Below is the best man speech that I gave July 28th, 2007 and was received better than I ever could have imagined. I suppose I’m not talentless afterall 😉 If you have any questions or concerns about giving your own speech let me know, perhaps I can be of some help.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen,
I hope everyone’s ready for a great time tonight. I wanted to start by thanking everyone for being with us today. Especially those that have traveled so far to be here, we have guests that have come from
………………isn’t it amazing what some people will do for a free meal and an open bar?
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mike Cecchin and it’s my privilege to be Jeff’s best man. So, in this time-honoured tradition, I’ll now do my best to give Jeff the most uncomfortable five minutes of his life. And for the record, the most uncomfortable 5 minutes of Shevvi’s night will be later this evening, courtesy of Jeff.
I also wanted to congratulate the bridesmaids on doing a fantastic job today and who look absolutely stunning, they’re only surpassed, of course, by our gorgeous bride, Shevvi, who I’m sure you’ll all agree looks breath taking today.
I find that through all of these speeches not many people pay the groom any compliments. I think everyone can agree that Jeff is looking pretty good today as well.
But for those of you who don’t know… Jeff is one of the hairiest guys I know, and I’m Italian. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the Toronto Zoo for grooming Jeff so nicely for today.
Through the years I’ve known Jeff, we’ve lived together for an eventful 4 years
In that time, I’ve learned a lot of important facts watching how Jeff lives his day-to-day life. So… I compiled a short list.
#1 There is absolutely no reason to either shop for groceries or do your own laundry when you’re within driving distance of your mother.
#2 When your mother and girlfriend are busy its possible for a man to survive for roughly 5 days solely on carrots, dip, Chocolate Chewy granola bars and Humpty Dumpty’s Party Mix.
#3 It is possible to be 6’5 and not be able to dunk a basketball.
#4 You don’t have to be Italian to walk around in only boxer shorts and a gold chain all day, no matter who’s visiting.
#5 When Jeff’s had a lot to drink, there is absolutely nothing he won’t eat. This includes peanut butter spread over ham, large balls of margarine, and anything that appears to be asian inspired.
The thing with Jeff and I, is that we have a certain trust for one another that borders, on… …stupidity.
There’s one particular story that stands out to me as defining the dynamic of our friendship.
One early Sunday morning around 4am, we were driving from
About 30minutes into the drive on the highway 400, I noticed there were no cars around us for miles. Right then, Jeff turns to me with what he thought was a magnificent idea and says…
“ok man, I’m waaay too tired to drive. I just need a quick nap, I’ve put the car in cruise, so you steer for like 15-20min and then wake me up for the rest of the way”
I didn’t even have enough time to tell Jeff how unbelievably stupid that idea was before his seat was fully reclined and he was already dreaming of horse races. And Jeff, being the safe, thoughtful lad that he is made sure to put the cruise on at a challenging 140km an hour. Thanks buddy.
Its at this point that I don’t know what was worse, the idea itself, or the fact that I did manage to let Jeff sleep for about 10min before I got tired of reaching over him to use the signal.
Knowing Jeff’s demented sense of logic, I’m very happy he met someone like Shevvi to help him make it through life alive.
And I’m proud to say that I was there from the very beginningJeff and Shevvi met, at the always sophisticated destination that is
Before meeting Jeff, Shevvi was very selective of whom she dated, so when she met Jeff she tried to find out as much about him as possible to figure out if he was the guy for her. During one of her fact finding missions, Jeff had told her that one of his cardinal rules is that nobody, absolutely nobody, is allowed to drive his car. NOBODY!
So Shevvi, proceeded to tell her friends about Jeff’s strict automotive rules… and they all sat around wondering what beautifully exotic car Jeff might drive.
When the time came for Jeff to pick up Shevvi for the first time, she had assembled a small judge and jury, and they were all lucky enough to personally witness, Jeff cruising down her street in his timeless Vomit Green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am. Its been love ever since.
But through all this, I do have a lot of respect for Jeff and Shevvi’s relationship because I’ve seen first hand how much they’ve both grown individually and together over the past 5 years.
When you meet the right person, they’re supposed to both inspire, and help you to be the best person you can be, and from my view that’s a perfect description why I think their love and respect for each other has grown as strong as it has, and will only grown stronger every day.
Though I’ve known Jeff for the past 8 years, I think it’s those years we lived together that have made us as close as we are today. I mean when you share a bathroom with Jeff for that long you either have to move out or accept you’ll be friends forever.
There’s an old saying that goes, “your closest of friends are the brothers and sisters that God forgot to give you.” So with that being said, I’d like to say Jeff, I’m very proud today to be your best man, I love you, and there was no one happier than me to see you marry the girl of your dreams today.
Shevvi, you’re a constant joy and a pleasure to be around, and together, I’m sure one day, (finger back and forth b/w ME and Shev) we’ll fix Jeff.
I WOULD, wish both of you the best of luck, but I honestly don’t believe you’ll need it.
If you could all raise your glasses please….
Today marks a day you’ll never forget
Marked with tears and smiles
And not an ounce of regret
Though no journey is perfect
Never allow unhappiness to breed
Always have faith, in each other
Because its only love that you’ll need
To the bride and groom.