Post # 1
My brother has been asked to be the best man for his good friend ‘s wedding and has no idea how to do the toast! It’s his first wedding role and I’m sure any help would be appreciated. Any tips on what the best man should say? What was the best toast you ever heard at a wedding like? What made it so special? Thanks!
Post # 3
I appreciate brevity unless he is an amazing speechgiver. Especially if speeches are done before people can eat. Something that is short but heartfelt is almost always the best. Don’t put in personal/inside jokes that no one else will get.
The best speech i heard was actually about 30 minutes long (yes!) but the guy was a fantastic story teller and it was very interesting. It’s not something i think most people can pull off
Post # 4
I was Maid/Matron of Honor at my sister’s wedding and I gave a speech. But instead of a run of the mill recollections of our childhood, I read out a poem I wrote for them. This is an old tradition in my culture which isn’t always practiced anymore but I thought it a very sentimental and heartfelt thing to do so I did. It also did away with any possible rambling and the dreaded inside jokes!
Post # 5
You should get him Wedding Toasts Made Easy. It’s a small book and is about the best toast tips I’ve found.
My favorite wedding toast was at my boss’ wedding. The best man had note cards, but there wasn’t a single thing on them. (I asked for a copy of his speech, but he said he made it up.) It was a mix of light-hearted, with a touch of roast and then very touching at the end.
Post # 6
This is an easy one!!
"I asked a friend how long this speech should be. He told me that it should be as long as it takes the groom to ‘finish in the bedroom’. So with that, good night ladies and gentleman!"
Post # 7
My brother was the Bridesmaid or Best Man at a wedding last year and his speech had everyone laughing so hard. He did it Mad Lib style! Each table had an index card on it that was numbered 1-? Then it said plural noun, noun, adverb, verb, etc.
The speech was so funny. It went something like this.
Groom and I first met and become friends through our mutual interest in ____________. (This was our table and we said "bull whips", see funny right?) Bride and Groom have been __________ each other since they met. The great thing about Bride is she can really ____________.
I think you get the point. It was funny, interactive, and just a great speech.
Post # 8
I think the best ones have been from people who are already very funny and good story-tellers. I was at a wedding two years ago where the best man had actually introduced the bride and groom. The story was pretty standard i.e. the groom was a co-worker and the bride was his roommate and he invited them to the same event. However, he included a lot of funny (but not offensive) details and made the story very entertaining.
And a big factor– rehearse it in front of a mirror a few times and STAY SOBER! There’s nothing worse than a drunk person who hasn’t prepared rambling on and on.
Post # 9
I helped my Fiance write the Best Man speech for a wedding. The tips that I would give your brother are:
1. Thank everyone, and point out the hosts (bride’s parents or both sets of parents.)
2. Make fun of the groom, but not anything that you wouldn’t want your own grandmother to hear…We had my Fiance allude to some inappropriate memories, but not go in to detail.
3. Compliment the bride. This is what we wrote:
"[Bride] is one of the kindest, most generous and wonderful people I know. And, as I am sure we can all agree, looks simply beautiful tonight. I guess that just goes to show, that opposites really do attract."
4. End with a discreet ending, "And finally, please raise your glasses…"
Post # 10
The knot has a bunch of really great articles about toasts.
At our wedding, I had three favorite toasts.
1) My Brother-In-Law read the tradition Irish Wedding Blessing:
May God be with you and bless you,
May you see your children’s children,
May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
Since we were having a Celtic themed wedding (and I was familiar with this blessing), it meant so much to me that he had done the research to find it.
2) My very good friend who has been married 3 times gave this advise to my husband:
There are three things you need to know. Three easy things that will make your marriage a success…
1… Yes Dear.
2… No Dear.
3… It will never happen again, Dear.
3) Another of my good friends gave this blessing.
As you ride the banister of life, may all the splinters point in the right direction.
We were blessed with many wonderful toasts, but those are the ones that I still remember and that everyone enjoys when they watch the video. Tell him we said, Good Luck!
Post # 11
I can give you a tip on what NOT to do… no drunk frat stories.. we went a wedding recently (sat next to the brides boss) and the bestman told a story about getting drunk and mooning everyone… it didn’t exactly go over well with the older crowd….
Post # 12
LOL Thanks for all the great stories! I will definitely let him in on the tips! i heart the hive!
Post # 13
The best speeches have been heartfelt, sincere and funny.
I hate the canned speeches that just say, "Thanks everyone for coming, we’re glad you could join us, they’re a great couple…"
Public speaking is very hard and doesn’t come naturally, but I always appreciate it when people make the effort to come up with something creative.
Like many said above, I get the urge to want to roast the groom but funny is good…offensive and Too Much Information is bad!