Wedding Planning Basics
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The Secrets to Staying Focused Before Your Wedding
So, Brides and Grooms, as you are in the thick of things planning your wedding down to the very last details you have probably realized that you have to find someone to host and run your reception – better known as the emcee (MC) to lead the events of the evening.
Let me give you some simple tips today on how to pick great MC’s for your big day!
Secret # 4 in this series to a stress free wedding day…
Secret # 4
Ok, so I know picking an MC sounds like one of the simpler tasks to check off your list…however…I want to bring something to your attention now before you make this decision as a couple…what if you pick the wrong person?? Now I don’t want to insult any of you out there who have been a wedding MC (I myself included in this groups - yes I did it once and it’s not easy, to say the least).
But think about this for a minute. This person will be leading the show at your reception, keeping the crowd engaged, introducing your family and friends to give speeches and most importantly keeping the night going should there arise any last minute and unforeseen complications. They are the FACE of your night and aside from you as the bride and groom they are the focus while up there speaking.
So how do you choose the right people for YOUR wedding reception MC’s???
First off, might I suggest this? As one who has done the deed (MC that is) I can tell you it is way less nerve racking standing in front of 190 people speaking when you have someone else standing with you! Choose a duo to run your big night. It could be a really dynamic couple that you know who have such great chemistry or it could be two people who you both agree would be a great collaboration. This way they can banter back and forth and keep the night moving. This is by far more entertaining than just one person standing there…trying to talk to the crowd. You do not want your guests to be bored and lose interest in what’s going on. It’s important to have people who can capture the attention of the guests and keep them engaged.
However you choose, I would suggest two people and preferably a man and a woman. My reasoning for this is it will give you a good balance. While men can be funny and able to bring the laughter, woman tend to me more conscience of time and can keep the show rolling (not harping on the sexes here guys, just working with my facts J). So choose two reliable people to host your reception. Maybe one for each side of the bridal party. BUT make sure they meet before or at least have some conversations before the wedding. You do not want two people who have never met trying to pull it off! That could be disastrous. So have them talk before and let them get a game plan in place. Don't pick someone who you have not talked to in years. Don’t pick someone who’s language could be questionable (your grandparents could be there! Yikes) and the individuals should be people who KNOW you as a couple.
That leads me into my second point and this I believe, will make or break it…it is absolutely essential that you decide on a duo who reflects you as a couple. You need to think of two people who know you and would be able to know what you like and don’t like. Siblings are a great option if they are not in your wedding party. If they are, then I would just look at your group of friends and choose individuals who know you both well, who are funny and comfortable with a microphone in hand and lastly individuals who WANT to do this for you.
As a wedding planner, when I work with my brides and grooms I will help them to prep the MC’s at the rehearsals so they have a general idea what the plan is and we are all on the same page. As it is my overall responsibility to keep the timeline running smoothly, I need to be able to work with the MC’s throughout the reception. So B and G, if you have hired a planner to coordinate your day, ask them about this! Get them to weigh in on your choices. An outside opinion is always a good thing! That is why we are here.
Thirdly, choose individuals who are not going to drink too much while running the show. Now I know that it seems like a lot to ask of them but the last thing you want at your wedding is your MC’s drunk and making inappropriate jokes or slurring their words. Remember your grandparents could be listening!
And lastly, whoever you ask to host your reception be sure they are willing to commit to it. You don't want someone to flake out the month before and then have to replace them. You do not need to think or stress about that a month before your wedding day! So choose wisely my friends. Be open with your MC’s about what you want the nights vibes to be and also give them some freedom to be themselves, you don’t want robots! You want loving and caring people who can showcase you as a couple and help to celebrate your beautiful day!
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