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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.

PREPARE
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.

HUMOUR
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.

Good question and for starters it’s a good 3 hour drive away from the country’s biggest city making it just right time and distance away to figure out whether the company you keep is great or if their needs to be a change on the people you consider to be your friends or worse, family. At least the former you can change the latter, not so much but one thing you do have complete control over is the checklist containing all things Dullstroom. From animals to food and even the decimation of fake city birds. First glance of this mountainous terrain is misleading, but then again you know what they say about judging books. If you can point this place out in a map, it would be safe to assume that you’re well-travelled or have some very stubborn family members which in this case can work in your favour when you brag about the secrets this town hides.
  1. Trout fishing
What is a visit to Dullstroom without trout, the fly-fishing capital as it’s officially known. And what better place to fish for them than Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate. With literally plenty of fish in the sea, or in this case dams. All 19 of them. Regardless of whether the fish you’re in search for are fresh or saltwater, Dunkeld’s Rainbow Trout is at home in either one. As enjoyable as fishing may be, equipment can be expensive and a hindrance if you do not have the means but this estate not only provides fisherman with fishing rods and other essential equipment required on the water but allows fisherman to keep their catch.
  • Harries pancakes
With 30 years of serving pancakes under their belt, 4 recessions later and a turbulent economy currently should say more about the quality of the food than its location. This piece of heaven located in Dullstroom is not only sweet (pun intended) filled with helpful staff and most importantly fast. But delivers fast but a specialist in sweet and savoury treats. Dark chocolate, milk tarts and ice-cream are all fair game and done exceptionally well. This is a pit-stop every sweet tooth shouldn’t leave without trying.
  • Horse riding
When the word Dullstroom comes up in casual conversation more often than not, mountainous terrain and horses accompany the mental image. And in doing so, you wouldn’t be wrong since that element is there, meaning horse lovers and rookies are welcome to climb a top a noble steed and ride off into the sunset. Dullstroom comes packed with many trials of different varieties from a bunch of established equestrian centres, the most prominent ones being Dunkeld Stud and the Dullstroom Riding Centre who share 40 years between them.
  • Clay pigeon shooting
Squint, aim and shoot. It’s as simple as that. Even if you’re nervous behind the gun, helpful instructors are at the ready to help even the most novice of clay shooters get comfortable behind a gun. That and the ins and outs of how a gun should be handled. Whether it’s a bachelor party, team building exercise or just a beautiful day out with friends. Far from the city and where the grey and navy blue birds frequent the streets. Shooting clay pigeons Emnothweni means the chances of noise complaints from the neighbours are highly unlikely thanks to the surrounding hills and mountains.
  • Art of food
Growing up I’m sure you were told not to play with your food but in a small little town in South Africa, within the Mpumalanga province have managed to make a living out of it and as a result,  become pretty good at making art out of food. A mix between a Pollock and a Van Gough, one thing that can’t be denied regardless of whether the plate meets your visual tastes is that the smell is as divine as it tastes. This place is definitely a must visit when in Dullstroom, if not for the new ways to eat a burger or a boiled egg than definitely to learn how to woo guests and in-laws with creative plating that can only be achieved through years of playing with your food.
  • Wild about whiskey
They say it’s all in a name and no name is more creative but at the same time definitively clear about what it’s about. In case you haven’t managed to figure it out, liquid gold, the stuff of legends otherwise known as whiskey. With a knowledgeable bar staff, indulge in premium spirits that have found a home at this hotel’s bar. Allowing connoisseurs the liberty to enjoy a mixture of different flavours and blends from different parts of the world and then call it a night at one of 15 hotels nearby, one of which being across the road.

 

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.

Sedgefield is located between the Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Wilderness National park. What makes it perfect for nature lovers is the electrifying blue Indian ocean on one side and the greenery of Groenvlei lake on the other side. It offers a diverse set of activities for nature lovers, photographers and adventurers. Visitors can have the time of their lives on various beaches, sand dunes, watching sunsets, going on hiking trails and getting an adrenalin rush from paragliding activities. Here are the top 4 must do activities;

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.

2. Paragliding

A perfect escape for thrill seekers in this town is paragliding. Glide through the air and experience heavenly views of the vast horizon. FlyTime Paragliding offers electrifying tandem and motorised-tandem flights for you to soar freely over and above Sedgefield.

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.

 

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