If you’re the best man at a wedding, your best man speech is your chance to shine. Here are a few tips to create a best man speech that wedding guests will admire.
First, you probably won’t need to introduce yourself at the beginning of your best man speech as this is usually done by the MC. What you will want to do is write a short introduction for the MC or discuss your background with him or her. Don’t give away too much though — save the good stuff for your best man speech.
Thank those Who Have Helped You
At some point during the speech you will want to thank those of have helped you. This will most likely include the groomsmen. Sometimes you will also want the thank the bridesmaids if you they have assisted you in your role as best man.
Once you have the formalities out of the way, it’s time to start talking about the groom in your best man speech. Things to talk about can include when you met and what you have done together over the years. If you have known the groom from an early age, you will have plenty of material to draw from. You can include stories about sports, school and university, travel and other activities.
Include Funny Stories in Your Best Man Speech
The fun comes in when you start talking about the funny and dumb things the groom has done over the years. These stories will make you best man speech enjoyable and memorable. When including these stories be sure they are appropriate for all audience members. If something is too embarrassing or won’t be appropriate for all guests, it’s probably best to leave it out of your best man speech. Go to How to Add Humour to Your Speeches for more information on using humour in speeches.
Highlight the Positive in Your Best Man Speech
The next part of the speech is when you talk about the positive qualities of the groom. Looking back on your friendship, think about the groom’s best traits. These could be thing like hard-working, determined, reliable, trustworthy and entertaining. Choose a few of these and give examples.
If you know the bride well enough, you can speak about her positive qualities as well.
Following this, talk about how the bride and groom complement each other. These might be opposite personality traits that help to balance them as a couple.
Send Them Off with Best Wishes and a Toast at The End of Your Best Man Speech
At the end of your best man speech you can talk about the future. Paint a positive picture of positive things to come, whether it’s travel, career, kids or a new home. The final words should be your toast. Before making the toast, ask the guests to fill their glasses and stand up.
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