10 Top Tips For The Novice Wedding MC

While being asked to be the MC at a wedding can be a huge honor, it also carries with it a lot of responsibility…and, to many inexperienced emcees, some trepidation because of the fear of the unknown.

For many people – especially the first time or inexperienced MC – it can not only be confusing but also a very stressful and nerve-wracking time.

Apart from the normal fear of speaking in front of hundreds of guests that many people experience, it’s a role that most people aren’t familiar with.

That’s why I’ve put together these 10 tips and ideas to help the novice Wedding MC with his or her duties and responsibilities:

1. Have An Initial Meeting With The Wedding Planners

Your role starts almost as soon as you’re asked to be the Master of Ceremonies even though most people think your duties take place once you stand up and direct the reception.

Sit down with the bride and groom and the planner well before the day of the wedding – at least two weeks, but preferably several weeks, before.

The initial meeting with the bride and groom and planner (if there is one) is the time when you gather information about what’s going to happen at the reception and what’s expected of you.

In most cases the bride and groom and their planner will know what they want but will leave the implementation of the details to you. That’s your role as MC.

At the very least, in your initial meeting you’ll want to know:

1. What’s expected of you and what duties you’ll perform

2. Who the key players are

3. What announcements will be made

4. What introductions will be made

5. What events will take place and when they will take place

Sometimes traditions or rituals will be followed as they have been for centuries. Other times they will be excluded. And sometimes they might be included but with a twist or variation.

The bride and groom might, for example, create their own version of the Grand Entrance or introductions of the wedding party.

Or they might dispense with the formal receiving line but include a cocktail hour where drinks are served in an adjoining room before guests go to the reception room.

If there is a cocktail hour, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to guests who play a role at the reception, usually giving a speech or toast.

During the planning stages you might be asked for advice or you’ll make suggestions for events such as wedding games or activities.

There’s a huge amount of preparation you need to do before the reception including preparing an agenda, knowing the names of special guests and key players, preparing introductions, and even organizing wedding games and activities.

2. Prepare A Detailed Agenda

The agenda (or run sheet) is your reception “playbook.” It’s the Wedding Master of Ceremonies outline used by the emcee at a reception.

The agenda includes the events and their sequence at the reception and should include virtually everything that will take place during the reception..

A very basic agenda – depending on the type of reception and the time allotted – will usually include:

> Cocktail reception or receiving line

> Wedding party introduction

> Grand Entrance

> Main Meal

> Speeches and toasts

> Traditional events

> Final Farewell

The agenda is flexible and the sequence for some events can be changed according to the bride and groom’s wishes.

Your agenda can be as detailed as you need and it’s advisable to create a binder or use a hand held electronic device for quick reference.

Your agenda will include names of the bridal or wedding party, names of guests who will be giving speeches and toasts, all of the events that will take place, approximate times the events will start, and any other information including games, activities, and entertainment.

A reception normally will include traditional events like wedding speeches and toasts, guest activities, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, dancing, and the final farewell although this is entirely flexible and will depend on the bride and groom’s wishes.

You will need to know when the speeches and toasts will take place and who will be making them. You’ll also want to know if there will be an open mic.

While it’s a tradition, keep in mind that not every bride wants to throw her bouquet or have her garter taken off. As well, not every bride wants to give a speech. These are things you need to know as you plan the agenda.

3. Understand What Your Role Is

Your role is to oversee the reception, ensure events flow smoothly, and to keep the atmosphere fun and celebratory.

Most importantly, you’re not the entertainment and you’re not expected to do a “routine” to amuse the guests even if you fancy yourself to be a bit of an entertainer or comedian.

In fact, a reception can be a resounding success without a single marriage or wedding joke or one-liner from the Master of Ceremonies.

Understanding your role can help avoid awkward moments.

There’s nothing more embarrassing than discovering you didn’t do something that the newlyweds or their parents expected you to do.

That’s why it’s important that you know your duties and responsibilities from the outset so you can plan accordingly.

4. Arrive At The Reception Venue Early

It’s never a good sign if you rush in at the last minute and guests see that you’re in a panic. Even worse if you saunter in while everyone is frantically looking for you or wondering where you are.

The reception is an important event and people are relying on you.

You have duties to perform before the reception gets into full swing on the newlywed’s big day.

If you’re attending the ceremony, make sure you have plenty of time to arrive at the reception venue, allowing for any unexpected delays including traffic delays.

In fact, if it’s possible, visit the reception room a few days before the day of the wedding.

The bride has already made arrangements with the venue manager for the placement of tables and where the dance floor, DJ or band, cake table, and buffet (if it’s not a sit down meal) will be.

Viewing the venue a few days before the wedding or arriving at the venue early will help you familiarize yourself with the layout of the room and the location of audio equipment.

Arriving early on the “day of” will also give you time to meet with key players: the venue manager, the caterer, the DJ or the band, the photographer and/or videographer, and any guests who are giving wedding speeches and toasts.

5. Follow Your Agenda or Run Sheet And Make Any Timing Adjustments Where Necessary

It’s unrealistic to think that everything will run like clockwork.

Delays happen.

The bride and groom run late after the ceremony.

The caterer is behind serving the meal.

The wedding party arrives late.

These and other unexpected surprises can throw off the timing of the reception – sometimes significantly. And that can have an impact on the scheduling of events that are planned.

It will mean being flexible and making adjustments to your original plans.

This is where preparation, poise, and confidence are essential.

Make sure you can fill in any gaps in the events. There’s nothing worse than having restless and bored guests wondering what’s happening and not enjoying themselves.

Best way to keep the guests entertained? Have extra wedding games or guest activities on hand in case they’re needed.

On the other hand, if time is short – which can happen just as easily – be prepared to eliminate or shorten parts of the program or combine them.

For example, if open mic was planned for the speeches, cut that segment short or eliminate it altogether. Open mic can be time consuming as people ramble on and “wax poetic.”

Eliminating this segment in the speeches and toasts event will have little or no effect on the fun atmosphere. In fact, it can be a relief to guests who find speeches for the most part boring.

6. Keep Your Key Players Informed

The key players will rely on you for direction so they can perform their duties.

The caterer needs to know when to serve the meal and whether things are running early, on time, or late.

The photographer or videographer needs to know when events are taking place so they can position themselves and take photos or shoot video.

Entertainers need to know when they will be required and where they can set up if they have props as part of their act.

The DJ (or band leader if there’s a live band) has to know when to prepare to ramp things up with music.

5. Be Well Prepared

Nobody will know you’re an inexperienced Wedding MC when you carry out your duties professionally.

In fact, if you’re well prepared, people will not only be impressed but will also assume you’re a professional emcee.

On the other hand, an unprepared MC shows his or her inexperience quickly: There will be lengthy lulls between events and a general sense of disorganization or confusion.

That’s why it’s important to have your agenda, timeline, and MC scripts prepared in detail.

Know your timeline and schedule so things run on time. Plan for delays. Make adjustments where necessary. The reception room is available for only so many hours so you’ll have to make sure that key events have an appropriate amount of time allotted to them.

7. Your Wedding MC Speech Will Be Different From That Of Other Guests

Many times there’s confusion about the Wedding MC speech.

Generally, it’s not a tribute to the bride and groom like the other speeches.

Instead, it’s more appropriately called a “welcome” speech that the Master of Ceremonies gives to the guests before the bride and groom’s Grand Entrance.

This is where you will welcome the guests, tell them what’s planned, and make announcements.

Announcements can include specific requests from the bride and groom (such as whether or not they want the clinking of glasses), where facilities are located (bar, restrooms, smoking area), the location of the gift table or guest book, and events that will take place during and after the reception.

Your welcome speech takes place before introducing the bridal (or wedding) party and the newlyweds.

Occasionally the newlyweds will ask the emcee to give a wedding speech. In this case, it will include a speech followed by a toast.

Other times, the MC might stand in for someone who couldn’t make it to the reception or give a special toast to acknowledge someone’s significant contribution to the planning.

8. Be Diplomatic, Gracious, and Helpful

The newlyweds will depend on you to oversee the reception so that they can focus on their guests.

Other people are depending on you as well.

And they want the reception to be a success just as much as you do.

You’ll be dealing with members of the wedding or bridal party, guests, speakers, honored guests, dignitaries, parents and close relatives of the newlyweds, the venue manager and staff, as well as support people including the caterer, photographer, DJ or musicians, entertainers, bar staff, and others.

Everyone will consider you to be the “go to” person for direction and help.

Your role is to see that people who are relying on you are properly introduced or acknowledged or that they are supported in their contribution to the reception.

9. Focus On The Newlyweds

The bride and groom are the guests of honor and should be the focal point of key events.

Your role is to shine the spotlight on the newlyweds instead of stealing the limelight from them.

Keep in mind that you’re not the entertainment and you’re not expected to do a “routine” to amuse the guests even if you fancy yourself to be a bit of an entertainer or comedian.

Be especially careful not to say things that embarrass the bride or groom or their families or guests.

10. Create A FUN Reception

The decorations are gorgeous.

The meal is delicious.

The cake is magnificent and tasty.

The guests will notice how elegant or rustic the reception room is.

They’ll remark on how pretty the bride is.

And they’ll comment on the meal and the dessert.

In the end, though, people will remember how much fun they had.

Because the guests are at the reception to celebrate and have fun, not just have a “nice time.”

Your role is to turn the marriage into a celebration.

That’s the role virtually no-one tells you about…or shows you how to do.

These tips will give you an idea of what’s expected if you’re the MC at a wedding.

There’s no denying that the Wedding MC’s role is challenging. But with proper preparation and attention to detail it can not only be rewarding but can also lead to lasting memories for the bride and groom.

For the novice Wedding MC who wants to plan a FUN reception, there’s a very useful guide called How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.

It has Wedding MC ideas for games (both indoor and outdoor and for children) and guest activities and entertainment (to create a fun atmosphere) and also includes sample wedding agendas or runsheets (so you can create an outline of the reception), MC scripts (so you know what to say), the Order of Wedding Speeches and Toasts (to help you plan one of the most common traditional events), and much more to help an emcee create a fun and exciting time for the bride and groom and their guests.

Wedding Fails

Wedding Fails – those minor and major mishaps at a wedding ceremony or reception – are a reminder that the unexpected can happen at any time or that things can get out of hand quickly.

Even though they’re named “Wedding Fails” they can ruin the celebratory atmosphere at a wedding and they can adversely affect the scheduling of the reception.

When you prepare your agenda you schedule events to take place at certain times.

And you want things to go according to plan because the room is rented for only so many hours.

You don’t anticipate something adverse happening that can throw off the timing of the reception and change the mood and tempo.

If events run overtime or if something happens that disrupts your agenda and timeline, you’ll be expected to make adjustments which could mean eliminating or shortening events that might have special meaning to the newlyweds.

Sometimes we laugh at other people’s mishaps. Sometimes we cringe at what happens.

For example, someone tries to be a hero and shows off his abilities as a break dancer and ends up flat on his back or falling off an elevated dance floor.

Other times we feel sorry for them – especially when something happens to the bride.

After all, it’s not funny to see a bride’s beautiful dress or hair ruined after cake smashing at the cake cutting event – especially when she went to so much time and expense to look beautiful for her groom on her big day.

When I show emcees how to create a fun and memorable reception, I’m not referring to having a laugh at other people’s expense or having something happen that ruins an otherwise perfect day for the newlyweds.

Glitches and mistakes can happen, of course.

And as Wedding MC you can’t anticipate every one of the mishaps that could take place at a reception.

But you can take reasonable steps to minimize unfortunate things from happening by having a contingency plan in place. I cover a number of things that could happen in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.

There’s probably an almost unlimited number of unforeseen things that could happen but some of the unfortunate mishaps include:

1. Wedding cake tables that collapse or topple over when the cake is being cut. (Be prepared for this happening since it’s not always anticipated.)

2. Obvious dangers (like pools or ponds) depending on the location where the ceremony or reception is taking place.

3. Cake smashing that can turn into a competition between the bride and groom. (The best way to avoid cake smashing is having the bride and groom serve each other cake with forks.)

4. Lifting the bride and groom up on a chair when there’s a low ceiling in the reception room. (This is where viewing the reception room ahead of time can tell you if this will be a problem.)

5. Bringing dogs that are nervous around strangers or other dogs at the wedding. (Some couples want their dogs to be part of the wedding which is perfectly fine.)

6. Guests tripping over rugs or falling on a slippery walkway or dance floor. (This is particularly worrisome especially if there has been rain or water on the walkway or the dance floor has been specially prepared.)

7. The wedding party falling off a boat dock. (Slippery conditions or too many people on a dock or platform pose a real and dangerous hazard even though it might seem like a good or fun idea at the time.)

Your role as emcee is to think ahead and try and anticipate the most obvious things that could happen.

Think about what could happen if the weather changes.

Or if a key player – like the DJ – doesn’t show up.

Or there’s a medical emergency. (Particularly distressing for everyone.)

This is where being prepared can come in handy and pay big dividends.

You’ll be able to respond quickly and appropriately.

Hopefully you’ll never have to worry about something going wrong.

But you should make plans with the bride for contingencies that could affect or even ruin her perfect day.

As the Master of Ceremonies, always be on the lookout for obvious hazards that can affect the guests and the celebration of the marriage and make necessary changes to minimize risks to the newlyweds and their guests.

That means you’ll not only have to check out the reception venue but also consider things like the weather, or guest comfort, or how the agenda will be affected if the bride or her planner hasn’t thought of contingencies.

Here’s a small collection of Wedding Fails that could help you plan for the reception (and by all means be properly prepared so the “event” that happened to one MC in the video doesn’t happen to you – it can be embarrassing in front of the guests!)

Wedding MC Jokes Collection

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How To Be A Wedding MC (Master of Ceremonies) and What It Takes To Be A Terrific Wedding MC

Why The Bride and Groom Should Choose An MC For Their Reception

Of all the planning that you – as bride – do, the reception is one of the most important events after the ceremony.

It’s usually the most expensive part and it’s the most elegant part.

It’s also the event where you celebrate one of the most important days of your life.

You choose an MC because he or she will be responsible for conducting the reception at your wedding – one of the biggest days of your life.

As newlyweds being honored on your special day, you want to spend time having fun and mingling with your close friends and family.

The last thing you want to do is to be concerned about the reception details.

You already have enough to do with planning your wedding without having to worry about running the reception (although you will work closely with your MC in planning the agenda and the events).

Who The Bride and Groom Should Choose As MC

Some engaged couples ask the Best Man, a member of the bridal party, or a close friend or relative to be the MC.

One of my customers, for example, who purchased How To Be A FUN Wedding MC and was delighted with the help it provided since he was a novice MC with little public speaking experience, performed the MC duties at his nephew’s wedding. (If you’re the bride, you can see The Bride’s Guide To A FUN Reception here)

Still others ask their DJ to be the MC.

Some engaged couples choose a professional MC but most couples choose someone they know – such as a friend or a relative.

While it’s a personal preference and there is no “proper” etiquette when selecting a master of ceremonies, choosing someone you know puts a more personal touch on the event.

When it comes to planning your reception, you might end up choosing your own Reception Master of Ceremonies for one of two reasons:

1. You can save hundreds – even thousands – of dollars (or pounds) if you use your own MC instead of hiring a professional one or having a DJ perform the duties for an extra fee.

That’s not intended to disparage or undermine professional MCs or DJs. They do a terrific job and some couples prefer to have a professional MC or DJ (or both) conduct their reception for them.

Sometimes, though, you choose your own master of ceremonies because of the significance the position holds and you want to honor someone close to you with the MC duties. Again, it’s that personal touch you want to add.

Other times you’re a DIY Bride and it’s simply a matter of economics and budget planning, given the high cost of a wedding.

2. Your Master of Ceremonies – even one who is a novice and inexperienced – will be able to do a terrific job if he or she has the right resources on hand that show him/her what to do.

Wedding MC Requirements – How To Pick Your MC – Advice For The Bride and Groom

Most Emcees have never performed their duties and responsibilities before. They don’t know where to start, what to say, or how to create a FUN reception.

That’s why it’s not only important to look for certain qualities in your Master of Ceremonies but to also make sure your emcee is properly prepared.

When you’re planning your reception you’ll want to choose someone who is outgoing, personable, organized, and who likes to have fun – because having a fun personality is one of the keys to creating a fun reception.

Someone who is diplomatic and on time helps too since these are qualities which a master of ceremonies has to have to be effective.

It should go without saying that you should choose someone you can trust to not only co-ordinate and conduct the reception but someone who won’t be an embarrassment either because they drink too much or because they use inappropriate jokes.

What Are The MC’s Duties – Advice For The Master of Ceremonies

You’ve Been Selected As The MC At A Reception. Now What Do You Do?

In a survey I conducted several years ago many novice MCs admitted to not knowing what to do or what to say at the reception.

And that’s completely understandable – there’s no formal training in duties even though weddings require a huge amount of planning and there are numerous things that require attention.

There’s nothing more exciting than being a master of ceremonies. As MC, you’ll get to meet a lot of people and have fun during the reception.

The MC’s Duties are varied depending on the reception .

In addition to preparing the reception agenda with the bride and groom, duties include:

1. Introducing the bridal party and bride and groom during the Grand Entrance
2. Making general announcements
3. Introducing the officiant for the blessing or grace before dinner (if you don’t do it yourself)
4. Directing and coordinating entertainment and games
5. Making head table introductions
6. Introducing speakers for the speeches and toasts
7. Announcing important events include cake cutting, the First Dance, the bouquet toss, the garter toss, and the final farewell

Other duties and responsibilities include:

1. Making sure the guests are entertained and having a good time
2. Knowing the order of speeches and toasts
3. Ensuring that the bride and groom are safely transported from the reception after the farewell

Wedding Reception Timeline

The reception timeline can refer to two things.

It can refer to the timeline during the reception and is part of the reception agenda.

That timeline is created after knowing how long the reception will run and how many events the bride and groom choose to include during the reception. Some receptions are very short and last just a few hours. Others are much longer and can go into the early morning hours.

The reception timeline comes after the Day Of Schedule which comprises the events – including hair, makeup, dressing, photographs, transportation – leading up to the ceremony and then the reception.

For the MC it also refers to the timeline leading up to the reception and includes the duties and responsibilities that have to be attended to.

The Reception Timeline for the emcee usually starts anywhere from four to six weeks before the reception (although it can be even shorter than that if the MC is called upon to perform duties at the last minute – which sometimes happens – in which case How To Be A FUN Wedding MC would be very helpful.)

That’s when the emcee starts preparing his or her material as well as organizing and coordinating the events which will take place at the reception.

If you’re the master of ceremonies, it’s wise to start as early as possible preparing for the reception since there’s a lot involved in your duties and you need time to organize all of the events.

Wedding Reception Agenda

The Reception Agenda is also known as the reception runsheet or run sheet. It’s extremely important because it helps ensure the reception runs smoothly.

It lists all the events that are to take place at the reception.

It can start with the cocktail hour or Grand Entrance and it ends with the final farewell to the bride and groom and closing remarks to the guests.

The Reception Agenda is one of the most important tools the Emcee has because it itemizes everything that the master of ceremonies is responsible for or oversees during the reception.

The Reception Agenda is prepared in consultation with the bride-to-be and the mother-of-the-bride and/or the  planners.

Reception Program

The reception program is different from the reception agenda.

The reception program is for the guests and can contain a number of elements including:

> A photograph of the bride-to-be and groom-to-be
> A personal note to the guests from the bride and groom
> An outline of the ceremony
> A concise outline of the agenda
> A map showing the location of the reception venue
> Information about the main meal and dessert
> Background about the bride and groom

The Royal Wedding Programme for the wedding of H.R.H. Prince William of Wales, K.G. and Miss Catherine Middleton on April 29, 2011 was very elaborate and also included:

> Information about Westminster Abbey
> History of the Royal Weddings celebrated in Westminster Abbey
> The Coats of Arms of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton
> Information about the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry
> Acknowledgements

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Wedding Reception Games

Reception games are a common way to make the reception a fun time.

In most cases, the reception games will be organized by the Master of Ceremonies after consulting with the bride and groom or planners.

Games can be held while guests are waiting for the main meal or they can be held after the main meal.

Some games involve the guests and others will be specifically for the bride and groom with the guests looking on.

The more you involve the guests in the games the more they’ll enjoy the reception.

Choose games that are fun, funny, and not overly competitive. And remember that competitive games can turn into pushing or shoving matches if the participating guests have had too much to drink. (Even something as traditional as the garter toss or bouquet toss can result in participants being jostled or pushed or falling to the floor.)

A FUN selection of more than 50 Wedding Reception Games (as well as Entertainment Ideas) – whether the occasion is held in the spring, summer, fall, or winter – can be found in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.

Wedding MC Jokes

Entertain the Guests with Your Clean and Funny Wedding MC Jokes And Fill the Room With Laughter…

Wedding MC Jokes aren’t just confined to the MC Speech. They can also be part of the reception – although they’re not the only way you can make a reception a fun time.

One of your duties will be to entertain the guests. And what better way to do so than to tell funny and tasteful jokes.

There is, of course, a difference between wedding humor and jokes.

Humor is generally about weddings, the differences between men and women, or marriage advice.

Humor can also be about being engaged, grooms, bachelors, husbands, wives, love, dating, anniversaries, fathers (especially the father of the bride who’s paying for the wedding or giving away the bride), mothers, single women, and more.

As well, there could be humorous advice to men about what women mean when they say “Whatever” or “Fine” or “That’s Okay” or “Nothing” when a man asks what’s wrong.

Another type of “advice” is marriage advice. There’s advice for the groom about marriage or about a wife and there’s advice for the bride about marriage and about a husband.

Sometimes, of course, advice comes in the form of wisdom – particularly if it’s from someone who is respected or who is a dignitary or honored guest.

But while advice might get a chuckle or two or a smile, it’s not really a joke in the way we think of jokes.

Some people have heard or come across jokes or one-liners to get ideas.

And that’s perfectly fine as long as they’re appropriate and not embarrassing. Because, let’s face it, not all jokes are appropriate for all guests. Which is important to keep in mind because you’re probably going to be with people of all age brackets up to and including grandparents.

Embarrassing jokes, for example, can be about sex or put downs about brides, wives, or mothers-in-law.

The problem with some of the jokes and one-liners you’ve heard or come across is that sometimes they’re funnier when you read them than when you tell them in front of an audience. For whatever reason, they lose their effectiveness when told out loud.

Here are a few tips on using MC Jokes:

1. Keep Your Wedding Jokes Clean and Appropriate

A reception is not the time to tell off-color jokes that you’d usually tell your best buddies in the locker room. Keep your jokes appropriate so you don’t embarrass or offend the bride and groom – and the guests.

Jokes about divorce, failed relationships, and past relationships (whether they’re about the bride and groom or about your own experience) are topics to avoid.

2. Memorize The Punch Line

This tip might seem obvious, but sometimes it happens – you mix up the punch line and your joke is ruined – no matter how funny it was.

If you forget the punch line then your joke won’t work. So be sure to memorize it so it flows smoothly.

3. Practice

Just as you should practice your MC Speech, you should also practice your jokes.

After all, even professional comedians practice their material before they take it before a live audience.

Make sure you have the timing right so you can deliver your joke flawlessly.

Don’t get caught unprepared at the reception without funny jokes and one liners.

Order Of Wedding Toasts and Speeches

Every MC needs to know certain things in preparation for – and during – the reception. Whether it’s planning a  reception from scratch with the bride and groom or making humorous and funny remarks and jokes during the reception, they’re all part of the MC’s “toolbox” or “bag of tricks.”

A highly popular and invaluable tool that will help you during the preparation of the reception agenda is the Order of Toasts and Speeches.

The Order of Wedding Toasts and Speeches is entirely flexible – unless the bride and groom want to stick with tradition.

In fact, the Best Man Speech is the only speech that has to be made at the reception. And sometimes, the bride and groom want to dispense with the speeches and toasts altogether and ask the MC to make the keynote speech.

Usually, though, you’ll find that as a minimum there will be speeches and toasts by the Father of the Bride, the Groom, and the Best Man.

And of course, you’ll usually find that the Mother of the Bride, the Father of the Groom, and the Maid or Matron of Honor will want to make a short speech, too.

Depending on the wishes of the bride and groom there may also be “open” speeches where guests give short, impromptu speeches – which has its own set of “rules” and things you have to look out for.

In How To Be A FUN Wedding MC you’ll find the complete Order of Toasts and Speeches.

You’ll also find out how to make this a fun event filled with laughter rather than a boring time with long-winded, drawn out speeches that leave the guests restless and waiting to have fun.

Wedding MC Responsibilities

Many MCs don’t realize the amount of planning that’s required to celebrate the bride and groom’s special day.

In addition to the planning the bride-to-be and the mother-of-the-bride do for the reception there are specific steps and duties the Master of Ceremonies must perform to ensure the reception suits the bride and groom’s personalities and style.

An MC’s Responsibilities will also include:

1. Checking the reception venue
2. Coordinating events with key vendors
3. Introducing the bridal party and the newlyweds during the Grand Entrance
4. Making announcements throughout the reception
5. Arranging games and entertainment
6. Creating a fun time for everyone
7. Making sure the reception flows smoothly

It’s easy to say what needs to be done. It’s much harder to know HOW to do those things.

Planning a fun reception takes time and a huge amount of attention to detail.

The reception is where the bride and groom celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives with people who are close to them.

How To Be A FUN Wedding MC is for the Emcee who doesn’t know where to start or what to do to plan a reception and make it a fun time for the newlyweds and the guests.

This comprehensive guide will take the master of ceremonies step-by-step through the reception planning process – from the MC’s perspective.

It’s also a wonderful reception planning tool for the bride-to-be and the mother-of-the-bride as they finalize their arrangements for the reception.

After all, the bride and groom and their families have invested many thousands of dollars (or pounds) and many months planning a celebration of this big event. And understandably, they don’t want anything to spoil the reception – especially an MC who is unprepared or who doesn’t know what to do.

How To Be A FUN Wedding MC includes detailed checklists, preparation forms, games, entertainment ideas, MC scripts for key events, as well as duties and responsibilities.

As Master of Ceremonies you’ll find it much easier to prepare the reception agenda if you follow a reception timeline so you know what to organize and when to begin doing so.

> You have to know how to prepare a reception agenda. Whether it’s a small reception of a few hours or a large one that carries on late into the night or early morning, you have to know what events to include and the order of events.

> You have to know what games and entertainment to include during the reception. The guests want to have fun and the best way to do that is with games and entertainment that involve them and make them laugh.

> You have to know what Scripts to prepare and when to introduce them during the reception. Some of your remarks will be “on the fly.” But, in general, you will have your scripts prepared beforehand so you know what you’ll be saying before key events – such as the welcome, the blessing, the speeches and toasts, the dancing, the bouquet toss, the garter toss, and the final farewell.

MC Tips – Practical Advice About Your Duties

Here are several important tips to help you as you prepare for the reception:

1. Keep your notes in a binder or on your laptop computer.

Organize your notes in the order of the reception agenda. And if you use a laptop computer, it’s a good idea to print out a hard copy in case the computer crashes or the battery dies at a crucial moment.

2. Avoid using cue cards.

Some people recommend cue cards. But the agenda can be extensive – especially if it’s a large reception. Cue cards could very quickly become cumbersome and unmanageable.

Instead, print out each section of the reception agenda with an appropriate timeline and keep your notes in a binder.

3. Keep your alcohol consumption to the bare minimum.

I realize you probably want to calm your nerves with a drink or two. A tipsy MC, on the other hand, who makes inappropriate remarks and tries to be funny can ruin a perfectly happy reception.

4. Know how to use the microphone.

Practice using the microphone beforehand so you’re familiar with it. If you have a cordless microphone, all the better – it will give you more freedom to move around the room, if required.

5. Sit at or near the head table.

If you’re a member of the bridal party you’ll sit at the head table with other members.

If you’re not part of the bridal party, be sure to sit in close proximity to the head table where you can confer with the newlyweds as well as having access to the podium and microphone.

6. Help the speakers with their wedding speeches.

Remind the speakers that the content of their speech should be appropriate. Tell them how long the speech should be – which should be no longer than a few minutes. And give them an idea of when they will be giving their speech during the reception.

If possible, also show them how to use the microphone before the reception gets underway.

7. Practice your introductions and speeches before the reception.

Practice not only makes you look polished and spontaneous, it will give you confidence and help settle your nerves – especially if you’re not used to public speaking or speaking before a large audience.

8. Discuss contingency plans with the bride and groom.

Weather, power outages, delays, emergencies. They can all happen at any large event.

Have a plan “B” in place in case things don’t work out as originally planned.

Keep in mind that sometimes things won’t go according to plan.

Don’t let that upset you. Simply carry on and follow your agenda.

There might be delays. For example, the newlyweds might arrive late at the reception for their Grand Entrance because the photographer took longer than expected.

Or they might get delayed in traffic.

Some of the speakers might not show up and you’re advised at the last minute as you’re getting ready to announce the speakers.

Or someone might forget to bring something that you needed for games or entertainment.

That’s why you not only need a plan “B” but you also need to have built-in flexibility with your agenda and timeline.

Otherwise you’ll find you’ll have lulls in the program and guests will get bored or restless.

As you can see, an MC’s Duties are much more than making announcements.

You’re not only an advisor but also a director – since the reception will be your “stage.”

Many MC’s lose sight of the fact that their goal is to make the reception a celebration.

In fact, one of the most important parts of the MC’s Duties and Responsibilities is to create a FUN and celebratory atmosphere at the reception so everyone has an amazing time.

And one of the best ways to create a fun atmosphere is to have a mixture of games, humor, and even romantic and touching moments that the bride and groom will fondly remember for years to come.

You’ve been chosen as MC to oversee the reception because the bride and groom trust you. In return, you want to honor them and pay tribute to them on their special day.

As the MC there’s a lot riding on your shoulders. But when you’re properly prepared you’ll be able to relax, enjoy yourself, and have fun as you celebrate the newlywed’s big day.

Take a moment right now to check out How To Be A FUN Wedding MC –  it shows the novice MC how to MC a wedding reception from start to finish.

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In the following video, I cover 4 key duties and responsibilities of the MC:

1. Arrive at reception venue early

2. Meet the key people involved in the reception

3. Prepare for the Grand Entrance

4. Keep key people informed

Of course, this is just a small sampling of what you’re responsible for as MC.

You’ll find these duties and responsibilities – and many more – covered in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC

How To MC A Wedding

Many novice Wedding MC’s ask how to MC a wedding.

And it’s a great question because there’s a lot of planning that goes into knowing how to MC a wedding reception.

It also shows that you, as the Wedding Master of Ceremonies, want to do a professional job and make it a fun and memorable time for the bride and groom.

Here are some pointers to get you started:

1. Start Planning The Reception And The Events Early

Because the wedding reception is such an involved event, you’ll need time to prepare not only the wedding reception agenda but also the introductions, wedding games and entertainment, and checking out the venue to make sure everything is ready on the wedding day.

Each of these areas will take time to plan properly.

If you leave things to the last moment you risk missing important parts of the reception and overlooking special moments to make the wedding a lasting memory for the newlyweds.

2. Meet With The Bride and Groom and Planners To Find Out What Is Expected Of You As The Wedding Emcee

The bride and groom have given you a huge amount of responsibility. But chances are they don’t know what’s involved with your duties. They’re leaving that up to you as Master of Ceremonies.

That’s why it’s important that you find out what’s expected of you and what the bride’s vision of the reception is.

After all, she’ll have spent most of her time choosing a theme and table settings and centerpieces as well as the menu for the meal.

But she may not have put much thought into making the reception a celebration of her big day because she’s handing that responsibility over to you.

You’ll need to know what’s going on – and only the bride and groom and planners will be able to answer specific questions you have so you can be brought up to speed.

> You’ll need to know who will be in the bridal or wedding party.

> You’ll need background information on the bride and groom if you don’t know them very well as well as the members of the bridal or wedding party.

> You’ll need background on guests who will be giving speeches and toasts and information on dignitaries, if dignitaries are attending the reception.

In How To Be A FUN Wedding MC I have a detailed list of questions you can ask so you know what’s going to happen at the reception.

> When you consult with the bride and groom and wedding planners you’ll also need to know what wedding games and entertainment are planned so you can include those events in your agenda or run sheet.

> You’ll also have to meet with key people involved in the wedding planning including the planners, the event manager at the venue, members of the bridal or wedding party, and the caterer when you’re at the venue.

> You’ll need to know the layout of the venue and the layout of the head table.

> You’ll need to know the order of the bridal party for introductions.

Chances are, especially if you’ve never been a Wedding MC before, you’ll find that your Wedding MC Duties and Responsibilities will be overwhelming because you won’t know what to do or where to start.

As with anything that you’re unfamiliar with, you’re going to have many questions as you get involved in your duties.

Fortunately, there’s a terrific guide – How To Be A FUN Wedding MC – which shows you how to MC a wedding reception from start to finish and it will save you restless nights and a huge amount of time and stress.

You’ll want to make sure you have all of the bases covered before you enter the reception hall on the wedding day.

In fact, How To Be A FUN Wedding MC has extensive checklists to make sure you’ve covered just about everything.

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In the following video you’ll discover several tips to help you in your duties:

Tip #1

Focus the attention on the bride and groom – not yourself.

As Wedding MC you’re an organizer and facilitator. You conduct the events of the reception but the spotlight is on the newlyweds.

This is the bride and groom’s special day. Remember, the wedding guests came to see them, not the Wedding Emcee.

Tip #2

Make sure you pronounce people’s names correctly.

This is one area where preparation can pay off because there’s nothing more embarrassing than mispronouncing someone’s name – especially if it’s the groom’s last name! So be sure to check to ensure your pronunciation is correct and make appropriate notes on your agenda or in your notebook.

Tip #3

Arrive at the wedding reception venue early. There’s nothing worse than people wondering where the Master of Ceremonies is – especially if things are about to get underway. When you’re late things get disorganized and it leaves a poor impression. If the venue is a long way away, make sure you leave plenty of time to get there and anticipate traffic delays.

One of the signs of a true professional is being on time and ensuring everything is in order before the wedding party and guests arrive.

Tip #4

Create a party atmosphere at the reception. The wedding is a celebration so it’s your responsibility to keep the tempo upbeat and fun.

Your duty as a Wedding Emcee is to successfully transition the wedding guests from the religious ceremony to a celebration of the marriage.

Tip #5

Don’t embarrass the bride, groom, or wedding guests. If the groom or bride doesn’t want to “say a few words” for example, don’t pursue the matter. Be gracious and understanding – especially when it comes to public speaking – because many people are terrified of public speaking.

This tips also includes using humor or jokes.

Use good judgement in what you say to get a laugh. If in doubt…leave it out.

Bonus Tip #6

Follow the bride and groom’s directions. This is where sitting down with the bride and groom beforehand and planning the reception will help you avoid embarrassing mistakes. If the newlyweds ask for something in particular, make sure you include it in the agenda so it’s not forgotten.

MC A Wedding Reception

When you MC A Wedding reception there will be certain expectations by the bride and groom and the wedding planners.

You’re expected to know what to do and what to say throughout the reception.

You’re expected to make the reception a fun time.

You’re expected to oversee – and introduce – all of the events at the reception.

You’re expected to look after the bride and groom so they can enjoy themselves and have a fun time with their closest friends and relatives without having to worry about the reception.

Of course, you know that this list is an oversimplification of the what a Wedding MC must do.

And while it seems like a small list of things to do, in reality there’s a huge amount of preparation that must take place – and more things to do – before the wedding reception begins.

Here are 4 tips to help you prepare when you MC A Wedding reception.

MC A Wedding – Tip #1 – Prepare Your Wedding MC Scripts

When you’re in front of 100…200…300…or more wedding guests you don’t want to be tongue-tied.

By creating your Wedding MC Scripts and rehearsing them so you know what you’re going to say you’ll feel much more confident in front of a large audience until your nervousness disappears.

Your main Wedding MC Script will be the Wedding MC Opening Speech where you welcome the wedding guests to the reception.

You’ll have other Wedding MC Scripts for key events throughout the reception.

Again, make sure you rehearse your Wedding MC Scripts so they sound “natural.”

MC A Wedding – Tip #2 – Follow Your Wedding Reception Timeline

There are two Wedding Reception Timelines that you follow as Wedding MC.

The first Wedding Reception Timeline is the one you work with as you prepare the wedding reception agenda. These are the things you have to do to create a fun wedding reception.

The second Wedding Reception Timeline is included with your wedding agenda or run sheet. This lists the key events of the reception, how long they should take, and when they start and finish.

MC A Wedding – Tip #3 – Prepare A Contingency Plan

Preparing a contingency plan – in consultation with the wedding planners – is just as important as preparing the wedding agenda.

After all, things do – and can – go wrong.

Last minute changes are part of the reception, too.

A change in the weather.

A delay in the arrival of the bride and groom.

Someone falls ill during the reception.

A wedding speaker can’t make the reception and has to cancel his wedding speech.

They’re all things you have to anticipate and have a Plan “B” for if you want to make sure the reception proceeds smoothly and isn’t ruined.

MC A Wedding – Tip #4 – Choose Fun Wedding Games

The reception is all about having fun since it’s a party and a celebration of the newlywed’s big day.

Your role as Wedding MC is to choose fun wedding games that keep the guests entertained as the reception progresses.

How To MC A Wedding
And Create A FUN And
Memorable Reception

It’s probably not too farfetched to assume that you’re a novice or first-time Wedding MC.

And chances are you’ve never been the wedding master of ceremonies at a reception before.

If that’s the case then there are a lot of things you won’t know about.

You probably won’t know where to begin.

You’ll quickly realize that you don’t know how to create a fun wedding reception.

You don’t know how to prepare and plan the reception.

You don’t know what questions to ask the wedding planners.

You don’t know how to create amusing introductions for the wedding party or the bride and groom’s Grand Entrance or for those giving wedding toasts and speeches.

You don’t know what advice and suggestions to give the bride and groom.

You don’t know how to make the reception a memorable and fun time for the newlyweds and the guests.

You don’t know what wedding games will be appropriate for the reception so you can keep the guests entertained and having a fun time.

You don’t know how to prepare the wedding agenda which outlines the order of events as well as the order of wedding speeches and toasts.

You don’t know what your Wedding MC Duties and Responsibilities are.

And you’re probably feeling a little anxious about the role you’ll be playing at the reception even though it’s a huge honor to MC A Wedding reception.

There’s no doubt that to MC A Wedding is a big responsibility and you might even feel overwhelmed at what you have to do to prepare for the reception.

That’s perfectly understandable and shows that you want to do the best job you can for the bride and groom on their happy day.

Fortunately you don’t have to feel overwhelmed or anxious when you have the proper guide at your side.

That’s why How To Be A FUN Wedding MC was created – to take you virtually step-by-step through the reception planning process and show you how to create a fun wedding reception and how to MC A Wedding reception.

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MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #7




If you’re the MC At A Wedding then there’s one area that should be discussed with the wedding planners.

And that’s whether there should be “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.

This is the time during the wedding speeches segment of the reception where wedding guests are invited to stand up and make a short impromptu wedding speech or toast.

There are pros and cons to “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.

On the one hand, it can be a wonderful experience to hear spontaneous good wishes and sentiments from close friends and relatives – especially if the speaker or toaster is eloquent.

On the other hand, there is a dark side to spontaneous comments – there’s a very good possibility of inappropriate remarks being made – especially if the speaker or toaster has had too much to drink.

Sometimes a joke might seem funny to the speaker but could embarrass or humiliate the bride and groom or the guests.

As well, speeches can drag on and the event can become boring. And the last thing you want as MC at a wedding is for the reception events to drag on and have bored wedding guests.

For the most part, “open” wedding speeches and toasts are not normally part of the wedding speeches event.

But, ultimately, it’s up to the bride and groom to decide whether there will be “Open” wedding speeches and toasts.

And it’s your responsibility as Wedding MC to find out what their wishes are and to make a note on your wedding reception agenda.

MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #6

Here’s another tip if you’re an MC At A Wedding

Practice in advance what you’re going to say at the wedding reception.

Just like you would practice a wedding speech, practice your Wedding MC Opening Speech and your introductions – especially for the Grand Entrance, the bridal party, and the wedding speakers.

Practice these out loud – preferably in front of someone so they can offer constructive criticism.

Many novice Wedding MC’s aren’t sure what to say when introducing key wedding reception events.

With the word-for-word Wedding MC Scripts in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC, you’ll have examples of what to say when you introduce yourself to the wedding guests during the Wedding MC Opening Speech.

Plus, you’ll also get examples for introducing the bridal party and wedding speakers during the wedding speeches and toasts event.

Even though you’ll have your Wedding Reception Agenda with you, you’ll still need to practice what you’ll be saying before the wedding day.

If necessary, write down what you’ll say when introducing each key event or each person if you’re the MC At A Wedding.

MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #5

As part of your Wedding MC Duties at the wedding reception you might be tempted to use notecards for your material.

They’re definitely handy to use but more appropriate for a wedding speech.

I suggest, instead, that your material for the wedding reception be printed out on letter size paper and  that you number your pages.

Then place the pages in a three ring binder or folder.

If necessary, insert tabs for separate events so you can refer to them quickly and easily.

Keep in mind that your “notebook” will contain the order of events at the reception, your Wedding MC Scripts, reception games, and more so you want to make sure you have everything readily available and easily accessible.

If you’re using a laptop computer for your material at the reception, be sure to print out the wedding reception agenda (run sheet) and other notes you’ll need in case the laptop crashes.

If that happens – and sometimes it does – and you’ve been relying solely on your computer you’ll have trouble directing the wedding reception which could spoil the reception for the bride and groom.

MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #4

As Wedding Emcee I’m sure you’ll want to take your Wedding MC Duties and Responsibilities seriously.

After all, the bride and groom chose you to be the Wedding MC at their reception for a reason.

They have confidence in you.

And because they have confidence in you, they expect big things from you.

They expect you to create a memorable wedding reception.

They expect the wedding reception to be fun.

After all, they want to enjoy their special day with people who are close to them.

What better way to honor the bride and groom than to put on a wedding reception that is FUN and memorable.

Even if you’ve never been a Wedding MC before, there is help available – in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC – that takes you step-by-step in creating a fun wedding reception.

To the bride and groom, their wedding day and the celebration at the wedding reception are going to be a lasting memory.

Make that lasting memory not just a good one…but a great one.

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