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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.
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:
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!