SCARED by the thought of giving a best man speech that could drone on, one Worcester man took to the mic and sang to the happy couple.
Nathan Webb and Laura Parker got married at Deer Park Hall, near Pershore, on July 26, and as a surprise Jon Imondi sang a mash-up of songs, changing the lyrics for his ten-minute speech.
Mr Webb said he didn’t suspect anything different about the best man’s speech before it was actually happening.
He said: “I was interested to see what he would do, but I didn’t think for a second it would be anything like that – I thought it would be the usual best man-type stuff. I think he told the other best man the week before and he came round to my house really nervous, which makes perfect sense now, knowing he had got to do a speech with what was following.”
Mr Imondi, who lives in St John’s, Worcester, and is an amateur singer with the VU Sound group in the city, had hidden the guitar, played by Gary Prosser, at the wedding venue the day before the big day, and followed a second best man who gave a traditional speech.
“The thought of standing up and speaking wasn’t me and I would have been uncomfortable talking for ten minutes in front of everyone,” the 33-year-old said.
“I was going to do Bohemian Rhapsody and use a backing track and change the lyrics, then I said I had changed my mind and Gary was playing the guitar and I said I wanted to do Sex is on Fire because Nathan is ginger, so it was easy.
“It all then just came together.”
The first half of the musical speech included Sex is on Fire, by Kings of Leon, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers, Don’t Look Back in Anger, by Oasis and A Little Respect, by Erasure, and had re-written lyrics depicting how the bride met the groom, his red hair, how the marriage must be out of pity, and jokes about the friendship between Mr Webb and the singer.
The second half of the musical speech was a rendition of Can You Feel The Love Tonight, by Elton John, one of the main songs in the Disney movie, The Lion King.
In this Mr Imondi sang about the wedding day itself and the love between the newlyweds.