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Create a memorable best man wedding speech using our collection of tips, templates and quips.

Everyone looks forward to the best man's speech - except the person who has to write it! But through studying those who have flourished and failed before, we've compiled all sorts of jokes, tips, roasts and toasts to help make speechwriting as painless as possible.

Jokes For A Best Man Speech - This Week's Picks

Struggling to find your funny bone? Whether your groom is a fat egotistical mechanic or a self-employed tutor with an interest in pigeons, our archive of tailored material will arm you with umpteen ways to insult him. We offer the largest and most up-to-date collection of best man speech jokes, and here's a taste of what we've come up with this week:

  1. [WEDDING OBSERVATIONS]

    "I can't believe the celebrant mistook me for the groom this morning. I was just sitting there doing absolutely nothing."

  1. [HOW THE NEWLYWEDS MET]

    "In the age of digital romance, the happy couple bucked the trend and met each other the old fashioned way.... Through alcohol and bad judgement! "

  1. [ANXIOUS MOMENTS]

    "Paul called me as I was sat in the pub this morning. 'It's my wedding today,' he screamed. 'And if you're not here within 20 minutes I'm going to ask my brother in-law to take over as best man.' 'Woooah! That's bang out of order,' I said. 'Don't punish him, it's not his fault!'"

  1. [PREPARING THE SPEECH]

    "You don't have to like this speech, but if I catch people on their phone, I'll assume they are taking notes on how to be an awesome best man."

  1. [SELF DEPRECATING ICEBREAKER]

    "Sorry I took a while getting to the microphone, I got caught up enjoying my last few minutes of not having to do this."

  1. [ROASTING THE GROOM]

    "Is the groom perfect? No. But is he striving to be a better person every day? Also no."

How To Write A Best Man Speech

Our curated selection of best man material has you covered from the first word to the last, from comedy to tragedy and everything in between. To begin with, you may want to check out our list of contingency lines, which you can use in case the speech you're about to prepare is lost, interrupted or devastatingly unfunny. If you use our guides and content properly, this last one shouldn't happen, but we can't guarantee you won't cock it up somehow. We don't know you, and you might be an idiot.

All being well, you'll then want to figure out how to open your speech, followed by a quick introduction as to who you are and why anyone should care. This should lead you nicely into a description of your relation to the groom, where you can discuss how you met, what you thought of each other and why he's such a bang-up guy.

Now of course, the only reason you've praised the groom so much is to ensure the roast which follows is extra crispy. Don't get carried away, though, because while character assassination is expected, there are some lines you'll want to avoid. And once you've thrown a few harsh truths his way, maybe let the groom have a bit of a chuckle too, by reminiscing over some amusing tales from your friendship.

This would create a poignant transition into a more heartfelt tribute to the groom, where you can express pride at being asked to be best man or offer up thoughts on why he makes excellent husband material. You'll then have the perfect segue into a discussion of the day itself, where humorous wedding observations can be used to break up the mushy stuff. However, it's often a good idea to follow this up with a compliment on how the wedding day turned out, lest everyone starts to think you'd rather be somewhere else!

We also have plenty of useful speech hooks, including visual gags and seasonal lines, which work to break up anecdotes, transition to different themes or as a topper on an already funny segment. But try to steer clear of too much humour when you're addressing delicate issues, as while you may joke about such things with friends, doing so can cause awkward tension within the context of a wedding speech.

Then it's time to give the bride a mention - she's an important part of the day after all. Nothing but compliments at first, but then feel free to drop in some entertaining anecdotes about how she met the groom, or indeed your first impressions of the bride. It's also a good idea to offer up some non-anecdotal observations, such as a humorous take on the bride and groom's relationship, as this will help the audience feel more included in the speech.

Now you're on the home straight, it's time to get super sincere. Praising the couple for being a great match means your compliment is directed at both of the newlyweds equally. The best man then has a few traditional thankyous to deliver, which should be followed by your choice of a sentimental ending or a humorous closing line, depending on which seems appropriate.

Your final act will be to offer up a toast to the happy couple, which can come in the form of a joke, a blessing or even a poem if you're feeling brave. Then your job is done. Your speech is finally over. It's time to sit back, relax, and get leathered with your mates.

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  1. "I think you'll join me in my disappointment and surprise that (Bride) wasn't included in the nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize this year. As we've all witnessed today, here is a woman who has committed her life to those less fortunate than herself. No offence, (Groom)."

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  1. "Let me introduce myself; I'm Jason, the best man. Paul asked me to do this job six months ago when we were in the pub. At least I think he did. Since then he hasn't mentioned it once, given me any pointers or even sent me a formal invitation. Did I imagine it? If so, Paul's been very polite about me copying his outfit and barging up here."

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  1. "I think this is already going to be one of those weddings which really sticks in your memory for years to come. The weather was gorgeous, the ceremony dragged tears out of us all, and this reception feels like we're at a glamorous celebrity do. The only way it could've been more memorable is if we were all in a big jacuzzi, Grandma Rose had her top off and the hors d'oeuvres were spiked with ketamine. "

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  1. "Some stories work well for a wedding occasion. Others might be far more entertaining but just wouldn't be appropriate. The ones that feature the groom in court transcripts, arbitrations and public inquiries would be perfect examples."

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