Hacks for best man speeches
Being asked to deliver the best man's speech at your loved one's wedding is undoubtedly a huge honor. However, it is also a sizable responsibility.
You will need to ensure that your speech is well-spoken, funny, touching, and engaging. Luckily there are a few tips that you can follow to deliver the perfect speech:
1. Begin Writing The Speech As Soon As Possible
As the best man, you will be tasked with carrying out a lot of duties that are central to the success of the wedding. With so much on your plate, it can be difficult to find time to write a speech.
As such, you should begin writing it as early as you possibly can. That way, if you need to take care of your other responsibilities for a while, you can always just get back to the speech later, without needing to panic about it.
2. Tell A Story
The ultimate aim of any best man's speech is to grab the audience's attention. There is perhaps no better way to do that than to tell a story. Luckily, you already have the source material at hand: the couple's love story.
Most people who attend the wedding may not be aware of how the two met and what led to the special day. As such, if you can tell their story in a funny, heartfelt, and memorable way, your speech is likely to be a huge hit.
The best way to perfect any craft, activity, or task is to practice it. In the case of your best man's speech, this will likely mean saying it out loud in front of a mirror a few times. Once you think you have everything perfected, try again in front of a small audience, such as your kids, spouse, or parents.
They will be able to give you advice on which elements of the speech work well and which ones need improvement. Manage any kind of stage fright by practicing with an audience. Before long, your speech will be perfect.
4. Speak Clearly
It doesn't matter how perfect your best man's speech is if nobody can hear it. As such, when you stand up to toast the happy couple, you should avoid whispering, mumbling, or otherwise mincing your words. Instead, try to speak clearly, confidently, and loudly.
You'll know that everyone can hear you when you see them reacting to the things that you are saying.
5. People Don’t Expect You To Be Perfect
A little-known fact about speeches, regardless if they are given at a wedding or some other event, is that most people don’t expect perfection. In fact, small mistakes can help to humanize the person standing up in front of the crowd.
Think about it for a moment. Weren’t you more connected to the presenter when they goofed up a little? The reason you probably felt that way is because you could empathize with their predicament. Let’s face it – getting up in front of a crowd isn’t the easiest thing to do.
So, for what it is worth, the goal of your speech is to be human. This means not putting yourself under pressure to be flawless.
Delivering the best man's speech at a wedding is always a nerve-wracking experience. However, by implementing the tips outlined here, you will be able to ensure that the audience is hanging on your every word.
Are you ready to speak at the wedding?