Round Table Great Britain and Ireland

Best man's speech do's and don'ts

DO:

1.    Practice, practice, practice - if you can recite your speech and address your crowd with confidence, you will engage your audience more effectively.

2.    Write the speech to suit your personality - if you are a natural comedian then obviously go for gags, but if delivering a joke is not your strong suit, concentrate on something more personal and heart-felt.

3.    Speak from the heart - remember this is your best friend marrying (hopefully!) the love of their life.

4.    Share the pain – a little self-deprecation goes a long way. The crowd will be more on your side if you decide to dish the dirt on your friend.

5.    Keep it short – remember that you’re not the main event, so don’t drag it out and lose your audience. Plan about 1,000 words, which is approximately five to seven minutes.

 

DON’T

1.    No in-jokes, swearing or smut – keep it relatively clean. Remember at a wedding there are people of all age ranges, with varying sensitivities.

2.    No ex-girlfriends/ ex-boyfriends - no one wants to know, least of all the bride!

3.    Don’t steal jokes - people will know if you’ve Googled your speech.

4.    Don’t fade away - make sure you the speech finishes strongly whether this is your best joke or your most heart-felt sentiment.

5.    Don’t drink too much - Even the greatest speech and best intentions can be ruined by a slurring, bumbling best man.

 

Useful Links

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