Wedding Speeches to
Make You Cringe

Brides Behind the Scenes

Courtesy of Fairchild Archive

Ugh. All brides shudder at the thought of an intoxicated best man ruining her day with a highly inappropriate reception speech, or even a really long, boring one. (See Kate Moss's recent nuptials, and the droning roast that had the bride cradling her head in her hands in total embarrassment.)

We asked our readers: What is the worst wedding speech you've ever had to suffer through? Here are some of our favorites:

My own father-in-law told a story of how he had dated "so many women" in his single years and how his son (my husband) "was obviously an apple that fell at the foot of the tree." The entire room of 300 people went silent!
TMI in Virginia Beach

This best man's speech was about how he and his buddies all got drunk and drove into a mailbox, without a word about the bride or the couple. The groom supposedly took over the driving (while drunk), and the moral of the story was how he was a reliable guy because of that. The groom is now a firefighter/paramedic.
—Incriminated in Orlando, Florida

The best man admitted to having kissed the bride while the groom was away at army boot camp and to still having feelings for her.
—Terrible Timing in Tucson, Arizona

Someone toasted the couple with the quote, "I hope your honeymoon is like a kitchen table...all legs and no drawers." Enough said.
—Hiding Under the Table in Sand Lake, Michigan

Our best man got nervous and referred to my son with my husband as an accident. Then he blanked out on how we met, referenced my husband's was brutal. The entire video is of me asking someone to take the microphone away.
—Damage Control in Chicago

The bride's MOH (and sister) got up and decided to "wing it." She just kept rambling on and on about all the times that she thought for sure the couple was going to break up....
—Unprepared in Asheville, North Carolina

—Arielle Silverman, BRIDES Magazine

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