HOW TO ACE A BEST MAN'S SPEECH

 

 

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For any man accepting the test of representing his closest friend on the biggest day of his life, watching the beginning of the recent hit British comedy I Give it a Year should be at the top of any pre-wedding checklist. In it, the unfortunate buffoon played by Stephen Merchant brings possibly the most toe-curling best man's speech imaginable. It's so awful that by the end not even the groom can mask his shock.

 

Whatever people say about this being the kindest audience you'll ever face; the best man's speech is a tightrope. You will either navigate it successfully and be hailed as the hero who lights the fuse for the fun part of the evening, or you'll fall greatly and want to spend the rest of the wedding hiding in a cubicle in the portable toilets. I have seen a man who boasted about being a much-in-demand after-dinner speaker crush the atmosphere in a previously cheerful marquee, so do yourself and the groom a favour, and take notice of the advice on the slides, below.

 

Don't Be. Become.

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SOME COMMON MISTAKES

 

HUMILIATING THE GROOM

As best man your duty is to help your friend throughout a moving but stressful day. Neither he nor anybody else wants to learn about the awful, tasteless things that went down on that fabled university rugby tour.

SPEAKING IN RIDDLES

If it's bad to report unbecoming tales it's almost worse to mention the juvenile misadventures without revealing what they are. Try to entertain the whole party, not just the guys who were on the stag night.

TALKING FOR TOO LONG

Keep it brief, five minutes is flawless. People want to hear what you have to say, but go on too long and their thoughts will turn to dinner or their wish for another drink. It's best to leave them wanting more.

 

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A U T H O R
Donald Anthony

I M A G E 

Clem Onojeghuo

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