If you are on the fence about having a Master of Ceremonies or MC at your wedding, we’d advise you to think again. You could be forgiven for not really knowing what an MC actually does! Aside from the introducing of the newlyweds and announcing the run of events for the day, it is also a “behind the scenes” role too.

Some of the best MC’s we’ve had at Waipuna are the ones who we can liaise with, know the scheduled events for the day and are confident to speak in front of everyone and keep to timeframes.

So, what does an MC actually do?

  • Assist with welcoming guests and helping them to the ceremony site
  • Help gather guests for photos
  • Help guests find their seats
  • Announce the arrival of the newlyweds to the wedding reception
  • Announce the first dance
  • Introduce speakers at the reception
  • Explain to guests about how meal service will occur
  • Introduce the cake cutting and any other events

Generally speaking, your MC will help ensure your day runs smoothly – it’s a key role!

Selecting someone to ask to be your MC can be challenging. Confidence would be one of the first attributes we would suggest for an MC. You need someone who isn’t afraid to speak in front of people and have a strong presence. Trust is essential when you are considering who will be your MC. You need to have faith that this person is able to do the role and liaise with vendors allowing you to relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Your MC should be someone who is organised, is able to deal with any unforeseen issues and is calm under pressure. Humour is also a great trait for an MC. Someone who is funny, able to put others at ease and be engaging with your guests is great.

Communication is also really important, so make sure they are someone who can give instructions to others, speak up when needed and communicate clearly and confidently.

Hopefully while you’ve been reading this, some names of people who might be suitable have come to mind. Don’t forget, ask your family and friends for advice too. Good luck!

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