It is well-known that an MC will make or break a wedding reception. Many guests have seen a Master of Ceremonies which was not exactly the exact same standard as the remainder of the event.

Unfortunately, this has occurred too frequently and might result in fractured relationships, especially if the MC is a personal acquaintance of the groom and bride.

For the few hosting the reception, employing an experienced and well-prepared professional gives them reassurance - and is one less thing to worry about. The rule is (because you only get one chance to get it right): select your MC carefully.

Ask the next 5 questions to some potential MC’s; if they’re professional or part timers. The replies you get back will reveal If You’re in safe hands:

How many functions have you MC’d earlier?

Previous corporate experience as a public speaker or company MC is a good sign. However, a wedding is about joy and a business event is about gain - so make sure the MC includes a ready-to-please smile and a sense of fun.

Otherwise, they will need to possess MC’d at least 10 weddings to justify getting paid by you. A background as a music DJ doesn’t really count - unless they have extensive experience building connection using a mike.

What references which you may show us?

Male Celebrant (i.e obtaining paid for a service) should have at least 10 to 20 letters of recommendation or testimonials from past customers.

What hotels or venues have you worked at?

Most areas are extremely fussy about who they let their staff work with. A list of the previous establishments will quickly tell you exactly what regular the MC is in.

What is your fee?

Professional MC’s always charge for their talent - not their time. Amateurs will quote an hourly charge. A deposit of one third using the remaining to be paid one week before hand at the final interview is the approved method of trade.

For your wedding, you want the best there is. Anyone who’s serious about the standard of service they offer, will have at some point, undertaken some type of training.

Your Master of Ceremonies should have invested in a number of the published books, eBooks, audios and movies as well as public seminars that teach speakers in how to use their abilities as MCs.

If you want to get an idea what an expert MC is like, get online and check movies on YouTube of professional wedding emcees. And ask your uncle or talented friend to make a fantastic speech or toast instead.