Last night I was best man for my best friend and I had to do a speech.
Now I'm no expert, and I dont do public speaking... But it went really well.
The laughs were in the right places, and I even got a couple rounds of applause.
If anyone is ever asked to right a speech and is a bit nervous, all I can suggest is that you have fun and share it with a few loved ones before.
Every time I get 'stuck' being best man, I just do a simple toast to the bride and groom.
Thanks William68... great to have you on the site BTW
Congrats, I've never been best man, and in fact haven't even been to a wedding in maybe 5 years or so. A lot of my friends are reaching marriage age so I am sure I'll be attending a lot more in the next few years!
I dont think anxiety or nerves are a bad thing... if we didnt suffer from them, then perhaps it wouldnt be so satisfying when done.
I was my brother's best man when I was 17....my speech was rubbish, I didn't pre-prepare anything, I lacked condidence, and just said the basic "thank you's" and so on...I regretted it for years......however, in my late twenties my neighbour married and he asked me to be his best man...I rectified all the regrets I'd felt for years and practised, wrote in some jokes (some a bit rude, too !), read it over and over again for weeks and weeks beforehand....I rattled through it on the day and it went really really well.
The moral of the story is "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail".
I have never been chosen to be best man which is fine by me but I am glad to hear that yours went well.
I am in a public speaking class at my College right now so I will be prepared for speeches forced on me by my friends in the future.