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Best Man Speech Explained

The best man's formal speech duties are typically light, involving perhaps the occasional short tribute or response to a toast. Then it's time for the mayhem, with a full and frank character assassination of the groom your primary goal. This can take the form of entertaining stories, deft one-liners or illuminating observations, and then, after the odd sprinkling of sentiment, you'll want to ramp things up with a killer ending to make your speech as memorable as possible.

Tips on how to write a best man speech

  1. Be optimistic and congratulatory towards the newlyweds, even if you know it's not going to last.
  2. By complimenting the bride, her mother and her bridesmaids, you'll get a guaranteed round of applause.
  3. Make people laugh and get to the point. Wedding speech jokes are best delivered with short, sharp lines.
  4. Jokes based on a common experience are a great way to unite the wedding guests.
  5. Don't insult the bride or her friends, unless you're happy to undergo an impromptu vasectomy under the table.
  6. Never refer to ex-girlfriends or boyfriends, especially if they're there.
  7. Use anecdotes that everyone can relate to, and which don't require a lengthy backstory to explain.
  8. Try to say everything in less than 9 minutes.
  9. Avoid gimmicks. If your speech relies on props, videos or a dance routine, it's probably about as funny as your neighbour's holiday snaps.
  10. Sugar the pill. If you've dedicated a significant portion of your speech to mocking someone, at least say they turned up looking nice today.

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How A Best Man Can Score A Few Easy Laughs From The Crowd

Every wedding ceremony is its own unique occasion, and the bizarre choices some couples make with regards to the minister, the music and the vows can be an excellent source of best man material. This is an effective way to get a reception crowd on side early, as there can be no more common ground than the wedding ceremony you all witnessed just hours before.

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World Cup Themed Best Man Speech Jokes

"And here we are again! Following in the footsteps of England's World Cup run to the semi-finals, another no-hoper does astonishingly well."

"It's odd, but when I look at my friend (Groom) on this, his wedding day, I'm instantly reminded of the England squad. I mean, look at him… Incredibly surprised to have got this far, and already thinking about getting back to the hotel."

"For (Bride), being with (Groom) must be a bit like being the England Manager. Every four years or so, he'll do something surprising and get your hopes up. The rest of the time, it's about managing disappointment and failures."

"To think it's 52 years since England won the World Cup. Five decades without a winning score… (Groom) was on course to beat that record before he met (Bride)."

A groom sets up his speech with a toast to the England football team


England fan receives a round of applause during his wedding speech making a sincere tribute to his bride and an unexpected toast. See the full speech at: "wedding speech England world cup".

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