Yes, it is the best man’s speech which traditionally follows that will be filled with jokes, humour and some good old fashioned banter. But the groom’s speech structure should also contain some jokes too.
Get the balance right and you’ll have a stormer of a speech with a perfect blend of reflection and humour. And more importantly, don’t make them too crude or abusive towards the new mother-in-law. Rule that out straight away. You don’t want to get off to the worst possible start to married life do you?
So, with all that in mind, what sort of jokes are right for a groom to include? Certainly nothing that insults family, friends or assembled guests. But a pleasant bit of mickey taking, a few funny anecdotes and some personal gentle ribbing do work well and ensure the groom’s speech goes down a storm.
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- How to Write a Great Groom’s Speech – Deliver an amazing Groom wedding speech.
- Groom’s Speech Examples – Examples of great groom’s speeches that you can use as inspiration.
- How to Write a Great Best Man’s Speech – Create an awesome best man speech, complete with examples, one-liners, and more.
- The Ultimate Guide to Father of the Bride Speeches – A heartfelt father of bride speech.
- 7 Great Example Father of the Bride Speeches – Find inspiration here!
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“I’ve been told to keep it short and keep it clean, so I’ve had it dangled in a pint of icy water for the last 15 minutes”
“The last time I addressed a room full of people like this I was in court.”
“Let me tell you that is not the first time today I have risen from a warm seat with a bit of paper in my hand.”
“I’d like to thank Mastercard and Visa, without whom this would never have been possible. My wife and I will be forever in their debt.”
“Without all of you here today, it wouldn’t be the same…but it would be cheaper.
About Your Bride
“I’ve got a very funny speech prepared for you, but my wife has told to me read this one instead.”
“My ex-girlfriend and I would like to thank you all for coming today.”
“My Wife Says I Never Listen, Or Something Like That.”
“I’ve married Miss Right. I just didn’t know her first name was Always.”
About Your New In-Laws
“My father-in-law told me it would be the happiest day of my life. He was right, the stag do was unforgettable.”
“Someone told me this will be the only time I’m in a room with my mother-in-law where I’ll be able to speak without getting interrupted.”
The Best Man / Bachelor Party
Tell a couple of jokes about your relationship with the best man, or about what went on at the stag do – without getting to into the shenanigans of a drink-fuelled weekend. Take the mickey of your mates.
Or use some jokes at their expense:
“I’d like to say the bridesmaids look like one in a million today. The best man and grooms, on the other hand, look like they were won in a raffle.”
Incorporating Pictures, Videos, & Props
Jokes don’t have to be just about one-liners and gags. Use videos, audio clips or props to add a little humour into your speech. It will help get the guests involved and add to the funniness of the day. Audio jokes have been used speeches, props and images of the happy couple and even raps and songs have been used to perform the speech.
There are an awful lot of ways to make your speech memorable and personal to you and your new wife and if you’re still intrigued see more groom’s speech examples for inspiration.
Are you nervous? Afraid you might forget the words? Not sure if you can do it in front of all those people? Still do not know what to write to be witty and funny? Check out our Total Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts.