While you can have uncle Barry with a few too many beers under his belt take on the role, have they planned a reception before?, how are the moments being enhanced? Has he arranged all of the little elements with each supplier before the day?
Let uncle Barry drink, dance and enjoy it all.
The Master of Ceremonies (The “MC”) is often misunderstood & is certainly underestimated.
Having the same person move from being the celebrant to the MC allows the rapport to continue in the reception that has already been created.
While the MC is known for introducing a few speakers & telling a few jokes, the majority of what the MC should do is actually behind the scenes. It is integral to the success of the evening to have an experienced & professional MC who becomes the host of the event & is the communications expert.
As your MC, I am in contact with your venue and in our catch up we take the typical run-sheet rip it up and create a reception timeline that works for you.
I remove the reception time line, that’s for the chefs and myself.
I am all about the moments and do they stand out?, do they have an impact and are they seamless; but even more will they be remembered? Because believe me on the day you miss so much, it is the photos, videos and guests that fill in the gaps.
It is all of the little details from the entry to the first dance and even how you exit at the end and make that fair well into married life.
I take care of the time line with your suppliers and keep them on track behind the scenes, up front I am there to guide the reception, ensure everyone feels amazing and that the celebration continues.
I also come with a huge range of idea’s and concepts to make sure this day starts and finishes with magic moments.
When things go sideways, timings, food, night-shoots, speeches. I am there to make sure the moments are modified seem-lessly
Your MC should be able to pull levers as they are needed and without anyone noticing.
Your MC has quiet the role;
1) A reception has a number of inter-connected moving parts & staff. The MC must be your “go-between/ liaison person” between you, the venue manager, the caterer, the wedding planner, the videographer, the photographer & the DJ on the night.
2) The MC needs to assist with & advise on the run sheet timings as well as the "do" & the "do not's” for the night prior to the event.
3) An experienced MC will bring their expertise, be able to offer a streamlined way to run your evening & be able to calmly think on their feet should timings slip for unforeseen reasons.
4) An experienced MC will ensure all the vendors are ready before announcing the first dance, cake cutting or speeches, bridal party entrance etc ensuring that everyone is in place to make those moments truly special without a last-minute scramble.
5) There is also provision to play a game or two depending on your preference, games can be a lot of fun &, providing the MC can run them properly in a timely manner, can certainly enhance the atmosphere of the evening without detracting from the formalities.
6) The wedding MC is entrusted make decisions on the night to keep things running smoothly, to “buffer” the bridal couple so you can relax on the night knowing everything is taken care of. If suppliers have questions or decisions to be made, they should come to the MC to resolve.
The standard welcoming of the guests, doing the formal introductions for your speakers & the bridal party is "MC 101", this is what most people think the MC does but the above outlines that there is a lot more to it than that
Plus the ability to entertain, keep things on track and be able to put out little spitfires behind the scenes, that you will never know about.
I contact every one of your suppliers before the big day, to make sure they have run-sheet and to see if they need anything. It is all about knowing and understand how everyone likes to work and making magic happen.