(photo: Erik Hornung, Caitlin + Will’s wedding)
The MC is an extremely important job, you need one, a good one. The MC is someone who keeps the night rolling and people entertained. I have seen my fair share of MC’s fabulous and not so fabulous. You need someone who is a natural comedian, someone who knows the couple, or enjoys being in front of crowds.
The MC’s job usually begins around 6:15 (based on a 5:30 cocktail, 6:30 B + G arrival) they want to announce themselves with a simple hellos my name is ____ and I will be your MC for the evening and I will let you know our program will be beginning in approximately 15 minutes (granted the B + G are on time), please grab your drinks and take a seat. This does need to be done 15 minutes in advance it allows for a pee/smoke break/grab a drink.
The MC then announces the bridal party and welcomes them – now this can be done several ways, something you need to discuss beforehand with your bridal party. Does everyone want to come in, is each couple/person announced or just “please welcome the bridal party”, or just the Bride and Groom? You also want to figure out if you go around the room, are doing something completely different, or just go to your seats.
Usually this is followed by a basic welcome and grace. After/during dinner the MC provides a bit of comic entertainment and welcomes/introduces the speeches. He or she will keep the program going and if something goes array (i.e. slideshow) they will keep the crowd entertained or go onto the next item. They MC’s duties usually ends at the first dance and the DJ/Band takes over – that’s up to you.
It is my advice that you limit your MC to two drinks during their duties – I understand needing one to ‘calm the nerves’ but sometimes they go a little too far in calming the nerves. (I haven’t seen it at any of my weddings but I have been to some as a guest where I have seen it)
Julianne Cragg | Edmonton Wedding Planner
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