Perfect guide to Best Men

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The most nervous person at a wedding is often not the blushing bride or awaiting groom, but the man who has the hardest act to deliver – the best man.

Normally a best friend/brother, they are expected to ‘perform’ in front of a big crowd of people telling humorous stories of the bride and groom with a video camera pointing at them.

However weddings through the years have seen a wide variety of gaffes, guffaws and downright insults delivered by best men which have NOT gone down the ‘best’. However don’t despair as help is at hand.

Ballymoney Round Table is creating the definitive guide for men to perform the perfect best man’s speech and is looking for examples, both good and bad, from people in Antrim.

John Payne, President of Round Table, explained: “Round Table has been built around providing a network of advice and camaraderie for men aged 18-45 since 1927, and therefore our members are well placed for understanding the stress of being a best man!

“We are appealing to people in Ballymoney to send us their favourite best man stories, anecdotes and if possible speeches.

“We know that many people have their weddings filmed nowadays, so we’re hoping to receive some great clips of what to do/say or, perhaps, examples of what not to do/say.

“Our aim is to use the responses we receive from people in Antrim and those from Round Table’s network of more than 500 tables, to produce a simple, but authoritative guide to delivering the perfect best man’s speech, created by those who know best – the men who’ve been there.”

People who think they have tips, examples or footage that should be shared or will help the Ballymoney Round Table create its guide should email

As well as personal development skills such as speech writing, public speaking, and of course organising the all important stag-do, Round Table offers a wide range of social and sporting activities in the local community.

To find out more about Ballymoney and District Round Table in Ballymoney, visit