August 2018 ยท 2 minute read

It is well known that an MC will make or break a marriage reception. Many guests have witnessed a Master of Ceremonies that wasn’t the same standard as the remainder of the occasion.

Regrettably, this has occurred too frequently and may result in fractured relationships, particularly if the MC is a personal acquaintance of the bride and groom.

The custom of working with a friend to act as MC has taken a back seat recently with the arrival of professional wedding MC’s. For the couple hosting the reception, hiring a seasoned and well-prepared professional gives them reassurance - and is one less thing to be concerned about.

Ask the next 5 questions to any potential MC’s; whether they are professional or part timers. The replies you get back will reveal If You’re in safe hands:

How many functions have you MC’d before?

Previous corporate experience as a public speaker or company MC is a fantastic sign. However, a wedding is all about joy and a company event is all about gain - so ensure the MC has a ready-to-please smile and a feeling of fun.

Otherwise, they will need to have MC’d at least 10 weddings to warrant getting paid by you.

What references that you can show us?

Most pros (i.e getting paid for a service) must have 10 to 20 letters of recommendation or testimonials from previous customers.

What hotels or venues have you worked at?

Most areas are extremely fussy about who they allow their staff work with. A list of the preceding establishments will immediately let you know exactly what regular the MC is at.

What’s your fee?

Professional MC’s always charge for their gift - not their time. Amateurs will quote an hourly charge. Sydney Weddings of one third using the remaining to be paid one week before hand in the last interview is the accepted method of trade.

What training have you had?

For the wedding, you want the best there is. Anybody who’s serious about the standard of service they provide, will have at any point, undertaken some type of training.

Your Master of Ceremonies should have invested in some of the published books, eBooks, audios and videos in addition to public seminars that teach speakers in how to use their skills as MCs.

If you want to get an idea what a professional MC is like, get online and check movies on YouTube of professional wedding emcees. And ask your uncle or talented friend to generate a fantastic speech or toast rather.