How A Wedding MC Can Help
The Bride and Groom Celebrate
One Of The Most Important Days
Of Their Life
Every bride wants her wedding day – from beginning to end – to be perfect.
That’s why you rely on key people to help you celebrate one of the most important days of your life.
Even though creating the agenda and timeline for the reception usually comes towards the end of your wedding planning, there’s one important decision that has to be made, and that’s selecting a Master of Ceremonies.
You choose an MC because he or she will be responsible for conducting the reception at your wedding.
After all, you already have enough to do with planning your wedding without having to worry about running the reception (although you will work closely with your MC in planning the agenda and the events).
As the bride, you want to spend time having fun and celebrating with your friends and family.
The last thing you want to do on your special day is to be concerned about the reception details while it’s underway.
Who Should The Bride and Groom Choose As MC?
On your big day, your guests are going to remember how beautiful and radiant you looked as you walked down the aisle.
They’ll also remember the venue, the meal, and the cake all of which you’ve chosen with care.
But one of the lasting memories will be how much fun they had at the reception.
Because the reception is the final part of the wedding, your guests will very likely remember the games, the entertainment, the prizes, and the send-off you’re given as you and your handsome groom start your new life together.
The celebration of your marriage and the fun everyone has at your reception will involve one key person: The Wedding MC.
There are no “rules” for selecting a Master of Ceremonies. There are, however, guidelines that can prove useful and help you choose the right person.
That’s important because you’re handing over a huge amount of responsibility to a person you trust to take care of you and your guests on your big day.
Consider this: You and your family have invested large amounts of time and money to create an unforgettable time for your guests. The last thing you want is to have things ruined at a critical time during your special day.
First, you have to decide whether you need an MC.
Most couples do.
Generally, if you’re wondering whether you need to have a Master of Ceremonies, you should consider how big your reception is and who will be attending.
An intimate gathering won’t usually require a Master of Ceremonies although there might be someone who makes informal announcements or offers a toast.
A large gathering with honored guests and dignitaries could very well have a professional MC.
A smaller gathering of more than fifty friends and family will very likely have a novice MC.
Some engaged couples choose a professional Master of Ceremonies but many couples choose someone they know.
For example, they might ask the Best Man, or a member of the bridal party, or a close friend or relative – such as an uncle - to be the MC.
Still others ask the DJ to be the MC – which might involve extra cost.
While it’s a personal preference and there is no right or wrong way to select a Master of Ceremonies, choosing someone you know puts a more personal touch on the event.
When it comes to planning the celebration of your marriage, it can make sense to choose your own Master of Ceremonies instead of a professional MC – depending on the size of the gathering - for two reasons:
1. If you’re a budget-conscious bride, selecting your own MC instead of hiring a professional one can save thousands of dollars (or pounds sterling) on your budget.
That can be a significant amount when you and your husband are starting a new life together and plan on buying a home and starting a family in the near future.
That’s not intended to undermine professional MCs.
Instead, it recognizes that in today’s economy it can make sense to save money if it won’t affect the celebration of your wedding, which it’s unlikely to do with proper preparation beforehand.
2. Sometimes, your choice is because you want to honor someone close to you with the MC duties.
You (or your groom) may have a special family friend or family member who plays (or has played) an important part in your life as you were growing up.
This is a case where it has special meaning or significance to you or your groom to have that person participate in planning your wedding celebration with you and overseeing the events on your big day.
Your Master of Ceremonies – even one who is a novice and inexperienced - will be able to do a terrific job if he or she has the right resources on hand and is properly prepared.
Wedding MC Requirements - How To Pick Your MC
Most Wedding Emcees have never performed their special duties and responsibilities before because this will be a new experience to them.
They don't know what’s required of them. And they don’t know where to start or how to create a FUN reception.
That's why it's not only important to look for certain qualities in your MC but to also make sure he or she has all the information needed to carry out his or her responsibilities.
After all, there’s nothing worse than choosing someone who is terrified of speaking in front of hundreds of guests or who shows up late (because they habitually do that in their life) or who adds to the stress by being disorganized or who makes distasteful jokes that embarrass your guests or your family, just to get a laugh.
When you're planning your reception you'll want to choose someone who is outgoing, personable, organized, and who likes to have fun.
Having a fun, outgoing personality is one of the keys to creating a fun reception.
Someone who is diplomatic, reliable, charismatic, and on time are additional noteworthy attributes since these are qualities which a wedding Master of Ceremonies requires in order to be truly effective.
It should go without saying that you should choose someone you can trust to not only co-ordinate and conduct the reception but someone who won’t be an embarrassment either because they drink too much or because they make inappropriate jokes.
Many novice MCs will readily admit to not knowing what to do or what to say at the reception.
In fact, in a survey Mark Livingston, the author of How To Be A FUN Wedding MC and The Bride's Guide To A FUN Reception, conducted several years ago, the number one reason novices sought his help was because they didn't know where to begin.
And that’s completely understandable: There’s no formal training in duties even though weddings require a huge amount of planning since there are so many elements and detail to them that require attention.
While the duties of the Master of Ceremonies may be different depending on the agenda you prepare, there are usually several key events that take place before and during the reception that require personal involvement by the MC.
Your MC will:
1. Meet with you and your planners and plan an agenda based on the timeline for the reception.
2. Prepare his or her scripts and organize or oversee events.
3. Become familiar with the venue.
4. Meet with other key players which could include the venue manager, catering staff, planners, DJ or band, dignitaries, entertainers, bridal party, and those giving speeches and toasts.
5. Welcome guests and keep them informed of events during the reception.
6. Introduce the bridal party as they enter the reception room. The MC might also make head table introductions or introduce dignitaries, honored guests, or close family members.
7. Introduce you and your groom as you enter the reception for the first time as newlyweds during the Grand Entrance.
8. Say grace or the blessing before the main meal or introduce the person who will perform this duty.
9. Introduce guests who will be making speeches and toasts.
10. Announce entertainers, games, and traditional events such as First Dance, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, and final farewell.
When Should You Select Your Master of Ceremonies?
On the surface it might appear that the MC is nothing more than an announcer and that his or her duties are pretty easy.
"Just pick up a microphone and make a few announcements," many people think. "What could be easier than that?"
Truth is, there’s much more to his or her duties and responsibilities than at first meets the eye.
To start with, your MC very likely doesn't know all of the people involved - the bridal party, the other key players, and even the honored guests or close family members.
He or she might not even know you or your groom very well.
Your MC doesn't know what your vision of your celebration looks like.