How to write your best man’s speech
Everyone looks forward to the best man’s speech, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to let their hair down and have a good old giggle at some hilarious stories. But where do you start with writing one? Follow our top tips and your sure to leave the audience in stitches (and still have a best mate at the end of it…)
- Reference each stage of the groom’s life, this will give your best man’s speech a clear structure, and is a great way to start planning your speech.
- Keep the bride on side. Make a point of saying how beautiful she looks, and how good she is for the groom.
- Think about which stories you want to include (and which ones are probably better left unsaid). The best man’s speech is supposed to be funny, not offensive.
- Remember that half the audience don’t know the groom. Great Aunt Edna probably won’t find all those stories as funny as you…
- Never refer to ex-girlfriends. Just don’t even go there.
- Keep it under ten minutes, we don’t need to know every detail about the groom’s life.
- Thank the groom for being such a great friend and talk about some of his good qualities – it’s not supposed to be all bad!
- Spend time thinking about your closing remark. The last thing you say is what people will remember most.
The most important thing is to remember that the best man’s speech is supposed to entertain the whole audience, not just the stags. You’re expected to be funny, and perhaps even a little rude, but don’t get too carried away.