Best Man Speech Advice
Here's the situation. A close friend is getting married next month, and he asked me to be his best man. Now at first, this did'nt seem to be a real big issue, as I've stood up as best men roughly 3 or 4 times (in fact this is the third wedding I'm standing up in this year), but this one is going to be a little bit different speech wise. He is the son of my parents close friends, so my family will be there, and I've known his entire family my whole life.
My typical speech goes something like; Compliment bride on looks, make witty quip about groom, threaten to tell the audience about the night he got wasted on tequila and ________, digress and say the night is not about the past but rather, the future, have a good life together, salute. Typically lasting a few minutes, short, sweet & to the point. No rambling BS.
However, this time I'm compelled to take it a bit further. So, here's my question (s):
1. In a setting where you know almost everyone in attendance, what is appropriate/not appropriate?
2. How sappy should it be?
3. How much should I concentrate on being funny?
4. Should I stick to my usual formula?
5. At what point does a crowd want you to shut up already?
Let's hear some stories folks, I'm accepting any and all advice on this one.
(Especially from Elcid)