This is probably one of the most daunting and honored tasks someone can be given by a friend who is getting married. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but it’s also a major part of the couple’s special day. Thankfully, there have been enough best man speeches in the past to know that there are a few things you just can’t forget in your own speech.
This is such a simple step that it is sometimes totally overlooked. It’s essential to introduce yourself because the groom’s second cousin’s on his mom’s side probably don’t know who you are. To avoid any confusion, it’s always best to start the speech with a quippy way of explaining who you are.
Thanking The Guests For Attending
Sadly, it’s not just a chance to tell embarrassing stories about the groom, but it’s also about the people who have attended the wedding. People like to be recognized and many of the people who have attended probably had something to do with the wedding, or the couple at some point. Otherwise, they probably wouldn’t be there! However, it’s still nice to thank them all the same.
Kind Words For The Bride And Groom
People are there to witness the coming together of two people who love each other. While they may want to roll on the floor laughing at some incredible jokes, they also want to shed a tear in awe for the loving couple. Sure, it might sound corny, but the couple will remember this moment for the rest of their lives.
Making Terribly Good Jokes
If you’re a naturally witty person, then we’re pretty sure you’ll already have a list of amazing jokes to make in your speech. However, if hilarity is a tougher thing for you and you need a little help, then the internet is your best friend. There are also plenty of examples of brilliant best man speeches and jokes to tell.
Announcements And Toast
If you have been told that there is an announcement that needs to be made, then make sure you remember to include it within your speech. Also, it is vital to include a toast at the end of the speech, as it’s a lovely way to conclude that the speeches are now over.
Just remember not to panic and that everything is going to be okay. Do your best and double check everything and you’ll be good to go!
40 Celebrities We Didn’t Know Were Related
With a public and flashy lifestyle, many celebrities love to show off their pets or prized possessions. Relatives are no exception, and there are actually many celebrities whose relatives are famous in their own right. Here is a list of famous people who are related to each other – get ready to be surprised!
Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt
These two are known for being co-stars in The Devil Wears Prada. But they are more than that – Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt are in-laws. Emily’s sister, Felicity, met Stanley in 2010 at Emily and John Krasinski’s wedding. Stanley and Felicity later married, joining the two families together. The group can be seen on social media, mingling at family gatherings. It’s always nice to see so many stars in one place.
Brooke Shields and Meryl Streep
These two ladies are related to each other, as Streep is a second cousin to Shields. Brooke Shields’ mother and Meryl Streep’s father both share the same German ancestors. The resemblance can be seen if you analyze them closely. Meryl Streep continues to appear in one major film after another and is a three-time Academy Award Winner – while Brooke Shields has focused on other areas besides film, such as modeling, fashion, and charity work. Both have made a significant impact on the entertainment industry.
Celine Dion and Madonna
Canadian singer Celine Dion is a distant relative of pop icon Madonna. According to a genealogical study and some information acquired from old archives, it has been proven that the two stars share a common ancestor. Their ancestor was an ordinary man – a 17th-century carpenter. The genes might have evolved quite a bit since then, but when you think about how the two stars have changed the world with their talents, they certainly deserve to toast each other’s success at a family gathering.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Steven Spielberg
Spielberg and Paltrow appear once more on our list, as it turns out the very famous director is actually Gwyneth Paltrow’s godfather. As many relatives do, Gwyneth and Steven often enjoy quality time together as a family. She was even cast by her godfather in a couple productions, such as Shout.
Dakota Johnson and Antonio Banderas
Dakota began her film career thanks to Antonio Banderas, who directed her in the film Crazy in Alabama. Her mother, Melanie Griffith, also starred in this late-90s dark comedy. Antonio became Dakota’s stepfather when he married Melanie Griffith. The family still enjoys regular dinners together, as well as other events.
Ben Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix
These two first met on set while shooting the film To Die For in 1995. At the time, they were young and hot upcoming actors in the Hollywood scene. They later became brothers-in-law, with Affleck marrying Phoenix’s younger sister in 2006. However, things didn’t go so well when they decided to team up for the faux-documentary I’m Still Here in 2010 because of some drama with the director of the film, who happened to be Ben’s brother, Casey Affleck. This affected both Ben’s career and friendship with Joaquin Phoenix.
Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein
With two Oscar nominations to his name for The Wolf of Wall Street and Moneyball, Jonah Hill is a big name in the industry. His sister, Beanie, is catching up to his success with Lady Bird and Neighbors 2. Although many do not know they are related, the siblings are seen together in public very often. They have both chosen to pursue an acting career from a young age.
Barbra Streisand and Josh Brolin
There are few stars that shine as bright as Barbra Streisand. With her iconic career as a singer, actress, and director, she is also stepmom to Josh Brolin. Josh is a big star himself – known for critically-acclaimed productions such as No Country for Old Men and the latest Avengers movie. James Brolin, Barbra’s husband, attained his fame after appearing in the famous television show Marcus Welby, M.D.
Brandy and Snoop Dogg
You may not have seen this coming, but Snoop Dogg and Brandy have very close family ties. These two are well-known as successful musicians, actors, and entrepreneurs – and they happen to be first cousins. Fans are still waiting for these talented cousins to collaborate on a record, but as they are both now involved in other pursuits beyond music, this may not happen anytime soon.
Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber
These two pop stars have more in common than just dominating the music industry and competing with each other for Platinum awards. Avril Lavigne is a distant cousin of Justin Bieber – 12th cousin to be exact, thanks to common relatives. Avril and Justin fans can join forces and root for a song to be released by these two which would no doubt top the billboard charts.
Robyn Lively and Blake Lively
The beauties we meet next are the Gossip Girl star who married Ryan Reynolds and her sister, Robyn. If Robyn Lively doesn’t ring a bell, think about the movie Teen Witch from the 1980s, where she played her most iconic role. Blake and Robyn are well-known for having an amazing sisterly bond that is downright enviable. They steal clothes from each other, and their bond can be seen on social media, where they show off the healthy relationship they have.
Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty
They have mostly retired from acting in movies and may not be seen in future productions, but Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty are siblings and represent Hollywood royalty. They were collectively nominated for more than 120 awards throughout their careers, which is very impressive. Among their Academy Awards were Warren’s win as Best Director for the movie Reds, and Shirley’s win as Best Actress for the movie Terms of Endearment. These siblings have definitely lived a glamorous life. To add even more glitter to the star-studded family, Warren is married to well-known actress Annette Bening.
Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts
Julia Roberts has to be the coolest aunt you could ask for. The superstar is Emma Roberts’ aunt, as Emma is the daughter of Eric, Julia’s brother. Eric Roberts is known for starring in The Dark Knight and for having a bit of a rocky relationship with his sister. This doesn’t mean that the two girls can’t have some fun together – in fact, they are extremely close. With Emma continuing her ascent in her acting career with roles in American Horror Story and others, Julia is just Julia and enjoys the simple life.
Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage
The Cage-Coppola family is one of the Academy’s favorites, for sure. Nicolas Cage won the Best Actor title for his role in Leaving Las Vegas. And his cousin, Sofia, managed to snag the Best Original Screenplay title for Lost In Translation. Sofia’s father is also a well-known star and Tinseltown visionary, Francis Ford Coppola – a six-time winner of the Academy Awards. Sofia Coppola has another famous cousin – Jason Schwartzman, who appeared in Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore.
Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer
At first glance, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer might look very different from Amy Schumer, especially given his position as a serious and stately man compared to the raucous star of Trainwreck. However, the two are indeed related. The Senator is a first cousin to Amy’s father. The two Schumers teamed up for a press conference regarding gun reform in 2015. While their differences can be easily spotted, they also share much in common.
Jason Momoa and Zoe Kravitz
Jason Momoa, also known as the sexiest man alive after his role in Aquaman, is in fact Zoe Kravitz’s stepfather. He can be currently seen in a series on HBO called Big Little Lies. Zoe is Lisa Bonet’s daughter. Lisa came into the spotlight during her days on The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable. Zoe’s father is Lisa’s former husband, the well-known rocker, Lenny Kravitz.
George Wendt and Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis is the star of We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses. And George Wendt starred in the popular television series Cheers. But these two have much more in common than just comedy – George is Jason’s uncle. This raises a big question for the Hollywood industry – when is nephew Jason going to star alongside his uncle George in a comedy that will tickle us to the bone?
Stellan Skarsgard and Alexander Skarsgard
With a huge collection of movies attached to his name, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard is known for Mamma Mia!, Good Will Hunting, and The Avengers series. His son, Alexander, might just surpass him eventually with his resume of movies. Alexander already has a number of big productions under his belt, thanks to his appearances in Big Little Lies and The Legend of Tarzan. And believe it or not, Stellan has another actor son – Bill Skarsgard. He is also a hardworking individual who was recently seen in IT – the highest-grossing movie in the horror genre.
Lenny Kravitz and Al Roker
If you remember from earlier, rock star Lenny Kravitz is the father of actress Zoe Kravitz. Turns out he is also Al Roker’s cousin, as they both share the same great-great-grandfather. Even though this might be somewhat of a distant relationship, they keep it alive. The stars have been spotted together at dinners from time to time, or simply hugging and taking photos together at important events.
Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard
This family can be easily spotted in a crowd thanks to their hair color and last name. However, many fans do not realize that Ron Howard, who stole many hearts as Richie Cunningham in the TV series Happy Days, is actually Bryce Dallas Howard’s father. Bryce is a well-known actress from the Jurassic World movies. The resemblance is obvious due to the natural ginger hair color which they both show off with pride.
Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones
Here’s another father-daughter team that not many people may know about. The iconic music producer Quincy Jones is father to Rashida Jones, the Parks and Recreation star. Rashida’s mom is Quincy’s ex-wife Peggy Lipton, the former Twin Peaks and Mom Squad actress. They are often spotted together on the red carpet and on social media.
Jessica Capshaw and Steven Spielberg
It is no secret that Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful Hollywood directors of all time, but the fact that he is the stepfather of actress Jessica Capshaw is not common knowledge. Jessica Capshaw appeared on shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and The Practice, so you can consider her a big name in the industry. Steven has been happily married to Jessica’s mother, actress Kate Capshaw, since 1991. Kate is known for movies like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Another talented family!
Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith is best known for her charming performance in the popular film Working Girl. She is the mother of Dakota Johnson, the star of the Fifty Shades trilogy based on the books of the same name. As if that wasn’t enough well-known actors in one family – Tippi Hedren, Melanie’s mom, is known for starring in The Birds, a masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock. Dakota’s father, Don Johnson, is also a celebrity. He plays the role of Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice, a hit television series from the 1980s. Wow – what a talented family!
Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes
There is plenty of information circulating about Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales – including details of his fatherhood and his own childhood. Still, the fact that he is related to actor Ralph Fiennes is a surprise, and not many people are aware of it. Ralph Fiennes, better known as Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, is Prince Charles’s eighth cousin – therefore making him a true lord of royal blood.
Kate Moennig and Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow actress Kate Moennig are cousins, despite the fact that they do not share many interests aside from the industry in which both of them play an important role. Gwyneth Paltrow is now best known as a lifestyle guru and is the founder of a popular health and wellness company called Goop. Gwyneth and Kate have admitted publicly that they have completely different work and lifestyles, but they still get along well.
Hugh Grant and Thomas Brodie-Sangster
We all know Hugh Grant from Bridget Jones’s Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral. And we all know the young Thomas Brodie-Sangster from Nanny McPhee and the Maze Runner movies. You might remember that Hugh and Thomas starred in Love Actually together. But you probably didn’t realize that they are second cousins! Hugh is also a descendant of King James IV of Scotland and King Henry VII of England – so we would not be surprised to find a few other famous relatives come out of the woodwork if we dived deeper into his genealogy.
Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres
With many celebrities being related to royal families, famous talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres throws another surprise into the mix. While she’s an American comedian and Kate Middleton lives across the ocean as the Duchess of Cambridge, they are related as 15th cousins. This means we may see Ellen pay a visit to the Royal Palace in the United Kingdom, thanks to a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax, who is Ellen’s connection to the royal family from several centuries ago.
Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II appears yet again in our list, this time as the 20th cousin of Johnny Depp. The connection goes back more than 600 years, as the two share a very distant male ancestor. This might explain Johnny Depp’s royal look, but the actor has never publicly affirmed this relationship and doesn’t seem to keep track of his royal genes. Meanwhile, the Queen minds her own business in the rainy United Kingdom, with no known meeting between the two.
Bianca Lawson and Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, married actor Richard Lawson. After the fancy wedding between Tina and Richard, a new stepsister was added into the mix. Bianca Lawson, who appeared in the big television hit Pretty Little Liars, is now related to Beyoncé. While they do not appear much on social media platforms together, these stepsisters have been seen walking down the sunny streets of L.A. or on flashy family vacations.
Zooey Deschanel and Emily Deschanel
The Deschanel family has played a big role in the film industry. Their father is a popular cinematographer and their mother, Mary Jo, is an actress. The passion for film was then passed down to their daughters, Zooey and Emily, who have both blossomed into successful actresses. Emily first starred in It Could Happen to You, while Zooey first appeared in the late-90s television show Veronica’s Closet – and the rest is history. The sisters quickly became huge stars.
William Mapother and Tom Cruise
While Tom Cruise may be a bigger celebrity, both of these stars have an impressive acting career. William and Tom are first cousins, and genes are not the only thing they share. They both star in Mission: Impossible II, Magnolia, and Minority Report – all popular movies with good ratings. While William Mapother is best known for his role on the television show Lost, Tom Cruise has a resume that fills even the biggest stars with envy.
Max Irons and Jeremy Irons
Max Irons, famous for his roles in The Host, The White Queen, and Red Riding Hood, is the son of Jeremy Irons. Jeremy has made a name for himself over the decades by appearing in so many movies, we won’t even begin to list them here. Max declared in an interview that he loves his father, but working with him would be his biggest nightmare. They try to keep their acting careers and family time separate as much as possible.
Hilary Duff and Queen Elizabeth II
With her second child just recently born and a successful music and acting career under her belt, Hilary Duff might be one of the luckiest people alive. But her luck doesn’t stop there, as it turns out she has a royal relative – Queen Elizabeth II and Hilary Duff are actually 18th cousins. This also makes Hilary the American star with the closest connection to the royal family, after Meghan Markle. As expected, the two very distant cousins do not meet often – but it’s always nice to be able to say that you’re related to a royal.
Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah
Both of these individuals starred in NCIS: Los Angeles, and in real life these two are in-laws. With such amazing genes in their bloodline, it’s no wonder they’re both so successful. Eric’s brother, David, married Daniela – and he actually serves as a stunt double on the show for Eric thanks to their resemblance. They inevitably spend time together and hang out on set, and they also post frequently on social media showing off their amazing family gatherings and other joint events.
Sean Murray and Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario became a star in the industry after appearing in Pretty Little Liars, but not many know that she is also Sean Murray’s stepsister. Sean is no stranger to acting, with roles in NCIS and Hocus Pocus, a classic Halloween movie that we all loved watching. All the fans are looking forward to a movie with this step-sibling duo to see how they would vibe together on screen.
Brendan Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson
If you are a true Harry Potter fan, then you might just remember Mad-Eye Moody and Ron’s older brother, Bill Weasley. It turns out these actors are father and son. The physical resemblance may not be obvious, but they do have some similar features. Since Harry Potter, they have not been acting together – but both are still pursuing careers in Hollywood. We can’t wait for another movie where we’ll be able to catch them acting alongside each other.
Lily Allen and Alfie Allen
While these two siblings went down different paths in the entertainment industry, the physical resemblance in their adorable faces is clear. Alfie is known as Theon Greyjoy from the popular show Game of Thrones, and as a villain in John Wick. Meanwhile, Lily chose to pursue a singing career and has produced many hits throughout the years, such as “Smile” in 2006 and “The Fear” in 2009.
Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
Given their surname, you might think they are sisters – but in fact, these funny females are cousins. Some rumors say that Melissa received some help from her cousin Jenny in landing her first movie role. Melissa has made a name for herself by starring in comedies such as Bridesmaids. Her cousin Jenny shifted to another genre, appearing in televison series such as The Masked Singer.
David Beckham and Elizabeth Hurley
English soccer player David Beckham has two sons, named Brooklyn and Romeo – and he’s brought in actress and model Elizabeth Hurley to be the godmother for them both. David Beckham is proud to have her as part of the family and mentions her name any time he gets the chance. And it turns out Hugh Grant is the godfather of Elizabeth’s son – what an all-star family.
Kate Middleton and Dakota and Elle Fanning
A couple of years ago, a website discovered that famous sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning are descendants of the royal family and King Edward III himself. This means they are related to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. This discovery implies that the royal family received two new blonde members and a little more fame in their roster. The relationship is still not so much in the public eye, as the two parts of the family do not really spend time together.