Best man speech - with examples

The best man’s speech is usually the funniest of all the wedding speeches but it is not the place to air the groom’s dirty linen or ridicule him in front of his bride. Many of the guests at the wedding will be the bridal couple’s family who may be embarrassed if your speech is too X-rated. So keep it humorous and family orientated.

If you’re not sure where to start, we suggest you:
• Start your speech with a quote, it can be a good icebreaker and will get the crowd on your side
• Thank the groom for asking you to be his best man
• Describe your relationship to the groom and bride as many of the guests may be unaware of this
• Tell an amusing tale about an interesting adventureyou have had with the groom
• Relate an amusing story about how the newlyweds first met or a more recent event
• Thank the bride on behalf of the bridesmaids, flowergirls, page boys and ring bearers
• Thank the hosts of the wedding on behalf of the guests
• Finish up with a message of congratulations and best wishes for their future to the bridal couple.

Your speech will be much better accepted by the bridal couple and the guests if you do not:
• Tell stories about the groom’s ex-girlfriends
• Tell stories about any of the groom’s bad habits
• Make rude jokes.


A possible example of starting speech could be:

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to thank you all, for coming today and helping to make Tom and Jane's wedding such a memorable and special occasion. Personally, I wish you would have stayed at home and made my job less nerve wracking.

A possible example of ending speech could be:

Finally, there are two people who have worked very hard in making tonight possible, so first a round of applause for them. Ladies and gents, the caterer and the XXXX.
But on a serious note now, a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed and made Toma and Jane day so wonderful.
Ladies and gentlemen. Please could you all stand and raise your glasses, and join me in wishing them both all the love and happiness a couple can possibly have.
To Tom and Jane.


Don't forget !

The groom has picked you to be his best man because you are the person he trusts most. He is trusting you to help him with the most important day of his life. Don't let him down.


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