The Do’s and Don’ts
DO – talk slower than seems natural
It will make you appear more confident and will allow people to get the jokes easier
DON’T – talk over the laughter
You’ve worked so hard to get the laughter, why would you cut it short?!
DO – Get some humour in within the first few sentences of your speech
It will immediately relax you and your audience.
Read our How To Make Your Speech Funny Guide to make sure you deliver original humour and don’t resort to wedding jokes or googled gags.
DON’T – push it
While it’s tempting to roast your brother to the point of a nervous breakdown, remember to some this might come across as bullying. So, if you think you’re pushing things a little close to the edge, rein it in.
DO – use quotes
While you shouldn’t Google gags (even granny’s heard the one about honeymooning in Bangor these days!), you are allowed to use funny, witty or sentimental quotes from people smarter than you. Just make sure you credit the author or someone else will! Check out our best man quotes blog for inspo.
DON’T – make the bride cry
Unless it’s happy tears obviously. No ‘edgy’ humour directed at her. Nothing about your brother’s ex-girlfriends.
DO – keep an eye on the time
The speech should be around ten minutes long. Practice it a lot before the big day and if it feels like it’s dragging, don’t just speak faster. Edit your speech!
DON’T – resort to stag do stories
Boring. All grooms are meant to be an utter embarrassment on their stag do.
DO – prepare to deliver
A confident delivery is essential for your speech to be well received. Read our ultimate guide to delivering your speech like a pro.
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