I recently got the opportunity to attend the wedding of another one of my children. This is my second time to get this experience, but last time I was the Mother of the Bride. This was definitely a different experience for me. It’s often said that fathers and daughters have a special bond and mothers and sons have a special bond. I guess in a way, I can see that, but I am grateful that I have a special bond with each of my children.

Since I only have one daughter, this wedding was extra special because I now get to add another daughter into my family. She has been a part of our family for quite a long time and truly feels like a natural born member.

Since I really enjoy writing, it is natural for me to want to write a speech for the wedding day to read to my children. So, I’m letting you in on my “Mother of the Groom Speech.”

“It is with incredible love, joy, and pride that I stand here today to wish my amazing son an adventurous life, full of happiness, joy, love, and laughter.  

I think most mothers have a special connection to their sons and I am especially blessed to have a son who makes me laugh. Before having children, I took life pretty seriously. My sons, in particular, have opened me up to the lighter side of life. I love the humor and smiles that are brought to my life.

Joe has always had a special gift of looking towards the future and seeing the possibilities in life.  Your generosity, calmness, creativity and strength are inspirational.  Your wisdom and maturity are beyond your years.  These qualities permeate every aspect of your life.

Joe, you have a wonderful partner in Saragh, and I am happy for you both.  I value the love, laughter and adventure that you bring into my son’s life.  I hope you will also value the unconditional love, wisdom and insight he will bring to your relationship.  Together, I know you will create a wonderful family full of love and laughter.  I know that Joe loves you with all of his heart and that you are his true companion and best friend.

You two have known each other for quite a while now, and you have learned how to weather some challenges together.  It is those times that you both need to stay by each other’s side and defend each other.  Providing that kind of love and security to each other is what will contribute to an ease and calmness within your home for your children.

Joe, I appreciate how you stepped in and stepped up as the “man of the house” while your father was gone. I am confident that you will be a wonderful husband and father for your family. I know that you will work hard to create a wonderful home and lead your family with wisdom and grace.

As your mother, it can be very tempting to take all of the credit for the wonderful person you’ve grown up to be. While your father and I did our best to be good parents and to raise you with good values in a loving home, at the end of the day, we’re not responsible for the person you have become. The plain truth of the matter is that you are responsible for who you are now. And this man that sits before all of us today is a person of exceptional character. He is a remarkable individual, inside and out and I am so blessed to be his mother. I could not have asked for him to be any better than he is.

Saragh, I am so grateful for the joy and sunshine you bring into our entire family’s life. I know that your home will always be filled with fun and laughter. I admire how dedicated you are to making a home full of warmth and vibrancy. I’ve told you this before, but you’re welcome for teaching my son to cook and clean!

I am grateful for the joy, strength and love that has grown in me because of having you both in my life.  I am overjoyed at the creative, generous, and wise man you have become and am very proud of you.  All of our special memories add to the richness of our relationship and the treasured friendship I have with you.  I am incredibly lucky to have you as my son. Besides, what other mothers can boast that their favorite movie, “Pride and Prejudice,” is also their son’s favorite movie!

Joe and Saragh, you have my support and love for you as a couple, and as a family.  May you both be blessed with all the happiness, love, and laughter that you are experiencing today for the rest of your lives.  With all my heart, I congratulate you on the commitment you have made to each other today.  I love you!”

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