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

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Wedding MC Jokes Tips For The Master Of Ceremonies

As Wedding MC, you’ll find that many of your duties at the reception will revolve around making announcements and coordinating events including entertainment, games, dancing, and other traditions like cake cutting, the bouquet toss, and the garter toss.

If you’re a novice and learning how to be a Wedding Master of Ceremonies you might think about using humor. 

Wedding MC Jokes can always be part of your MC Duties, although they’re not essential for the guests to have fun at the reception.

When you MC at a wedding, you’re not only expected to run the reception, you’re also expected to entertain the guests. 

That’s where humor can come in handy.

After all, what better way to entertain the guests than with occasional humorous wedding jokes that are clean and tasteful and don’t offend anyone.

Tip #1 – Select Wedding Jokes What Will Be Funny With Live Audiences

Beware of falling into the trap of reading a funny wedding joke and thinking that it will work when you tell it to a live audience.

Some jokes are only effective when you read them, but don’t work when you tell them.

Tip #2 – Don’t Try To Be A Stand Up Comedian

One of the best parts about being a Wedding MC is that no one expects you to be a stand up comedian.

All they expect is to have a fun time.

Of course, the guests will enjoy themselves more if you can add a touch of humor throughout the reception.

All you have to do during the reception is add at various places some humorous and clean wedding jokes to keep things lively and fun.

Tip #3 – Know Your Wedding Guests

What will your guests be like?

Will they be young, old, high society, hard working folks, or somewhere in between?

Guests can be all ages and come from all walks of life, ethnicities, and social standing.

So keep in mind that the funny joke you told your buddies at work around the water cooler might not be appropriate (or understood) by the guests at the reception.

Think about who your guests are and select jokes that you think will be appropriate for them.

Tip #4 – Select FUNNY Wedding Jokes And Mark Them Down On Your Agenda

While everyone has a different idea of what a funny wedding joke is, if you choose tried and tested material you have a better chance of getting a laugh.

Once you’ve selected your material, note it down on the agenda so you know when to introduce it during the reception.

For example, you might use jokes to introduce guests. Or you might use humor when making announcements. Or you might think of humorous alternatives (rather than clinking on glasses) to encourage the bride and groom to kiss.

Tip #5 – Make Sure You Don’t Embarrass Anyone

When you introduce speakers for speeches or toasts or talk about the bride and groom you have to be careful that you don’t embarrass anyone.

A wedding reception is a time for celebrating a marriage.

It’s also an event that will be remembered for years to come by the bride and groom.

That’s why you don’t want to do anything that detracts from those happy and pleasant memories.

If in doubt, the very least you can do is ask whether the humor will be offensive.

The best thing about Wedding MC Jokes is that you don’t have to be a professional comedian to make people laugh.

When you MC a reception, you’re in a room with people who are there to celebrate a marriage. There’s a party atmosphere which puts people in the mood for fun and laughter.

So your audience is “primed” for humor.

And your material is easy to tell – it’s generally about marriage or the groom or (very tastefully) about the bride or they’re about husbands and wives.

Keep in mind that jokes about the bride can be a delicate subject and should be used with caution. After all, it’s her special day and one of the most important days of her life, and you don’t want to spoil that special time for her with a thoughtless remark – even if it would get a laugh.

Tip #6 – Commit Your Material To Memory

Your jokes will have a better chance of succeeding if you choose ones that are funny and you memorize them – or the main parts so you can tell them effortlessly.

Pay particular attention to the punch line because that’s what makes the joke effective.

There’s no reason why you can’t rehearse before the reception – preferably in front of a live audience of friends or family – in preparation for the big day.

As Master of Ceremonies, this will give you a huge advantage in feeling confident in your timing and delivery.

Tip #7 – Give Your Material A Trial Run

Every joke has a special rhythm to it.

Sometimes you will emphasize a particular part of it to “set the stage” for the punch line.

Other times you make it sound so conversational that your joke almost sneaks up on the listener – and you get an even bigger laugh because it’s so unexpected.

The key to telling a wedding anecdote, for example, that’s funny is to practice so it sounds natural.

Tip #8 – Make Your Wedding Joke Sound Believable

Help your audience identify with your joke by making it believable.

To make it sound believable use real names – names of towns or cities or countries.

And use the names of the bride and groom if you’ve selected a bride or a groom joke.

You don’t have to use a real situation. It can be a made up situation that sounds real from the way you tell it – by using real names.

Tip #9 – Choose Enough Material For The Whole Reception

“Dead air” and long breaks between events aren’t a good thing when you’re the Wedding MC.

Your goal is to keep the guests entertained otherwise they’ll get bored and restless.

As MC, you want the reception events to flow along smoothly and you want to keep the tempo upbeat and fun.

Make sure you have a tight agenda that flows well and keeps events on time. Have enough material to fill in any gaps between events.

The Reception Is More Than Wedding Jokes

If you decide to use humor, plan on using it throughout the reception.

But remember, as much as the guests enjoy funny jokes, humor only goes so far.

You’re not expected to entertain and put on a show for an hour like a professional comedian.

It’s much more important that you plan the entertainment, games, and events because those make up the majority of a fun reception.

And a fun reception will leave a lasting memory.

In fact, a reception can be very successful without any jokes at all because they play such a small role at the reception compared to organizing a fun time.

That’s why if you have to choose between jokes and creating a fun reception, creating a fun reception should be your priority.

Create A FUN And Memorable Reception For The Bride And Groom

Wedding humor – if you use it – is an addition to your skills as an MC, not the foundation of the reception. After all, the guests are never going to complain that there were no jokes at the reception. 

In fact, your guests can have a lot of fun at the reception even if you don’t use humor at all.

It’s the experience at the reception that counts in the long run and that leaves a lasting memory.

That experience encompasses a multitude of things: the grand entrance of the bride and groom, the meal, the entertainment, the music, the games, the dancing, the traditional events, and the atmosphere.

It’s your job as MC to oversee an agenda that creates a celebratory atmosphere.

That’s where the secrets in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC can help the novice Wedding MC create a FUN and memorable time at the reception even if you’ve never been the Master of Ceremonies at a wedding before.

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 To Be A FUN Wedding MC

The following is a video by Wedding MC Maureen. It’s a speech and toast which includes jokes and was given before the main meal was served.

If the newlyweds request you give a speech, then Maureen’s speech is a good format to follow.

Maureen did a very fine job with her speech. A couple of pointers to help you if you’re giving a wedding speech: If you’re nervous, there’s no need to tell the guests. Your nerves will settle down quickly and you’ll feel more comfortable after a couple of minutes. Take a deep breath. Making a joke at the beginning like Maureen did is a good way to settle your nerves. While the guests are laughing it gives you a chance to calm down. 

At the beginning, your voice might get a little wavery from nerves. But I can assure you that most, if not all, of the guests are thankful that they’re not the ones giving a speech because talking in public terrifies most people. Also keep in mind that the guests are at the reception to have fun. They understand you could be nervous and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

The best way to overcome nerves is to know your material well so you can talk confidently.

There are three key ways to develop confidence: Practicing your material, having experience, and being prepared.

If you’re a novice Wedding Master of Ceremonies you probably won’t have the experience. But you can overcome that lack of experience by being prepared and practicing your MC scripts.

Try and avoid reading your speech. If you’re nervous it’s fine to read your speech at the beginning until you feel more confident talking in front of the guests. Glancing at your notes from time to time is a good way to give your speech and it makes you look confident even if you don’t feel that way.

Make sure the equipment – including the microphone – is working before you get up to talk. There seemed to be some question about whether everyone could hear Maureen and it threw off the rhythm of her speech at the beginning. 

Maureen used a lectern at this reception. Sometimes there will be a lectern. Other times there won’t or you won’t want to use one. If you’re nervous, having a lectern will seem like a gift – at least people won’t see your hands shaking. But if there is no lectern, then make sure you have some sort of folder or binder that you have your speech or notes in so your nervousness isn’t as noticeable.

There are some terrific Wedding MC jokes here: The joke about keeping speeches short and having a time limit, the seating arrangements, and the final toast at the end of the speech are funny jokes.

This is what made this speech so good – the jokes were funny. And that’s the key if you’re going to use jokes – make sure they’re funny. There is nothing worse than making jokes that people don’t find funny.

Generally, the Wedding Master of Ceremonies has a welcome speech before the reception gets underway and the arrival of the newlyweds. (At this reception the newlyweds had already arrived and were seated at the head table.)

The welcome speech is different from the speech Maureen gave and I give you a format to follow in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.

Maureen’s speech took time to prepare. She had to find material which she thought would go over well with the guests and get some laughs because the newlyweds had asked her to keep the tempo fun and upbeat – something that every Master of Ceremonies at a reception should keep in mind.

However, there’s much more to being a Wedding MC than giving a speech with jokes in it.

The events at a reception can range from the Grand Entrance to wedding games and entertainment, to traditional events like the bouquet toss and the garter toss, to the Final Farewell.

All of those events require preparation and need to be included in your wedding agenda and timeline.

If you don’t know what to do or what to say or where to start then How To Be A FUN Wedding MC will help you prepare for the reception from start to finish.

P.S. Be sure to watch the video to the end: Maureen makes a toast at the very end that is a terrific finish to her speech.

(WARNING: Turn volume down on video below – it starts out VERY LOUDLY)

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