Best man speeches are quite popular at weddings. Traditionally, both the best man and the maid of honor are given the privilege to give out a speech, away from the bride and groom's parents.
If you have been made a best man on your best friend's wedding, you should make the effort to prepare a speech that is meaningful and memorable. If it is your first time to act as a best man for a wedding, preparing early will help you build up confidence as the occasion draws near.
What should you say in your best man speech? Best man statements need not be lengthy or elaborate. Ideally, you should be able to complete your speech within three to five minutes, in order to give other speakers their time to deliver.
Keep your speech brief and sincere. You may start out by greeting the people in the reception and extending your personal congratulations to the bride and groom. If you and the groom spent your childhood years together, sharing a story about how the groom was as a boy or as a young man is only fitting. The audience would certainly love to discover something new and as the groom's best friend, you are indeed the perfect person to do that.
However, be sure that you will not be offending anyone's feelings with the story that you will share. For instance, it is totally inappropriate to talk about the groom's ex-girlfriend no matter how good your intentions are. Be careful not to upset the groom and the bride on their special day.
Although humorous lines are welcome, see to it that your jokes are all in good taste. Keep in mind that people of all ages will be present during the occasion. There will be adults as well as children in the room so you should watch the words that you will recite.
To conclude your speech, it is recommended that you end with a positive thought or a heartfelt expression of your personal wishes for the bride and groom. Finally, you may conclude your speech with a toast for the couple's happiness.