Don’t worry – this blog isn’t for short best men!  It’s for those that want to deliver a short best man speech. Not everyone wants to drone on for hours regaling stories of when the groom was a wee lad. No, sometimes, its better to keep it short, sharp and to the point.  If that’s you and you want to keep things brief on the bride and groom’s special day, then this blog is for you – below are a series of short sample speeches for every best man/groom relationship.  After all, size isn’t everything is it?


Super Short Best Man Speech (1)

Good Evening. My name is (Best Man) and on behalf of (Groom and Bride), I would like to thank you for attending this blessed event today! I have the honor of acting as Best Man tonight and am thrilled that I am with these two wonderful people as they begin this new chapter in their lives.

 (Bride and Groom) have each walked many miles to be here together today, and this wedding is a joy to behold. I can speak for everyone in this room when I say we all wish you the happiness that you deserve. We are so glad that you have found one another, and this day is a reminder that the best is yet to come. Congratulations, (Bride and Groom)!


Super Short Best Man Speech (2)

Everyone – please raise your glasses and join me in toasting Joanna and Kevin. As I begin this wedding speech one of the first thoughts that come to mind is… if I’m the best man… then why is Joanna getting married to Kevin? (Pause when people laugh) I guess because today, I am just an average man and Kevin is the best man. (pause)

 In my extensive research to find out how to deliver a great best man speech, I learned that I am expected to sing the praises of the groom and tell you what a wonderful guy Kevin is. Unfortunately, I’m a bad singer and a bad liar. (Pause when people laugh) Kevin… Joanna is a wonderful, beautiful, kind and good-hearted person who deserves a great husband. Thank goodness you snapped her up before she found one. (Pause when people laugh) All kidding aside – I’m honored to be here today… I love you both and wish you many years of happy marriage. Cheers!


Even Shorter Best Man Speech

Ladies and gentlemen. It takes a strong and intelligent man to realize his dreams and achieve his goals in life and love. A man that is not afraid to live life to its fullest and embrace what is truly important. But enough about me… I’m here to talk about John and Katherine. Two people who have come together today to form a union that will surely last forever. [raise your glass and face the bride] Katherine… you look absolutely beautiful. John is lucky to have found such a wonderful girl to share his life with. John is my best friend and I’m honored that he chose me to be his best man on this most important day in your lives. I wish you both peace and happiness in your new life together and may God bless your union.

To my friends – old and new. It’s an honour for me to be here… to celebrate this very special day for John and Katherine. Dale Carnegie once said: “Don’t ask a man what is important to him. Watch how he spends his time.


Heartfelt Best Man Speech in 142 Words

I’ve watched John spend his time, and I can see what’s important to him.

It’s Katherine.

She has made John a happy man… a man with a new focus… a man with a new appreciation for love and life. I’ve known John and Katherine for 8 years and I can honestly say that they are perfect for one another. They were both fantastic people when they met. Now as a team, they will embark on a new adventure together as man and wife. John and Katherine [raise glass) I toast you, and wish you both peace, health and happiness.


Short Best Man Speech for a Friend

Ladies and gentleman. I met John in 1990. We have been friends for over 17 years. In that time, he has proven himself to be not only a great friend, but a truly good man as well. I value my friendship with John and I look forward to having the same great friendship with his lovely new bride Katherine. I know one important thing about Katherine. She has made John happier than I have ever seen him. Today is a day of joy and happiness for all of us. But it is not just a day… it’s the very special beginning of a new life between John and Katherine. I wish you both health and happiness and may God bless your marriage.


Best Man Speech – Super Short

John & Katherine – I stand here today to toast you. To celebrate your new union together. You have now become part of the most important team. Team McDonald [bride & groom’s last name]. All your joys will now be magnified by two because you can share them together. All your trials and tribulations have now been halved – because you can now solve them together. In marriage, you promise to care about everything. The good things, the bad things and the mundane. You promise to each other that life will not go unwitnessed, because you will witness it with each other. John & Katherine…this is just the beginning. The best is yet to come.


Heartfelt Best Man Speech in 90 Words

John & Katherine. The truest meaning of marriage is the magic of being needed by just one person. The two of you have come together to share your lives and realise your dreams. Today you are husband and wife. This is day one of a great adventure and I’m honoured to be able to share it with you. Remember that great opportunities to help each other seldom come… but small ones will surround you everyday. I toast you… and wish you a long marriage filled with love and above all, laughter.


Extra Short Best Man Speech

Karen & Jim – every great relationship starts with rings. In the beginning, the phone would ring and the just the thought of speaking to one another was exciting. Your love grew and so did your commitment to each other. The engagement ring soon came after. There were no doubts… your love was true. The engagement ring has now turned into a wedding ring and we are all here today to celebrate your marriage. Now of course… the suffer-ring begins. (smile and raise your glass) Peace and happiness to the new bride and groom!


Best Man Super Short Speech

Bill & Mary – What a great day to get married! Marriage carries new responsibilities. Mary – from now on, you should never argue or disagree with Bill, because he is now the head of the family and the king of his castle. You will be expected to keep your hair and makeup perfect at all times – to dress in a way that pleases Bill. You should cook his favorite meals every night and encourage him to go out with his friends on a regular basis. Do these simple things and your marriage will be blessed with many years of happiness. Mary – I know that Bill loves you very much… because he spent a long time writing this speech for me. Congratulations to the both of you!


Short Best Man Speech for Your Brother

Good evening everyone. I’m Sam, the groom’s brother and best man for today.

By choosing me as his best man, Brian has admitted something that has taken him 30 long years to admit..that I, Sam, his younger brother am the best.

Thanks Brian!

Aliana I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but Brian was such a workaholic until he met you. I remember this time when we went hiking, and wanted to extend another day at a mesmerising spot, but Brian was so determined not to miss work. And now, all he wants to do is go on holidays every other week with you. Aliana, Brian has truly fallen head over heals for you. It’s beautiful to see the two of you together.

You are perfect for each other and make such an adorable couple. I wish you both a happy married life and hopefully you will let me speak at your 50th anniversary celebration!

God bless you


Still a Short Best Man Speech … but a bit Longer!  

There comes a time in every person’s life when they meet their one true love, their soulmate, their destiny. The person, who will know and understand them for the rest of their life. That moment came for Alan, 32 years ago when he met me.  

First, I want to extend my thanks to Debbie, Jenna, and Martha, three wonderful and beautiful bridesmaids and Nancy, an amazing Maid of Honor! I also want to thank the ushers, who worked so hard in getting everyone seated. Additionally, I want to extend a note of gratitude to the groomsmen for supporting me over the past several months and doing such a great job today. Most importantly, I want to sincerely thank the bride and groom for being here and allowing all of us to share in this incredibly special day.

Going by tradition, the Best Man is supposed to dig up embarrassing stories about the groom`s past, sort of carrying out a character assassination but because I have such immense respect for this man, I`m afraid I just can’t do that. I mean for me to mention the time he streaked across the high school stage during the performance of Annie Get Your Gun, wearing only a gun holster would be mortifying. I would no more tell you about the time he dressed up as a woman for Halloween or about the time he was so drunk he got up to sing an entire rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow during a Karaoke contest…and won – Oh wait, what am I thinking?

Okay, that’s enough about Mike. As I spoke with various guests here tonight, I took notes from those that had been married for years and years. I gathered as much advice on the ingredients for a happy and successful marriage as I could. Mike, here is what the people here wanted to tell you:

You need to establish that you’re the boss, the king of your castle, but just be sure you do whatever Sally tells you to do

Never forget the five rings of marriage:

  • Engagement RING
  • Wedding RING
  • SuffeRING
  • TortuRING
  • EnduRING

Just remember, Mike, marriage is not just an eight-letter word. It`s an entire sentence – although you would probably get much less for murder! Another piece of advice is that is the best way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget it…just once.

Okay, seriously, my best advice to you is always remember three simple words – “You’re right Sally!”

You will all be happy to know that I just have a few more things to say…in all seriousness, Mike, it has been an honour and privilege to serve as your Best Man today. You are a very fortunate man to have met such a wonderful woman as Sally. She is caring, loving, smart, and the perfect match for you any day of the week. For you Sally, you found…well, Mike! The two of you will have a healthy and loving marriage and I’m thrilled to call you both my friend! Finally, it gives me great pleasure to invite all of you to stand, raise your glasses to the newly married couple, and join me in wishing them good health and a wonderful life together. Here’s to you Mike and Sally!


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