I was nervous as hell before I had to give a best man speech at my brothers wedding. I have never thought of myself as a good public speaker, so this made me especially anxious. My brother had asked me about 3 months before, so I had time to prepare, but still, it’s one of those things you can easily put off until the last minute.
Giving a best man speech is like one of those things you are honored to take part in, but it makes you nervous at the same time, so you put off doing it for as long as possible. Kind of like winning an award or something where you have to give an acceptance speech.
Well, to help you kick start your best man speech and get you off your butt, here are a couple of free best man speech examples (courtesy of Gunter Gifts):
Best Man Speech #1 (Funny)
“Everyone – please raise your glasses and join me in toasting Jennifer and Kevin. As I begin this wedding speech one of the first thoughts that come to mind is… if I’m the best man… than why is Joanna getting married to Kevin? (Pause when people laugh) I guess because today, I am just an average man and Kevin is the best man. (pause) In my extensive research to find out how to deliver a great best man speech, I learned that I am expected to sing the praises of the groom and tell you what a wonderful guy Kevin is. Unfortunately, I’m a bad singer and a bad liar. (Pause when people laugh) Kevin… Joanna is a wonderful, beautiful, kind and good hearted person who deserves a great husband. Thank goodness you snapped her up before she found one. (Pause when people laugh) All kidding aside – I’m honored to be here today… I love you both and wish you many years of happy marriage. Cheers!”
Best Man Speech #2
“Ladies and gentlemen. It takes a strong and intelligent man to realize his dreams and achieve his goals in life and love. A man that is not afraid to live life to its fullest and embrace what is truly important. But enough about me… I’m here to talk about John and Katherine. Two people who have come together today to form a union that will surely last forever. [raise your glass and face the bride] Katherine… you look absolutely beautiful. John is lucky to have found such a wonderful gal to share his life with. John is my best friend and I’m honored that he chose me to be his best man on this most important day in your lives. I wish you both peace and happiness in your new life together and may God bless your union.”
Best Man Speech #3
Ladies and gentleman. I met John in 1990. We have been friends for over 17 years. In that time, he has proven himself to be not only a great friend, but a truly good man as well. I value my friendship with John and I look forward to having the same great friendship with his lovely new bride Katherine. I know one important thing about Katherine. She has made John happier then I have ever seen him. Today is a day of joy and happiness for all of us. But it is not just a day… it’s the very special beginning of a new life between John and Katherine. I wish you both health and happiness and may God bless your marriage.”
Best Man Speech #4
“To my friends – old and new. It’s an honor for me to be here… to celebrate this very special day for John and Katherine. Dale Carnegie once said: “Don’t ask a man what is important to him. Watch how he spends his time.” I’ve watched John spend his time, and I can see what’s important to him. It’s Katherine. She has made John a happy man… a man with a new focus… a man with a new appreciation for love and life. I’ve known John and Katherine for 8 years and I can honestly say that they are perfect for one another. They were both fantastic people when they met. Now as a team, they will embark on a new adventure together as man and wife. John and Katherine [raise glass) I toast you, and wish you both peace, health and happiness."
Best Man Speech #5
"John & Katherine - I stand here today to toast you. To celebrate your new union together. You have now become part of the most important team. Team McDonald [bride & groom's last name]. All your joys will now be magnified by two because you can share them together. All your trials and tribulations have now been halved – because you can now solve them together. In marriage, you promise to care about everything. The good things, the bad things and the mundane. You promise to each other that life will not go unwitnessed, because you will witness it with each other. John & Katherine…this is just the beginning. The best is yet to come.”
Best Man Speech #6
“John & Katherine. The truest meaning of marriage is the magic of being needed by just one person. The two of you have come together to share your lives and realize your dreams. Today you are husband and wife. This is day one of a great adventure and I’m honored to be able to share it with you. Remember that great opportunities to help each other seldom come… but small ones will surround you everyday. I toast you… and wish you a long marriage filled with love and above all, laughter.”
Some of them are korny and some serious, but you can use these best man speech examples as you see fit. You may want to add more, or combine different parts of them, and definitely make them personal, but hopefully these will get you started so you can build your confidence and deliver a great best man speech.