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