We’ve been in this situation before: you’ve been asked to give a wedding speech. Whether it’s you or your guy who has been asked to give the best man speech for a wedding, we know you’re in a quandary: you want to do a good job…but you have no idea what to say. Right?!
About the Best Man’s Speech
The role in the best man speech is to express all of the guests’ best wishes to the bride and groom at the start of their married life together. You can tell personal stories about your own friendship with the groom but you will also remember that you are standing up there on behalf of everybody present at the wedding. You want your speech to be memorable, and traditionally it should be funny in places–but that doesn’t mean telling stories that are so embarrassing that they might disgust the bride’s grandparents or make your best friend the groom never want to speak to you again!
Quick and Easy Ways to Prepare the Speech
Unless you’re a natural born speaker, you have two options for preparing your speech:
You can go to the public library and look for books on wedding speeches and toasts. Copy everything that seems like it might be useful. At the end of this process you should have a couple pages of notes…take them home and add some funny stories about your friend and some compliments to the bride-to-be (note: don’t tell stories about the bride-to-be: leave that for her friends!)
Grab a low cost package of speeches and toasts so all you have to do is pick one out and add the bride and groom’s names. You can mix and match sections from different speeches if you want, but you do not need to. You can get complete tried and tested speeches this way. You can get a package online in digital form so you don’t have to spend hours copying out of books, and you will be fully prepared and able to enjoy the wedding without worrying about what people will think of your speech.
The most important thing is to get it done ahead of time. Don’t wait until the night before the wedding…get busy!
Resources for Downloadable Templates for Best Man’s Speeches:
1. All Types of Wedding Speeches: This site sells Best Man’s speeches (and other wedding speeches); you’ll find 20 pre-written speeches, 100 toasts, bonus jokes, and more.
3. Classic Best Man’s Speeches:This package includes 19 pre-written speeches, wedding toasts and tasteful jokes, and a guide to public speaking.