Weddings

Best Man Speech Etiquette

Follow these simple rules and you'll give a heartfelt and appropriate speech

By Alan Kirk

Best Man Toasting
Photo by John Partridge PhotographyBookmark and Share

At many weddings, the best man has an opportunity to give a short speech congratulating the bride and groom on their marriage. This speech can range from humorous to heartfelt, or a combination of both.

Function

First and foremost, the best man's speech is an opportunity to congratulate the newly married couple. It is also the one time during the event that the best man can convey his sentiments to the groom and let the audience know about the groom's finer qualities. The speech can include a personal message from the best man to the couple as well.

Features

The best man's speech includes memories that the best man has shared with the bride and the groom. It also includes best wishes for the future, and may include a joke as an ice-breaker.

Considerations

Best man speech etiquette dictates that the focus of the speech should be on the bride and groom. The speech should not be created to draw the guests' attention to the best man. The speech should not devolve into a retelling of ribald or embarassing events from the groom's past, either.

Time Frame

A best man's speech should be between five to 10 minutes. Anything longer may not work. The speech should be presented before the meal is served at the wedding reception.

Warning

When preparing the best man's speech, keep in mind that you will be presented to a mixed audience. If a joke is prepared as part of the speech, keep it clean. Be careful not to embarrass the bride or groom. What you find amusing might be viewed as inappropriate by others.

About the Author

Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications for several years and is a contributor to DexKnows.

Related Guides

Man golfing

Best Man Gift Suggestions

Your best man is your best friend, and chances will do more than hold onto the ring at the ceremony. In most cases, the best man is not only responsible for planning a bachelor party that won't enrage your future spouse, he also keeps you sane throughout planning process.... Read More

Planning Reminder:

Orange lily boutonniere on suit

Order boutonnieres

The fellows need flowers too. Decide on the boutonnieres for the men in the party. Consider your wedding's colors and bridal party's bouquets when you make a selection. You may want to avoid a bloom that's particularly fragrant because the flower will be near the face.

View your wedding checklist!

Timeline:Budget:

Wedding Glossary

USHER

Male bridal party member who show guests to their seats before the ceremony. Often also performs the role of groomsman.

View the Full Weddings Glossary
Feedback
Sign Up

Already have an account? Log In

Log In with your Facebook account.
We’ll never post without your permission.
Or

Create a DexKnows account:

At least 6 characters
By clicking Sign Up, you agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You'll receive the DexKnows Tips email newsletter as well as email updates about your account.

Please share the issue you encountered with our search

I am a(n):

Issue(s):

Please check at least one issue checkbox.
Comments: