Who Do you Thank in Your Maid of Honor Speech?

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As you start drafting your speech, you may wonder whether you’re supposed to thank anyone. So, who do you thank in your Maid of Honor speech?

  1. Should you thank the couple or your loved one?

First, you might consider thanking the couple or just the person you’re representing (often the bride) for including you in their big day!

Is this necessary?

Nope! You certainly don’t need to thank the couple or the bride. But it can be a nice gesture if you feel it’s important or matches how you feel.

2. Should you thank the wedding party?

You could thank the wedding party or the bridal party if they helped out with events or any of the planning.

Is this necessary?

The wedding party doesn’t always help out (even when you hoped they would). So, don’t feel like you need to acknowledge anyone if they didn’t really do anything.

3. Thank the parents?

If you know the parents helped out a lot with planning or support, you can consider thanking them as you know it means a lot to the couple.

Is this necessary?

No. This can also feel awkward for people who don’t know the parents, so don’t feel like you have to thank them (or anyone) if it feels uncomfortable.

4. The guests?

If you really want to thank someone, but the previous options didn’t match your situation, thanking the guests is a great choice. They’ve taken time out of their lives to join the celebration, and it’s always nice to acknowledge them for being part of the big day!

Is this necessary?

Yet again, the answer is no.

So, who do you have to thank in your Maid of Honor speech?

Honestly, you don’t have to thank anyone.

Thank the people you want to thank and who it makes sense for you to thank.

If you’re choosing to thank anyone in your speech, use your best judgement. Feel free to skip the thanks if it feels awkward or if it doesn’t make sense for you to thank them (for example, something that was private or just between the families).

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