I've been asked to give a speech at a dear friend's wedding in a couple week's time. She and i go way back, so i owe it to her to do my best. Below you'll find the first draft of my speech. Would appreciate any and all feedback you can give me to improve it. Thanks in advance.
To the bride and groom, parents from both families, guests and friends - Assalamualaikum and a very good evening. My name is Aizuddin Danian and i'm a friend of the family.
We're gathered here tonight to celebrate the creation of a new family. Its been a great event, the food excellent and the company even better. Dinner has been served, the couple are on proud display and its now my turn to say a few words about them both.
I've known [the bride] for a long time, since her very first days as a university student. When we first met, she infected me with a blessing that lasts till today: her youthful exuberance, her positive nature, her sinful laugh, her unending smile. She taught me that life is not much fun if we choose not to look at the sunny side of things. It is this attitude that will serve her well as she faces the future, it is this charm that will add the spark to the marriage.
To be honest, until tonight, i've never met [the groom]. But i think i already know him better than most people here.
One quiet evening years ago, [the bride] told me what she wanted in a husband. He should be patient - she can be such a pest, that he needs to be able to put up with her antics. He should be kind and loving. He should be able to treat her like the Queen she thinks she is [chuckle]. He should be able to respect and love her parents and family as though they were his own. And most of all, he should be wise and unselfish to guide and protect her.
She has chosen [the groom] to be her husband, therefore he must be all these things and more, no doubt.
To you both, [the bride] and [the groom], a request if i may. Love each other and be happy. Do good in this world, do good to each other. Have lots and lots of kids... and be sure to name one after me! [laugh]
It has been my honour and tremendous pleasure to speak here tonight. Thank you, wassalamualaikum.