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Best Man Wedding Speeches

Wedding Speeches - Guidelines - examples: Father - Groom - Bride - Best man - Quotes & Jokes

The best man's speech is the last of the three traditional Wedding speeches at a wedding. He usually begins by recounting how he first met the groom and their relationship, followed by some insights about the groom and bride.

The best man is traditionally the official spokes man for the bridal party. In his speech, the best man will thank the the bride and groom on behalf of the bridal party, the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

  • The 'best man' can talk about the groom's life, experiences, and qualities
  • Some tasteful jokes and anecdotes about the groom are usually welcome
  • Some details about the bride and groom, such as how they met
  • The best man proposes a toast to the newlyweds
  • Traditionally, as a finale, there is a reading of telegrams and cards from people unable to attend

The best man should be careful not to tell of colour jokes - this is best kept for the bucks night. Generally, if the bestman jokes about the groom it should be in a positive manner - remember, nobody wants to be publically laughed at.


Example Speeches - Best Man Speech #1

Well Justin, I hope you made the most of your speech... now you're a married man that'll be the last time you get to speak for 3 minutes without being interrupted!

Good afternoon Boys and Girls. For those of you that don't know me, my name's Carl, and I've had the privilege of being Justin's best man. I hope you've all enjoyed the day so for, and I think you'll all agree... at the church today the bride looked absolutely stunning!

[[ Pause for applause ]]

The groom looked absolutely stunned.

You can't deny it's been an emotional day though... evens the cake's in tiers!

Firstly, on behalf of the bridesmaids, I'd like to thank Justin for his kind words- they were very much appreciated. They also said, Justin, that you look very different sober!

Now this is only going to be a short speech because of my throat.. If I go on too long Naranda's threatened to cut it!

You know, it's been said that being asked to be best man is like being asked to make love to Camilla Parker Bowles.. It's a great honour but you don't really want to do it!

But here I am, and I think you'll agree that my first job, of getting this man to the church, on time and sober, was a complete success! Now it's time for my second job, the speech, and this is the bit I've REALLY been looking forward to!!

Well, what can I tell you about the groom? I've know him for about 10 years, he's

Sorry, wrong wedding.

Justin was born on June 26th 1976. Now I don't know whether this is a coincidence or not, but 2 weeks after he was born Family Planning was made available free on the NHS!!

Looking at him now you may not believe this, but Justin was not a pretty baby... In fact, he was the only baby in Leicester to have shutters on his pram!

You know, Sue didn't get morning sickness until AFTER he was born!

He was also a slow starter. At Playschool Justin was different from all the other 5 year olds... He was 11!

By the time he was 14, his parents were getting very concerned about his performance at school - He wasn't just falling behind, he was getting lapped!

Friends used to ask Sue and Bob what they thought Justin would be when he left school. The usual reply was “Oh, about 35 "!

But Justin did eventually leave school, to the great sadness of his teachers, and fulfilled his lifetime ambition of Joining the Navy - A job which not only gives him the chance to see lots of different countries, but also to get blind drunk in them!

Yes, if you didn't know it already - Justin likes the odd shandy or 2!

In fact, and most of you probably don't know this, but Justin is actually a talented amateur magician! He can be walking down a street and just turn into a pub!

He has made an honest attempt to cut back on his drinking to get into shape for today though, and personally I think he's succeeded! Well round is a shape isn't it?!

However, it was one night when Justin was out drinking with his friends that he met the love of his life... Naranda.

You know, Naranda tells me the first time she set eyes on Justin, she thought he was handsome from afar... Now she just thinks he's far from handsome!

But nevertheless, she fell for his boyish charms, and actually discovered that they share the same sense of humour!

Naranda, you have to share it, Justin hasn't got one of his own!

In all seriousness though Justin, you've been a brilliant friend to me over the years. It's been an honour to be your best man today, and with all my heart I hope you two have a long and happy marriage!

You're a lucky man. Naranda's a beautiful girl with a heart of gold, and she deserves a good husband... Thank God you married her before she found one!

Now I'm not married myself, but I'm sure the right girl for me is just round the corner... Unless the police have moved her on since last night!

But even so, just before I make the Toast, I do have a few words of wisdom for the happy couple:-

NARANDA - Treat Justin like a dog! 3 meals a day, plenty of affection... and make sure you send him into the garden for a wee before bedtime! (NB. This was mentioned due to the fact he wet himself on his stag night! )

JUSTIN: - Never get complacent. Look out for those tell-tale signs that there may be something wrong in your relationship... You know, like the milkman wearing your socks!

Also remember those 3 little words that are the key to a long and happy marriage... 'You're right love'!

Now, as a man that will drink to absolutely anything, it gives me immense pleasure to invite you all to be upstanding, raise you glasses and join me in a toast to Naranda and Justin, because I think they were made for each other.

[[ Toast ]]

May your love be modern enough to survive the times, but old fashioned enough to last forever.

I'm sure you're going to be happy together, and I speak for everybody here when I say I wish you both the very best for your future life together.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the new Mr and Mrs A*****, Justin and Naranda!

Example Speeches - Best Man Speech #2

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Tim, and as is traditional on these occasions, I’m here to welcome you all to this very special day, point out the fire exits and for those of you who don’t already know Jim, give you a little bit of a background on why Sue would put up with him the way she does.

Firstly, on behalf of the Bridesmaids, I'd like to thank Jim for his kind
words. I think everybody will agree that the bridesmaids look absolutely
gorgeous and Sue, can I just say you look stunning.

Whereas Jim just looks stunned.

When Jim asked me to be his best man today, part of me was honoured, part of me was terrified, but mostly I was laughing inwardly that he’s finally admitting what we’ve known all along, that I am, in fact, better than him.

Having never been a best man before, I had to spend several hours surfing the interweb to try and find out exactly what my duties would be. I also came across several pictures of Britney Spears, but that’s by-the-by.

So apparently the most important thing I had to do was make sure Jim got to the church on time, looking presentable, clean-cut and sober. Given how nervous he was this morning, the ‘sober’ part was a minor miracle, and as for the rest, well, I got him there on time…
Some of you, incidentally, may have been surprised by how calm and collected Jim has seemed today – he seemed to have avoided the wedding day jitters and kept insisting ‘I’m fine, really’ all day.

However, that’s probably because none of you saw him at 10 o’clock this morning when he was lying facedown on his bed in his hotel room, in shorts and a t-shirt, with his mum rubbing his back and trying to get him to eat just a few more cornflakes.

(Sorry, mate, you know I had to mention it.)
Anyway, where was I?

James was born on 30th July, 1974; 8 years to the day after England won the World Cup, and shares a birthday with such notables as Emily Bronte, Henry Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger. None of these, however, have had any noticeable effects on either his literacy, physical stature or football skills.

I’ve known Jim for approaching 20 years now, since he used to have hair, in fact, and when I first encountered him at school, was reliably informed that he was the ‘cocky northern one’. As those of you who know him can tell, he hasn’t changed much. His hairline has, but not him. Over the years, he’s proven to be the best friend a man could have. From walking our dogs together, going to a pub for the first time with him, carrying him home when he’s become a little too... ahem... emotional.

While drunkenly singing various Motown hits, he’s been a true friend, like a brother to me. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him, and likewise, nothing he wouldn’t do for me. In fact we spend our whole lives doing nothing for each other. By the way, I should just say that if he challenges anyone to an arm-wrestle later on, use your left arm. And if he grins and asks you to pull his finger, I’d advise you to leave quickly and quietly by the nearest available exit.

When Jim first met Sue, I knew there was something special happening Having been a bit of a jack the lad before then, he was absurdly proud of never having bought a drink for a woman, so when he bought her a rose and a drink on valentines day 10 years ago today, we could tell something was in the wind.

They’ve now been together for a long time, and I can’t think of a single couple more perfect for each other. She brings out the good side in him, which takes a lot of effort; in fact I’d say she’s made him a better person since they’ve been together. Sue, I’d like to thank you on behalf of humanity for that.

So to wrap this up, I’d just like to say that marriage is not about finding someone you can live with, it’s about finding someone you can’t live without.
So if everyone would like to join me in a toast to the new Mr and Mrs Deane, Jim and Sue.
May your love be modern enough to survive the times, and old fashioned enough to last for ever.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bride and Groom.

Example Speeches - Best Man Speech #3

Firstly, on behalf of the bridesmaids I would like to thank Marty, for his kind words and I must say, to our lovely bride, Ruby, a more Luminescent Bride, I have not seen.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Sean, one of Marty’s closest friends for over 15 years, sometime confidant, usually a partner in crime, and today (with pride), Marty’s Best Man.

My official duties I have covered, those including, making sure the groom arrived, On-Time (difficult), Sober (relatively), and Smart (well, two out of three ain’t bad).

And now, I have the opportunity (and audience) to speak just a bit, about our infamous groom…

Back in the year 1972, the VW Bug, became the most popular car in America… That same year, Martin Benjiman Reinhart was born, a coincidence? Hmmm…

15 years later, in a land far far away (Irvine), I met an intelligent, and very hyper young lad, named Marty, being similar myself, we hit off well together and (to our parents horror) rapidly became the best of friends forever more.

Now traditionally, I get to insert numerous very embarrassing stories about Marty here, unfortunately, my courier got tired trying to carry the two boxes of typed pages I had, and called it quits halfway here, so I will have to make do from my short notes.

Now I have had the dubious good fortune of being present for numerous firsts in young Martin’s life. From his first big make out session (who said being in the closet is bad?), to our infamous ear piercing adventure (I had no idea how much Marty could drink, or how tough an ear could be.) Some of the adventures we’ve had people don’t believe, a summer of flinging water balloons in Hollywood, getting into a little traffic incident, and ending up with a complete Chips lecture, from Eric Estrada himself… Some people just don’t buy the tale…

Adventure is the word I would choose to describe Marty’s life, a non-stop roller coaster ride of thrills, chills, and spills (and the judicious use of antilock brakes). Many is the night, we’ve been out to drinking and dancing, and there’s Marty, middle of the dance floor, living it up (and charming the ladies with his wicked dance moves).

Charm, charisma, personality, Marty pours these things out by the bucketful… And with a touch of good fortune (and a little luck) he managed to spill a little of that Ruby’s way. In a nightclub, not far from here, they met for the first time… (Fill-in)

Before I finish I'd like to ask Marty and Ruby to participate in this little speech now. Ruby if I can ask you to place your hand flat on the table, yes, palm down dear... Right, Marty, if you would please place your hand directly on top of Ruby’s, yes, just like that. There we go, now Marty, I want you to make the most of this moment, it's the last time you'll have the upper hand…

In seriousness though, Ruby and Marty have begun a truly wonderful life together, today’s ceremonies, sealing together two spirits that have already begun traveling the path of two becoming one. I offer my own blessings, two you both, my friends, for a continued happy journey down that path, in a long, prosperous, and happy life together.

Family and friends, I ask you now to raise your glasses in a toast, to Marty and Ruby Reinhart.

Example Speeches - Best Man Speech #4

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. On behalf of the bridesmaids, I would like to thank Paul for his kind words. For once in my life, I find myself agreeing with him - they look stunning, and only rightly outshone by our bride, Linda. And, I'm sure you'll agree with me gentlemen, today is a sad day for single men, as another beauty leaves the available list. And ladies, I'm sure you'll agree that today's passing by without much of a ripple.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jason. I’ve been Paul’s best friend for nearly 20 years. I’ve known him for a similar period.

And all the time we’ve spent growing up together means that he’s had as much of a part in developing my sense of humour as anyone. So, whilst I have tried to make this speech funny, it’s his fault if it’s not.

I have very fond memories of growing up with Paul. I’ve been his partner in crime on many a wild occasion and, in quieter times, a close confidant to whom he could tell almost anything. And I do mean anything – which has provided me with ample material for my speech this afternoon.

 Paul and I have done many things together during our almost life-long friendship. Over the years we've built go-carts together, rode our bikes together, played football together, bunked school together, tried to chat up girls together – note the word “tried” there – fixed up cars together, occasionally got drunk together and now we are sharing a top table together.

And like all friends, we’ve certainly had our ups as well as our downs. I remember back to times when a petty argument would arise from nowhere. Then Paul would call me smelly, and I’d call him ‘big ears’. And then it would spiral out of all proportion and we’d each end up running home in tears. But sure enough, the next day, Paul would drop me an email from work and we’d make up. As good mates do, however old.

But it was particularly in our teenage years that these little spats became quite frequent, and would often arise over a young lady. They’d generally be of the ‘I saw her first’, ‘no, I did’ variety. I’d like to say we worked these disputes out equitably, but Paul was the smooth-talking, early-developer of the two of us and he genuinely believed he could have any girl he pleased. Unfortunately for him, though, he never managed to please any.

Until, that is, he met his lovely bride. Since then I’ve never known him to be happier. And, considering he’s now spending less time down the pub and less time on the golf course, it’s certainly a testament to the way he feels about Linda.

Now, as Paul’s chief golf partner and drinking buddy, it’s not that great for me. But I’m man enough to stand here today and tell you that I don’t resent it. And how could I when I see how very happy they are together.

And I, as much as all of you, want that happiness for myself. Err, sorry, I mean, I want their happiness to last forever. And I do.

So although I’m not actually married myself [turn to bridesmaids], I thought it might be helpful if I offered them each a little piece of advice.

Linda: you can either tell Paul to do something or tell him how to do something. But please, not both.

And Paul: getting married bestows upon you many, many obligations. But remember, foreplay is only optional.

Ladies and gentlemen, on a final and serious note, please be upstanding and raise your glasses to my very best friend and his beautiful new wife. To Paul and Linda

Wedding Speeches - Guidelines for Wedding Speakers
Example speeches: Father - Groom - Bride - Best man - Quotes & Joke




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