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Postby TN_Titans_05 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:17 am

So I have to give a best man speech at my friends wedding reception this weekend. I absolutly HATE speeches/public speaking and was looking for some advice from any of you that have given one or heard a good one. I have been best friends with this guy for 10+ years but I really have NO IDEA what to say.

Im thinking that I will just make sure Im drunk by the time I have to give it so either they wont want me to do it or I wont care.... :-D

Help me out.... :~(
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby The Artful Dodger » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:53 am

I had to do a couple of best man speeches and personally, I find it better to speak impromptu...and with a little alcohol in my system. Dutch courage, man, Dutch courage. :-b

I usually feel more comfortable just talking without much planned, but having a vague idea of what to say. You obviously want to say something heartfelt about the couple and so I'd build around that. Blend a little humor to keep things light while staying classy. Most importantly, remember it's their show...which is why you have a few minutes to be the showstopper. Enjoy it. ;-D

The 'best' Best Man speech I've ever seen was when this guy, with a full glass of wine in hand, said "I'm very nervous right now" and then, had gulped it down. Classic. :-b
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby Tiki » Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:35 am

Watch Wedding Crashers over again, and take Owen Wilson's advice. A guarantee hit. ;-D
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby josebach » Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:43 am

Tell an appropriate funny story about something you guys have done in the past together, then say something like you've never seen your friend happier and there's not a doubt in your mind they're going to have an awesome life together yadda, yadda, yadda.
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby beanoX3 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:57 am

Just don't joke about having slept with your friend's new bride. That can get awkward. O:-)
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby treat24 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:07 am

beanoX3 wrote:Just don't joke about having slept with your friend's new bride. That can get awkward. O:-)


tell me about it.
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby moonhead » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:10 pm

treat24 wrote:
beanoX3 wrote:Just don't joke about having slept with your friend's new bride. That can get awkward. O:-)


tell me about it.

note to self...
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:58 pm

My advice is DO NOT JUST WING IT!

Plan what you want to say and rehearse it. Dont be that guy who rambles. My best man didnt take my advice and tried to wing it and honestly it sounded like poop - and I was disapointed by it.

Those who say a planned toast isnt from the heart are completely wrong. When you plan it, you actually put thought into it and therefore it is arguably much more from the heart than letting the alcohol do the talking.

Dont forget:

Make it short.
Tell a short joke or an amusing antidote about your friend - MAKE SURE ITS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE. If its even a little racey, chuck it and find another. Have some class.
Know exactly what you want to say and rehearse it a few times.

Remember, this is your best friend and his wife you are toasting to - not your buddy in a bar or frat house.

Sorry if this came off strong, I just get frusterated when I see the best man wing it at a wedding - classless and inconsiderate if you ask me.
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby moonhead » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:00 pm

it's also best if you finish off your speech by vomiting on your shoes.
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Re: Best Man Speeches

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:01 pm

I also want to add to my previous post, the toast is important, but it doesnt have to be that hard to make up ahead of time. Stick to the formula: Joke, best wishes, toast, exit stage left.
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