Entertaining Best Man Speeches
One of the main priorities of a best man speech is to entertain everyone who has the pleasure of being at the wedding. If you are successful then the rewards of the crescendo of applause coupled with a possible standing ovation will be memories that will last with you for a lifetime.
Giving a best man speech that entertains through a mixture of wit, nostalgia and creativity is difficult. These 5 steps will help you give great best man speeches that not only entertain but will have guests congratulating you throughout the day and as best man that is a feeling that cannot be bettered.
1) Never underestimate the value of some great icebreakers for best man speeches.
Getting off to a good start is not just important, it is essential if you want to hook the audience from the beginning. You will most likely be fraught with nerves at the start of your speech but a warm reception to your opening lines will build up your confidence. Choose your icebreaker with care and then continue your speech in a positive mood.
2) You can be funny without causing humiliation.
Humor plays a key part in all best man speeches but this can be achieved without causing humiliation for anyone. The groom will expect best man jokes and funny stories at his expense, just make sure that they don’t go over the top. Inappropriate remarks might humiliate the bride and that is something that you cannot afford to happen so be funny without being humiliating, it is best for everyone’s sake.
3) Ensure you speak for the right length of time.
A common mistake made by best men is to either speak for too short a period of time leaving guests to believe that a lack of preparation was put into the speech. On the other hand speak for far too long and you will lose the attention of the wedding guests. An earlier post on the correct length of a best man speech will help you get the time right.
4) Save a section of your best man speech for sincere comments.
Aside from offering praise to the bride and various other members of the wedding party, tell a loving story about the happy couple. While many in attendance will be listening to your speech for jokes and humor, there will also be a large group who are more interested in stories about the love the bride and groom have for each other. Do not disappoint, tell a brief story that leaves nobody in any doubt about how happy the newlyweds are.
5) Finish with a great best man toast suitable for an entertaining best man speech.
The final act of your best man speech will be to deliver an uplifting best man toast. Bear in mind that a great toast can be the difference between a good speech and an outstanding best man speech, so spend time on selecting a toast that best suits your wedding.
Chances are you will only be a best man once in your life so embrace the occasion. Spend time rehearsing your speech and then deliver an entertaining best man speech that will leave the wedding party beaming with delight and you overjoyed at the reception you receive.
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