How to Write an Incredible Best Man or Witness Toast : Ideas and Examples

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The Best Man or Witness Speech

The best man or witness speech is an especially important part of a wedding ceremony. Delivering such a speech requires confidence, eloquence and a clear structure. The audience wants to be moved by the speaker's words and understand why this person has been chosen to stand up for the couple on their big day.

A good speech should include funny stories, but also emphasize why the union of the couple is meant to be. By focusing on the unique journey and connection of the newlyweds, the speaker's words will truly shine on this magical occasion.

Crafting a Best Man or Witness Wedding Speech: Our Writing Tips

Above all, be genuine and concise in your delivery. Your audience will be able to tell if you're not being genuine, so be yourself and speak from the heart. Avoid reading from a script or sounding too rehearsed. Instead, try to relax and speak naturally, as if you're having a conversation with your audience. Here are some tips to help you prepare your wedding speech:

  • Start by introducing yourself and your relationship to the groom/bride to give context to your toast. For example, "Hello everyone, my name is [your name] and I am the best man for my dear friend [groom's name]."
  • Share some funny or memorable stories about the groom/bride. However, be careful not to overdo it or make jokes that might offend your audience. For example, "I'll never forget the time [groom] tried to impress [bride] by cooking her a fancy dinner, only to burn the steak and set off the smoke alarm. [Bride] still married him, so I guess true love can overcome even the biggest kitchen disasters." These types of stories can showcase the groom/bride's personality and sense of humour, and provide some light-hearted entertainment for the audience.
  • Talk about the groom/bride's relationship with their partner. For example, "When [groom] and [bride] first started dating, I could tell right away that they were perfect for each other. [Groom] brings out the best in [bride], and vice versa. They complement each other so well and I have no doubt that their love will only continue to grow stronger over time." Sharing your thoughts on what makes the couple's relationship special will help to highlight the depth of their bond.
  • Offer your well wishes and congratulations to the couple. For example, "I am honored to be standing here today as the best man for my dear friend [groom's name]. [Groom], you have always been a constant source of support and laughter for me, and I am so happy to see you marry the love of your life, [bride's name]. To the happy couple, may your love story be one for the ages. Congratulations!"
  • End your toast by thanking the guests for coming and expressing your excitement for the couple's future together. For example, "I want to thank everyone for being here to celebrate with [groom] and [bride] on their special day. Your presence means the world to them and to me. Here's to a lifetime of love and happiness for the happy couple."
  • Keep it concise. A long, rambling toast can lose the attention of your audience, so try to keep it between 5-10 minutes in length. This will help to keep your audience engaged and prevent them from getting bored.

We Also Recommend Our Free Sample Speech for a Father or Mother of The Bride and Groom

What to Say in Your Groom's or Bride's Speech – A Sample Easy to Adapt

Well everyone, all honored friends, family and guests, I would like to grab your attention away from the festivities briefly, if I may, to say a few words of appreciation for my good friend (name of groom). (I will do my very best not to embarrass him too much of course!)

(Name of groom) & I have known one another for (X years) now, since we were (X) years old.

We met at (school) and have remained joined at the hip ever since - So needless to say that when (name of bride) came along into his life, I noticed lots of things that changed and only understood why when I found out a woman was behind it all!

(Groom's name) and (Bride's name) complimented one another from the very start and I think I can safely speak for many of our mutual friends, that this meeting and union was a very special one right from the beginning.

I would like to let you both know how honored I was when you asked me to be best man, the honor of making this speech, in front of all close family and friends. Something that you will both always remember, and me too, for being a part of this very special and memorable day for you both.

Please everyone raise your glasses with me, here's wishing you (Groom's name) and (Bride's name) many long, happy, adventurous and wonderful years together from myself and all of us here with you today!

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