HOW TO MC AT A WEDDING
The last thing anyone wants when being the MC at a wedding is so cringing worthy that you end up going viral in a wedding fail compilation.
‘MC’ is an abbreviation for ‘Master of Ceremony.’ No, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to don a scepter and lush robe. Being an MC at a wedding simply means that you’ll be the official host of the event and will responsible for the flow and the energy of the wedding.
Flow and energy are sometimes perceived as something that should occur naturally. This is easily the number one downfall of an MC because the real secret to successfully hosting an event is one’s skill in creating this flow and energy instead.
Here are a few things to consider when creating the flow and energy of the ceremony.
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Generally, planning would be the thing to consider and the first step in the process but knowing your audience and understanding the heart and character of the Bride and Groom takes first priority. Understanding the heart of the couple before you bulldoze into the planning process means that you’ll naturally incorporate elements of importance to couple into every area of your planning. Taking time to thoughtfully understand the Bride and Groom also means that things that will not make them happy become more apparent as well. Some people love dirty jokes, but if the couple does not, making an inappropriate joke could leave you looking inconsiderate and awkward.
You might be naturally funny and charismatic, but preparation really does go a very long way. Being responsible for the flow of the wedding means that you’ll have to direct where the wedding is going. Direction requires a plan. Ask yourself the necessary questions and create a schedule around the important factors that you’ll need to address when hosting. Not only will this add to your charisma and charm, but it adds to the entire view of the wedding as an unprepared MC makes the whole wedding seem disorganized and messy.
AVOID COMMON MISTAKES
At times, the responsibility of being an MC can leave you with a false impression that the wedding ceremony is about you. To be clear, it’s not about you. The wedding is about the Bride and Groom, as well as the guests who generously gave up their personal time to honour the couple by attending the wedding. Keeping this in mind means that your introductions will naturally be influenced by making everyone in the room feel more valued, which in turn creates a beautiful warm atmosphere that people will remember for a very long time.
Contrary to modern beliefs, humour is not the foundation of a successful MC. Humour is the cherry on top! Delivering a great joke goes hand in hand with timing. The beautiful thing about planning is that opportunities become visible to where the delivery of an appropriate punch line would be most effective, instead of treating the entire event like a stand-up comedy show.