It is well known that an MC will make or break a wedding reception. Many guests have witnessed a Master of Ceremonies that was not the same standard as the rest of the event.
Unfortunately, this has occurred too often and may lead to fractured relationships, especially if the MC is a personal acquaintance of the bride and groom.
The tradition of using 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 an experienced and well-prepared professional gives them peace of mind – and is one less thing to worry about. The rule is (because you only get one chance to get it right): choose your MC carefully.
Ask the following 5 questions to any potential MC’s; whether they are professional or part timers. The answers you receive back will reveal if you are in safe hands:
How many functions have you MC’d before?
Previous corporate experience as a public speaker or business MC is a good sign. But a wedding is about joy and a business event is about profit – so ensure the MC has a ready-to-please smile and a sense of fun.
Otherwise, they need to have MC’d at least 10 weddings to warrant getting paid by you. A background as a music DJ does not really count – unless they have extensive experience building rapport using a microphone.
What references that you can show us?
Most professionals (i.e getting paid for a service) should have at least 10 to 20 letters of recommendation or testimonials from previous clients.
What hotels or venues have you worked at?
Most places are very fussy about who they let their team work with. A list of the previous establishments will quickly tell you what standard the MC is at.
What is your fee?
Professional MC’s always charge for their talent – not their time. Amateurs will quote an hourly fee. A deposit of one third with the remaining to be paid one week before hand at the final interview is the accepted method of transaction.
What training have you had?
For your wedding, you want the best there is. Anyone who is serious about the quality of service they offer, will have at some stage, undertaken some kind of training.
Your Master of Ceremonies should have invested in some of the published books, eBooks, audios and videos as well as public seminars that educate speakers in how to use their skills as MCs.
If you want to get an idea what a professional MC is like, go online and check videos on YouTube of professional wedding emcees. And maybe ask your uncle or talented friend to make a great speech or toast instead.