How important is a Wedding MC? Have you organised someone to be the MC at your wedding? How did you decide who to choose?
When I ask people these questions, the most common response is something like this:
"Oh, I don't need a professional MC, my Brother/Sister/Uncle/workmate/cousin/friend is doing that. They are pretty good at speaking so we'll just get them to do it."
To explain how this thought process could be a little misguided, think if it like this - "My Brother/Sister/Uncle etc is pretty good at taking photo's, so they will be our wedding photographer"
That probably sounds ridiculous to most people doesn't it?
Let's have a look at what a professional MC should do at your wedding reception.
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think about the wedding MC is "That's the person who does all the talking." The reason so many people think that, is because that's what they have seen at so many weddings before. It's also because that's all most MC's do. Is there anything wrong with that? Let's look at some of the things a Professional Wedding MC from G&M Solutions Mobile DJ's does.
1 - Yes, we do some talking when we act as the MC at a wedding. However our aim when speaking on the microphone is to be as concise as possible and certainly not to take attention away from the Bride and Groom. While researching this article, I came across dozens of "MC guides" which seemed to be more concerned about "good" MC jokes then actually what an MC should be doing.
2 - Our biggest task throughout a wedding reception is actually to act as a behind-the-scenes coordinator. You would be surprised how much work our MC's do at a wedding reception that people don't see. If you ask any of our past Platinum or Ultimate Package clients, I'm sure they will tell you that it was their wedding MC who made their reception come together on the night. This process starts months out from a wedding as your wedding MC will work with you to help create a timeline which compliments the venue's food service times and also paces the reception so that you get full enjoyment of your special day, plus the flexibility needed to ensure a successful event.
3 - Without a professional wedding MC, who is the person chasing things up at a wedding reception. Most of the time it is the bride and the rest of the time it falls to someone like the Mother of the bride or a bridesmaid, who often are not fully aware of the reception plans the bride has made. Your wedding MC should have all of this covered. From passing the bride the throwaway bouquet as she comes up to the dance floor to throw it to all the unmarried ladies, to letting the speech makers know when they will be speaking and how to hold the microphone, there are a hundred and one things our MC will do to ensure the bride and groom can essentially be a guest at their own wedding and don't have to worry about a thing.
4 - Work with the other wedding vendors. A professional MC will liaise with other wedding reception vendors such as photographers, venue staff, videographers etc to ensure the reception runs smoothly. An example of this is letting the videographer know 5 minutes before anything happens so that they can ensure they can be in the best position to get the shots they want. You would hate for them to miss those first special moments of your bridal waltz. Most of this work is done leading up to the big day so that every wedding vendor knows what to expect, plus it continues throughout the entire reception.
5 - A professional wedding MC will make your wedding fun! As an experienced wedding MC I have been lucky enough to share in hundreds of successful wedding receptions. We make wedding receptions fun not by telling jokes or making fun of people, but by incorporating you and your guests into some amazing special moments which are personalised by us, just for your wedding.
6 - A professional MC can keep your guests at your wedding. That's right, we carry a large cattle prod, so if they try to leave, we just give them a ..... hang on, that's not right. The real reason guests will want to stay at your wedding reception is if it is FUN! By involving your guests in your wedding reception, you will be making it fun for them. We use a variety of methods to suit all ages which ensures nobody is left out. Plus, if they really want to leave, we can always get the cattle prod lol. Isn't this the same as no. 5? Yes, but no. 5 didn't mention a cattle prod.
7 - Much, Much more. Each wedding reception is different, so there are different things which a professional wedding MC does at each reception. A truly professional MC will be happy to sit down with you and discuss every aspect of their service, just like any other professional wedding supplier.
A common question I get from people is "But can't the DJ just MC, most of them say they can, plus they do it for free"
Sure, the DJ can MC. So could the photographer, the videographer, the venue manager or the limo driver. There are many highly experienced DJ's who can manage to act as both a wedding DJ and a wedding MC. But to be honest, when 1 person does 2 people's jobs, it usually results in both jobs being done to a lower standard.
To find out how affordable a professional MC is, please feel free to visit our website www.gmsolutions.com.au and get an free, instant, online quote. Our Platinum Package includes both a professional wedding and and professional wedding MC. If you don't think that the cost is extremely good value, please get in contact and I'll show you have to save twice the cost of a professional MC on your wedding without you or your guests even noticing.
Thank you for reading,
By Glenn Mackay
A boutique entertainment group from Melbourne, Australia.