The Best Man wedding speech should be a good mix of sincerity and humour, that's confidently delivered and memorable to all who hear it.
This article lets you in on ten top tips to ensure your Best Man wedding speech is remembered for all the right reasons.
TIP #1: With so much to write, it's never too early to start preparing Best Man wedding speech. We recommend you begin writing your speech at least a month before the big day, but even earlier if possible.
TIP #2: Speak to the other speechmakers in advance of the day to ensure you aren't duplicating any material - this is particuarly important when it somes to the toasts. The Best Man wedding speech contains two toasts, one to the Bridesmaids (the Groom also toasts the Bridesmaids) and one to the Bride and Groom (the Bride's Father cover this one too).
TIP #3: If you're not married, when writing the Best Man wedding speech remember that there's a good chance the roles may be reversed in due course, so don’t hack the Groom off too much! If however the Groom is just a walking embarrassment and you can’t help but recount his previous run-ins to the congregation, then redeem yourself with a hug at the end of your words or a framed version of the speech as a gift. OK they aren’t really blokey things to do, but if it means that in a few years you are still speaking then it’s worth dropping the manly act for just a few moments.
TIP #4: Certain material should be avoided at all costs during the Best Man wedding speech. In particular, refrain from stories involving the Groom’s ex-partner, risqué quips about the Stag Night (particularly if they involve the words ‘stripper’ and ‘nude’ – or even worse, ‘banana’), in-jokes that only a fraction of the guests will understand, overtly insulting/offensive remarks aimed towards the Groom, bad language and most importantly, any criticism of the Bride.
TIP #5: When it comes to the length of the Best Man wedding speech, aim for around 15 minutes. Shorter speeches are possible but with so much to cover it can be tricky, whilst longer ones achievable but you don't want to bore the guests too much.
TIP #6: Run your speech past a close friend early in the planning process for their opinion – in particular seek feedback on the length of the speech, its delivery in terms of speed and loudness and your body language throughout.
TIP #7: Practicing the Best Man wedding speech makes perfect, so do so at every opportunity - in the shower, mowing the lawn, on the way to the pub, even on the toilet!
TIP #8: On the morning have a quick chat with close friends and relatives and ask them to lead the applause and laughter.
TIP #9: Try to grab a bite to eat about fifteen minutes before you are due to speak - this will prevent your stomach from rumbling and help settle any nerves. Of course this won't be an issue if the speeches are to be held after the wedding reception meal, but it's worth taking a note of should you be up prior to eating.
TIP #10: Just before you take to your feet, picture the Best Man wedding speech with a smile on your face. Visualise the end of the speech with everyone applauding and imagine them laughing throughout - at the appropriate bits of course!
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