell your sister
that you can only hope to look as beautiful as
she does when you get married, if you aren't already.
Also, welcome your new brother in law to the family.
If you share a common sense of humor don't hesitate
to make a few clean jokes and then congratulate
the couple and pass the torch to the next family
member so that they can express their congratulations
Many sisters feel as though they need to write
some prose or something to that effect for a sister
of the bride speech, but that is not necessary.
Of course, if you want to write a poem for the
new couple, that would be great and very sincere.
But, you can go casual and simply tell your sister
and brother in law that you are happy for them!
Since you are the sister, toast wedding congratulations
and a bit more and you are off the hook. Just
make it sincere and let both your sister and your
brother in law know that you are happy for them,
in whatever style most suits both you and them.
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