The Perfect Length For A Best Man Speech

The Perfect Length For A Best Man Speech

How long should should your best man speech be?

Here’s my official answer as a professional comedy writer, best man speech expert and wedding guest:

Aim for about 5 minutes.

Why do I say “about 5 minutes?”

Because if it’s a little more or a less than 5 minutes, you’re still in the right ballpark.  

If you don’t have a lot to say, or you don’t know the person well and you keep it short and sweet at 3 minutes, that’s totally fine.  

If your speech creeps up to 7-ish minutes, that’s ok too.

Because size isn't the most important thing. (The size of your speech -- get your mind out of the gutter!)

The most important thing is the structure of your speech – and by that I mean, does it have one?

Of course your best man speech is going to be heartfelt and funny. You love the guy. You’ve got a ton of stories. But your listeners have to be able to follow those stories.

A great best man speech has a clear beginning, middle and end.

There’s nothing worse than listening to a speech that gets off to a great start and then watching it sink like a stone.

Your best man speech should be a snowball rolling downhill, gathering momentum, telling us everything we need to know in a clear, easy to follow way, building to a strong natural finish — your toast.

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