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It is a moment that only comes along once in a lifetime, where your closest friend pops the question – ‘Will you be my best man?’ Of course you are going to say yes, but once the euphoria passes the realization strikes. How to give a memorable best man speech? Your audience will be a mix of family members you’ve never met, long lost friends, and a bevy of bridesmaids waiting to be impressed. This is no time to panic, but instead, an opportunity to wow the crowd with a well presented speech.
Giving a Memorable Best Man Speech
Your first duty is to dedicate yourself to the task. A memorable best man speech is natural and well constructed at the same time. The last thing you want to do is ‘wing it’ even if you feel you work best in tight spaces. Start by jotting down a few key stories about your history with the groom and choose only one that best illustrates the qualities of your friendship. If you ramble off the track to other stories, you will lose the audience and they will simply begin to wait politely until you are done. Once you have the story, write it down with plenty of relevant detail, then fill in the edges with points about the happy day itself. Transfer this completed speech to a set of index cards and keep them safe. Do not deviate from your script, or you might find yourself in trouble.
Make Your Speech About The Bride and the Groom
You may know a few people in the room besides the groom who would enjoy a good buddy story, but there are plenty more who won’t have a clue or a care in the world. Your speech is designed to add personality to the festivities, and planning a speech that only talks about you and the groom will fall flat. Look for ways to include the bride in your presentation even if she was not there in your story. You can direct specific points of your speech toward her, as if giving advice of reassuring her of the groom’s dedication and love. You can take the tone of a funny best man speech, but sometimes the most memorable are those that speak from the heart.
Keep Yourself Composed
In order to give a heartfelt best man speech, make sure you are in a condition to do so. Your speech will take place toward the beginning of the celebration, so don’t over imbibe with the alcoholic libations. You will want to have a clear head while presenting your memorable best man speech. To combat distractions and a loss of train of thought, have a glass of water handy to drink from. Taking occasional sips will keep a dry mouth at bay, and give you time to collect your thoughts before moving on.
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