Best man speeches are probably the speeches most often written when it comes to speech writing. After all think of how many weddings there are, probably far more than other single occasion calling for a speech or a toast.
Good speech writing is essential if such speeches are going to wow the audience. Every rule of good writing has to be followed. The speeches need to have to have a riveting opening, a substantial centre and a memorable ending. They should be entertaining and witty without being in any way crude. They should also, of course, be short and snappy.
A best man usually knows the groom very well. So what they say is usually very personal and contains stories of shared exploits and experiences. Quite often the best man will speak of exploits during the preparations of the wedding. Such speeches will usually contain teasing references to the groom's ability, or lack of it in some way, whether it is as a footballer or a singer.
Speech writing is, of course a craft and not everyone has mastered that craft. That probably explains the variety of books on sale containing wedding speeches. A glance through them will often make you cringe because many of them are being re-printed and are very dated. Certainly few of them allow for the fact that the best man might also be the son of the groom or a best buddy. A wedding is a very special occasion and it is well worthwhile using a professional speechwriter to write a memorable speech.
A wedding is a social occasion so the speeches are usually light-hearted and add to the fun of the day. Yet, despite this, their message is normally a very sincere message of congratulations and best wishes to the couple. Such speeches convey the feeling of friendship or kinship between the best man and the groom. Most men do not generally express warm feelings towards each other in everyday life. On a wedding day however it is acceptable and proper. For that reason the writing has to be of a high calibre so that the loving message can be expressed in a manly way.
So best man speeches are a challenge to any speech writer. The speech writing has to be professional, personal and to the point.
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Niamh Crowe has written best man speeches for 20 years. She has 20 years long Speech writing career and written thousands of speeches for every event and occasion including birthdays, inspirational speeches, groom speech, bestman speeches etc.
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