The One Best Man Speech I’ll Ever Give

My best friend Trevor (“T-Mac” on the blog) got married on Saturday. It was a monumental day, and I was honored to be a part of it as his best man. I’ve been compiling content for his speech since the day he was engaged, and I went through multiple drafts of the speech before ended up with what I’ll post below (I’m VERY particular about wedding speeches). I memorized it but didn’t stick to the exact wording so that it would seem more natural live.

Hi, I’m Jamey Stegmaier, Trevor’s best man and best friend for the last 26 years. I’ve actually known Trevor longer than I’ve known my own brother. I’ve also had the pleasure of getting to know Laura over the last three years. I’m so happy that the two of them found each other.

Today we all saw Trevor patiently waiting for Laura at the front of the church as she walked down the aisle. This experience of waiting on your wedding day is a common bond between anyone who has gotten married. And I think there’s something special there, because you know you really love someone if you’re willing to wait for them.

About a year ago, Laura invited Trevor to go to 6 Flags with her and of course Trevor agreed to go. Laura was really excited about this trip. She loves the thrill of roller coasters, and she hadn’t been in a while. So when Trevor and Laura showed up at 6 Flags, Laura made a beeline for the closest ride.

And that’s when Laura learned that Trevor doesn’t like roller coasters. At all.

But this didn’t ruin their day, because Trevor made the choice to wait in line with Laura for all the best roller coasters at the park. He wanted to be by her side even if he wasn’t going to ride with her. And he was there for her, waiting patiently, when she got off each and every roller coaster.

This past summer, Trevor, Laura, and a few other friends and I were going to a lake house up near Chicago for the weekend. Trevor was traveling for work that week, so he flew into O’Hare Airport. We planned on picking him up on the way.

Unfortunately, the weather was terrible that night. One of the worst storms I’ve ever seen. Trevor’s plane was on time, but the lightning was so bad that he wasn’t allowed to get off the plane. We kept hoping that they’d let him off, but after an hour and a half, we realized that it just wasn’t going to happen.

That was when Laura told us that we should go on to the lake house, and she’d stay at the airport. This meant waiting by all by herself for hours in an airport full of angry Chicagoans. She insisted on this. She wanted to be there for Trevor when he got off the plane, just like he was there for her when she got off each and every roller coaster at 6 Flags.

Trevor and Laura have waited over a year since their engagement to become a family at the end of the aisle today. Looking at them right now, seeing how happy they are, I know that it was worth the wait. I know you all are waiting to eat, so please join me in raising your glass to this amazing couple: To Trevor and Laura.

21 thoughts on “The One Best Man Speech I’ll Ever Give”

  1. Nice.

    And somebody please explain to me the danger of getting off a plane in heavy lightning. I take it there was no jetway and he would have had to walk around on the tarmac, exposed to the elements?

  2. It was a great speech Jamey. I actually mentioned to my friends later that I liked the “theme” and then the examples using both Trev and Laura waiting on the other. Well done.

    Oh and when you asked if I followed any other blogs on Saturday, I completely forgot about one of my favorites: The “Creative Grammar” category is my personal favorite.

    • First-Time Commenter Emily–Hey, thanks so much! It was good to see you at the wedding. I check out cakewrecks from time to time–it is indeed quite hilarious. 🙂

  3. Good speech. I love the couple stories. You can feel the love they have and what they mean to each other through the speech, especially when you don’t know them. This is such a good speech. I like it!

    Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.! Yay!

    • Thank you! I think that’s one of the things you have to be careful about in wedding speeches–a lot of the people in the room don’t know the groom, and many don’t know the bride. So it’s your chance to teach everyone something small about the two of them and how they are together.

  4. I can hear all the AWWWWs now. That is an amazingly beautiful speech from a good friend. Good luck to the new married couple!

  5. Wow! Expert, funny delivery, yet completely sincere and heartfelt. Definitely a great model to follow for a good wedding speech.


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