A survey of wedding guests by marriage venue Wicksteed Park has revealed the best man’s jokes most likely to leave people groaning or cringing with embarrassment.
Top of the joke poll, with 47 per cent, was the joke made famous by Smithy at the wedding of Gavin and Stacey where the best man stands up holding a slice of bread and says: “I’d like to raise a toast.”
That was closely followed by “It’s been an emotional day – even the cake is in tiers” with 44 per cent. The information gathered by wedding venue Wicksteed Park in Northamptonshire, has also revealed that 27 per cent of new brides worry about the best man’s speech more than anything else on their big day.
The research was carried out amongst 1,000 guests attending weddings and receptions at Wicksteed Park’s Edwardian Pavilion.
Wicksteed Park was founded in 1921 by Charles Wicksteed, who invented the modern day slide and swing, as part of his vision to inspire and encourage play as part of families’ health and well-being. Set in 147 acres of Grade II listed parkland, its Grand Pavilion is a stunning and flexible wedding venue that can cater from 85 to 900 guests. The Pavilion has recently been sensitively restored and boasts an array of original features as well as a state of the art lighting system.
Its smaller Celebration Suite is a bright and charming room that can seat up to 90 guests or up to 150 for an evening reception. The elegant Edwardian Pavilion has undergone a major refurbishment in response to a major increase in demand for it to be used as a weddings venue.
Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “Part of our weddings service is to advise the bridal party and other key people what would work well on the big day, so it was interesting to see the results when we asked people about best man’s speech.
“I think some of the jokes are just genuinely cringeworthy whereas others, like the one by James Corden, started out as being really funny but have now been repeated so many times that guests think ‘oh no! not again.”
The full survey results (guests were allowed to give more than one answer):
What is the corniest best man’s joke you have heard?
- [Producing a slice of bread] “And now, to raise a toast.” – 47 per cent
- “It’s been an emotional day – even the cake is in tiers”. – 44 per cent
- “May all your ups and downs be in bed” – 39 per cent
- “You’ve married Miss Right. Unfortunately her first name is, Always” – 38 per cent
- “The last time I stood up in a room full of people I was found guilty” – 34 per cent
- “Public speaking makes me nervous. In fact, this is the fifth time today I’ve risen from a warm seat holding a piece of paper” – 32 per cent
- “When I first heard the groom was getting married I was overjoyed, and really looking forward to our special day. But enough about the stag do” – 26 per cent
- “I think it’s great that the groom decided to get into shape for his It’s just a shame the shape he chose was a circle”. – 22 per cent
- “I’d like to thank Mastercard and Visa, without whom this would never have been possible – 17 per cent”
- “This speech will be a bit like the groom short and not very funny” – 12 per cent
Brides, is the best man’s speech the thing you worry about most on your wedding day? Yes – 27 per cent No – 73 per cent