Not all couples choose to hire a professional master of ceremonies (MC) for their wedding reception, but some do. A good MC will make sure that your reception runs smoothly and that your guests don't get bored. Choosing a wedding MC is as important as choosing your wedding planner, DJ or photographer. How to choose a wedding MC?
Do your research. The easiest way to find MCs who work in your area is to use Google. However, the easy way is not always the best. In addition to Googling names, ask your friends for recommendations. And don't forget to checkout reviews about potential MCs. Some people ask a friend who knows them as a couple to be their MC, but we recommend that your hire a professional. A good friend doesn't necessarily equal a good MC.
Narrow down the pool. So, you have a pool of candidates. Before meeting each of them in person, you need to narrow down the pool in order to save time. First of all, consider your budget and exclude MCs who charge too much. Secondly, check if remaining candidates are available on your wedding date. Thirdly, think about what kind of reception do you want. Will it be formal or relaxed? Exclude the MCs whose performance style doesn't match your wedding.
Meet the candidates in person. A face-to-face meeting with your potential wedding MC has two main goals. Firstly, you need to check if you're compatible. Professionalism is important, but if they don't have the right personality and you don't click, you won't work well together.
Secondly, you need to ask your potential MC some question to make sure they have enough experience and will be able to handle everything the way you want. Here is a sample list of questions you need to ask, you can add your own questions to the list:
- How long have you been in the business?
- How many weddings have you worked at?
- Can we see you perform at another event before we book you or at least watch a demo video?
- What is your performance style?
- What is your typical attire?
- What kind of equipment do you use?
- Do you have any backup plan in case something happens to your equipment?
- How are you going to interact with our wedding planner and DJ?
- Will you be able to provide us with another MC if you have to cancel?
If you have a wedding planner, ask them to come along to your meetings with potential MCs. This is to ensure they will be able to work as a team because you need all the people involved in the wedding planning to get along with each other and to be able to cooperate.
Trust your instincts. As we've already said, compatibility is important when it comes to choosing your wedding MC. If you really like someone even though they can't provide stellar references or don't have much experience, you probably should probably go with your gut. Charisma and good sense of humor can compensate for lack of experience.
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