In Sydney, the cost of a wedding MC can range between $800 and $1,500 (one master of ceremonies charges $3,000!)
Putting the cost of a wedding MC in context
Putting the cost of a wedding MC in context of your other costs, consider this is on par with the cost of a celebrant, a wedding DJ, or a wedding car, and will normally work out to less than 2% of your overall budget
What do you get for your money?
- Approximately 3 – 5 hours on the day
- A pre-planning meeting
- The preparation work
- Travel to & from
- On-site checks
All up, you might be looking at up to 10 hours of work for the final cost of an MC. It’s worth taking into consideration your MC needs to cover their own tax, super and expenses from this fee too.
Why not just get a mate or relative to do it for free?
Many people choose to allocate the job of an MC to a friend or a relative. And that’s fine. That’s how I started off in this line of work. BUT here’s a stack of reasons why I now think it’s worth getting a pro in:
- Your friend / relative is also (presumably) a guest, and as such should be able to relax with a few drinks and eat their meals at the same time as all your other guests (I don’t eat until everyone else is organised)
- Have they got any events experience? Have they helped planned any weddings before? What value can they add to your planning process? Or on-the-day?
- What are their problem-solving skills like? Any professional MC will have a story for you about when something went wrong and they needed to sort some sh!t out on the fly. (Ask me about the DJ who was high as a kite and kept disappearing.)
- What if they get drunk? Get a name wrong? Tell an embarrassing story? This is really not a day for scenes.
- It’s a job. If you do it properly, there’s a lot of work to do. I personally don’t stop running around all night. Making sure all the vendors and conditions are perfect for every stage (music, lighting, food, drinks, etc).
I have three standard packages I offer. I only provide estimates after I’ve had a quick chat with you.
- I want to know we’re going to click (and I think you should want to know the same!)
- Every couple wants something different (more of this, less of this)
- I will travel on occasion and we may need to factor in additional costs.
It helps me understand your vision, where you’re up to in your planning, and identify your needs. I can then pull together a package and price that works for you and your needs while being mindful of your budget.
- If you’ve never even been to a wedding, let alone planned one — I can add extra some simple planning services into the mix to save you a lot of stress.
- You may wish to add on one of my speech services.
- If you already have a wedding planner, or you have an events background yourself, then we can look at keeping things very simple.
- There are also a couple of things we can take out of the mix to save on costs.
What to look for when shopping around
- Do speak to at least three people.
- Don’t just go on price.
- Do look for specialists (I’m not a massive fan of slashies), and
- Do find someone who’s on your wavelength.
I know you’re busy. I know weddings and events are expensive.
But you know as well as I do: you get what you pay for. I’m sorry to say I have been witness to some fairly uninspiring marriage ceremonies and SO many more really average DJs. I’ve also been privy to more than a few weddings where the MC has really missed the mark.
So when it comes to finding the right MC for you, I think the two most important things to look for are:
- Someone who’s on your wavelength
- And someone you can trust to do the job right.
Many of the 2,000+ couples surveyed by Easy Weddings said they would have liked more information about the process from their venue’s wedding coordinator; and that the venue didn’t communicate well with other suppliers being used by the couple.