Wedding MC etiquette

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Wedding MC etiquette
The MC should make people laugh but not to be a stand-up comedian. (businessman image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

The Master of Ceremonies' main function is to ensure the orderly flow of events at the wedding reception. It is your duty as an MC to be an unobtrusive organiser, from the time before the first guest arrives until the bride and groom bid everyone goodbye. Make sure that you perform your job well by following some simple but reliable guidelines, since the bride and groom have entrusted you with this great responsibility of making their wedding celebration fun and worry-free for them and a truly special day to remember.

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Preparation

Sit down with the bride and groom weeks before the wedding to discuss what they want to transpire during the reception. Most couples, or at least the brides, have a program planned out for the entire celebration. Talk about the program flow, the persons with key roles and their expectations for you as the MC. After knowing the details, practice your part. Write and print out a script to ensure a smooth program flow on the actual day.

Logistics

Collect all the necessary music beforehand and make sure you have everything on the wedding day. Make a list of the music according to the program flow, and give a copy to the DJ. Check the audio equipment at the venue before everyone else arrives. Do a test run, and make sure that everything is set up and functioning properly.

Program Proper

You are in charge of making all the announcements and introductions: welcoming the guests, announcing the arrival of the wedding party, inviting everyone to dinner, introducing the persons who will give the toasts, announcing the couple's first dance, inviting everyone to dance, announcing the departure of the newlyweds and everything in between. Make sure you don't miss out on anything, especially the correct names of key people, as well as anecdotes that have a special meaning to the couple.

Life of the Party

Do your job well, making sure there is no dead air for the duration of the event. Crack some good jokes to make the party fun for everyone but especially for the bride and groom. Tell only good, clean, lighthearted anecdotes about the couple and nothing that might embarrass them. Make sure also that you keep track of what the people giving the toasts are saying, and be ready to cut in and save the moment if ever they run out of words, speak improperly or are too drunk to make sense.

Attire

Wear a suit or whatever the wedding theme calls for. Better yet, ask the bride and groom what they want you to wear for the big day. Traditionally, the Master of Ceremonies comes in formal attire, as a sign of respect for the bride and groom, the special occasion and everyone else gathered.

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