Being the Wedding MC is one of the most responsible tasks at a wedding reception. The MC (Or Master of Ceremonies) role is to guide the wedding reception from start to finish, directing the focus of the group with confidence and a little personality.
You don’t have to be funny or entertaining if you feel you cannot confidently pull it off.. Just let everyone know what is happening now and what is about to happen.
An MC who announces with sincerity and who talks to the guests like they are close friends is much more successful and easy to listen to than an MC who tries too hard!
5 top tips for the first time MC include…
Relax & Be Prepared
Sit down with your notes and run through each segment you have to announce. Make sure everything that you have to say is written down but only in point form. You never want to read what you have to say from notes word for word (You’ll sound like a robot)
15 Minutes before your first announcement, relax. Have a stretch – meditate even and most importantly imagine success for each part of your MC announcements.
When it comes to Show time and ultimately being a great MC, Smile, hold the microphone close to your mouth and announce the message you truly want to get across the guests listening. That’s all you have to think about.. and be flexible with the audience.
Don’t Give too Much Away
When announcing what is happening at the wedding reception, do not announce everything that is happening. Just give a few hints as to what will happen later. The most important thing the guests need to know from you is where the restrooms are, where the smoking locations are, when they will be fed and where will they get their drinks.
Tell the guests a short story about the Bride & Groom and tell them what is happening next but leave the details of what is to come vague. It will leave a little mystery in the guests minds of what is to come.
Don’t Drink Alcohol or Too Much Caffeine
Wait until after the formalities before you have a drink. You may be nervous but being clear headed and nervous is better than being relaxed and hazy on your announcements.
Too much caffeine will make you jitterish also. Try and only have a little coffee or coke no less than an hour before you start announcing.
Have Everything in Order
Do a sound check, make sure you have your notes in order and ready (Small hand held cards with your points written on them work well) and make sure you can read you notes wherever you stand with the MIC. Do this before all of the guests enter the venue.
Be in Control of the Microphone
Never ever lose control or give the microphone to a guest without the Bride and Grooms approval. If it’s not on the Wedding Reception Timeline than it’s not planned and it may be something that shouldn’t be said by the guest. Most Receptions should have a wireless MIC so keep it close and all will be good!
The most important part is to have fun. If you have fun this will come across in what you say and do and people will enjoy listening to you.
All the best with your Announcing,