‘What are the duties of a wedding MC?’

What are the duties of a wedding MC? What is the job of a corporate event host or Master of Ceremonies? What should they do? What shouldn’t they do? All good questions.

But a better question might be ‘what does a good MC do?

Most people have seen an MC in action at some point in their lives. They might have been hilarious, overly formal, right on point, or just downright cheesy.

If you are considering hiring a professional — it’s important to get clear on the duties of a wedding MC or emcee for corporate events and also have a think about what you want as a couple or event manager. 

For me being a good MC, comes down to 4Ps:

  1. People skills
  2. Public speaking skills
  3. Preparation
  4. Pulling everything together on the night

People skills

A good MC actually likes people. They ask questions. Listen. Are interested in the answers. A great MC remembers names. And faces. And relationships. And they will make an extra special effort to make people feel good. (I do anyway!)

Public speaking skills

The duties of a wedding MC, naturally, requires some technical skills. A good MC will know where their diaphragm is. They’ll know how to use a mic, and maybe a bit about sound quality.

They know how to command attention, hold interest, and handle a crowd. They should be able to do this with or without a mic.

Preparation

A Master of Ceremonies will be instrumental in the planning process. They’ll ask good quality questions. They’ll get you thinking about options you may not have even considered.

A great MC can help shape or refine your run order until you’re completely 100% happy.

They will turn up on time and be 100% prepared. They will do their checks. And make sure everyone is on the same page.

Pulling everything together

Your emcee will tie everything together and work hard to make sure your night runs as smoothly as possible.

They’ll pre-empt problems before they arise and put out little fires without you even knowing.

Your MC will consult with you every step of the way. And she’ll make sure you’re hydrated.

But ultimately, their job is to make sure you and your guests have the time of your life.

Here is my take on the duties of a wedding mc or

“21 things a good MC should do”

  1. Help you develop and finalise your run sheet.
  2. Familiarise themselves with any cultural nuances and / or phonetic pronunciations of VIPs.
  3. Arrive early to check-in with the all your vendors.
  4. Conduct a Sound & AV check.
  5. Welcome & seat your guests.
  6. Start the night on time.
  7. Introduce themselves.
  8. Do the ‘house-keeping’ (restrooms; phone etiquette; emergency exits).
  9. Ensure your night runs to time (or as close to, as possible).
  10. Ask everyone to be seated for the wedding party entrance.
  11. Help the wedding party get in the right order for their entrance.
  12. Introduce the wedding party.
  13. Liaise with the floor manager to ensure courses are served on time.
  14. Ensure key guests are ready to give (or be present for) speeches.
  15. Ask the wait-staff to fill all glasses for toasts.
  16. Put speechmakers at ease and keep an eye on their time.
  17. Announce other elements of the night as required (eg, first dance, cutting of the cake, etc).
  18. Assist the photographer by gathering guests for photos.
  19. Give notice of the night’s end to the couple and then to guests.
  20. Ensure your cars are ready for your departure.
  21. Ensure your guests depart on time.

And if you decide that hubby’s best mate is still up for the job, then at least print this list for him.