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Best Man Speech

Best Man Speech

This section provides some easy, effective techniques with helpful hints and tips on writing a Best Man Speech - a speech to be delivered by the best friend or close relative of the groom to congratulate the happy couple and wish them well. Read on to make this task as easy as possible...

What exactly is a Best Man Speech? Definition

Let's start be considering exactly what is a Best Man Speech. Definition:

A Best Man Speech is written to follow the Best Man speech to provide a humorous touch to the wedding festivities.

The Best Man is often the brother or best friend of the  bridegroom who would probably know many interesting and amusing stories from their younger years.

Weddings are quite formal occasions but the Best Man speech should be fun and informal.

There are various techniques to help complete this type of task and, if you are nervous and have never written or delivered a speech before, we would also recommend that you check out our free, fast and concise PowerPoint-style presentations on:

Writing a Speech

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The Main Elements to Writing a Best Man Speech
The main elements to writing a successful and effective Best Man Speech are to convey a sense fun, past memories and best wishes to the happy couple :

  • Brevity - Less than 5 minutes. Don't bore the Wedding guests and remember the quotes by Lord Reading "Always be shorter than anybody dared to hope!" and Franklin D. Roosevelt "Be sincere; be brief; be seated."

  • Memories and Anecdotes - Funny personal stories to make everyone smile - remember to make them appropriate to the occasion and the type of wedding guests

  • The Toast - An expression of gratitude to the maid of honor, the bridesmaids and the parents together with good wishes to the bride and groom

The Structure and Outline of a Best Man Speech
What is a good structure, outline or good guidelines to writing a Best Man Speech?

  • Your Opener - the opening, ice-breaker or attention grabber

  • Introduction - Tell them how long you have known the groom

  • The Anecdotes - Amusing stories and memories of your adventures together

  • Humor - Jokes are an essential part of the Best Man speech

  • Conclusion - Try to end with a memorable punch line, positive statement or funny quote

  • The Toast - Wedding etiquette requires that the Best Man:

    1. Toast to the bride and groom

    2. Toast the Maid of Honor bridesmaids

    3. Toast to parents.

Famous Quotes to include in a Best Man Speech
The following quotes are suitable for Best Man Speeches  - they might inspire you!

  • "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone. - Anthony Burgess

  • The problem with being best man at a wedding is that you never get a chance to prove it.

  • In olden times, sacrifices were made at the altar, a practice which is still very much practiced. - Helen Rowland

  • It's not as great a day for the bride as she thinks. She's not marrying the best man.

  • Harpo, she's a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one. - Oscar Levant, to Harpo Marx upon meeting Harpo's fiancée

Best Man Speech - Tips and Hints on Writing and Giving Speeches
There are more tips and hints on Writing and Giving Speeches in our Free PowerPoint style presentations.

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