Best men make epic trip to retrieve 'lost' wedding speeches

Is this video the funniest wedding present ever?

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When the brother and childhood best friend of a groom were asked to be his best men, they decided they needed to do something a bit different to the traditional best man speech.

Close friend Matthew Burkitt and the groom's brother Thomas Heard instead created a comical video detailing an epic 20-mile trip from Peterstone to Abertillery using roller skates, horses and even a rubber dinghy to retrieve their lost speeches.

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The video took more than two months to create and the hard work received a warm response at the reception of groom Joseph Heard and bride Laura.

Matthew, 29, said: "It was something that we had been thinking about doing for a while, and we had wanted to do something a bit different once he asked us to be best men.

"We thought about doing a rap or a song, but a friend said she went to a wedding where they did a great song and she said it would take a lot to beat something like that.

Best men make video about losing speeches

"So then the idea came about because there is two of us, and we kept saying who is the best man?"

The video starts with the pair pretending to have left their speeches at home, and after they leave the room the video of their escapade begins to play.

At more than nine minutes long, the video ends with the two best men running back into the reception venue Peterstone Court looking slightly worse for wear to a round of applause.

Matthew, also known as Bucket, said: "It took a lot of planning and we were out filming every weekend for about two months.

Best men make video about losing speeches

"Absolutely no-one else knew what we were doing. It was just me, my partner Emma, Tom and his partner Lucy who knew about it.

"We've had lots of banter and it's been a fantastic experience from start to finish."

Groom Joe Heard, 28, said: "When they first started the routine I thought they were winding me up, but when they carried on I thought they had left it at home.

"I was just stunned when the video started playing. I didn't think they'd come up with something like that, they're not the brightest pair."

Best men make video about losing speeches

The refuse collector has even been spotted in the street with his mum in Abertillery.

Joe said: "The reaction to it has been amazing. I was walking down the street with my mum on the weekend, and we had people coming up to us saying they had seen the video. They did an amazing job."

Although the pair of best men stop off in a pub during the video for a pint to help recover, the filming took place in the freezing cold and wasn't without its challenges.

Matthew said: "Riding the horses was probably the most difficult bit, I'd never done anything like that before. And organising it all was difficult too."

Bride and hairdresser Laura, 28, from Abertillery, said: "It was brilliant. None of us had any idea what they had done.

Best men make video about losing speeches

"I just thought they would get up and say some silly things, I never expected the video. They did say some nice words afterwards as well.

"A lot of the clients at work have said that they have seen the video online too."

Although Matthew said he hasn't been recognised in the street after his on-screen debut just yet, word of the video has been getting around.

Matthew said: "My mum went to the hairdressers after the wedding, and the hairdressers were all asking her about it.

Best men make video about losing speeches

"They said it was unbelievable what we had done."

The recruitment business owner added: "The groom did get a bit emotional, and his parents have had lots of phone calls to saying what an amazing wedding it was.

"The bride and groom loved the video and the groom's dad called me afterwards to say how well we had done too.

"I've known them both for more than 20 years, since we were kids, and the three of us are all really close."