Are you honoured to be assigned Best Man but a little bit nervous or worried about delivering a great wedding speech? Let You & Your Wedding help you out with our ready-made template for you to fill in and wow guests with on the special day. And we've got some great icebreakers that are guaranteed to give your audience the giggles. You're welcome!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank (name of groom) on behalf of the bridesmaids for his (brief/patronising/kind) words. I agree that the (number of bridesmaids) all look (lovely/drunk/sweet/taken aback). I was (honoured/shocked/confused) when (name of groom) asked me to be his best man, I had presumed everyone else had said no, even (name of least likely guest) said he had joined the (French Foreign Legion/Samaritans) and couldn’t possibly help.

So here I am, and where do I start? I first met (name of groom) when we were both at (school/reform school/pub, etc) when his nickname was (if none used, make one up) and we immediately became great (friends/enemies).

Since that time things have got progressively (better/worse). We have been through many things together, including (puberty/drinking/partying) and most memorable of all was when we were (age) when (name of groom) got into (amusing anecdote).

Things didn’t get much better either, when (years) later he also (amusing anecdote). And at last we came to the stag night. From what I can recall, it all started off so sedately, but ended up in drunken debauchery (story of stag night) when (name of groom) ended up (naked/in jail/tied to a lampost/name of city, etc).

It was (years) ago, when (name of groom) met (name of bride), the (best/worst/we’ll come back to you) thing ever to happen to him. It was (love/lust) at first sight. It took (name of groom) (no. of days/months/years) to pluck up the courage to ask (name of bride) to go (out on a date/go to bed), and the rest is history.

I ask you all now to join me in a final toast to the future happiness of the bride and groom. To Mr and Mrs (surname); may their life together bring them (much happiness and many children/much more happiness and many more children). (Sit down and milk the (praise/vitriolic looks/wrath of grooms mother).

Icebreakers and opening lines for your best man speech

  • Now, before I start, the hotel manger has asked me to request that, for reasons of health and safety, none of you get up on top of the chairs and tables during my standing ovation.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, if there's anybody here this afternoon who's feeling nervous, apprehensive and queasy at the thought of what lies ahead, it's probably because you have just married (groom's name).

  • Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to thank all of you for being here today, especially those of you who knew that I'd be saying a few words - it’s very touching that you still decided to come.

  • (Groom's name) had the honour of being the best man at my wedding. I remember he took months crafting a speech that was at once heart-warmingly emotional, and devilishly funny. It made the whole room laugh at one moment, then bring a tear to their eye the next. My wife said it was the most beautiful thing she had ever heard, and I agreed. Unfortunately I'm a married man, so haven't had the time to do all that.

  • For more help on how to prepare for your speech, see The DOs and DON'Ts for a great wedding speech

    Get more best man speech real life ideas from You & Your Wedding Forums: Best Man speech advice

    For more inspiration and ideas, refresh your memory of Hugh Grant's winning Best Man speech in Four Weddings and a Funeral - a guaranteed way to make your guests laugh.

    Also on You & Your Wedding: How to give a fab Father of the Bride speech.

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