Rhyming Best Man Speech

As opposed to the typical toast (or roast), Best Men these days are now opting for rhyming speeches more and more.

We at Speechy think they’re a great idea. If it was good enough for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for us!

Examples of Best Man Speech Poems

Our first best man, over in America, gets plenty of laughs with a poem that has a good pace, good humour and, most importantly, actually rhymes (you’ll be amazed how many people get that wrong).

There are some great lines – especially the one about playing the Chinese Olympic team at table tennis – not an easy line to fit into a poem. There’s also lots of wrestling stuff which we don’t understand, but either way, it’s a great speech which follows a typical best man speech structure (see our blog on this) but in poem form. It’s funny for the first 2 and a half minutes. Then briefly sentimental. Then wraps up nicely with more laughs. Bravo!

Next, we head to Wales for a speech which is perhaps more quintessentially best man. It’s a little blue at times (you don’t have to be), but it both pays tribute to and mercilessly mocks the groom with great balance. There are some really funny lines and, most impressively, just look at the delivery! So confident and he ACTUALLY memorised it – bonus points!

On a separate note, if you want to be able to deliver a speech this well, maybe the all-new Speechy delivery coaching service could be for you.

The Rules of Rhyming Best Man Speeches

So that’s how it’s done. Now to write yours!

Firstly, there are five rules we think you should follow.

  1. Treat it like a normal best man speech! – We’ve already linked to our best man speech masterclass, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The best, Best Man speeches tend to turn the groom into a clear character and then roast and toast him in equal measure, through real stories, all tied up nicely in a toast. Just because it’s a poem, doesn’t mean you can’t do that.
  2. Keep it simple! – If it was us, we’d stick to the typical, funny poem structures. AABB (four-line verses within which each couplet rhymes), ABAB (four-line verses where alternate lines rhyme) or AABBA (which is typical of limericks. And we all know plenty of limericks – just try to keep them clean).
  3. Don’t write too many verses! – A typical best man speech is five or six minutes long. But you don’t have to write a poem this length. Two minutes of poetry is perfect, as you’ll probably spend a couple of minutes setting it up anyway – as the best men in the examples above do. As with all good best man speeches, just choose a couple of stories/features of the groom and dwell on the best bits.
  4. Don’t panic if you get stuck! – Everyone does it. No writer can just knock out gold in one go – even the best ones. Go on a walk, do some exercise, have a bath! Push it to the back of your mind and inspiration will strike when you least expect it.
  5. Read the poem out loud! – And do it a lot! Once you’ve written it, you’ll need to practice it and the best way to do it is actually reading it. Not just to practice your delivery, but to make sure everything really does rhyme and fit into the rhythm. Once confident enough, try it again but in front of a friend or family member. You’ll nail it in no time.
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Speechy's Best Man Example

Follow the above and you’ll be laughing (as will the audience on the big day). But if you want to see how a few verses will look once written down, here’s a sample. Imagine you’re writing a verse for your former flatmate, who you suffered through for years.

I’m so happy you two finally met,

Because living with Gary’s like having a pet.

Cleaning after him, changing the bedding.

But now that’s your problem after the wedding.

 

Like all other pets, he needs constant attention.

On nights out we’ve lost him too much to mention.

But he’s usually found in his favourite place,

On his own on the dancefloor – well off his face.

 

But all of a sudden he started to behave,

When he met a young lady on a night out in Grays.

His grooming improved, you could tell he was smitten.

He even cleaned after himself in the kitchen.

 

Now you’re both married and it’s heaven-sent.

Because Gary’s moved out and I’ve put up the rent.

You’re not just Gary’s master, you’re his perfect wife.

But remember, a Gary’s not just for Christmas, a Gary’s for life.

… Of course, this isn’t applicable to everyone. Some people’s friends aren’t even called Gary. But whoever you’re toasting, poems are the perfect way to put in that extra bit of effort for a speech that will always please the crowds.

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