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Best Man? We are here to help!

22nd October 2018

The best man’s speech is a tough job. You need to be funny but not downright rude, tell stories about the groom without being too embarrassing and praise the bride without being too flirty.

Here’s our top ten tips to get you through it:

  1. The speech should contain humour and friendly digs at the bridegroom, but it should also include congratulatory and optimistic remarks. Remember it’s his big day and you’re his best friend- and you want it to stay that way.

  2. Don't refer to previous girlfriends - the reason why is obvious!

  3. Try to keep your speech to around five minutes. If you feel really confident, speak for up to ten minutes but don’t ramble. It needs to be well-structured.

  4. Include the bride a little bit - it's a good idea to pay her a compliment or include a short story involving her. Perhaps you can describe the moment you first met her?

  5. Avoid downloading jokes from the internet. Only be funny if you are naturally funny and try to make jokes personal to the bride and groom.

  6. Make sure you practice before the big day in front of a small audience. You could try taking a video of yourself and play it back so you can get a feel for how its going too.

  7. Write the speech down on small note cards instead of a big sheet of paper. Just use the cards to spark off ideas - don’t read verbatim.

  8. Remember to follow the correct etiquette and check what needs including in your speech. It is customary for the best man to read messages from guests who couldn't make it, if there are any, and also to propose a toast to the bride and groom at the end.

  9. Consider using props- it could be a souvenir from the stag do, something from when you first met the groom or a photo montage. Make sure you have them well prepared before the day though. If you need digital equipment, make sure you discuss it with the venue.

  10. Above all, enjoy the speech. Speak slowly and calmly and remember it’s not about you. This is the Bride and Groom’s big day and they have asked you to share it with them. It’s an honour.

Best Man? We are here to help!

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