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Feb 01 2012

Dos and Don’ts of a Best Man’s Speech

Published by at 9:00 am under Editorial

Weddings always put a smile on our face – free booze and girls with little to no inhibition will do that to a guy – but this weekend we fly to Paris, (yep, you read that right), to be the best man in our old college roommate’s nuptials.

As you could imagine, there’s a sense of responsibility that comes with being a Best Man. Between planning the bachelor party, organizing details with the bridesmaids, and obviously giving a speech, you don’t want to mess it up. Based on some of the weddings we’ve been to, it’s blatantly better to be over prepared than underprepared.

Since we’re a little nervous, a ton excited, and more importantly, have been taking tips from people for the past six months, we wanted to give you the right and wrong things to do if you’re ever a Best Man. Pay attention, cause you don’t want to be remembered as “that guy” anytime mentions the wedding.

Do: Mention an Inside Joke Between You and the Groom

Be extremely careful with this one though. If it’s your older brother, than it’s pretty much fair game – minus any exes. Anything that deals with embarrassing the Groom is off limits too. It should be something that makes everyone like you, and not cringe at the site of you the rest of the night. It’s also a chance to score some witty points with any of the hot chicks in the audience, which is never a bad thing.

Don’t: Get Too Drunk Before the Speech

This is the hardest thing we’ll have to deal with before Saturday’s wedding, mainly because… well, we like to drink. It’s completely normal to feel a little nerves, but it’s crucial you avoid loosening-up a little too much. Trust us, having upwards of 100 or more people listen to you either mumble, curse, or even barf during a speech isn’t something that helps your rep pal.

Do: Save a Dance For the Bride and Her Mom

This is of course assuming everything has already gone smoothly and they want to. Nothing says congratulations more than taking the time to actually talk to the women of the wedding, while showing everyone else that you care about the couple. Remember, as wild and crazy as you are, the most important thing is to be a gentleman. This will go a long way in helping your case.

Don’t: Cause Drama

The last thing you want to do is either something stupid, or take out your displeasure over the entire wedding on someone, especially the Bride. It usually happens after quite a few tequila shots or Jack on the rocks, but if you feel the sloppiness coming, just drop the booze and sweat a little on the dance floor. Let the Bride cry all she wants celebrating her wedding day, just make sure it’s not because you just ruined everything.

Do: Take Shots With Anyone Interested

This is your go ahead to just dominate the entire reception. It’s important to remember to keep things in perspective and remember it’s not about you today, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mingle with absolutely everyone you see. Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins – they’re all fair game. Your fun is a direct reflection of the Groom, so give him a good name by doing the one thing you’re really good at – partying!

Bonus (and Completely Obvious) Do: Sleep With a Bridesmaid

It’s a privilege to be in a wedding. It’s a bigger privilege to be the leading man amongst the wedding party. Not only are you front and center with the newlyweds all night, but if you kill all the duties asked of you, you’ll be fighting off ladies. Naturally, you’ll have the pick of the litter from pretty much any bridesmaid that didn’t use that plus one.

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