One of the highlights of any wedding reception usually takes place after the Bride and Groom cut the cake, but before the Bouquet and Garter toss. It usually causes a lot of laughter, many shared memories and sometimes a few tears. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m referring to the Wedding Speeches! These are typically given by the Hosts of the wedding, which is usually the Father of the Bride, the Best Man, the Maid of Honor and then anyone else that is willing if they open up the floor for additional toasts and speeches.
Beginning your Best Man Wedding Speech
If you want to capture the attention of the wedding guests and start off strong, it is recommended that you begin your speech with a funny story or quote. This could be a memory that you share with the Groom, a quote from a movie, or even an inside joke that was shared between you and the Bride and Groom. Sometimes, it may be something completely different such as, “Because so many of you have traveled from far away for this wedding, it is obvious to me that you love (Bride) and (Groom). They are a fabulous couple and I couldn’t be happier for them! This wedding has given me a chance to meet many of (Groom’s) long distance relatives. Contrary to what he’s been saying, I think you’re all great!”
Sharing Personal Memories
Even if you choose to open up your Best Man speech with a joke and by making people laugh, the most important part of your speech will come later. After you’ve spoken your introduction and thanked anyone that you needed to, it’s now time to convey to the Groom and the Bride how much they mean to you. This is a great opportunity to share a personal story about your time with the Groom. It’s also a great time to share a story that may highlight the difference in the Groom’s life since he met the Bride. Comment on the changes you have noticed in your friend and how the Bride seems to have made his whole life better.
Advice Giving and Congratulations
To conclude your speech, it is usually standard to include some advice for the Bride and Groom and to offer your congratulations. This is a time to share your heart and to really give them your best wishes. Some examples might be, “May you wake up each day loving one another more than the day before”, “Never go to bed angry”, “Try to out serve one another in love”, “Always kiss goodnight”, or “treat one another as your best friend”. End your speech by asking the wedding guests to join with you in a toast for the bridge and groom.