MC At A Wedding:
How To Be A Confident
Master of Ceremonies At A Reception
Being an MC at a wedding reception can be a stressful time particularly if you don’t know what to do or what to say at the reception.
After all, as any Wedding MC can attest, there’s a lot to do and a lot to remember as you prepare and organize the reception with the wedding planners.
And while it’s an honor to be chosen as Master of Ceremonies, secretly you might be dreading standing up in front of 100 or more guests – especially if this is your first time in this role.
The good news is that your duties don’t have to be a stressful time at all. It’s an exciting time for everyone and a wedding reception can be a fun event for you as well.
All it takes is some careful planning beforehand to make sure the reception is a fun and memorable time for the bride and groom.
Here are 3 tips to help you become a confident MC:
1. Create An Itemized Wedding Agenda (Run Sheet) Of The Reception
As emcee you’re going to have to remember a lot of details during the reception – times, events, names, announcements, background information, and more.
Your Agenda should include information ranging from when the reception begins and ends and who will be giving wedding speeches and toasts to when to introduce the bride and groom for the First Dance and when to gather the guests around for the Final Farewell.
The easiest way to remember everything that will take place at the reception is to have an itemized Agenda – also known as the Run Sheet or Running Sheet.
Since the Agenda is your personal guide, you can include as much – or as little – information as you need to keep things on track and running smoothly.
2. Follow Your Reception Agenda Closely
Your Agenda is one of the most important tools a Master of Ceremonies uses during the reception.
All of the key details of the reception should be included in the Reception Agenda from the start of the reception to the final farewell.
Those key events include time frames as well as notes about the event – whether it’s introducing the bridal party or the bride and groom during the Grand Entrance or announcing the cake cutting.
While some people advise using cue cards, I don’t recommend this system at all – there is simply too much information you’ll need to have at your disposal to have it all outlined on cue cards.
Instead, I recommend you outline the reception on letter size (or A4 size) paper for easy organizing and easy reference.
With letter size (or A4 size) paper you’ll also be able to add and remove items quickly and easily before your final agenda in completed as well as during the reception.
3. Practice Your Wedding MC Scripts
There’s no need to memorize word-for-word your Scripts. But you should rehearse what you’re going to say so you feel comfortable in your role.
Your key Scripts will be the Wedding MC Opening Speech as well as introducing the bridal party, bride and groom, and important guests.
Other Scripts are much shorter and usually take the form of announcements for dancing, cake cutting, the garter toss, the bouquet toss, and the final farewell.
How To Be A FUN
Master of Ceremonies
Being a confident MC is just the beginning.
You see, the Master of Ceremonies who wants to make the reception a FUN and memorable event needs a “blueprint” that shows how to plan the reception from start to finish.
It’s not enough to be organized or have an outgoing personality or be confident. You also need the tools that help bring the wedding reception planning together.
As MC you’ll need to know what questions to ask, how to create humorous backgrounds for introductions, what wedding games and entertainment to include in the reception agenda, what things to check before the reception begins, and much more.
A FUN Master of Ceremonies is not only confident and highly organized, he or she also knows how to entertain the guests.
That’s why How To Be A FUN Wedding MC shows emcees how to “kick things up” and create a memorable and FUN reception.
If you’re a novice or first-time Wedding MC, take a moment to look at How to Be A FUN Wedding MC and find out how it can help you create a reception that’s not only fun but also fondly remembered by the bride and groom for years to come.
As you may have already guessed, confidence as a Master of Ceremonies comes from being properly prepared – with scripts, agenda, activities, and more – before the reception.
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