So you have booked the venue and food, tasted the cake and even confirmed the entertainment; now it’s time to think about who is going to run the show. Choosing a Master or Mistress of Ceremony might seem like a no-brainer. After all, we all have that very talkative cousin who always make everyone laugh.
It might seem to be a fairly simple role to play, but a bad MC could be the difference between whether your wedding reception is a roaring success or a colossal flop. Besides telling the funny stories about you and your partner to keep the audience warmed up between speeches, the MC makes the necessary introductions and makes sure the speeches and other reception activities run on schedule. Before you choose your MC, here are some tips you should consider.
Choose an MC whose personality fits the desired feel of your wedding reception. If you want a funny, casual, interactive reception, choose someone who is outgoing, funny, casual, and interactive! If you’re looking for a celebration that’s more reserved and formal, choose someone whose personality is more subdued and understated (usually older, but not always!)
Pick someone who is easygoing, comfortable in a large crowd and has experience with public speaking. Choose someone who is responsible and accountable and has demonstrated these traits in the past. You don’t want an MC who will embarrass you because they have drunk too much or will arrive late or not at all without any communication.
2. Knows You As A Couple Best
It is very important to pick an MC that knows both you and your bride. Sometimes this can mean having two MCs, one from each side.
If you are considering hiring someone to be your MC make it a point to meet with them, prior to the wedding, so they can learn more about you as a couple and as individuals. This will make their speech more natural and less like a rehearsed script.
3. Appropriate Humour and Behavior
It is important when choosing someone who is speaking at one of the biggest days of your life to be sure they will perform appropriately. Someone with a good sense of humor who can insert jokes into their speeches. Make sure the MC follows a few simple rules.
1. No swearing- This just isn’t the time or the place for the f-bomb.
2. Keep the stories clean. If there are some off color stories to be told, do it at the kasiki or another function.
3. Don’t get drunk – I’m not saying they can’t drink, but drink in moderation. After they’ve done their duty there’s hours left to party.
You need to choose a person who you can trust to obey these rules and not think it would be funny to go up there in front of your family, and your new family and launch into a profanity laced tirade about how much fun that boys-getaway to the islands was back in the day.
It is important that, no matter how good a friend the MC is to you, they must also respect your partner.
Having the MC get up there and make fun of your bride, your relationship or how no one thought you guys would ever last is not cool.
If you’re really worried about who you’ve chosen after reading this article you could have final say on any stories or speeches your MC is giving. You want to remember the day for how special it was, not for the off collar things said that only one person in the room thought was funny.
So a last word of advice, after you have chosen your fantastic MC, and they have accepted. Sit down with them to knock a few ideas around. Let them know what you expect of them and let them know you are available if they want to run any ideas by you. It is always important to walk through the day’s timeline so to I can both understand the vision you have for your day and avoid any unpleasant surprises.