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Toasts for the Best Man's Speech: 22 Ways to End Your Speech

Part of the best man speech includes making a toast to the happy couple - here are 22 best man toasts to inspire you!

Best man toasting to the happy couple at a wedding reception
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Best man toasting to the happy couple at a wedding reception
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One of the duties involved in giving the perfect best man speech is to give a best man speech toast to the newlyweds – you’ll have to ask everyone to raise their glasses and drink to the happy couple and their future together.

A wedding toast from the best man is the ideal way to end a best man’s speech, but if you need a little help on how to memorably finish your speech, we’ve got some great best man speech toast examples that you can adapt and use.

Whether you want to thank the bridesmaids, end with a laugh or stick to tradition, these toasts for a best man's speech are short, sweet and will end your speech excellently. 

22 Best Man Toasts to End Your Speech

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The Traditional Toast

Sometimes the traditional way is the best – play it safe with a classic and heart-warming toast like one of these…

  • “Please join me in raising a glass to the happy couple – to [NAME] and [NAME]”
  • “I’d like you all to join me in wishing the new Mr and Mr/Mrs [NAME] all the wealth, health and happiness in the world. To the newlyweds!”
  • “To my best friend and his beautiful bride/groom: the new Mr and Mrs/Mr [NAME]”
  • “Please make sure your glasses are charged and join me in toasting the new Mr and Mrs/Mr [NAME]. Ladies and gentlemen, to the [bride/groom and groom]!”
  • “They say you don’t marry the person you can live with, you marry the person you can’t live without. That sums up [NAME] and [NAME] perfectly. To the happy couple”
  • “Here is a toast to a perfect couple – to a long life together filled with happiness, adventure and lots of wonderful memories”
  • “To [NAME] and [NAME] – here is to a lifetime of love and happiness”
  • “Raise your glass and join me in a toast to [NAME] and [NAME] – may you always be friends as well as lovers”

The Funny Toast

If you’ve peppered your speech with lots of best man jokes, continue in the same fashion and finish with a funny best man toast. Here are a few examples to give you an idea.

  • “For one more time, I’m going to ask everyone to charge their glasses and – for those who still can – stand, and raise a glass to the newlyweds”
  • “Part of the best man speech involves a toast and for me, the best kind of toast is French toast. So, buvons à ce couple heureux”
  • “Please can everyone join me in toasting two young – well, quite young anyway – people in love. To the [bride/groom and groom]”
  • “To the two things that make a great marriage – having a good sense of humour and selective hearing. To [NAME] and [NAME]”
  • “To [NAME] and [NAME] – we all knew [NAME] had found the one when he/she started spending more time with [NAME] than he did playing on his/her Xbox!”
  • “[NAME] and [NAME], before I finish, I’d like you to turn to face each other. You’re now looking into the eyes of the person who is statistically most likely to murder you. To the happy couple!”

The Toast with a Quote

If you really want to wow the guests and have a wedding speech ending that will resonate with everyone, go a bit elaborate and look to include a quote. We’ve got some inspirational quotes about love and marriage to inspire you.

  • “I would like to end on some wise words from Socrates: ‘My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.’ To the bride and groom!”
  • “Here’s one of my favourite Oscar Wilde quotes: ‘The man who says his wife can’t take a joke forgets that she took him.’ To [NAME] and [NAME].”
  • “Before we raise a glass to the newlyweds, I’d like to share a Pauline Thomason quote with you: ‘Love is blind – marriage is the eye-opener.’ To the happy couple!”
  • “Here’s a poem by Ogden Nash to finish on: to keep a marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, where you are wrong, admit it, and when you are right, shut up! To [NAME] and [NAME]”
  • “To [NAME] and [NAME] – here’s an Antoine de Saint-Exupery quote to finish on: ‘Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.’”
  • “Before we raise our glasses, I’d like to share this Mignon McLaughlin quote with [NAME] and [NAME]: ‘A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.’”

Best Man Speech Toast to Bridesmaids

A thank you in your best man speech toast to the bridesmaids is a lovely and thoughtful idea. Traditionally the groom toasts the bridesmaids but there is no harm in complimenting them too!

  • "The beautiful bridesmaids have been amazing. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you all to raise your glasses. I give you… the bridesmaids."
  • "I would like to say a special thank you to the bridesmaids, who have been a wonderful throughout the day. Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses."

Who Does the Best Man Toast in His Speech?

If you're wondering who to toast in a best man's speech the most important people to raise a glass to are the newlyweds. You may also wish to thank the bridesmaids and the happy couple's family.

How to End a Best Man's Speech?

You'll want the end of your best man's speech to be memorable, uplifting and finish on a high so a wedding toast from the best man is a great note to end on. Depending on your personality and the newlywed's sense of humour, you might want to end with a funny best man's speech toast but it's a fail-safe option to wrap up with a few touching words. 

Make sure you read our guide to overcoming wedding speech nerves to ensure you deliver your speech flawlessly!