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If you've been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies (affectionately known as the 'MC'), for an upcoming wedding then you're in luck. This article will help you understand what will be expected of you and it will help guide you in your MC prep work. You'll quickly realize that you have a lot to do, so you'd better get started well in advance of the Big Day. We'll even let you in on some tips for wedding mc jokes.

What's the big deal?

Maybe you're quite funny, confident or have given a good speech before. Whatever the reason, the groom and bride have entrusted you with the responsibility of being a wedding MC, and - typically - your "performance" begins at the reception. Wedding receptions often live or die on the performance of the MC. It's the MC that asks the guests to proceed to the reception from a pre-reception cocktail. It's the MC that introduces the wedding party. It's the MC that knows when the shrimp cocktail is served and the father of the bride's toast begins. If the MC isn't funny or - worse - makes very bad jokes, it reflects poorly on the groom and bride. Yup - there's a lot that rides on the wedding MC.

The Wedding MC and the best man

Wedding MC Joke of the Day

The Great Wall joke

When the groom was young, he asked his father: Dad, is it true that in ancient China, a man wont actually know his wife until he marries. The father replied: Son, that happens EVERYWHERE!

The wedding MC and the best man are the two people who control the wedding reception. It's the wedding MC's job to make sure that no groomsmen makes an inappropriate toast, and it's the best man's responsibility to handle anything that comes up - people who've had too much to drink, hecklers or where the caterers have inadvertently missed a course in the meal. The idea is that wedding mc and the best man work together to make the reception flow, because they'll have figured out in advance how this particular reception works. The groom, and particularly, the bride, should never even know that the wrong course was about to be served. Got it?

Preparation

To get the ball rolling, you'll need to sit down with the engaged couple and talk about what they have planned for the reception and how they would like you to perform your role. Believe it or not, bridezilla will have lots in mind as to how the reception should go. At a typical wedding, the Master of Ceremonies is responsible for a variety of tasks. Most importantly, your job as the official wedding MC is to ensure that the reception flows smoothly and to try to keep everyone entertained. Simple enough - but read on. article continues...
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Mon, Nov.19th 2012
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im not only the MC at my sister's wedding, but im also the maid of honor . i have three weeks , i dont know what to do ! help me !
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Sun, May.15th 2011
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Wed, Nov.24th 2010
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Wed, Nov.17th 2010
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Awesome....i've been stressing wit this 4 two nights now , nights coz i dont want any1 to kw. Anyway i just tawt i sud use my friend google and here i am...thank you so much . Its my brothers wedding yes they asked me coz i make a joke out of everything and thanks to this post im gonna give my brother a rocking wedding.
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Sat, Jun.5th 2010
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Mon, May.24th 2010
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at last ive gotten it
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Sun, May.2nd 2010
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The article really helped! Thank you! Its obvious you're very experienced with this! Just a question though-in order to grab everyones attention for a group of 300 hundred people of all ages (children-seniors citizens) whats the best way to go about doing this? I know that obviously there will be people who wont be caring much, but what can i do to start the engagement of on the right foot? Also how do I go about getting people up and ready to get on the dance floor? Any comments would be appreciated! Thank you in advance!
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my sis has asked me to be the mc 4 her wedding, this is my first time n im not scared of d fact tat i've to talk before 750 ppl (i think im not scared) any tips or guide line??
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Thu, Sep.3rd 2009
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Hey Jules, I was asked to be the Maid of Honor, and a month before the wedding they asked me to be the MC as well... "it's an honor" I was told, and I thought "it's a hell of a lot of shit to do"! Ask people for help! And don't hesitate to ask the couple (esp. bride) what they want.
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Thu, Aug.27th 2009
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I was asked by my girlfriend to be the MC at her wedding. She has also asked me to be her maid of honour.....How is this possible? I don't know if I can do it all!!
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Fri, May.29th 2009
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I had to MC a wedding in the Cayman Islands. I bought the Wedding Mc Jokebook. 400 people and I "killed." The jokes and instructions for telling them worked awesome. People came up after and asked if I MC'd professionally. I'm sending the authors the video.
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I'm now use to it since the first time i did it, because people now call me for more.
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Sat, Feb.21st 2009
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I've done three MCings now, at both my sisters and at one of my friends. The good news? do it well and everyone will like you, you'll get to speak and mingle with most of the guests, and you'll have a great sence of achievement. My top tips for the day: on top of what is in the article. - think how you are going to get everyone's attention, a glass tap, a small gavel, a little gong? all work well. - everytime you speak have a different opening line. towards the end of the evening I've found that "Guess who" "me again" "It's my final interuption" "It's really the last time this time" tend to go down well. - don't slack off as the party gets drunker, you need to be as good at the start as at the end. - use cue cards for your toasts and speaches and a seperate piece of paper with the running order and approx timings on. refer to this often and don't lose it (it is wise to print off another copy for your jacket pocket. - DO NOT GET DRUNK. having a glass of wine in your hand at all times when mingling prevents too many people buying you drinks. You cannot sparkle when tipsy. - before speaking take a breath and compose yourself - try and make a couple of topical jokes, this helps people to laugh and also lets them know that you are damn good, prepared and not getting all your jokes from a book (even if most of them are!) - bring a bag with 3 or 4 packs of cards for wedding games; bottle openers; corkscrews; a small pad for witing notes to various people as and when problems occur; gavel/gong or whatever you are getting people's attention with. I hope some of these can help people.
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Tue, Feb.17th 2009
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I was extremely nervous when asked by my sister to MC her wedding (but you can't say no, can you) but after reading this guide I had some good questions to ask her and it all fell into place. Dunno if I'd ever MC again as it made the event a little nerve racking with trying to organise everyone, but like I say. This guide certainly helped me prepare a great deal
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Thu, Jan.22nd 2009
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Fri, Dec.19th 2008
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Steve
Mon, Dec.8th 2008
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I was a noob. I did not want to get "owned." The Wedding MC Jokebook saved my life - you have to know the bride...
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Thu, Oct.23rd 2008
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Belinda
Thu, Oct.16th 2008
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Well, guys, I'm from China - and I've just been asked to MC my good friend David (who's from New Zealand)& Vanessa (chinese gal)'s wedding in front of their parents. Lucky me theres only 60 of them...! :-s OOO it's going to be bad...:-s Any tips for me on that one?!
Michael Tothe
Mon, Aug.25th 2008
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This is a fantastic guide. I have no issue with speaking in front of large groups but the order and flow is important, great tips!
Reena Pandya
Fri, Aug.22nd 2008
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i am terrified. i have never spoken in public before. i am however a jokah which is why i think i was asked to do this...still freakin out!!
KM
Thu, Aug.7th 2008
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I am MC'ing for the first time in front of 400 people for my brother, no pressure right? (knees knocking together) Thanks for the guidlines, helps me get started.
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Fri, Jun.20th 2008
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My friend said he got a copy of The Wedding MC Jokebook off a Google search and he used it right off the podium. He said it was the best $25.00 he could have spent.
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Tue, Jun.17th 2008
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Yeah, I'm up the creek. In need of a paddle.
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Sun, Jun.15th 2008
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I'm with Bo on this one!
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Mon, Jun.9th 2008
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Yikes. I'm in trouble.
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Mon, Jun.2nd 2008
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Pretty good guide! My first time at it but the confidence is definitely growing. Thank you
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Fri, May.9th 2008
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Absolutley invaluable information for prospective first time MC's.
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Sun, Mar.16th 2008
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Ok i had no clue about all this thanks so much for the tips got my work cut out. Thanks Aaron Vancouver Bc Canada
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Tue, Jan.8th 2008
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Your Comments I am so glad I found your web page, I am Irish and I can make people laugh. I can certainly see the logic in your comments and and sound advice which will make the difference of a Gig and a successful and smooth running reception. Thank you ..........Cheers
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Fri, Dec.14th 2007
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Pretty good guide. I've done this twice. The first time was great, the second time I got in trouble with the groom because I wasn't as prepared as I could ahve been.
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Thu, Oct.18th 2007
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This is very useful and clear. thanks.

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