Top tips from Britain's Best Best Men
21 Nov 2017
The regional winners - and overall winner - of Red7's Britain's Best Best Man competition share their top tips to reign supreme in the role
Following the announcement of Britain's Best Best Man, the regional winners of Red7's competition have offered their top tips for fulfilling the role with flair.
“Make sure you begin planning months in advance”, says Spencer Broughton, the Midlands’ Best Best Man, “from organising the stag do to preparing the groom's breakfast on the big day, there's always going to be something that you forget….”
“Obviously planning is essential”, Spencer continues, “but sometimes you have to plan to just wing it.”
You can plan as much as you like, but as Best Man, you’ll be dealing with lots of different people who all have their own social lives and priorities – and they won’t all always fit in with your plans. Adapt to their needs and keep everyone on side.
Don’t think you can wing your speech
Yet 'winging it' isn't always the best approach... especially when it comes to the speech. Britain’s Best Best Man, Sean Keenan, “Start preparing as early as possible. Nerves come from inexperience and, as most people dread the speech, it tends to be shelved until the last minute. It’s a lonely place up there if the tumbleweeds appear – and nobody can dig you out of the speech if it starts going south. But if your speech is practised and rehearsed it becomes almost second nature. You’ll enjoy it, rather than counting the minutes until it’s over.”
Make the stag do memorable... for the right reasons
For Peter Grant, the North East’s Best Best Man, the stag do was all about giving his friend the ideal send-off to married life: “Take your stag to do something he will truly remember and enjoy. He will thank you for it.”
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
You might have the title of Best Man, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything singlehandedly.
Sean’s tip is to enlist the help of other groomsmen for the stag do: “The stag do is important – but you have your wingmen to help out with that. Delegate to them, while you get stuck into the speech.”
Keep calm, no matter what
“It’s the best man's job to adapt to a new situation, then pretend that it was in the plan all along,” adds Spencer.
Sean earnt his Best Man stripes by keeping calm in the face of lost suits for the groom and groomsmen – rather than panicking, he got in his car and drove the two-hour round-trip to get it sorted.
Spare a thought for the bride
As silly as it may sound, you’re not just the groom’s Best Man, you’re the bride’s too…
Be respective during the speech and consider the bride, as well as your audience, in your story-telling.