Alcohol – a little is a good idea to steady the ship. Too much is the worst idea you’re ever going to have.
Microphone – use one. All wedding venues have dreadful acoustics. Don’t make life difficult for the guests, let them hear you.
Practice – don’t try to memorise the speech or you will go insane. Keep reading it and then boil it down to prompt cards.
Length – never under five minutes, never over ten.
Humour – it’s not Saturday Night Live. Keep things daft but not edgy and you’ll have everyone laughing.
Toasts – don’t mention the bridesmaids, don’t thank anyone. It’s your job to be funny, nothing else. A toast to the happy couple at the end.
Shaky Hands – even super confident guys wobble on the day. If you’re reading out from sheets, attach them to a clipboard to hide the shaky hands.
Girlfriends – now is not the time for a quick review of the groom’s love life.
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You can have a great speech but it will all come to nothing if you can’t land it on the day. Here are my thoughts on the three main delivery methods.
1. Memorise the whole speech – this is not for the feint hearted and as best men are normally manically busy finding the time to devote to it proves tricky. Also you tend to focus on recalling the speech so much that genuine performance is affected. A mental block can prove catastrophic.
2. Cue Cards – this is probably the most popular way for most best man speeches and does work really well, but you have to know it inside out. Keep reading it every spare minute you have and it will cement itself in your mind. Remember the key words that make a joke sing.
3. Reading from a sheet – Contrary to what some may say, this can work really well. There are just a few things you need to bear in mind: speak as slowly and purposefully as possible, lots of pauses and LOADS of eye contact. Make sure you have something to rest the sheets on as they will be flapping around like crazy if you don’t.