Bridal Club Magazine
Mastering the Master of Ceremonies
The prospective MC may be a colleague, family member or friend.
The best place to start? Construct a list of hopefuls and consider
how they stack up against the ideal attributes listed below;
• Confident public speaker - Loud and clear voice
• Timekeeping - Manage order of toasts, speeches etc
• Sense of humour & winning personality - ability to keep the
• Knowledge of the Bride & the Groom (too many MC's are one
• Ability to direct guests where they should be - Transition from
one event to the next with style
• Proactive & forward thinking
Whether chosen MC be a 'Master' or a 'Mistress', from here you
should be able to weed out the worms and select your winner.
However, keep in mind your top pick may not necessarily accept. In
case of this, select a runner up too! Another consideration is
having two MC's. You don't have to settle for one if you feel two
will do the day more justice! Dual MC's can band together and take
the nerves and pressure off the role. This can work wonderfully.
Especially as they will bring to the table different ideas and
views of the Bride & Groom, providing more material.
Hiring a professional MC or celebrity is another route. Although
this is considered less personal and will endure additional cost.
Friends and family should do it for free, or a bottle of nice wine!
It all depends on your preference and budget. The options are
plentiful. Be sure to pick someone you think will do a great job.
Once the man or lady, for the job accepts, invite them over for
dinner. Articulate your style of wedding and how you would like to
set the mood for the day. This is hugely important and more
favourably done in advance so the MC has time to prepare. Feed them
good stories they may use as material or any 'off the record'
topics. How much do you expect your MC to help with? Will their
duties start at the ceremony or not until the reception? Your MC
needs to know exactly what you expect from them. Lay out all the
events for the day. Work together till you are happy and on the
same page, confident of a successful outcome.
Suggested Duties: Running the events, assist photographer by
gathering people, help guests find seats, introduce bridal party,
explain the serving process for dinner, advise order of proceedings
- ensure guests know what's coming next, introduce each speaker,
acknowledge any special guests, facilitate transitions for cutting
the cake/ bridal waltz/ garter & bouquet toss. Finally, the MC
may announce the departure of the bride and groom if they wish to
be waved off.
A few tips: Practice jokes/punchlines to a live audience prior to
the wedding day. Contact MC to forewarn of Bride's arrival at the
ceremony. Contact MC again for the Bridal Party's arrival at
reception. Create a run sheet for your MC. Walk them through it,
pointing out any difficult name pronunciations. It is an excellent
way to ensure a seamless delivery. Distribute to the Maitre D.
Include: times, locations, names of people speaking/ celebrant/
Maitre D/ DJ/ bridal party etc, all in ascending order. MC to
introduce themselves to guests at the ceremony. They can stand up
and say 'HI' or the priest or celebrant could introduce them. Once
at the reception, have your MC make them self known to the Maitre
D. Seat your MC close to the bridal table and in a good spot to
address your guests. If you have two MC's seat them at the same
table, preferably together. This all helps with continuity and
passing of the microphone, if one is required. As an ice-breaker
your MC may like to lead your guests in a group song. Great way to
set the mood of the evening and lots of fun. Make sure it is an
easy song that young and old will know. They could even hand out a
little song sheet, bells or mini instruments. The Bride & Groom
could be given a tambourine and maracas!
Get inventive! Develop a theme for the MC role. For example;
coordinate the reception like a flight. Flight to Marriedville!!!
Bride and Groom - Co Captains, Staff - Flight attendants, Best Man
- First Officer... etc. The MC can use the humorous cabin crew arm
signals to depict the exits, toilet and most importantly the bar
and dance floor!
Open floor session post speeches. This can invite many delightful
stories. But be wary it needs to have a cap! After a few drinks
some people may think the most boring story they have on you is
actually quite entertaining. Guests will become bored and tired
quickly! Any good assertive MC will keep a handle on the open floor
section. We are so lucky these days to have the internet as a
research tool. At your fingertips are many more thoughts and
suggestions. Cast your mind back and think of how arduous copious
trips to the library would be, trawling through books and
magazines! Instead we can sit at our computer and enjoy a lovely
glass of vino, whilst we read away searching the web! So hop to
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