You’ve been given the honour of being a Master of Ceremonies or wedding MC. Happy dance!
Sure, you’ve probably got different emotions about this. You may be thrilled that you can help make the happy couple’s wedding flow smoothly... while terrified that you’ll mess everything up.
One thing for certain is - if you do not feel comfortable being their wedding MC, say so now! Give the engaged couple the opportunity to ask someone else to be their Emcee.
If you’re keen to perform this important role, then our Beginners Guide to MC Duties is for you.
What Does a Wedding MC Do?
The wedding emcee is like the host of the wedding. He or she are not getting married, nor have they organised or paid for the event. Instead they are given the job of keeping the day run on time and making sure that everyone is having a good time.
It is up to the couple to tell you exactly what they’d like you to do for them. For this reason, it is important that you meet with them well before their wedding day. Ask for a list of jobs they would like you to do, some stories you can share about them with their guests... and any topics which are off limits.
The happy couple should also explain how they want their day to run and the tone they’d like their wedding to have. It's not a stupid idea to visit the venue, attend the wedding rehearsal the day prior, and introduce yourself to the wedding vendors who will be there on the day either.
Beginners Guide to MC Duties
Exactly what sort of MC jobs can the bride or groom ask you to do? Well, you will probably be asked to:
- Help gather guests for photos
- Help guests find their seats
- Announce the arrival of the newlyweds to the wedding reception
- Announce the first dance
- Introduce speakers at the reception
- Explain to guests about how meal service will occur
- Introduce the cake cutting and bouquet throwing activities
- Encourage wedding guests to sign the guestbook and use the photobooth (if these activities are available)
Tips on Being a Great Wedding MC
When it comes to being an amazing emcee, there are a few things you should consider:
Obviously your behaviour will be noticed by everyone, so limiting alcohol consumption while you are ‘on duty’ is vital. Planning is key, which is why we suggest meeting with the engaged couple before the wedding.
As well as getting a list of duties, you will also have the chance to ask questions about whether there will be a microphone for you to use or how long you need to talk for. If you are asked to do a speech, you can prepare it in advance. If not, you will still be able to practice the announcements you are expected to perform.
Arriving early at the venue or visiting beforehand lets you see where things are and can assist guests when they arrive. You’ll also be able to introduce yourself to key people such as the DJ, bartender, housekeeping and even all the members of the bridal party if you don’t know them already.
Being asked to be an MC is an honour. While it can be nerve-wracking to know two people have asked you to make their wedding special, you will be fine. After all, they wouldn’t have asked you if they didn’t trust you to do an awesome job!
Check out out our post '5 tips to be a fabulous MC' for more tips too!