You may not value the work of an emcee until you are called upon to be one. Many people assume that cracking a few jokes and calling the shots is all that’s required of a wedding emcee. The reality, however, is different. Regardless of the size or status of the wedding, an emcee is critical in making it successful. So, what is the actual role of a wedding emcee? Penda Ireri– a popular wedding emcee- outlines the four key duties of a wedding emcee.
One of the most obvious, but always underestimated, roles of a wedding MC is to introduce the newlyweds with their families and guests. No matter how close the families of the bride and groom are, a formal introduction is always important not just as a formality, but also for the sake of clarity and coherence.
The best way to do this is for the emcee to call upon one member of each family to introduce their own kin. If it’s a small reception party, the MC might ask guests to introduce themselves, but it’s not compulsory. If there are entertainers, it’s the work of the emcee to introduce them to the crowd.
Setting the Mood
A good emcee knows what to do to set the crowd moving. Indeed this is where professionals are separated from amateurs. It’s the point where an emcee needs to prove their mettle. They should use the right words to set the mood. Wedding speeches are a bit tricky especially since you are addressing a diverse audience. Finding words that the entire crowd can relate to is the real task. Pick your words carefully lest you sound too cliché.
Managing the Event
Being the master of the ceremony means you hold the key to a successful reception party. You have a duty to ensure that the program runs smoothly and no part of the event is stepped over. If there are speeches to be made, make sure the speakers adhere to the rules and keep it brief.
Dealing with the Unexpected
Even with a well laid out program, things can go wrong. A good wedding emcee should therefore have an element of spontaneity to be able to handle emergencies with grace and without making too many alterations to the existing program.
Your wedding emcee should be aware of the nitty-gritty of a wedding reception party. They should also have a sitting with you a day before the event just to clear up any issues that may jeopardize the event. For more on this, please contact Penda Ireri.