If you need some help getting started, these best man speech templates are just the thing to smash through writer’s block.
Whether you’re his brother or best friend, you’ll be sure to find a speech that resonates with you.
Best Man Speech Templates
For each section we’ve included templates of both sentimental and funny speeches. You can use their structure while referencing our best man speech tips to craft your own-show stopping speech.
Best Man Speech For Friend Templates
These examples are for best men that have known the groom for a long time.
Speech 1 (Funny)
Good evening everyone. My name is [Best Man], and my long-time friend [Groom] had the good sense to make me his best man.
They say good things come to those who wait, and for [Groom] that is certainly true. He had to wait until his freshman year in college to meet the best and most modest friend he’ll ever have (and in case it isn’t obvious who I’m talking about, that would be me) and he had to wait until the tender age of 30 to meet the love of his life, [Bride].
In the 8 years I’ve known him, [Groom] has always been a patient man and has never been afraid to wait for what is best or what is right. His marriage to [Bride] is certainly an example of that. He waited for what was best and what was right and now has a beautiful, smart and talented woman to call his wife.
I don’t know if she’s as patient as he is, but [Bride], for your sake I hope you are because [Groom] can be trying. As his college roommate I can certainly attest to that. During our freshman year, [Groom] hated doing laundry so much that instead of heading to the laundromat he’d just go to Wal-Mart to buy new socks and underwear. There was such a huge pile of dirty laundry in our room that I was worried about it collapsing and burying me while I slept.
Then there was the time that he decided to do his chem lab experiment in our dorm room. Our room stunk like rotten eggs for a week straight.
Despite his questionable laundry and homework habits, [Groom] is the very definition of the word friend. He’s always the first one to offer a helping hand or a kind word and he’s always there to help people through hard times or to celebrate their successes.
And that is how I know that [Groom] and [Bride] will be so great together. In the three years I’ve known her, I’ve come to realize that she and [Groom] were cut from the same mold. They are unfailingly kind and compassionate people who are always there when someone needs them.
[Groom] and [Bride], you are great examples of what real love looks like and I wish you all the best for your future as husband and wife. So raise your glasses with me and toast this awesome couple — to the bride and groom!
Speech 2 (Funny/Sentimental)
Hi, my name is [Best Man], the best man and the groom’s best friend. I would like to thank [Groom] for choosing me to be his best man if for no other reason than that he’s finally admitting that I am the best.
We’ve enjoyed a long and competitive friendship, ever since meeting in the third grade. We competed over a lot of things. When we were eight, it was about who had the best rock collection. When we were 12 it was about who could do the best 180 skateboard rotation. When we were 15, it was all about who was the better football player. Even though I had the better arm and eventually became quarterback in our senior year, it was [Groom] who was the star of the team as the left tackle. He was the ultimate protector on the field and he always had my back and kept me from getting sacked more times than I can count.
One thing I can definitely say about [Groom] is that on the field or off, he’s the type of guy you want to have in your corner. And not just because he’s 6’4 and can bench 300 pounds. [Groom] may have been a great football player in our high school and college days but he’s an even better friend.
He’s fun-loving and always up for a good time but he also has a big heart and is always there for his family and friends. He’s not one to give advice or tell people what to do, but if you need someone to listen, you won’t find a better listener than [Groom]. I can’t even begin to count the number of times he played that role for me and, even though he never actually says a lot, when he does speak, everyone listens. That’s p[Groom]ably what makes him such an amazing football coach today. Each and everyone of the young men he coaches look up to him and consider him a mentor.
[Groom], I want you to know how lucky I feel to call you friend. But you are even luckier — not just because you have me as a best friend — but because you found [Bride]. [Bride]’s not just beautiful, but she’s the kind of woman you’d want in your corner. And that’s what makes [Groom] and [Bride] so perfect for each other. They truly are the dream team and have the kind of relationship we should all aspire to.
To [Groom] and [Bride] — two of the best people I know. Cheers!
Best Man Speech For Brother Templates
These templates are for best men that are either the younger or older brother.
Speech 1 (Sentimental)
Hi everyone, my name is [Best Man], the best man, best brother and best keeper of secrets for our groom and my younger brother [Groom].
He may regret giving me the microphone after an introduction like that, but [Groom], I promise not to share all of your embarrassing secrets tonight. Your lovely bride [Bride] told me I only had three minutes to speak, so I’ll only be able to share one or two of your finer moments with our family and friends.
When I was a kid, I always wanted a younger brother and was thrilled when my parents brought him home from the hospital when I was five. Well, let me tell you, over the years there were a few times I regretted that wish, like when I was 10 and [Groom] used my finished book report as his personal artistic canvas for painting or when I was 12 and he decided to take apart my scooter so he’d know how it worked. The p[Groom]lem was, he wasn’t very good at putting it back together.
I think my favorite childhood memory of [Groom], however, was the time he decided it would be a great idea to be like Tarzan and swing from tree-to-tree in our backyard. As his older, and much wiser brother, I, of course, tried to talk him out of it.
When that didn’t work, I went and got the camera so I could document this wonderful memory. I may also have helped him find and tie ropes to a few of the trees. Anyway, as you can imagine, he didn’t have quite the same athletic prowess at the age of 8 as Tarzan did, although I must say he did a pretty good job on the Tarzan yell.
Well, when he grabbed the rope and leaped from our treehouse, he did indeed sail through the air just like Tarzan but instead of letting go and grabbing for the next rope he went sailing back toward the treehouse. I noticed his screams were much less Tarzan-like by this point.
He crashed into the tree that our tree house was built in and fell toward the ground. Luckily for [Groom], but not for our Golden Retriever, Lucky happened to be laying under the tree watching the entire process and when [Groom] fell, he landed right on Lucky’s back. Fortunately neither one of them was hurt, but even more importantly, I got a lot of great pictures.
Twelve years later, [Groom], who clearly had learned nothing from the whole Tarzan incident, tried to talk me into going bungee jumping with him to celebrate graduating from college. Like the good big brother I am, I offered to be there to take a video of the experience. Luckily the bungee jumping went a lot more smoothly than his first Tarzan experience.
[Groom], as many of you already know, and the rest of you have likely already guessed, is a bit of a daredevil and now he has the perfect partner to try crazy things with: [Bride]. They both have the same adventurous spirit and zest for life. And while I’m really pleased that [Groom] and [Bride] have found happiness together, I’m even more happy to say that he’s finally quit pestering me to do crazy stuff with him — he’s found a new and much braver partner in crime.
[Bride], I am so happy to welcome you to our family — and not just because I didn’t want to be the one to go skydiving with [Groom] this year. You have made [Groom] so happy and that’s all I’ve ever wanted for my little brother.
My hope for you both is a long and happy life together with many adventures — and no injuries.
To the bride and groom!
Speech 2 (Sentimental)
Good evening everyone. My name is [Best Man], and my older brother saw fit to make me best man for the day. It is truly an honor to stand with him on this special day.
During our childhood I always looked up to [Groom] both literally and figuratively. And while I eventually caught up to him when it comes to height, I still look up to him as a role model and a friend.
Being six years his junior, I always admired him. When I was 4 and he was 10 I thought I would never be as good as him when it came to riding a bike or tying my shoes. But it was he who taught me to do both of those things. When I was 9 and he was 15, it was [Groom] who helped me learn long division.
When I was 10 and he was 16, I thought there could be no one cooler than my big brother. He had a girlfriend and a car, which I thought was pretty darn impressive.
Looking back, I’m sure I was a bit of a nuisance, asking question after question of him and following him around. But he never made me feel that way. He was unfailingly patient and kind to me and always made me feel important. Unlike so many of my friends who were told by their older siblings to get lost, [Groom] always had time for me.
[Groom] has been there for every big moment of my life: high school graduation, college graduation and getting my first job. That is why I am so happy that I can be here for him on this most special of days: His wedding to the love of his life, [Bride].
When I first met [Bride], I could see not only how much they love each other, but how good they are together. Just like [Groom], [Bride] is kind and patient and truly values family and relationships. And while she only officially became a member of our family today, we have considered her part of our clan for a long time.
[Groom] and [Bride], I consider your love for each other a true inspiration and I wish you many wonderful years together as husband and wife. I love you both!
To the bride and groom!
Speech 3 (Funny/Sentimental)
Good evening. My name is [Best Man], the best man and younger brother of the groom.
Everyone I know has always been impressed by [Groom]. As a kid, he was the kind of boy that everyone liked. Teachers adored him, other kids’ parents said “why can’t you be more like [Groom].” Even our parents thought he was pretty great. But I would like to point out that as great as [Groom] is, my parents’ quest for the perfect kid didn’t end with [Groom] — it ended with me three years later.
As the younger child, I always considered it my job to tease my big brother. He was a good student and athlete. I was the comedian. He was the brains and the brawn. I was the looks and the wit.
Seriously, though, I’ve always looked up to [Groom]. Not just because he is older than me, but because he’s one of the best people I know. [Groom] is the kind of guy that everyone likes. He’s super smart, but not arrogant. He’s a talented athlete, but also the most sportsman-like. He’s nice, but not in the ordinary way. He’s the type of guy who has true empathy for people.
I’m happy to say that the lovely [Bride] is just as kind-hearted as my big brother. And it was their concern for others that brought them together as volunteers at the same group for inner city kids.
It was there that they discovered that she was the yin to his yang and they’ve been inseparable ever since. [Bride], we are so glad to welcome you to our family. Your cheerful, fun-loving personality and ability to make people laugh has made us love you almost as much as [Groom] does.
I know you two will have many wonderful years together as husband and wife. To [Groom] and [Bride]!