Most people get overwhelmed, maybe ecstatic, when a friend or family member asks them to be their wedding MC. It’s only much later that they wonder what a master of ceremonies does at a wedding. Ramon Thomas is an experienced professional with over 100 weddings under his belt in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.
The wedding speeches must flow in a manner that is both timely and entertaining the guests. At the same time the different speakers from the father of the bride to the best man, may have some nerves and this needs an experienced MC to help them relax.
The master of ceremonies is responsible for ensuring the various events that take place during the wedding reception run in a smooth and orderly fashion and on time. It is at this point many a potential wedding mc will become alarmed. Standing up in front of the wedding guests and making announcements takes poise and confidence. And there is nothing like experience to give you both of those traits.
After all is said and done, the wedding master of ceremonies responsibilities will include making announcements for the arrival of the bridal party, the serving of dinner, the cutting of the wedding cake, the bridal dance, the tossing of the bouquet and the departure of the bridal couple. Some wedding jokes are almost expected by the guests to help relieve the tension from the day’s formalities.
And of course he will also introduce each person who is making a speech or toast. Even though the wedding master of ceremonies does not make a speech (unless they are also the best man) the thought of speaking up in public fills many with fear and trepidation. This is not a role to be taken for granted. Great responsibility is bestowed upon this person, and great care is taken to get to know the bridal couple before the wedding date.
** Ramon Thomas will meet with you one week before the event to discuss everything you desire, and make a list of the guest speakers as well as their backgrounds. Nothing will be left to chance.
Here are some master of ceremony tips to help
- Remember your notes and reading glasses if you need them;
- Know how to relax by using simple breathing exercises. Take long deep breaths as you exhale.
- Hold your head up high, shoulders back, and give them a big smile.
- Avoid mumbling. If there is no microphone speak loud and clear so everyone can hear you. In the days and weeks before the reception practice projecting your voice. If using a microphone make sure you know how it works.
- Establish eye contact with a person, hold for a few seconds then find someone else to look at;
- Keep your introductions short;
- Avoid wedding jokes that may offend or embarrass anyone;
- Speak naturally and in terms all the wedding guests will understand;
- Try to look confident even if you are not feeling it; and
- Accept it is natural to feel a little nervous
And remember the more time you spend planning and organizing for the big day the easier it will be for you to relax and enjoy the occasion. Learn wedding mc jokes and one liners that are sure to amuse, not offend, the guests; Plan correctly for your wedding emcee role by using this checklist for mc at wedding; Still not sure if you can do it? Hire a professional.
R5,000 for 4 hours in Gauteng. For Cape Town or Durban include R1,000 for travel.
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