What does it take to be a GREAT WEDDING MC?
I LOVE when prospective clients ask me this question. I honestly wish it was asked more often. Let’s consider the situation: you’ve asked a stranger (that you met on the internet!) to get up in front of your guests and somehow express the energy of the moment without being cheesy or over the top. It’s a risk that many bride and grooms try to avoid by having a untrained friend or family give announcements
The BIGGEST compliment I get is when guests ask if I’m friends with the bride and groom. That means they can FEEL the connection I have and how much the celebration means to me.
How did I become a GREAT Wedding MC?
The same way you get to Carnegie hall: practice, practice, practice.
I have professional training as a Master of Ceremonies and have experience speaking in front of VERY large crowds. Plus as a MC I want to know about the little details so I can help them all flow smoothly throughout the evening.
When I meet with clients here are some questions that I ask to help us plan the finer details of reception:
- Are your parents planning on giving a welcome toast before dinner?
- Is your officiant giving a meal blessing?
- A rough idea of who is giving toasts and whether they are strong public speakers.
- How does timing of the first dance fit into the reception.
- Are we featuring any anniversaries or birthdays of grandparents?
- Who is travelling farthest to attend?
Many times when I bring these questions up during a meeting I get a look of “we hadn’t thought of this” and that’s 100% OK. That’s why you start planning six to nine months in advance and hire great wedding professionals who have experience and can make sure things run smoothly.
In closing I’ll suggest that while you’re meeting potential Wedding MC try close your eyes and picture what they’ll sound like in front of your wedding. Will this person get mistaken for a family friend? Will they smoothly and confidently keep the vibe and energy of the event? If you can picture it in your mind then chances are you’ve found the right MC.
And if you haven’t, no worries, I’m here and ready to talk.