How to MC at a wedding
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.
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Situated in the heart of Garden Route, Sedgefield is a scenic and serene town where you can slow down to soothe your soul with its placid pace and breathtaking beaches. Breathe in its southern breeze and let your spirit swirl with satisfaction.
Sedgefield is South Africa’s very own “Slow Town”. It received this status in 2010 after effortlessly meeting the slow movement standards of Cittaslow. It connects with its already existing concept of conservation beyond boundaries. The town continues to improve the quality of life by living a slow stressfree life, taking up less space, conserving nature, consuming fresh local produce and engaging in environmentally friendly practices.
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1. Gerickes Point
Gaze in awe at Gerickes point. This vast beach is rich in history that dates the 1960s when fishermen used to arrive with their day’s catch. If you look closely, you can still find some boating remains. Walk along this golden sandy shore at low tide and see its mesmerising sea life. Fascinate yourself with some of South Africa’s highest fossil dunes that decorate the beach. You can also sit on its calm shores and gaze up as paragliders add colour to the azure sky of this picturesque location.
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4. Myoli Beach
One of the local Sedgefield secrets is their golden seashore with clear waters and exquisite views. It is one of the top wave riding beaches along this coast and is perfect for surfers, kite surfers and stand-up paddlers. You can also cast your eye across the sea to spot dolphins and whales from their observation platform. It’s also a great place to loosen up little, sip on some cocktails and try exotic foods at nearby restaurants, beach bars, and a good selection of holiday accommodation.
5. Sedgefield slow festival
The Sedgefield Slow festival is a celebration for people of all ages to participate in together. Easter in this town pumps vibrancy into veins of everyone from children to the elderly because of the exciting activities ranging from glow in the dark golf tournaments, slow bike competitions, Trail races, water sports to intense potjiekos competitions and so much more. The town is filled with a sense of vibrancy from the sound of joyous laughter, enthusiastic cheers, the delicious aroma of traditional foods, and a colourful crowd, that will make you appreciate life a little more.
Sedgefield is a town suitable to escape from busy city life and settle for a more peaceful and calm time. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway or to settle and call home. It has all the aspects of a great town and a wide selection of accommodation right in front of the beach from luxury apartments to retirement resorts. This laid back beauty is where quality and simplicity triumph over quantity and complication. Sedgefield is indeed one of the best places to stay in and experience the slow stay in life.
The town consistently lives in harmony with its wonderful natural environment. Furthermore, the Cittaslow criteria have inscribed values that aspire to create a quality of life for all.