Tips For Delivering the Best Man Speech

Let’s take a step back from helping you find the most awesome groomsmen gift and talk about something a little more important.  There are a few pivotal moments during the common wedding that really set the event apart from others and make it a great, unique wedding.  There are the traditional moments such the first look on the bride and there is the exchange of vows.   As special as those are, it's often difficult to truly differentiate as there is only so much you can do with tradition staring you in the face.  Hence the Best Man speech.  

There are few opportunities that naturally offer a creative platform during wedding day that can set the day apart and truly personalize as there is with speech time.  Timing wise, it's also the start of the party and the energy blast that sets the stage.  The honus is put on the highest of matrimonial honors, the groomsmen.  It's here where you pay back on given that honor.  Having been to a number of weddings, I've some to see weddings as standardized.  Sure, the invitations can look unique, the steak might be great and DJ just might happen to spin out awesome tunes.  Nothing gets things started like a solid best man speech.  So best men, you should be nervous for this - it comes with the territory.  Having seen some horrid best man speeches and some great ones, it's quite amazing to see how impactful they are at setting the first line of culture to the day's event.  If you want grandma out on the floor shaking it to the electric slide and having a blast, don't underestimate what the best man's speech can do in getting her out of her chair. 

What doesn't work?  Canned stuff that you find on the internet doesn't work.  Nor do cliché's, talking about yourself too much or over-roasting the groom.  As funny as a good roast may be to other groomsmen, no one want to hear about how the groom woke up tied up with no clothes on during spring break.  There are ways to extend humor with class and in ways that can aspire to the wider audience.  

Always side to short and sweet, but with awesome substance.  Quality is much more important than quantity.  What you're looking for is the perfect balance of personalization, humor and sentimentalism.  Something funny and something that showcases the character of the groom.  Something that's going to play those good old heart strings.  As much as you'd like to think the entire audience is your old frat, there are a lot of mom's and older guests that will eat that up.  Try to dig deep, have some impact and be engaging, but don't overdo it.  It's a lot to think about, but not to underestimate.  And hopefully you will be rewarded with one of the best groomsmen gifts out there.