Best Man Speech

There are traditionally three wedding speeches conducted in the following order:

  1. Brides father
  2. Groom
  3. Best man

Top tips for making knock out best man speeches

  • Start thinking about the speech as soon as you are asked to be Best man. This way you can be writing down material you can use.
  • Remember to include the following in your speech:
    • Thank the groom for choosing you as the Best man
    • Thank the bride and groom for their lovely gift.
    • Compliment the bridesmaids and tell the bride how lovely she looks.
    • Talk about your relationship with the groom, how you met and became such good friends.
    • You might want to include anecdotes from your past. Phrase these stories well in order to try not to be offend the bride or groom on their big day.
    • Talk about how the groom changed when he met his wife, and how you felt they were right for each other.
    • Read out any telegrams or cards from family and friends who were unable to attend.
  • Make a copy of your speech in case you lose the original.
  • Be positive, the audience has been waiting to listen to your speech.
  • PRACTICE your speech in front of close friends and record it. This allows you to get feedback from people, and you can judge your pace.
  • Make eye contact with one person at a time during the course of your speech.
  • If you are telling an anecdote set the scene so all guests can relate to the story, but keep it brief.
  • Smile, and your audience will smile with you.
  • Most importantly be YOURSELF, if you try to be somebody you are not, the audience will not be as forgiving.
  • If you forget a line, just apologise and laugh it off and the audience will laugh with you.
  • It is the duty of the Best Man to respond to the toast from the groom to the bridesmaids / pageboys
  • The Best Man may also end his speech with a toast to the bride and groom.