The Wedding MC – Seven Top Tips for Success

If you’ve been asked to be the Wedding MC then like many people you’re dreading the thought. The list of duties can appear to be overwhelming on one hand, but on the other you might not have any clue at all what is expected of you on the big day – apart from that at some stage or other you’re going to have to stand up in front of the wedding guests and speak. And what most people fear above all else is public speaking…

However, it really isn’t as bad as you might think at the moment. And by following the tips below you’ll find the day goes well and you might even enjoy being a wedding MC!

The first thing to know is that the job of the wedding MC is to ensure the smooth running of the wedding. That means making announcements so the guests know what is happening next, where they are supposed to be, when it will start happening.

The second thing to remember is that you aren’t supposed to be the star of the show – that’s the bride and groom, remember. So, before you go any further, make sure you sit down with them and make sure you understand what they want you to do on the day. For instance, although the wedding books will tell you that the receiving line should be in a particular order, there may be reasons for it to be different, such as divorced parents, or just because the newlyweds to be want it that way.

Tip number three – remember it is a social event. You’re not going to win a lose a job promotion, although that might not help when you think you’ve got to stand up and speak – or even worse, crack a few jokes. Even though you may not feel completely comfortable about it you should relax as best you can and most people really won’t notice your nerves.

Fourth on the list is names – since you’ll probably be asked to introduce the speakers and may have to introduce people in the receiving line you need to make sure you can pronounce everyone’s name correctly. Write them down, with reminders if necessary.

The fifth thing is the 5 Ps – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Prepare your speech in advance, practise speaking out loud, reduce it to a series of reminders on index cards and speak it confidently on the day. It’s amazing what a bit of effort prior to giving your speech will make to the end result. Certainly don’t read your speech as it will sound stilted and don’t speak for too long – unless you are also the Best Man your speeches should be instructional.

Point six – you don’t need to be funny every time you speak. If you’re not naturally funny or considered very serious then don’t crack any jokes at all if you don’t want to. If you do want to get some laughs then prepare your jokes, one-liners and anecdotes in advance and practise telling them – a large part of successful joke telling is in the timing and if the guests aren’t expecting a punch line it will come across as even funnier – certainly don’t tell them you’re going to tell them a joke!

And lastly, tip number seven; enjoy yourself. The wedding guests are on your side and they want you to succeed. By enjoying the wedding you and making sure everything runs smoothly you be happy that you helped the bride and groom’s day go without a hitch.

For more tips and tricks to help you in the role of Wedding MC visit our website. It covers Wedding MC Jokes and a whole lot more to do with the big day.

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