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Wedding MC Role

Jun 21, 2008
Are you a wedding couple planning your wedding? Have you been asked to be a wedding master of ceremonies? Either way, you will need to carefully think about the role of the wedding MC. How well this role is performed can make or break the success of a wedding reception.

Some people think a wedding master of ceremonies should be an entertainer, and preferably a comedian, to keep everybody thoroughly entertained during the reception. They are looking for a star performer. Others believe the master of ceremonies should remain in the background acting as the host and coordinating each stage of the reception, with attention firmly focused on each speaker and contributor, and especially on the newlyweds.

The traditional role of the wedding master of ceremonies is to oversee the formalities of the wedding reception. A good wedding MC creates an atmosphere of happy celebration. A sound knowledge of wedding etiquette is required, an understanding of the wishes of the couple getting married, and the ability to speak well and with good humor to set the mood and gain everyone's cooperation.

A capable wedding MC must know when to take the lead as the "chairman" of proceedings, and when to step back to avoid dominating the event. The traditional wedding MC is closer to being the chairman than the star entertainment act for the reception.

The wedding MC is usually a volunteer. Often he is the father of the bride acting as host of the wedding reception, or a friend or relative who has the necessary experience and personality. Occasionally the best men will also be the wedding MC. It may be asking too much for such volunteers to be star entertainment performers, but there is usually somebody available among family and friends who makes a good chairman.

The wedding MC will usually have the personality to add some fun and humor to proceedings, especially the introductions to the various speakers. Occasionally the person chosen will be a natural performer and entertainer, but this should not be the main selection criterion. It is more important that the chosen MC is a good chairman, able to make sure the reception goes as planned.

The best man's speech is often the highlight of the wedding reception, because it is usually quite funny. There may be some entertainment included as an item during the reception, such as a song by a musically talented family member or friend. Others in the wedding party, especially flower girls and pagers, should receive their due attention. A wedding MC who sees his role mainly as an entertainer may overpower the other less professional contributors to the reception and monopolize attention. It is important for the wedding couple to carefully brief their wedding MC about the approach they would like him to take.

An expensive option is to hire a professional wedding master of ceremonies. This option is usually confined to society or a celebrity weddings. A professional MC may be expected by the guests to provide professional entertainment, but the irony is that professional MCs mostly see their role as being the chairman and facilitator for the reception.

How well the wedding reception's master of ceremonies does his job greatly influences how the event will be remembered many years later by the couple and their guests. It's vital that the wedding MC is very well briefed as to the wishes of the newlyweds, and that he focus on making sure the reception flows smoothly through the speeches and other formalities. He can have a big impact on maintaining an atmosphere of joy and celebration, but should not dominate the event. It is his responsibility to make the bride and groom the stars of the reception, not his own role as the wedding MC.
About the Author
Shelby Wright recommends a Wedding MC uses professionally designed wedding etiquette checklists, speech templates, wedding jokes and other wedding speech ideas and examples to plan the Wedding Master of Ceremonies duties at the wedding reception.
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