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#1 JOSIE

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    Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:45 AM

    OK......I keep getting stuck on my speech for my best friends wedding...THIS WEEKEND! I'm usually a GREAT writer and I'm just feeling so much pressure to make this amazing! My problem is that I've grown up with this girl (literally potty trained together, high school, college roommates, and roomates for 2 years AFTER college graduation......our parents are best friends, our moms have taken us on 7 spring break "girls vacations" from age 15 to age 22 when we graduate college) ... OK so you get the idea.

    How do I pick just FEW memories? How do I make sure to focus the speech on THEM and not my friendship with her?

    anyone have any SUPER creative ideas or memories or funny things that stuck out and were different than the average MOH speech??

    Please help!!!!!!!!!!
    11.28.2009

    #2 rodent

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      Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:04 PM

      i think it helps to just write without censoring yourself. When you start to overthink it you get writters block. So just grab a pen & scribble it all down. Then take a break from it and come back later to do the editing. often i'll think what I'm writting is really cheesy, but when i come back to it I'll often like it.

      For the last MOH speach I gave I started with saying how I knew the bride. i figured the people who don't know me would be thinking "who's this young lady up there talking about <bride>?"

      After saying a little about our friendship I said something about how when you have a friend like that who you care so much about you want to see them happy & <grooms name> makes her happy.

      Then i said something about their relationship & wanting to toast at their 50th anniversary.

      Then I clinged the microphone to all the champagne glasses instead of clinging my glass. oops :)

      Keep it short & sweet. people want to get to drinking & dancing.

      #3 autjo

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        Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:07 PM

        Hey Josie! Love the pick of you guys looking at the water!

        I gave a speech at my best friends wedding in April and have included the notes from it and the one from the rehearsal. My best advice is be prepared and keep it short and sweet. Short and sweet becuase otherwise I would have cried and prepared because the best man didn't have anything ready and totally stumbled and rambled along like a doofus. Good luck!


        Rehearsal Speech:
        Hi. My name is Autumn Fischbeck and for those of you who don’t know me I am Jessica’s maid of honor. We met in San Antonio, lived together in Phoenix, and now she has deserted for this hunky guy over here… whatevs. When Jess asked me to be her maid of honor I was totally ecstatic. I thought, “man she really is the sweetest person.” But then I remembered the drink throwing incident and realized she just wanted me up here because we have a total blast together and I’m an awesome Project Jessers planner. Seriously, can we quit IT and do something more fun? But I digress.

        Let me give you a little history on my relationships with Jess and Andrew. I tried to remember the first time Jess and I hung out and kept flashing back to a certain Fiesta Texas trip with a hairy little troll wrapped in a snake and our mom holding our purses on the coasters. Totally random. As for Andrew I first heard of him when Brett came home with a body glove on his leg. I asked him what happened and I believe his quote was, “this crazy new guy on my football team slapped me while I was stretching, I didn’t do anything to deserve it.” For those of you who know Brett it is most guaranteed that he did do something to provoke the slap, but it was certainly the beginning of a slap filled friendship. Flash forward a couple of years and my memories are filled with toobing trips, rides to the airport, kickball games, nights in Old Town, and my personal favorite wine by the fire pit. Just keep Andrew awake so he doesn’t fall in the pool.

        For what it’s worth Jess I wanted to offer some words of wisdom. Always have a good sense of humor and let Andrew think he’s won the battle, even if he hasn’t.

        And Andrew, 3 very important words “You’re right girlfriend” will probably last you 50 years.

        I wish you guys the best and couldn’t be happier for you. Thanks for letting me share this time with you.

        If you will all raise glass and toast Jess and Andrew to a lifelong motto of Love, Party, Repeat. Cheers.


        Wedding Reception Speech:
        Hi everyone. Before I start I would like to say that Jess you are simply stunning tonight and Andrew you clean up pretty good too. But honestly, together you 2 look absolutely beautiful together. Thanks for letting me be a part of your adventure.

        For those of you who don’t know me, I am Autumn Fischbeck Jessica’s maid of honor. For those of you who do know me, I am drinking red wine tonight and feel free to send more glasses up here to the front table.

        I met Jess and Andrew at USAA, but back then it wasn’t Jess and Andrew it was more this is Jessica the curly haired girl and this is shirtless Andrew. Since then they have grown up (kind of… Andrew you better not kick that soccer in the new house) and found true love in each other. And even though they look like a picture of wedded bliss right now, I hope that 50 years from now when they realize that Jess still can’t see and Andrew still sweats and snores a lot, they can look back at pictures of this night and remember how awesome they feel and how much all of their friends and family love them.

        The 3 of us have shared a ton of escapades over the last 5 years so I know they won’t be that upset to find their get away car stuffed with shredded paper, Styrofoam peanuts, and crayons. And they won’t get mad over the 4 am crank call tonight because at that time they will have realized that we paid the hotel staff to replace their honeymoon swim suits with thongs. I’ve said too much.

        Jess and Andrew this is to thousands more snow trips, beach trips, toobing trips, and maybe a European vacation someday.

        If you will all raise glass and toast Jess and Andrew to a lifelong motto of Love, Party, Repeat. Cheers.

        #4 JOSIE

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          Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:11 PM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by autjo
          Hey Josie! Love the pick of you guys looking at the water!

          I gave a speech at my best friends wedding in April and have included the notes from it and the one from the rehearsal. My best advice is be prepared and keep it short and sweet. Short and sweet becuase otherwise I would have cried and prepared because the best man didn't have anything ready and totally stumbled and rambled along like a doofus. Good luck!


          Rehearsal Speech:
          Hi. My name is Autumn Fischbeck and for those of you who don’t know me I am Jessica’s maid of honor. We met in San Antonio, lived together in Phoenix, and now she has deserted for this hunky guy over here… whatevs. When Jess asked me to be her maid of honor I was totally ecstatic. I thought, “man she really is the sweetest person.” But then I remembered the drink throwing incident and realized she just wanted me up here because we have a total blast together and I’m an awesome Project Jessers planner. Seriously, can we quit IT and do something more fun? But I digress.

          Let me give you a little history on my relationships with Jess and Andrew. I tried to remember the first time Jess and I hung out and kept flashing back to a certain Fiesta Texas trip with a hairy little troll wrapped in a snake and our mom holding our purses on the coasters. Totally random. As for Andrew I first heard of him when Brett came home with a body glove on his leg. I asked him what happened and I believe his quote was, “this crazy new guy on my football team slapped me while I was stretching, I didn’t do anything to deserve it.” For those of you who know Brett it is most guaranteed that he did do something to provoke the slap, but it was certainly the beginning of a slap filled friendship. Flash forward a couple of years and my memories are filled with toobing trips, rides to the airport, kickball games, nights in Old Town, and my personal favorite wine by the fire pit. Just keep Andrew awake so he doesn’t fall in the pool.

          For what it’s worth Jess I wanted to offer some words of wisdom. Always have a good sense of humor and let Andrew think he’s won the battle, even if he hasn’t.

          And Andrew, 3 very important words “You’re right girlfriend” will probably last you 50 years.

          I wish you guys the best and couldn’t be happier for you. Thanks for letting me share this time with you.

          If you will all raise glass and toast Jess and Andrew to a lifelong motto of Love, Party, Repeat. Cheers.


          Wedding Reception Speech:
          Hi everyone. Before I start I would like to say that Jess you are simply stunning tonight and Andrew you clean up pretty good too. But honestly, together you 2 look absolutely beautiful together. Thanks for letting me be a part of your adventure.

          For those of you who don’t know me, I am Autumn Fischbeck Jessica’s maid of honor. For those of you who do know me, I am drinking red wine tonight and feel free to send more glasses up here to the front table.

          I met Jess and Andrew at USAA, but back then it wasn’t Jess and Andrew it was more this is Jessica the curly haired girl and this is shirtless Andrew. Since then they have grown up (kind of… Andrew you better not kick that soccer in the new house) and found true love in each other. And even though they look like a picture of wedded bliss right now, I hope that 50 years from now when they realize that Jess still can’t see and Andrew still sweats and snores a lot, they can look back at pictures of this night and remember how awesome they feel and how much all of their friends and family love them.

          The 3 of us have shared a ton of escapades over the last 5 years so I know they won’t be that upset to find their get away car stuffed with shredded paper, Styrofoam peanuts, and crayons. And they won’t get mad over the 4 am crank call tonight because at that time they will have realized that we paid the hotel staff to replace their honeymoon swim suits with thongs. I’ve said too much.

          Jess and Andrew this is to thousands more snow trips, beach trips, toobing trips, and maybe a European vacation someday.

          If you will all raise glass and toast Jess and Andrew to a lifelong motto of Love, Party, Repeat. Cheers.

          you are awesome!!!!!!!! and hilarious!!!!!!!!! thank you for giving me this to read over, it has sparked SO many ideas :) :)
          11.28.2009

          #5 EDSROSA

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            Posted 09 July 2009 - 07:11 PM

            Hey Josie! I suck at writing so when I had to write my speech I was in a lot of trouble! What helped me was looking at pictures that I had with her throughout the years. It brought back so many emotions and stories that I wanted to share with everyone. I spoke about this one particular time when we got punished for sneaking out of the house and how miserable we were without each other. I also spoke about my first meeting with her husband. Hope this helps!

            #6 finzup

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              Posted 12 July 2009 - 10:15 AM

              I loved writing the speech.. I was nervous but found this worked really well!

              Here's what I did:
              - Introduce your self and mention your relationship with the bride (in my case it was my sister) (15 seconds)

              - Tell a story or two that showcases how close you and the bride are. A story from childhood, or from growing up? A funny story from college? Anything really, but keep it light and funny. People should be smiling and laughing at this point. keep under 90 seconds

              - Talk about how the bride met the groom. Maybe interject a bit of humor here, but the direction of the speech is getting sentimental now -- the reaction you're going for is "awww, that is so sweet" type of thing. People smiling with happiness for the bride.. keep under 1 minute

              - Then go on to some recommendations for the bride and groom (maybe 2 each?) It's a pretty quick part of the speech. -- I started with, 'since i'm the older, wiser sister...' I used things like, 'howard, any spider, no matter how small, needs to be dealt with immediately" (my sis is petrified of spiders) and "kara, you must always remember to keep the refrigerator stocked with chocolate milk" (his favorite drink) . 30 seconds

              - Finally get really sappy! Talk about how special the two of them are, how much you love them, how you know they will be perfect for each other ("meant for each other" is a good line) and how they will be so happy and you are truly happy for your sister/friend/etc to be marrying such a stand up guy. When I got to the part that I thought of him as my brother, he cried. In fact I had both of them tearing up! 1 minute or less

              Everyone LOVED the speech, and while it was a little long ( not as long as it sounds), everyone paid attention the whole time and loved it..
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