Best man speech 6

Category: Light-Hearted

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jason and I am the best man. This is actually the first time I have been required to make a speech and it’s true when they say that it’s nerve racking. I only feel slightly better knowing that I am not the only person in the room who may be feeling apprehensive and queasy at the thought of what lies ahead, but then again she has just married Paul Wilson.

I have had the great fortune of knowing Paul for many years now. We played together as toddlers and were in the same class at school.

And all the time we’ve spent growing up together means that he’s had as much of a part in developing my sense of humour as anyone. So, whilst I have tried to make this speech funny, it’s his fault if it’s not.

I have very fond memories of growing up with Paul. I’ve been his partner in crime on many a wild occasion and, in quieter times, a close confidant to whom he could tell almost anything. And I do mean anything – which has provided me with ample material for my speech this afternoon.

Although I did agree not to divulge any details of the stag night. Oh, and that reminds me, Paul – you still owe me forty quid for those last two dances you had. So I won’t.

Paul and I have done many things together during our almost life-long friendship. Over the years we've built go-carts together, rode our bikes together, played football together, bunked school together, tried to chat up girls together – note the word “tried” there – fixed up cars together, occasionally got drunk together and now we are sharing a top table together.

And like all friends, we’ve certainly had our downs as well as our ups. I remember back to times when a petty argument would arise from nowhere. Then Paul would call me smelly, and I’d call him ‘big ears’. And then it would spiral out of all proportion and we’d each end up running home in tears. But sure enough, the next day, Paul would drop me an email from work and we’d make up. As good mates do, however old.

But it was particularly in our teenage years that these little spats became quite frequent, and would often arise over a young lady. They’d generally be of the ‘I saw her first’, ‘no, I did’ variety. I’d like to say we worked these disputes out equitably, but Paul was the smooth-talking, early-developer of the two of us and he genuinely believed he could have any girl he pleased. Unfortunately for him, though, he never managed to please any.

Until, that is, he met his lovely bride. Since then I’ve never known him to be happier. And, considering he’s now spending less time down the pub and less time on the golf course, it’s certainly a testament to the way he feels about Linda.

Now, as Paul’s chief golf partner and drinking buddy, it’s not that great for me. But I’m man enough to stand here today and tell you that I don’t resent it. And how could I when I see how very happy they are together.

And I, as much as all of you, want that happiness for myself. Er, sorry, I mean, I want their happiness to last forever. And I do.

So although I’m not actually married myself [turn to bridesmaids], I thought it might be helpful if I offered them each a little piece of advice.

Linda: you can either tell Paul to do something or tell him how to do something. But please, not both.

And Paul: getting married bestows upon you many, many obligations. But remember, foreplay is only optional.

Ladies and gentlemen, on a final and serious note, please be upstanding and raise your glasses to my very best friend and his beautiful new wife. To Paul and Linda.