Hello! My name is Charlotte Larson. I found your site very helpful in planning my speech for my sister’s wedding. I wanted to share my speech in hopes it will help someone else write theirs. Here it is.
Good Evening! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Charlotte, the very proud big sister of our glamorous Bride. I want to start by congratulating Julie and Keith, and thanking all of you for coming here today.
When I look at the bride and groom, I feel such a kaleidoscope of emotions.? I know that Julie has found her true match and I know that theirs will be a marriage of long standing.? My heart is bursting with love for you two today.? I know you have a wonderful adventure ahead of you, and with God’s blessing your marriage will last for decades to come.
I never knew Keith before he dated my sister, so I can’t tell you horrible stories about him, but I can tell you that I think he’s perfect for my sister!? He’s easy going, interesting, easy to talk to, and he has a great sense of humor! We are very happy to welcome Keith into our family. We know he’s made for us, and we hope we’re made for him!
Julie, I want to note how beautiful you look today, and to tell you that this has truly been a special day for me. Thank you for giving true meaning to the word sister and for sharing the last 28 years with me. My parents and I have just loved this girl from the day she was born. We’ve coddled her, enjoyed her, and laughed with her.? I know how much joy she has brought into our lives, and I know that she’ll bring that joy into Keith’s life as well.
As children, Julie and I were pretty much inseparable, and we always managed to keep each other laughing. When I think back on our adventures in childhood, I have nothing but fond memories. The fondest memories include the times we spent at the river having picnic lunches and searching for clams for our “clam club.” I also remember us frequently riding our bikes to Casey’s to buy “suicides.” For those of you who don’t know, a suicide is a fountain drink made with all the soda flavors mixed together. Of course, we had to buy the jumbo size and poor Julie could not handle holding the drink and riding her bike at the same time. She would inevitably drop hers on the pavement before we left the parking lot, cry about it, and make me go back in to get another one with her. I also vividly remember the time Julie and I shared a room. We usually stayed up well past our bedtime throwing stuffed animals at each other, building forts under our beds, and laughing about anything and everything. To this day, Julie is the only person I know that can make me laugh so hard it hurts. I have a lot more funny and embarrassing stories about her, but because this is her special day, I will leave her alone now.
Being married for almost nine years now, my husband and I thought about the words of advice that we’d like to give to the newlyweds. Together we came up with this:
The two secrets of a long lasting and happy marriage are a good sense of humor and a short memory!
Always remember to say those three important little words..."You’re right dear."
If you’re clever, you’ll always have the last word. However, if you are very clever, you won’t use it.
Whenever you are wrong, admit it. Whenever you are right, be quiet.
And, Keith, always remember...a happy wife, makes for a happy life!
As a woman who is both a wife and mother, I welcome Julie into the ranks of the married with open arms.? Separately, you are two special, remarkable people, but together you are complete. As you sit side by side through this roller coaster of life, remember to scream from the peaks, hold hands through the dips, laugh through the loop the loops, and enjoy every twist and turn. For the ride is much better when you share it together. Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
My wishes for Julie and Keith are that they have a continued loving friendship and partnership; that they enjoy success and laughter; that they are blessed with children; and that they always see and talk with their heart.? My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years, your love for each other will deepen and grow. Years from now, may you look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least. I wish you the very best. My love to the both of you.?
Please raise your glasses while I toast my sister and her husband:
Julie and Keith:??Take each day and cherish your time together. Love one another and stand together.? Take time to talk to one another.? Put your love and your family first; your job and your hobbies second.? May your love be like the wind, strong enough to move the clouds, soft enough to never hurt, but always never ending. To love, laughter, and happily ever after. Cheers!