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These Best Man Speech Basics Will Get You Through The Big Day

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You’re the best man. And the groom is your brother-from-another-Mother or maybe even the same mother. He’s your go-to guy, your OG and now he’s getting hitched. There’s no bigger honor than standing up for your best friend on his wedding day. And you’re taking your duties seriously. You were his wingman when he met his bride. You threw an epic bachelor party for the Wolfpack, took him to get fitted for a tux and treated him to a hot towel shave. Now it’s time to give an unforgettable best man speech.


Stay Sober

Don’t be THAT guy. Remember you’ve been entrusted to be a part of a wedding that the bride or at least her parents have envisioned since she's been a little girl. Show some respect for the families, but most of all yourself. Don’t get sloppy until after you’ve delivered your best man speech.


Compliment The Bride

According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, the average price of a dress is $1500. That doesn’t include hair, makeup, shoes and a veil. Recognize her effort and give it up for the bride. In fact, get the whole damn room involved. Go beyond pointing out her beauty. Talk about how right she is for your amigo and score some major points with the bride while charming the guests.

Speaking of families, someone has shelled out some serious shekels for this shindig, and you should give them props. Not sure who’s hosting or footing the bill?  Thank and acknowledge all of the parents, even if your broski hates his new mother-in-law.


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Be Prepared With Some Good Material

You may be a spontaneous dude, but this isn't a speech to give off the cuff. Don't wing it, have a plan. It will keep you focused and prevent you from rambling on. No matter how tempted, save the truly off-color tales of teenage debauchery for the bachelor party toasts. Your buddy may love it, his boss not so much. Of course, reference your friendship in a cheeky antidote just don’t cross over to the dark side. Wrap up your best man speech with a famous quote, prayer or excerpt from a love song, and you'll win major points with the bridesmaids.


Raise Your Glass

Toast the happy couple. Cheers!


This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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