How To MC A Wedding – Tip #8

How to MC a Wedding is particularly difficult for the novice Wedding MC when the bride and groom hand you a slip of paper which outlines the wedding agenda or run sheet…and expect you to take things from there.

All you have is a list of approximate times and the main events that will take place throughout the reception.

For example, the wedding agenda or run sheet that was handed to you might look something like this:

6:15 pm – Bride and Groom arrive at wedding reception venue
6:20 pm – 6:30 Cake cutting
6:30 pm – 6:45 Bride and Groom’s First Dance
6:45 pm – 7:15 Bridal Party Dances and Special Dances
7:15 pm – 8:15 Sit down meal
8:15 pm – 8:45 Wedding speeches and Wedding toasts
8:45 pm – 9:00 Refreshments
9:00 pm – 11:45 Dancing to DJ music

Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the wedding agenda that you’ve just been given. In fact, it seems like it’s a pretty straightforward wedding agenda, doesn’t it?

If you’re a novice Wedding MC you’re very likely going to ask yourself, “Now what do I do?” once you’re handed a wedding agenda that simply lists the key reception events.

Because while you have a rough wedding run sheet in front of you, there’s a lot of preparation and behind-the-scenes work to do to get the reception ready.

For example, let’s look at the arrival of the Bride and Groom just before the Grand Entrance.

First, what do you do if the bride and groom are late arriving at the reception venue?

Let’s say that the wedding photographer takes longer than expected or the bride and groom’s limousine gets stuck in traffic and delays their arrival by 30 minutes or even longer.

And let’s say that you have 100 or more wedding guests waiting for the bride and groom and starting to get bored.

What do you say to the wedding guests, how do you keep them entertained while everyone is waiting for the bride and groom, and how do you get them in a party mood?

Remember, most of the wedding guests have just witnessed the wedding ceremony – which by its very nature is a solemn proceeding.

But the wedding reception is a time for celebration, a time for the newlyweds and the wedding guests to have fun.

Once the bride and groom arrive, how will you introduce them? Will it be with fanfare? Or will it be understated?

Even before the wedding day you have a lot of preparation to do – you’ll have to check out the wedding reception venue, you’ll have to work out your scripts for introductions and announcements, you’ll have to get information from the bride and groom and other key players.

What’s more, you’ll have to know what your Wedding MC duties and responsibilities are.

Because, as Wedding MC the bride and groom – and their parents – expect you to take charge and make sure the wedding reception flows smoothly.

Remember when I said that how to MC a wedding is particularly difficult for the novice Wedding MC when you’re expected to take over and organize things from what the bride and groom hand you?

Well, fortunately, there is a way to “get up to speed” fast and plan a fun and memorable wedding reception – one that the bride and groom will remember for years to come.

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