As promised in my prior post, here are some tips for you and your wedding MC. There’s nothing pleasing about having a MC who doesn’t know the agenda for the day, doesn’t know there’s such thing as a father-daughter dance and not father-son dance, can’t read the audience and doesn’t know the difference between plain offensive jokes and humorous ones.
As mentioned before, a wedding emcee plays a very role in ensuring the reception runs smoothly. Particularly, he ensures everyone is having a great time. However for this to happen there must be things set in stone.
1) Before choosing a wedding MC, do your research. Check out and solicit reviews about potential MCs (from friends or this site) as well as their sample work. If possible, attend an event where he/she played a similar role to what you have planned for your MC to take on.
2) Prepare a tentative wedding reception agenda and run sheet with your wedding planner. This includes everything from the arrival of guests and wedding party to the “dance dance dance” and final farewell signifying the departure of the newly-weds. After all, your MC will need this information to run the day smoothly and on time.
3) Set up a meeting with your MC and your wedding planner. This is to ensure they both understand what is expected of the MC, no one steps on each other at the reception and everyone knows what is expected of them. The last thing you want to be doing on your day is running around.
4) Provide as much background information on yourself and your significant other (bride and groom) to the MC. This should include details from your childhood, dating, and engagement to the forthcoming honeymoon. Trust me, a great MC will use this information wisely and appropriately as the wedding reception progresses
5) If you plan to have people give wedding speeches, toast or a word of advice at your reception, it’ll be great if there are introduced appropriately. So make sure you pass on information regarding your speakers to your MC. If you decide not to have any speakers at your wedding, also let your MC know so that he can politely turn down anyone who steps forward on that day.
6) Your wedding MC should know this or so I thought until this past weekend but he/she needs to dress appropriately. By that, I mean NO jeans. Acceptable attire includes but not limited to a tuxedo, suit, and dress. Your MC is to dress according to part with shiny shoes to match.
For the wedding MC reading this post, take into consideration the items listed above and the following as well:
1) Prepare your material in advance. From the opening speech to humorous stories, jokes and entertaining pieces, make sure you are ready before the scheduled reception day.
2) Check the reception venue setup or ask about it. From cordless mics to great speakers, make sure you have the equipment you’ll need to shine as the true professional you are.
3) On the wedding day, you might have to revise you plans/material to suit the guests. Pay attention to the wedding guests, if you see them getting bored, not laughing at your jokes and having a lot of side conversations rather than paying attention to what you have to say, then you’ve lost your audience. Modify your preplanned strategy accordingly really quick and get their attention back fast.
4) A great MC knows not to hug the limelight but to let it clearly fall on the bride and groom.
Most importantly, the duties of a MC are not set in stone. It depends on the type of wedding and the role the bride and groom wants the MC to play. Nonetheless, whatever the case maybe, the wedding MC is to encourage laughter, keep guests, bride and groom relaxed, comfortable, and happy.