How To Deliver A Funny Best Man Speech That Won’t Cause Offense

The following is a guest post from David Doran , an expert on best man speeches and is the co-founder of BestManApp.com the web app for best men. Enjoy!

Everyone expects a best man to be funny, the humor in his speech may be the yardstick with which the success of his speech is measured.  However as best man you need to ensure that the humor does not come at a cost.  If you make jokes about the past love lives of the bride and groom for example, you will not only lose the support of the wedding guests but you will almost certainly lose the friendship of your best friend (or brother), the groom.

Topics that the wedding guests will find offensive include jokes/stories that humiliate the bride, stories told using vulgar language, inappropriate stories about the bachelor party and any reference to former girlfriends/ former wives.

There are a lot of ways to deliver a humorous best man speech by using tasteful humor, as opposed to resorting to adult humor that will almost certainly offend some of the guests at the wedding.  In this article I have highlighted 6 areas of your speech where you can add humor and have the wedding guests in fits of laughter if done correctly.

  1. Jokes
  2. Props
  3. Wedding advice
  4. Quotes   
  5. One liners
  6. The toast

Jokes

Funny jokes are a fundamental aspect of a best man speech and as such you need to have 3 or 4 short jokes included in your speech.  Remember to provide jokes that everyone will get, as opposed to “in jokes” that only you and your buddies will find amusement with.  Choose funny wedding-related jokes that are short, long jokes won’t have the same impact.  Make sure the jokes you select are funny, as nothing will dampen your confidence quicker than the sound of silence as you reel off the punch line to a lame joke.

Props for a best man speech

Props can turn ordinary best man speeches into sensational speeches if chosen correctly, that is how important they can be to a funny best man speech.  The great thing about props is that you can create the illusion that you have in your possession something that you don’t, for example a letter taken from an envelope in your pocket can become the groom’s college report, or his Facebook profile. 

 Another great prop is to have a funny photo of the groom blown up to a lifesize image (many photography shops will do this).  The laughter your speech will receive as you unveil this prop will be a memory to treasure for a long time.

 Marital advice for the groom

Another very funny section of the best man speech is when the best man provides his own unique insight on marriage for the groom.  This should be good-natured humor implying that as the groom is now married he will be under the thumb and his wife very much the decision-maker in the relationship.

 Best man stories

As the groom’s best friend / brother, the best man should have some embarrassing stories about the groom that the wedding guests will find funny.  Begin your story with a teasing beginning, such as “I am going to tell you a story about the groom that I have never told anyone before”, or “Want to hear an embarrassing story about the groom?” before going on to share your funny story with the guests.

 Witty wedding one liners

One liners are very effective in a best man speech and allow the best man to maintain his theme of humor in the speech.  These quips and puns can provoke laughter in great measures so make sure that you include a couple in your best man speech.

 The Best Man toast

When ending your best man speech you can choose to finish with a humorous best man toast or a sincere one.  A humorous toast should be lighthearted yet still get the message of love and hope across as the bride and groom begin a new life together as bride and groom.

If your funny best man speech is a hit then you will have memories to last a lifetime and you will have people congratulating you for the entire day.  The feeling of exhilaration after giving a best man speech that people enjoyed will stay with you for some time so practice and rehearse your speech, all the effort will be worth it.

About David Doran: Dave lives in Dublin, Ireland, is a cancer survivor and is the co-founder of Best Man App the web app for best men.

Guest Post: Save Yourself the Stress – Wedding Registries!

Enjoy the following Guest post from our friends at Wishpot!

When it comes to the wedding registry, there are a lot of different things you could ask for. One thing you do not want to do, however, is impulse register. Sister to the “impulse buy,” the impulse register will leave you and your husband with a pile of useless doorstoppers. It may also leave you lacking in key areas. For example, you may have three hampers (because you saw a couple cute ones and couldn’t help but ask for them all) but no spoons. And you’ve never realized how important spoons are until you don’t have any.

 The other trap you could fall into is asking for things you think you like but, once they’re in your home, hate. That funky rug could look really great in the store but make your living room look cluttered.

 Don’t end up without spoons and with clutter! Here are a few quick tips to avoid wedding registry disasters:

  1.  Get together with your hubby-to-be and figure out who has what. Get rid of duplicates, make note of things neither of you have.
  2. Don’t get trigger happy. If you see something cool, make sure it will fit in with your décor.
  3. Ask for advice. What are things people were glad they registered for? What are things they wish they hadn’t gotten?

 To help with that third step, here are a few ideas from our wise Wishpot experts!

Keep yourself organized and stylish with the Grandin Road – Hallway Organizer recommended by Cassandra.

Chic n Cheap Living recommends the Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher for a fun kitchen appliance.

Keep yourself organized and stylish with the Grandin Road – Hallway Organizer recommended by Cassandra.

Try something classy and cute: the European Starling Plate suggested by East Side Bride is both.

 Check out the experts for more items or our wedding blogs for other wedding registry tips!

Guest Post: It’s Time to Negotiate: Encouraging the Bride and Groom to Haggle For the Perfect Wedding

The Wedding Lens is proud to present this guest post from our friend Sarah at Adiamor… We found it to be very helpful and interesting, so we hope you enjoy it too!

As a new decade begins, an old tradition comes to an end. The days of an extravagant, luxurious wedding seem to be well behind us as most young couples face difficult economic times. Accompanied with the reality that parents contribute less and less, twosomes find themselves facing a lot of wedding day sacrifices. But if you and your spouse-to-be are savvy when it comes to negotiating with vendors, you can still have the wedding of your dreams, with money to spare.

 First and foremost, don’t be afraid. In these strenuous economic times, vendors will expect you to negotiate on costs. Just remember, they want your business. They will always offer their services at a high price presuming you will make counter offers.  There are a number of ways to cut corners without coming off cheap or tacky. Let’s give a real world example with one of the most crucial elements of a wedding: the flowers.

 Beautiful flowers compliment the wedding ceremony in so many different ways. They are the centerpieces at the reception, the decoration at the ceremony, and most importantly, the bride’s focal point as she saunters down the aisle. They symbolize elegance, tradition, and express the love and sentiment that is inherent in a wedding. 

 To make certain you get the best prices, the first piece of advice is to buy your flowers from a wholesaler rather than a florist. Many wholesalers provide arranging services as well, so nothing is lost by using their services. Before you approach the wholesaler, research exactly what flowers you want. Compare prices on your own to give yourself the best bargaining tools. 

 After you’ve come up with a list of favorite flowers, put together a collection of arrangements you like as well. The more you can come up with on your own, the easier the job is for the wholesaler. Once you have a good idea of what you want, approach the wholesaler with confidence. Remember, you know what you want, and you will get it, otherwise you are going with someone else. 

 Another key to providing savings with your wedding flowers is to put together packages.  While different florists and wholesalers may offer lower prices on centerpieces, or bouquets, it usually benefits you to use one company for everything. This will get you an all inclusive deal, and help save more money. 

 The most important thing to remember while negotiating any part of your special day is to stand firm. While you are interested in saving money, under the current economic climate, companies are willing to work with you to get your business. Take advantage of this while you can. The bargains are out there waiting for you, you just have to be brave enough and smart enough to take advantage of them.

Sarah Harris is the Marketing Manager at Adiamor Engagement Rings. Adiamor offers a large selection of engagement ring settings, loose diamonds, and other fine diamond jewelry at affordable prices.

 

The Wedding Lens Partner of the Month!

Congratulations to Renee from Weddings & More for becoming February’s Partner of the Month!  Renee is a certified Professional Bridal Consultant who provides full, partial, and a la carte service planning, wedding day coordination, honeymoons, online wedding store, invitations, decorating, and favors. She also supports events such as: showers, baptisms, graduations, etc.  Renee is based in northern Virginia and the surrounding areas.

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As a thank you to our partners, we will be featuring top-performing partners on our blog each month.  To learn more about becoming a partner, please visit our site at: http://www.theweddinglens.com/affiliate_program

~ The Wedding Lens Team

Guest Post: Making a Productive Wedding Registry

Here’s our montly blog post from Wishpot! Enjoy!

Wedding blogs can give you an abundance of ideas when it comes to your wedding registry. Want to register for your honeymoon? You can. Want to register for delicious dishes? You can! How about registering for a TV or camera? You definitely can. Your options are limitless, which means that it’s easy to get carried away. Before you jump in head first, sit down with your future hubby and decide what you could really use around the house. Okay, so it doesn’t seem quite as fun as registering for hair products, but it will be worth it when you’re putting your new home together.

Have a big back yard? Consider registering for plants. As you make your selection, keep in mind the color, smell, and potential size of the foliage. You will also want to think about what grows best in your geographical location and what would be best for your green-thumb (or lack-there-of). The Chanticleer Pear tree, for example, it a flowering tree, survives well in the Pacific Northwest, and will grow up rather than out. Great for planting next to your house!

Have a small apartment and a lot of stuff? Consider asking for some storage pieces. Getting storage means that you get to keep the stuff that there is no room for now, but there may be room for when you move into a larger home. To save on space, get storage boxes that can stand against a wall or slide underneath your bed.

Have a lot of wall space? Get some art! Check out local venders or, for a less expensive option, go online.

Go ahead and be creative, just toss in a couple items that are creative and productive for your future home. Happy registering!

Wishpot thanks Target.com, bigtreesupply.com, and homestoragewarehouse.com for pictures!

How to Plan Your Wedding: When To Do What (Part II)

The last blog post I wrote was all about how to plan your wedding — from moment of engagement until the final steps. What I didn’t include were things to know for the day of and miscellaneous things that come up whilst planning your wedding. That’s what I’m going to do here!

For the Day

  1. Put other people in charge! Your wedding party and friends and family should be able to help you with some last minute things that need to happen. Also, be sure that you don’t forget any of the top 5 things people forget! This means that you should make sure you have things like safety pins, bandaids, and tissues. But also make sure someone takes care of your personal stuff (like your camera).
  2. Someone will need to: set-up the guestbook, give money to vendors (and be sure to tip the vendors!), transport flowers, hold emergency items, put out the favors, and place cards with the info on your online photo album website!
  3. Remember to EAT during the reception!
  4. Clean-up & Recycling. Make sure you put people in charge of cleaning up and/or recycling. This should be planned for in advance, but someone in the wedding party should make sure it gets done — especially if it’s not something the venue does for you. By the way, consider donating leftovers to a foodbank.
  5. Stay calm, have fun, and enjoy the moments! Here are some tips for staying calm & tips to make sure you enjoy every moment.

Miscellaneous Wedding Planning

I referred to some of these aspects of wedding planning in the Part I, but here’s everything compiled:

  1. Children-free weddings:
    1. whether to have children or not
    2. how to tell your guests that their children may not attend.
  2. Registries:
    1. what to do about wedding gifts (generally – for both you & the guests)
    2. tips on the gift registry
    3. how to tell people where you’re registered
    4. how to ask for gift cards or money instead of gifts
    5. how to deal with anonymous or unlabeled gifts
    6. what to do if you need to return or exchange a gift
  3. Wedding insurance
    1. All about wedding insurance
  4. Showers, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal dinners, Afterparty, Honeymoon: While this blog focuses on wedding planning, it’s important to think about these aspects of the pre- and post-wedding. Some families and friends assume that all five will take place. Others don’t find them necessary! You should do what YOU want!
  5. Staying together the night before: Consider whether you want to stay together the night before the wedding or not. Tradition says you should stay separately, but some couples find it more soothing to be with the love of their lives on one of the most stressful nights.
  6. Thank you notes
    1. when to send thanks especially when gifts come before the wedding date
    2. tips on writing thank you notes!
  7. Being charitable: How to get married AND be charitable at the same time!
  8. Wedding photos: Many times, the best part of the post-wedding is seeing the candid shots that your friends and family took. But a lot of times they’re all over the place on different websites. Make sure all your guests’ upload their photos into ONE online photo album! Give out the website info at the wedding, sign up in advance so The Wedding Lens can send reminder emails, and write the info into your thank you notes! Either way, make sure your photos are easily accessible, viewable, and downloadable!

Remember to check out our Green Wedding Tips and our Cheap Wedding Tips to help save your wallet & save the environment!

Still have questions? Email me! natasha@theweddinglens.com

~ Natasha

How to Plan Your Wedding: When To Do What! (Part I)

So you’re engaged… now what? That’s the beginning of the wedding planning process! A friend of The Wedding Lens recently got engaged and was asking questions about time frames. So here we go!

Because engagements take place for different lengths of time, I’m not going to specify how long before the wedding date you should do each action. But this is generally the ORDER of things. Where possible, I’ve linked to other related blog posts on the topic! (And here’s just a list of things to do for wedding planning, if you just want that) Also, be sure to check out our Cheap Wedding Tips and our Green Wedding Tips, both of which have great ideas to help you out during different stages of the planning process!

First Steps

  1. Create a budget! This means taking a list of everything that you know you’ll have to spend money on and deciding how much you can dedicate to each portion. Check out our Guide to Creating a Wedding Budget — which specifies which costs are fixed and which depend on the number of guests.
  2. Pick the wedding party. This seems early in the process right? True! But the wedding party can help you with the tasks that you’ll have to do. Pick early, they’ll help early!
  3. Divide tasks! After reading the rest of this blog post, you’ll get a full picture of everything there is to do: from marriage license to centerpieces.  Once you have that list, divide up the tasks however you see fit.

Things That Shouldn’t Wait

  1. Marriage license.  Every state has different rules on the time frame needed to apply for a license and to get married. Make sure you know what you need to do before you get too close to your wedding date!
  2. Find a venue, date, and officiant. This is sort of circular because you need the venue and the officiant to be available on the same date. But keep in mind that you may have to pick two venues — one for the ceremony and one for the reception. Just be sure they’re both available on the same date! Here’s how to pick a wedding date. Also, make sure you look at how to find a venue AND the questions you need to ask each venue. With officiants, think about whether you will have a religious officiant or a friend. Find out any state requirements if you want a friend or family member to officiate.
  3. Create the guest list. Sometimes it’s hard to limit the guest list, so consider having A lists, B lists, and C lists. Here are our tips for the guest list. Also, be sure to decide whether you want kids to attend or not.
  4. Themes/Styles/Colors. The earlier you select any themes, styles, or colors, the earlier you can get started with some of the other aspects of planning. After all those three aspects will impact the dress selections, the flowers selections, etc. Here’s some help on how to pick your color scheme.
  5. Wedding dress. The wedding dress should be purchased earlier in the planning process because it might need to be fitted several times. Depending on how long your engagement lasts, this should be done ASAP. Plus the bride will want her dress before the bridesmaids get theirs! Here’s how to choose  the right wedding dress and some ideas for colorful wedding dresses.
  6. Save the Date.  The save-the-date (or STD) should tell guests when & where you’re getting married. When should you send the save-the-dates? It depends on when you’re getting married, but generally, send them as soon as possible. If you are ordering save-the-dates that you want to look similar to your invitations, there are companies that give you package deals. Here is a timeline of when to send save-the-dates and when to send invitations. Here are some creative save the date ideas and how to address the save-the-dates.
  7. Order your online photo album from The Wedding Lens. By ordering your online photo album from The Wedding Lens early, you can start telling your guests where to upload photos AND you can include your engagement photos in the album or any other older photos to share your memories with your guests.
  8. Wedding website. Obviously put as much information on here as you can, but here’s what to include on your wedding website.
  9. Find vendors. This means finding vendors for everything you might want. Here is how to find the right vendors for you (and each category that follows links to a blog post that will help you narrow down what will be best for you in that area). Photographer (engagement photos and day of), videographer, florist (selecting flowers), caterer, DJ/band/music, bakery, wedding planner or day-of coordinator. Any other kind of vendors you might want (eg if you want to have wedding entertainment such as a photo booth, cigar bar, or silhouette artist) can usually wait a bit longer in the planning process.

Stuff That Can Wait a Little Bit

  1. Invitations! What goes inside, when to send, how to tell your guests that no kids can come, RSVP cards. Remember, there are specific rules on how to address invitations, so make sure you check those out (yes, there will be a blog post coming!)
  2. Attire: Groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen. Here’s everything related to helping you select wedding attire!
  3. Hair & makeup for the bride and bridesmaids, if you would like.
  4. Rings! Dont forget you both need to exchange rings on the day of the wedding. Here are some green tips on picking the rings.
  5. Decorating: flower arrangement (or alternatives to flower bouquets), centerpieces, plates/napkins/glassware, guestbook, favors, place cards, menu cards, cake toppers, chair rentals/chair covers, other entertainment)
  6. Guest-related: Accomodations, transportation, and out of town bags!
  7. Get your online wedding photo album from The Wedding Lens. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the perfect time in the planning process to get your online wedding photo album from The Wedding Lens! When you share the information on accomodations & transporation with your guests, you can also share the link to the album and remind people to bring their digital cameras to your wedding. Plus people can start uploading old and new memories of you & your fiance(e)!
  8. Menu planning: buffet vs sit-down meal; alcohol – open bar, soft bar, signature drinks. Here are all things food & drink related to help guide you through this!

Final Steps

  1. RSVPs
  2. Ceremony planning: walking down the aisle, vows, readings — and whatever else you want to take place.
  3. Seating chart: who will sit where during the reception? Here’s how to create a seating chart!
  4. Music (song) selections for band or DJ, both during the ceremony and reception.
  5. Remind your guests to bring their cameras to your wedding day so they can capture memories for your online photo album.
  6. Planning the timeline: This means planning the timeline of who arrives where at what time, what order things occur, and who transports what where. It’s meant to be distributed so that everyone is on the same page about what’s going on.
  7. Programs: This lets your guests know what is going to happen & when! Here’s the information on writing your programs.

So that’s everything you have to do…. Next blog post will cover what comes up on the day of and any other last minute things and miscellaneous things you should be aware of! (Like gift registry, thank you cards, wedding insurance, things people forget, staying calm…. all coming up!) 

Good luck! Remember, if you have questions – email me! natasha@theweddinglens.com.

~ Natasha