The Curious Case of The Best Man Speech

Over the summer, I attended a wedding along with a few hundred other people.  It was a gorgeous summer afternoon and the outside wedding was proceeding flawlessly.  Weddings can have hiccups as sometimes things go awry, but on this day everything was going perfect.

And then came time for the Best Man Speech.

What happened?  Did he ruin the wedding?  Did he give one of the worst best man speeches of all time?

No, quite the contrary.  He was brilliant.  This best man delivered one of the most hilarious best man speeches that I have seen.  From the opening line of his speech (you’ll see in the video below), he had the hundreds in attendance doubled over in laughter.  He jokes were tastefully colored so that those in the know got the jokes but the kids and grandparents would take no offense.  When he finished, the audience gave him a standing ovation.  I heard several people say–and I agreed–that this was the best best man speech that they had ever seen.

So, why do I tell this story now?

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A Funny, Basic, Well-Presented Best Man Speech (Video)

The best man speech below has many solid characteristics of a good best man speech.

First and foremost, Ollie–the best man, presents himself very well speaking clearly and projecting nicely so that everyone can hear him.  Though most people may not consider this, Ollie finds himself in a somewhat awkward poistion as he has to do his best man speech on the stairs.

Ollie is clearly fairly comforable speaking and he does many good things in this best man speech: He immediately toasts the bride and groom quickly bringing everybody into his speech.  He mentions his knowledge of the couple and their long history together.  He integrates humor and history nicely in this speech.

We have written much about blending sincerity and humor in a best man speech.  Ollie does this nicely, integrating humor in with his sincere knowledge of the bride and groom.

Enjoy Ollie’s Best Man Speech below as an example of good best man speech.

A Basic, Well-Presented Best Man Speech



Richard CummingsA Funny, Basic, Well-Presented Best Man Speech (Video)

Worst Best Man: A Speech Gone Wrong

They say that the Best Man Speech can make or break a wedding.  In the video we see below, we find a Worst Best Man speech that makes everyone uncomfortable and the entire occasion rather unbearable.

This speech is very odd in that he, Dave–the Best Man, seems to have cue cards accessible.  What could have been written on them?

Did the cue cards simply say “Ummmmm….”?

This Best Man Speech only lasts 1:21 seconds and it is excruciating from start to finish.  At a distance, and since we were not there, we can find a bit of humor in this crash and burn scenario.  I truly hope that the moment has gone forgotten amongst these people, but unfortunately, it’s on YouTube and will live in video infamy.

Please, best men, avoid this fate by using the resources on these pages available to you!  Here is the video…

The Worst Best Man Speech



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Best Man Speech: Five Tips For A Knockout Performance

The best man speech has become the focal point of many weddings.  The best man either delivered a knock out best man speech and all of the guests are talking about it.  Or, he delivered a poor or inappropriate speech that has everyone talking for the wrong reasons.

So, will you be the best man who delivers a knockout performance or will you be the one who accidentally rains on the wedding parade?

The problem with the whole notion of the Best Man Speech is that, in the majority of the cases, the best man has never spoken in public before.  He does not have the experience.  Thus, his first time as a public speaker comes on a grand stage and, even with lots of preparation, the only true test is the real one…when the best man finds himself in front of dozens or even hundreds of spectators.Read More

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Best Man Speech: How to Be Funny

When you deliver a best man speech, the audience expects many warm words towards the bride and groom but they also expect humor, they expect to laugh, they expect you to be funny.

So how do you accomplish this?  How can you be funny in your best man speech?  Are there any good best man wedding jokes?

To be funny in a best man speech is a challenge!  Why?  The Audience!

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Short, But Funny, Southern Best Man Speech

What is it about a Southern accent that makes stories even better?  In the video below, we see a short, but very funny, best man speech.

The best man, with a Southern accent and demeanor to the core, begins his best man speech by saying, “Tradition would dictate that this would be opportunity to bring out embarassing stories about the groom, but I am not going to do that.  For example, I will not tell the story about…”Read More

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