It's amazing to be a witness to how life finds ways to put two deserving people together. Who would have thought that John's bad driving could lead here? When John crashed into the back of Jane's car, there was full airbag deployment, he tied up beltline traffic for hours, and news helicopters captured the accident as the lead story for the local news.
Most of us would have kept quiet about it, afraid the accident would turn into an anecdote dragged out every time someone new met the friends. Not John. He called me that night.
Not all free best man speeches are created equal! It's one thing to grab any speech of the internet, change the names and minor details, and use it as a template. It's another thing to have a sample speech inspire you to draft your own, which is what I'm hoping you'll end up doing - only because it'll sound so much better!
The speech below has been researched and written to convey many elements a good best man speech should have. See also the notes below for a overview of these elements.
Free Best Man Speeches: Example
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Robert Jones and have the privilege of serving as best man. Thank you all for helping to celebrate John and Jane's wedding, and thanks especially to John and Jane's parents for such a splendid celebration and for raising such fine people.
"Did you see me on the news?" he asked. He was excited, speaking fast, like his ship had arrived.
I couldn't imagine what had John so thrilled except the lottery, which would be worth a free round, at least. I certainly didn't expect a story about an accident, carloads of people angry that John turned rush hour into "I can't rush thanks to that idiot." What man tells another a story that proves once and for all that he's not Indy 500 material? No guy willingly admits he hasn't got the skills when put in the driver's seat. But John rushed forward, telling me about the colossal mess he'd made of the evening commute.
"It's the best day of my life," he said. Then he announced, "I've met The One."
"The one?" I asked dubiously, because until I saw Jane and John together, I didn't believe in fate.
"The One," he repeated. "Jane," he said, as if I should already know her name.
From the story, Jane impressed me immediately. She knew how to keep her head, and she showed a roll-with-the-punches attitude despite someone totaling her car. It was clear she had a great sense of humor, too, laughing when John decided to make the car accident into a social occasion. Yes, our man John decided to flirt with Jane, telling her how lucky he was to hit her car since he wouldn't have found the nerve to talk to someone so pretty otherwise.
When Jane laughed, John seized the moment, something those of us who know him have always admired. Attempting to get a beautiful woman's phone number with a mild concussion and a neck sprain is something the rest of us might not dare, but dare John did, impressing Jane, who rewarded him with her number -- along with the insurance information, of course.
At that point, it seemed a good idea to point out that Jane's judgment might be impaired from the accident. I was sure I was right after I met her and saw she was all John said. Why him? I did mention Jane's sense of humor, didn't I? No matter how I tried to warn John not to get ahead of himself, though, he wouldn't listen. No, it was the luckiest day of his life, he had met The One, and they would end up married.
Here we are. John and Jane have made a believer out of me: Love at first sight does exist. It can crash into you when you least expect it and bring happiness to you, your friends and your families. Here's to John and Jane. May fate always be as kind as it was on the day it brought them together.
Free Best Man Speeches: Notes
In the first paragraph, the parents of the bride and groom are thanked. They would likely be mentioned by name. The thank you for the wedding should only go to the set that paid (without mentioning money) and the other parents thanked for their support or part in it, or, as in the example, for raising a good person.
The structure of the speech uses a full-circle story, meaning it comes back around: the example starts out with an accident as an unlikely Cupid, which is mentioned again in the ending as something good.
The story pokes mild fun at the groom, praises the bride, and makes the parents of each proud of their offspring. This is standard. Nothing embarrassing should ever be said about the bride; it's not gallant. By extension, the bride should feel proud of her new husband, so the story shouldn't reflect poorly on him (and, therefore, the bride).
The story also talks about how the two met and says something special about their love. It involves first-hand knowledge from the best man. It's a speech only he can give.
Like all good free best man speeches, this one ends with a toast to the bride and groom, also standard.
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