I know that it’s a little untraditional for the bride to speak at a wedding, let alone before the groom but, well, I wanted to start married life as I mean to go on…….in charge.
I’m going to start off by putting it in girl’s terms as speech making is predominantly a male area. They say that making a speech should be like a mini-skirt: long enough to cover the essentials but short enough to be interesting. So, here goes…
I really wanted to say a few ‘thank yous’ of my own. Firstly, to M, you’ve made me so happy since we met 4 years ago and today is the happiest day of my life. Knowing your bad memory, I’m so grateful that you remembered to arrive at the church, on the right day and at the right time. I met M 4 years ago at work, I remember seeing him get out of his car and being impressed... by the car! I think we were always supposed to be together, even the kids at our school spotted that before we did with rumours flying wild about ‘Mr B and Miss C a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!’. I hate to say it but they were right (not the tree bit though!)
Next, I really want to thank my mum, and my dad, who unfortunately can’t be here with us today, but I’m sure he is looking down and smiling. I can’t thank you mum enough for always being there for me and being the best mum in the world. Thank you for all the help and support with the wedding arrangements. You look wonderful today mum and I am so proud to have you here with us.
To D and J, thank you for making me feel so welcome in the B family. I couldn’t have been luckier to have such wonderful “in-laws”, thank you for all your support with the wedding arrangements.
Thank you for raising M so well. Rest assured that I will look after and love him as he has so many qualities. Charm, brains and beauty….. are sadly the only ones missing.
Thank you to B, my godfather. You did a great job of giving me away today and there is no-one else I would rather have take my dad’s place. Thank you also to his wife, G, for lending me her husband and being a wonderful, caring member of my family, all through my life.
I want to thank my bridesmaids, F and J. F, you look beautiful and I am sure that if you were my only bridesmaid I would still have been looked after well. J, you look beautiful too, you are a great friend to me and I am so pleased to have you here by my side today. Thank you for all the love, shoulders to cry on and ABBA, Elaine Page and Barbara Streisand sing-alongs we have had together, may there be many more!
I want to also thank B for doing my hair and D, my sister for providing all the decorations in this marquee and for making the favours and the wonderful wedding cake that we will later be tucking into. Thank you M, for doing my bridesmaids' hair and to my friend, L for playing the harp so beautifully. I'm sure you all agree, it sounded wonderful.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for coming today and for making this day so special. I especially want to thank my family from Ireland for coming all this way to be here today. It really means so much to us, we are so pleased you are here.
Thank you for all the kind gifts you have given us. I would also like to mention those who are unable to be with us, whom we miss very much. Some of them couldn’t be here because of the 1000’s of miles between us, and there are others who will be looking down on our wedding day, especially Dad and Auntie F. So, I'd like to propse a silent toast to absent friends and loved ones.
And so, as I am about to pass over to my husband, I thought it right to say that my mum always told me to marry a rich man. Sorry mum! He may not be rich in money but he is rich in many other areas. I couldn’t have married a richer man than M. He is rich in inner strength, understanding and kindness, in patience and love. He is my everything and I am so very proud to be Mrs B.