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Giving a Best Man Speech
During the wedding reception, the best man often serves as the master of ceremonies. He typically starts the toasts by raising his glass in a salute to the couple. At some weddings, his best man speech may be the only toast.
As honorary MC, the best man is supposed to give a pleasant and sincere message. That means creating a tribute to the couple that includes both wit and sentiment. Here are a few tips on how to give a best man speech.
Stand up before you begin speaking. Plan what you want to say in advance. Unless you give speeches all the time, don't do it off the top of your head. Rehearse your best man speech a few times before the wedding. If you are concerned you might forget what you wanted to say, write at least a few key phrases from your best man speech on a small note card. Put it in your pocket and refer to it as needed.
While you and the groom may have a history together that includes some heavy duty partying, this is not the time to talk about it. A personal story about a shared experience with the couple, perhaps including something humorous, is appropriate. If you can't come up with an anecdote, mention a favorite quote or song lyric that will convey something meaningful about the couple.
Remember that the wedding isn't about you - it's about the couple. You will only lose the guests' attention if you talk on and on. This is a time when brevity is best, so limit your best man speech to a maximum of three minutes.
Sample best man jokes and one liners
Again, it's important to keep any jokes you tell during your best man speech within the bounds of good taste. Here's a basic standard to follow. If you would not be comfortable telling the joke to your grandmother, leave it out. The groom is your friend and you want that friendship to continue after the wedding. Saying anything rude or crude might make that impossible.
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About the Author: Jean Feingold is a copywriter for Catalogs.com. Catalogs.com is the Internet's leading source for print and online catalog shopping - and a growing hub of original content and "how to" information at www.catalogs.com.