You may not know it, but if you fail to brief the MC fully on the agenda for the great day, you are indirectly setting the stage for disaster on your special day. There is really nothing noteworthy of having a MC who doesn’t know the agenda for the day and clearly doesn’t know how to pronounce your surname appropriately! One who cannot identify the audience and know when not to crack offensive jokes! The MC plays a pivotal role in making sure that the event moves swiftly and smoothly. It is within his remit to ensure the audience are having a swell time. Consider some of our tips before deciding on whom to engage for your special day.
1.Ensure you do a thorough research before choosing a wedding MC. Ask questions from all quarters and watch video clips on YouTube before deciding on whom to book for this all too important role. How about attending an event where he/she will be playing a similar role to what you have planned for your MC to take on.
2.Your wedding is your responsibility; therefore, you prepare a tentative wedding reception agenda and run the sheet with your wedding planner. This includes everything from the arrival of guests and wedding party to the “dance dance dance” and final farewell signifying the departure of the newly-weds. After all, your MC will need this information to run the day smoothly and on time.
3.We recommend that you set up a meeting with your MC and your wedding planner. This is to ensure they both understand what is expected of the MC, no one steps on each other at the reception and everyone knows what is expected of them. The last thing you want to be doing on your day is running around.
4.As mentioned above, it is your day and the bulk of the responsibility falls on your shoulder to ensure a smooth sail on your wedding day. It is imperative that you provide as much background information on yourself and your significant other (bride and groom) to the MC. This should include details from your childhood, dating, and engagement to the forthcoming honeymoon. Trust me; a great MC will use this information judiciously and aptly as the wedding reception progresses
5.If you plan to have people give nuptial speeches, toast or a word of advice at your reception, it’ll be great if they are introduced properly. So make sure you pass on information regarding your speakers to your MC. If you decide not to have any speakers at your wedding, also let your MC know so that he can courteously turn down anyone who steps forward on that day.
6.Once you give your MC the go ahead to anchor your event, he becomes your representative at your wedding. Please ensure that he understands how to dress adequately in order not to send conflicting messages with his unprofessional outlook. Anything short of a suit or decent native attire should not be condoned. This is very important.
7.Don’t break the bank to hire a celebrity MC. Who says a young or new entrance into the industry cannot be a great MC when fully informed on time and briefed on what exactly he is expected to do, this way you save loads of money.
8.Having agreed to marry each other, you might as well start practising how to make decisions that would affect both of you together. Make a possible list of seven MCs and screen them together judging by what you want and can afford for your great day. Once you both agree on a particular MC, you can go all out to secure his services for your day.
9.Some relatives can be out rightly over bearing. Identify them and warn the MC ahead of time. Nothing as bad as a relative distracting the MC while he is working with irrelevant details and burdening him with his unpleasant presence at every given opportunity.
10.If you can, why not throw in a surprise comedian for a couple of minutes to help lighten the mood and give your wedding a great memory. If you can, it is surely worth it; especially if your MC is not a comedian.