maid of honor


there was this wedding last friday night. i was in it. no i was not the bride… but i was the maid of honor. i had many duties for the event, but the one i think that i was most excited about was the speech that i was to deliver during the reception.

anyone who knows me well, knows that i have this odd like (actually love) of public speaking, and it’s something that i am good at… at least that’s what i am told.

having never been in a position to give a speech as a maid of honor, i put my handy-dandy journalistic investigative skills to work (you know, the ones i paid a lot of money to gain… yep, the same ones that i am not using on a regular basis!) and began google-ing etiquette, speeches, maid of honor… you get the picture.

well, i didn’t like anything i found. i know… shocking. combined that with my deep, burning desire to add a little abby-uniqueness to the picture… the only thing i could do was to be an individual and strike out on my own for this speech.

katie, best friend and bride, is in love with her Irish heritage. no joke… you know katie, you know her love for baking irish soda bread and Guinness brownies and her quizzes… my goodness the quizzes! but i digress…

so here is what i came up with… offering the happy couple some handy-dandy marriage advice and then an irish blessing. sounds good… one problem… having never been married, i am was in no place to offer them advice about being married… so i did the next best thing and found quotes for some famous peeps on the subject and offered them to the happy couple.

here is the “speech” (and if you truly know me, you know i have never ever delivered a speech from a script)…

Quotes on Marriage:

  • Oscar Wilde: Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
  • Rita Rudner: I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
  • Bill Cosby: Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge.
  • Bill Cosby: For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.
  • Rocky Balboa: I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other’s gaps.
  • Gloria Steinem, 2000, upon marrying for the first time at age 66: Being married is like having somebody permanently in your corner, it feels limitless, not limited.
  • Joanne Woodward, married to Paul Newman for 50 years: Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.
  • William Butler Yeats: I think a man and a woman should choose each other for life, for the simple reason that a long life with all its accidents is barely enough time for a man and a woman to understand each other … and to understand – is to love.”
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, writing to a young bride and groom from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1943: It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.
  • Billy Graham: When asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same person, he said, “Ruth and I are happily incompatible.”
  • Ruth Bell Graham: A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers.

Irish Wedding Blessing:
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace.
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase.
May the saddest day of your future
Be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
And your hearts joined forever in love.
Your lives are very special,
God has touched you in many ways.
May his blessings rest upon you
And fill all your coming days.

all this coupled with some witty words of delivery and getting chocked up at the appropriate moment… and we had success!

(I think the Rocky quote is my favorite!)