A best man had to apologise to the happy couple and their guests after a joke in his speech was met with an awkward silence by the room – and left one of the bridesmaids in floods of tears
When it comes to the best man speech at weddings, there’s thin line between delivering the funny anecdotes the crowd is expecting and taking things a little too far.
One best man recently found out just how delicate the balancing act is when he was asked to leave the celebrations after an impromptu joke he threw into the speech backfired spectacularly.
The groom’s best friend explained that he had put a lot of time and effort into preparing the speech, learning it word for word, but admitted that he struggled to think of something to say about the bridesmaids on the day as he didn’t know any of them.
After turning to his friends for ideas, they decided the best thing to do would be to simply say something unscripted on the day so that it would either be funny or sound a lot more heartfelt.
When the speeches came around on the day, he felt very confident that everything he said had gone down well until he reached the conclusion, where he had left a gap for a few words about the bride’s closest friends.
The best man says he felt suddenly inspired to go down the comedy route, saying: “Bridesmaids, I am a bit short of time here and I don’t really know you all so I’d just like to say that five out of six of you look stunning today….figure it out amongst yourselves”.
However, he wasn’t met with the explosion of laughter he expected, explaining: “The room went dead and I knew I’d really f***ed up.
“One of them started crying and I didn’t actually mean any of them, it was literally just nonsense. When I went to apologise, with out sounding mean, I realised that she isn’t actually that good looking and was significantly less beautiful than the other bridesmaids.
“The bride came up to me and just said ‘I think it’s best you leave’ and the groom just nodded behind her.”
Feeling guilty that he may have put a dampener on the special day, the best man took to the wedding Facebook page to post a public apology to all the guests, but only received an insulting message from the bride’s nan in return.
After sharing the story on Reddit, no one in the comments did much to make him feel any better. One person replied to say: “As a wedding photographer, I feel this one. Big time. I have seen some terrible best man speeches in my 400+ weddings, but if I had heard this speech, it would have been my top 2 or 3 worst ones ever. That is quite the accomplishment.”
A second wrote: “Yup. If the bride kicks the best man out of the wedding, that’s an excellent clue that you made a mistake. In 25 years when they renew their vows, fix it then!”
And another issued advice that was all too late, suggesting: “Rule of thumb for speeches, especially the best man speech. You can barb the groom, you can barb the groomsmen; but bride and bridesmaids is 100% ‘shower with compliments’ section of the speech, full stop.”