Being named the Best Man makes you feel legendary; but that feeling goes away when you realise you've got to give the speech. You are the wedding reception main event after the father of the bride and the groom have spoken, telling stories of your past experiences with the stag and trying to be as funny (yet as family friendly) as possible.
I won't lie, you're in a tricky situation; but we've got your back. Here are some quick pro tips on how to write an epic Best Man's speech.
We've taken a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of best man's speeches. It's best to keep yours short?¦but not too short! The sweet spot is about five-seven minutes.
That gives the father of the bride breathing room to drag it out a bit while getting mushy about his daughter, and means your speech won't come across as long and boring.
Struggling on where to begin? Every Best Man's speech follows a pretty set structure:
After that, walk away with your head held high. You've just nailed the speech, so enjoy your moment and hit the bar for plenty of drinks.
First of all: calm down. It's good to be nervous, but if you're stressed it will show in your speech! Simply introduce yourself. Yes, it's that simple.
Chances are, beyond the wedding party, not many people will know you properly. So just simply start with some kind of observation about your nerves (use it to your benefit) and then roll into'for those that don't know me my name's XXX and I've known XYZ since?¦'
Groom Roasting 101
This is the most exciting (and most difficult) part of a best man's speech to write. We'll walk you through a four step plan:
We've scoured the internet for the best and the worst of best man speeches, and we can boil it down to two videos to highlight the golden rules above.
So there you have it, a quick guide to the Best Man's speech. Feel free to tweet us @OffLimitsStag, or post on Facebook if you're looking for more advice from us or take a look at the Stag Weekends site for everything you need to plan the ultimate stag do for your best mate!
Date Posted: Tuesday 13th October 2015
Author: Jim Alexander