What is a Good MC and How to Get One?
By Natalie T.
December 8, 2011
Imagine if you will the maid of honor wobbles in her stiletto shoes to the mike and after a brief struggle she manages to remove it from the stand. We can already tell she's had a few too many. She rocks slightly on her shoes as she waits for the MC to announce her and then she launches into an alcohol fueled and alcohol filled story about how the bride met her husband at a frat party. The audience is split between staring at the MOH and the bride and groom who have grins frozen on their faces.
Things go from bad to worse when she hints her initial attraction to the groom, and finally, the best man, who is the groom's brother, takes the mike and walks her to her seat. The maid of honor spends the next hour crying and drunkenly apologizing.
Yes, that really happened, and could have been prevented by a savvier MC. The Master of Ceremonies sometimes doubles as the DJ and is the host of the wedding reception. He announces the entrance of the wedding party, the speeches, and the dances. He also may preside over wedding games.
While there's no strict criteria for what makes a phenomenal MC. Here are some tips on picking one who is right for you. Professional MCs often have scripts that you can read through, but the most important thing is whether he or she can think on his or her feet.
When you interview your MC
- have a list of unexpected situations and test his response (e.g. what would you do if the flower girl catches the bouquet? Do you do the garter toss?)
- pay attention to his personality. I don't like arrogant or cocky MCs.
- If you want a carefully choreographed performance, you can ask a friend to do the honors for you.