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BEST MAN SPEECH
GROOM SPEECH
FATHER OF THE BRIDE SPEECH
BRIDE SPEECH
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FORMAT 1:
GOING FOR LAUGHS ALL THE WAY THROUGH
FORMAT 2:
SENDING UP THE GROOM AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY
FORMAT 3:
LITTLE TO SAY ABOUT THE GROOM
FORMAT 4:
BALANCING HUMOUR AND SINCERITY
FORMAT 5:
STIRRING EMOTION AND ROUSING SENTIMENT
FORMAT 6:
COVERING ONLY THE ESSENTIALS

Going for laughs all the way through
(but not all at the groom's expense)

First and foremost, get everyone's attention and set an amusing tone for your speech with a comical icebreaker (SEE EXAMPLES). This will give the audience a good feel for what's coming next.

Find something funny to say about your own ordeal in the run-up to this speech (SEE EXAMPLES).

Explain who you are, for those who don't know (SEE EXAMPLES), and provide unflattering insight into what it's like to be a best man (SEE EXAMPLES), how it's not such an honour (SEE EXAMPLES) and how having to (ahem) write this speech caused you no end of problems (SEE EXAMPLES).

Next, focus unashamedly on the funnies. Make light of the occasion (SEE EXAMPLES), the location (SEE EXAMPLES), the ceremony (SEE EXAMPLES), the wedding attire (SEE EXAMPLES), and the wedding gifts (SEE EXAMPLES). These are all good opportunities for amusing asides.

Don't necessarily spare the ushers either (SEE EXAMPLES). You can even mock the bridesmaids (SEE EXAMPLES). Remember, they're all getting away with not having to make a speech!

Now focus in on your relationship with the groom (SEE EXAMPLES). Offer your audience a funny and entertaining version of how you first met (SEE EXAMPLES), your first impressions (SEE EXAMPLES) and why you're still good friends now (SEE EXAMPLES). It would be perfectly natural to recount a personal friendship anecdote at this point (SEE EXAMPLES), then you'd better say at least one nice thing about the groom to keep his doting mother on your side (SEE EXAMPLES).

Now turn your attention to the bride. Obviously, you're not going to start poking fun at her; the last thing you want to do is upset or embarrass her on her big day. Instead, now is the time to say how beautiful she looks (SEE EXAMPLES) and how much you like her as a person (SEE EXAMPLES). And though you can't send the bride up, you are more than welcome to mock her choice of husband (SEE EXAMPLES), offer your condolences on the struggle that lies ahead (SEE EXAMPLES), and attempt an explanation for why the happy couple will be so good together (SEE EXAMPLES).

To ensure everyone knows you're only joking, round this part up with some complimentary words about the couple's new union (SEE EXAMPLES) and their future together (SEE EXAMPLES).

Cue the audience that you're coming to the end with an entertaining review of the day (SEE EXAMPLES). Some advice for the newlyweds would fit in nicely at this point (SEE EXAMPLES), perhaps followed with an amusing observation about marriage in general (SEE EXAMPLES).

Finally, wrap it all up with a light-hearted toast to the bride and groom (SEE EXAMPLES).

And breathe.
Today's Best Man Speech Tip
Deliver with Impact
Try not to pace. Tripping over the bride’s foot isn’t the kind of laugh you’re aiming for.
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