“An MC is generally a brother or siblings on either side, perhaps a best friend,” says Benita Kam, wedding planner at BNT Event Management. “Sometimes people hire in a professional MC and it can even be a dual role for the best man." Whichever category you fall into, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what’s expected.
Duties include introducing VIPs (bride, groom, in-laws) as they arrive and again before each toast. Know how speakers are related to the couple plus a little detail about them to personalise your words. The MC also sets the pace and tone of proceedings—brush up on the order of events.
Liase with the bride and groom and anyone else of importance who is involved in the wedding. An appreciation of their expectations will help you create the right atmosphere.
At the reception, ensure guests are seated and introduce yourself before welcoming the bridal party. After dinner, pave the way for speeches and toasts by welcoming the speakers one by one, ensuring they have the full attention of the room.
Wind up the speeches with a toast to those who can’t be present and read any messages from absentees (what were tradtionally telegrams). The cutting of the cake is the MC’s to herald, as is the introduction of live entertainment. After dessert, encourage the newlyweds to take their first dance. Persuade guests to partake in the throwing of the garter and bouquet and, finally, farewell the happy couple and close proceedings. Job done.
Story by Katie Ivey