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Best Man Speech Tips – 8 Tips To Create The Perfect Best Man Speech

"If you suspect this is happening, simply turn and look at the bride and announce loudly, doesn’t she look magnificent?"

Celina Hoffman

Celina Hoffman

Relationship Rockstar & Writer at OverSavvy
From clueless husbands to the joys of potty training to those hormone-infused teenage years, this Rockstar has the answers when it comes to marriage and parenting. Wise, patient, and nurturing, Celina also loves indulging in her favorite pastimes of kickboxing and wine tasting. Which may just explain all that wisdom and patience.
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Being the best man for your buddy’s wedding is an honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity. However, this comes with some responsibilities, and for some, a lot of added pressure and anxiety.

Every best man is expected to give a show-stopping speech that’s articulate, funny, slightly embarrassing for the groom and well received by all parties.

Although you may know your friend inside out, putting all the things you like about him, funny jokes, stories and experiences you have shared together onto paper is not a simple task.



Additionally, there are very few people who love public speaking. Even if you are afraid of public speaking, the best thing you can do for your friend during his wedding is probably to deliver an articulate speech.

The following best man speech tips will help you to prepare and give a great wedding speech for your buddy.

Best man speech tips

According to Dominic Bliss, a wedding writer, and author of Being the best man for dummies, the following tips will boost your possibilities of delivering an excellent speech.

1. Plan ahead

Planning any activity ahead always yield good results. According to Bliss, you should begin writing the speech at least two months before the due date. This will give you ample of time to correct all the shortcomings and cast out all your fears and anxiety.

Remember there are many things you need to do when the wedding nears, and this could distract you from writing a presentable speech.

Best Man Speech Tips - 8 Tips To Create The Perfect Best Man Speech

2. Start your speech with a killer punch line

This will get the attention of everyone present at the wedding reception. Starting the speech with humor will also set a relaxing mood.

3. Make jokes that apply to the groom only

According to Bliss, all the teasing should be focused on the groom since you are close to him. All the jokes should be general and not too personal.

4. Practice makes it perfect

Although you may feel comfortable after going through your speech, practicing to deliver your speech will boost the odds of success. You can do this by reading the speech around 2-3 times. Make a video and then watch the playback. If you are satisfied with what you see, you are ready to go.

5. Put it down on paper

If you have a great memory, memorizing the speech will be fine. However, writing it down will enhance your confidence. Also, being in front of a large gathering can cause even the best memory to fail at any given moment making it hard to remember all the crucial points. Bliss suggests the use of small note cards instead of paper sheets that tend to flap around.



6. The pace and tone of your speech should vary appropriately

Varying the tone and pace of your tone will not only keep your speech interesting but also invoke the emotion of the audience. If you think of the movies that make you cry or laugh, they have one thing in common. The actors choose their words and tone carefully to drive a point home. Try to emulate these methods to make the speech memorable.

7. Be loud and clear

Mumbling can make an otherwise moving speech boring. Be confident when delivering the speech.

8. Have a backup plan

Even if you feel confident that your speech is motivating, giving a long speech can make some of the audience lose interest. If you suspect this is happening, simply turn and look at the bride and announce loudly, doesn’t she look magnificent? This will catch the attention of the audience immediately.

Best Man Speech Tips - 8 Tips To Create The Perfect Best Man Speech

Writing the best man speech

The following template develop by Bliss will help you to make an interesting speech that keeps all audience attentive. Instead of including all the elements stated in the template, customize it for it fit the event, the couple as well as your relationship with the groom.

Best Man Speech Outline

  • Use a killer opening punch line
  • Thank the previous speakers
  • Congratulate the newlyweds
  • Make a joke about the groom
  • Compliment the bride
  • Quote famous poems or lines
  • Propose a toast

This is a general template; you can take out any part that does not work for you.

What about the length

To keep the audience engaged, you should keep the speech no longer than five minutes and not less than two minutes.



What to avoid

Even if you are free with your buddy and openly discuss any topic with them, remember you are delivering the speech in front of the bride, parents, and family of the bride, relatives, and friends.

These are some of the things you should not mention in the speech

  • Any negativity about the marriage or relationship
  • Previous marriages
  • Do not mention any of the Ex-girlfriends
  • Drinks, drugs or STDs
  • Adult humor

Conclusion

Your speech should speak of the positive qualities that the groom has and how they would reflect as a husband. Lastly, congratulate the newlyweds and make a toast. We hope that these best man speech tips will assist you to give a toast that the newlyweds will live to cherish and remember.

Celina Hoffman

Celina Hoffman

Relationship Rockstar & Writer at OverSavvy
From clueless husbands to the joys of potty training to those hormone-infused teenage years, this Rockstar has the answers when it comes to marriage and parenting. Wise, patient, and nurturing, Celina also loves indulging in her favorite pastimes of kickboxing and wine tasting. Which may just explain all that wisdom and patience.


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