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.

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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
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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.

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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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Every Wedding MC should be well prepared for the reception with his or her notes, scripts, and fun ideas to make the reception a fun time.

Here are 5 Wedding MC Tips for the emcee at the reception.

This is just a sampling of the tips and advice available in How To Be A FUN Wedding MC.

Wedding MC Tip #1 – Start Your Reception Planning Early

Sit down with the wedding planners and plan the wedding reception agenda.

Wedding MC Tip #2 – Rehearse Your MC Scripts

Create your wedding mc scripts and then rehearse them – out loud – so you feel confident in your role as Wedding MC.

Wedding MC Tip #3 – Make The Bride and Groom The Center of Attention

It’s the bride and groom’s special day. Make sure they’re the center of attention.

Wedding MC Tip #4 – Entertain the Wedding Guests

Use Reception Games, Group Activities, and Wedding MC Jokes to keep the wedding guests entertained.

Wedding MC Tip #5 – Know How To Pronounce People’s Names

Pronounce people’s names correctly when making introductions.

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How to plan a fun reception
What to do and what to say
What questions to ask the bride and groom
How to introduce the bridal party
How to introduce the bride and groom
How to introduce the wedding speakers

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FUN entertainment ideas
Reception games to entertain the wedding guests
Checklists, preparation forms, sample wedding agendas or runsheets
Word-for-word MC scripts for key events

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MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #3

The Wedding Reception Program and Wedding Reception Agenda are similar but have distinct differences and uses – especially for the Wedding MC.

Think of the Wedding Reception Program as something that is given to the wedding guests for their information and as a keepsake of the wedding.

The Wedding Reception Program highlights the main events of the wedding reception and can be created from the wedding reception agenda.

It can also include such things as menu information, after-party information, as well as a personal thank you note from the bride and groom.

The wedding reception agenda (or wedding reception runsheet), on the other hand, is a detailed outline of wedding reception events and is particularly important for the Wedding MC.

It will include times, key events, games for the wedding reception, entertainment and other activities, surprises you might have in store for the bride and groom, and any special notes you need to make to ensure the reception flows smoothly.

Special notes could include names of songs, introductions, order of wedding speakers and toasters, a schedule of entertainment events, and more.

In fact, your wedding reception agenda can be as detailed or as concise as you like because it will be your personal guide throughout the reception.

Where the wedding reception program is general in nature and primarily for the wedding guests, the wedding reception agenda is much more detailed and is used by the Wedding Emcee.

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MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #2

The Wedding MC Run Sheet – or Wedding Reception Agenda – is an important aid for the Wedding MC both before and during the wedding reception.

The Wedding MC Run Sheet outlines the sequence of events during the wedding reception – from the beginning to the end.

The Wedding MC Run Sheet helps the Wedding MC plan what will take place during the reception and is entirely flexible.

It will start with the Grand Entrance.

And it will end with the Final Farewell.

In between the Grand Entrance and the Final Farewell, you’ll plan all the events that will take place during the reception – including the meal, the wedding speeches and toasts, the group activities, the entertainment, and the dancing.

In How To Be A FUN Wedding MC the Wedding Reception Run Sheet is completely laid out from start to finish.

Plus, you’ll get samples of the Wedding Reception Run Sheet that you can review with the bride and groom as you sit down and plan the reception with them.

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MC At A Wedding – Wedding MC Reception Tip #1

Just as the Wedding MC should know the Order of Toasts, many Wedding Emcees also need to know the Order of Events – also known as the Wedding Agenda – at a wedding reception.

The Order of Events at a wedding reception is quite flexible.

In How To Be A FUN Wedding MC you’ll get examples of the Order of Events.

These examples come in very handy as you prepare for the wedding reception.

You can sit down with the bride and groom and create a unique wedding reception that is both fun and memorable.

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Wedding MC – The Key Person For A FUN Wedding Reception

The Wedding MC has many duties and responsibilities throughout the wedding reception.

And if you’ve performed your Wedding MC Duties well, the wedding reception will be a success.

What often happens, though, is that very often the Wedding MC doesn’t know what to say or what to do.

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And that’s entirely understandable – many wedding receptions are big events with a number of things that need attention.

If you’re a novice Wedding MC then chances are things will be missed simply because you didn’t know what to do.

And because things are missed, the wedding guests can get bored or events just won’t work out as planned.

And there will be no added touches that make the reception a very special event for the newlyweds.

On top of that, as Wedding MC you probably don’t know how to make the wedding reception a FUN celebration.

When the bride and groom spend thousands of dollars on the wedding reception, they want it to be a memorable event (even if they’re not entirely sure how to do that).

As Wedding Emcee you’ll need…

Wedding MC checklists and a sample wedding agenda or run sheet.

Plus, you’ll need word-for-word scripts on what to say.

You’ll also need a timeline that shows you what to do and when you should do it so you’re organized and ready for the reception.

You’ll need wedding reception games and wedding reception activities.

Most importantly, you’ll need IDEAS on how to make the wedding reception a celebration.

In fact, you’ll need to know the secrets to kicking things up a notch to get the wedding guests in the mood for a fun time.

A wedding reception is an event that takes considerable planning and time to prepare.

And that’s where you can rise to the occasion and show off your talent as a Wedding MC even if you’ve never been one before.

As the Wedding Emcee you owe it to the bride and groom to make sure you’re properly prepared for one of the most important days of their lives.

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10 powerful questions that get you started on the right track with your Wedding MC Speech.

5 key wedding speech tips that every Wedding MC should know.

Our top resource for keeping the wedding guests entertained during the wedding reception.

Reduce boring gaps in the wedding reception and kick up the party atmosphere with this key resource that every Wedding MC should have in his or her Wedding MC “Toolkit.”

This resource includes a concise wedding agenda checklist, as well. (Essential for every Wedding MC who wants to make sure the wedding reception runs smoothly.)

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This resource includes wedding jokes, one-liners, and quotes that kick up your wedding speech and entertain and amuse the wedding guests for a memorable Wedding MC Speech.

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Wedding MC Jokes Package Tips

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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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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