Being an MC is an important job. It's not just about standing up and introducing a couple when they walk in a room, or saying "mic check, 1... 2...".
I was honoured to be asked to MC my brother's wedding and next month, I'm up to the task again while holding a dual hat of being a bridesmaid also. Exciting!
It's made me go back to the Googles though (and the bride!) to check to see what exactly they envisage the role to be.
As I mentioned in this post, a big part of the MC's role is to make a couple of speeches that include 'housekeeping' and the like.
But there are often other roles too - almost like an extra member of the bridal party - and the MC can be called on to act as an assistant in photos, hold things, deal with unruly guests and yell at certain guests to make themselves available for certain photos. "SCHOOL FRIENDS, Can I PLEASE get all of Jane's SCHOOL FRIENDS over here NOW?"
If there's one thing I've learnt from being a guest at previous weddings it's that it becomes quickly and blindingly obvious when a couple have failed to choose the right person to MC.
It's usually typified by the majority of guests kind of milling around, never knowing where to be, where to go to, what to do, where to sit, what to drink and what's even going on. Wedding guests take on a sheep-like quality, herded together waiting for someone to make the move or direct them to the next location or situation.
So I guess when it comes to picking an MC, you really have to consider how that person is likely to act at the wedding (Drunk Uncle Gary might not be best), their tone (vulgar and inappropriate friend from high school? Maybe not) and their public speaking ability skills (sweats and passes out when giving a speech in front of 10 people? Give them a miss).
I actually just randomly thought of this MC vowel checklist:
A - An important person to you - This is up for debate. Some people hire in MCs but to me, it's a job for someone who knows you as a couple. I personally think that's the way to go, but others may disagree. Thoughts? I guess some people may find it easier to outsource the job but I dunno, it's not for me.
E - Engaging - They have to have a bit of spunk, a bit of life in them that makes the guests drawn to what they're saying and how they're delivering information to them. Nothing worse that a quiet, disorganised MC who makes the organised folk want to grab the microphone out of their hand.
I - Informative - So much of an MC's role is giving out information. You'd hope you could choose someone trustworthy enough to pass on the correct information, and who has the ability to ask the right person if they don't know the answer.
O - Outspoken - They have to have the ability to talk loud, talk clearly and talk to anyone and everyone from all backgrounds, age groups and awkward corners of the room. In fact it's their job to go get those awkward people being wallflowers and drag them in to proceedings. Not everyone has the ability to do that.
U - Understanding - Their wedding day experience as an MC rather than just a plain ol' guest means they're going to have to understand the fact that they literally have a job to do - and because of that the experience may not be how they imagined it.
But they are SO important. They steer the wedding day ship and add a crucial element in to the day - one that is not always recognised but whose hard work really should be.
How did you or do you plan to choose your MC? Any positive experiences or cringeworthy MC moments to share?
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