Imagine your friend picks you out of all his friends to be his best man and on that day in which you should show your friend’s guests just how special your friend and his wife are, you make the audience groan in irritation at your sloppy and boring speech. Wouldn’t that be a total waste of honor? That would be making your friend regret choosing you to be his best man. Your friend and his wife won’t be able to remember their wedding day without having the memory tainted by your embarrassing speech or attitude.
In order for you to be the best man your friend wants you to be, you’ve got to prepare ahead of the day. Here are a few pointers to guide you on writing the perfect best man speech:
Sure, it’s a wedding, not a final year examination. But your friend and his wife are dear to you and you want them to know how much you value them. You also want the guests to feel connected to the bride and groom, to show them that their making out time to be present for your friend wasn’t a waste of time. To do that, you’ve got to brainstorm stories, jokes, quotes, and thoughts that you can use to spice up your best man speech.
Begin With Words Of Gratitude
Begin your best man speech with appreciating your friend for giving you the honor to be his best man. Make a shout out to the parents of the bride and groom, thanking them for birthing and raising two wonderful people and for their efforts in planning the wedding. Finally, don’t forget the guests—thank them for coming.
Tell A Story
Yea, tell a personal story about your friend and his new bride. You want to go for a story that will show the guests that these newlyweds are a match made in heaven. Don’t bring up embarrassing or gross tales about your friend—be funny in a neat way.
Avoid Controversial Topics
Topics about the past relationships of your friend or what you thought of your friend’s wife the first time you met her are best left unsaid. Be tactful in your speech—not preparing ahead may make you make embarrassing comments out of stage fright or nervousness.
Keep It Short
The shorter the better! After the priest’s speech, maid of honor’s speech and father of the bride’s speech, the last thing the crowd wants to endure is another endless rambling. Five minutes is enough to deliver a good speech.
If you can, avoid alcohol completely till you are done giving your speech. No matter how prepared you are, alcohol could mess with your inhibitions and make you say something you will later regret.
Have you been given the best man mantle by your brother or buddy? Let the tips listed here be your guide.