Wedding receptions often have a Master of Ceremonies or an MC as they are better known to sail the marital ship confidently on its journey from introducing the new Mr & Mrs to the venue all the way through to instructing the guests to head to the dancefloor to watch the often awkward ‘Two Step’ that is the First Dance. This role is often handed to the Best man. On other occasions a chatty, sensible soul who is trusted by the newlyweds is requested to have a crack at the title. If you’re reading this then there’s a strong chance you’ve been asked to MC and trust me it’s as easy as ABC and indeed 123 as long as you follow the instructions below. All you will require is a loud clear voice, a sober-ish mind and a queue card with the order of the day’s proceedings jotted down and numbered.
Liaise with the photographer, Best man and Groomsmen to announce who should be in which formal group photos.
Whip the crowd into a frenzy by welcoming “The new Mr & Mrs….” into the dining area.
Announce that food will be served shortly (Liaise with the caterer early doors to be sure of correct timings) and either your good self or a designated guest may say Grace before chowing down.
Introducing the Father of the Bride’s speech.
Introducing the Groom’s speech.
Announcing the cutting of the cake.
Invite the guests to the dancefloor to watch and applaud the First Dance. (even if the petite Bride looks like someone trying to move a wardrobe around)
In a nut shell
Give the microphone a whirl before you kick off so that you don’t end up frantically poking cables into random outlets at the last minute and find yourself shouting at the guests like a drunk Delia Smith “Lets be aving you.” You should be pitching for more of a Frank Sinatra chilled mic vibe. Perhaps with a glass of Scotch in one hand and you’re tie loosened up a tad.
Be clear from the off and introduce yourself as the MC so that everyone knows that you’re not the Best man and announce “Tequila, Sambucca, Jaeger” that’s right you’re calling the Shots. Go through your role with the Bride, Groom and Best man prior to the day so that everyone’s clear and happy as to the running of proceedings. It’s in the best interest of your health not to get too tanked up until the sun sets on your responsibilities. Then if you so desire feel free to get as drunk a lost Elk on fermented apples in an out of season Orchard.