Top 5 best man wedding speech examples you need to read
When it comes to the wedding of course the most important people there are the bride and groom, but there are also others that are less celebrated on Frigga's Day worth a medal. That includes the best man who is often required to stand up and say a few words before the feast.
It can be nervewracking to decide what you want to say to the bride and groom. You might be used to going to battle with a sword and shield, but you won't have any of that for this day –only the weapon of your words and whit.
Today we are here to ease this ache with a few tips. So what better way to come up with an amazing and unique speech than by looking at some of the most interesting best man speeches we could find. After these examples, you’ll be speaking prose like a poet of Bragi!
Have a Striking Opening Line!
Make sure your opening grabs the hearts of Freya and the audience from the start. This can be done in many ways, but perhaps the best is to crack a joke like Thor and his lightning! It would also help to have a couple of drinks before you stand before the line with your weapon of words to give some great entertainment for the festivities.
Brides.com gives the following examples:
“Hello and welcome to tonight’s reception. [name of groom], YOU truly are MY biggest fan. Wait, that didn’t come out right…As I was saying…”
"As Abraham Lincoln once said, [say something outrageous than Lincoln obviously never said—an inspirational quote, movie line, piece of advice, etc.] … and that’s what brings us all together tonight to celebrate [couple's name].”
These examples show us that the speech does not need to be serious and everyone deserves a good laugh! The main thing is to keep it light and entertaining.
Show us a Snapshot into your Friendship
Your speech should celebrate the friendship you have between the groom and by extension his bride. But before you get to the details of this, you need to keep it focused on the groom and not get sidetracked by your own stories.
“ Over the next few minutes, I will be guiding you through what amounts to one great big cry for help: Paul’s life. The inglorious acting career, the ridiculous hair, owning a ridiculous car, the persistent alcoholic overindulgence and drunken profane outbursts – he was quite simply South West London’s answer to David Hasselhof…just not as successful.
Neil is a special friend and special friends deserve one thing: three stag dos. The weekends of Istanbul, London, and Leeds will live long in the memory of not just those who went, but also those who read about us in the national papers. The mass chants of ‘feed the snake! Feed the snake!’ and the enduring company of our new best friend Bianca the stripper are, I have to say, completely unrelated. I would also like to say that for the record Brian accepts and welcomes people from every country around the globe. Almost.”
This example of a speech shows two people that are close and the nature of their friendship is fun and playful. There’s humor spiced throughout and it does not linger too long on details. The pacing and material are perfect and it is mixed with humor to create a fun piece of writing.
Stories Between You
Share some funny stories of your history together and intermix this with some jokes to get the pair of you laughing. A key part of this is to find the juiciest and most embarrassing stories to share which not only show his character but also show how he has grown as a man.
Check out this example of a best man wedding speech from the brother of a groom:
You can have fun like Loki and make the groom red with laughter –just be sure to be aware of the audience and don’t spend too long on one story.
Don't Forget the Bride
The tips shown so far show what the purpose of a best man’s speech is for a wedding, by acknowledging the groom and thanking him for allowing you to be his best man. Poking fun at the groom and showing why you are such great friends, but also acknowledging the bride.
It is important to not forget to discuss briefly why you are all gathered here, to begin with. The union between two souls under the union of the gods.
Ya know, the best man speech is known for throwing out some of the most embarrassing aspects of the groom’s past. Funny stories from middle school or bringing up bad haircuts, but that’s not really my style. Instead, I’d rather make it clear to everyone just why [Bride] has decided to marry [Groom]. There are three rather simple reasons.
Firstly, he’s got really great taste. He did choose me as his best man, after all. He even decided to wear the same outfit as me today.
Secondly, when he loves, he loves hard. There’s nothing this man wouldn’t do for me. In fact, he’s spent 20 years doing nothing for me. See what you have to look forward to [Bride]?
And finally, he’s a handsome fellow. Although standing up here looking at him next to [Bride], you could have done a bit better, hun.”
Like with the rest of the material for this list you don’t want to deliver dry material. It is one to thank everyone simply and acknowledge them as being a part of your friend’s life, but you don’t want to go putting anyone to sleep! This example above shows you pulling apart how the partnership between the bride and groom works and is delivered in a fun way.
The end of the best man’s speech should conclude with a toast that will wrap up the stories with a final few words. Often heartfelt and predictable. But what if you subvert their expectations?
One of the funniest lines that we found was:
I’d like to offer a toast to the bride and groom [*Pull a piece of toast out of your pocket and give it to them*].
Then as you head back to your seat the audience will be laughing their heads off as your bride and groom look down confused at the gift you have just given them. Flabbaghasted.
Now that's all there is to it! A best man’s speech does not need to be difficult and can be a fun challenge to set yourself up if you don’t want to follow a boring predictable pattern. Throw some humor into the mix that Freya and Loki will admire, and your audience will appreciate.