The Style of Your Master of Ceremonies (aka MC/Emcee)

I got a great email the other day from one of my wedding clients, and I thought it would be helpful for you to be able to read our conversation about the topic.  Here is what she wrote...

"Hey Scott-

Just a quick question. As I was going through the DJ sheets I came across the question will you need us to MC your event? Does that just mean like announce bridal party, announce bride and groom, cake cutting and announce when any speeches will be made? Or is there more to an MC? lol not really sure. Also, one note I would like to bring up because I am asking about what the MC does. I was at a wedding a couple of weeks ago and the DJ was terrible, nice guy but terrible. When he did any announcements I felt like I was either at a game show or a professional basketball game because he announced everything in an over the top fashion. Don't get me wrong I want introductions to sound fun but not over the top and overly dramatic! The other thing I noticed with this particular DJ was that he would get on the microphone and sing along at certain parts of songs. Other then that I'm pretty laid back and don't really have many requests.  Thanks"

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When hiring a DJ for your wedding reception or special event, you have to remember that he/she is more than just someone playing music.  In most cases, the DJ is your MC as well, and to hire someone less than a professional would be putting your event at great risk!

Her question was great.  And to answer the first part, yes, I do announce the wedding party (see how I worded that instead of bridal party?), as well as all of the formalities that happen throughout the night.  Your DJ/MC is like the night-of coordinator.  A professional will make sure your timeline is followed properly and that all of the events flow smoothly.

Now, let me answer the second part of the email...

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"Also, one note I would like to bring up because I am asking about what the MC does. I was at a wedding a couple of weeks ago and the DJ was terrible, nice guy but terrible. When he did any announcements I felt like I was either at a game show or a professional basketball game because he announced everything in an over the top fashion. Don't get me wrong I want introductions to sound fun but not over the top and overly dramatic! The other thing I noticed with this particular DJ was that he would get on the microphone and sing along at certain parts of songs. Other then that I'm pretty laid back and don't really have many requests.  Thanks"

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Some clients request the over-the-top voice and like when the DJ can also sings along to some of the songs.  Every wedding is different and you should keep an open mind when critiquing a MC's particular style.  One thing I have to say is that if he/she cannot adapt to your requests, then that is something to note and may be an issue.

My particular style on the microphone is typically a more "natural" approach, where I talk on the mic the same way I would talk to you in person.  I don't feel it is necessary to chance who you are or the way you talk just because your voice is being projected.

However, if my client has requested that I use a more "boxing match" style voice, then I have no problem fulfilling their request.  It's fun if the environment calls for it, and if properly executed, can make for a great video.

I am very polite on the mic and make sure all of your guests are comfortable.  It is important that the MC understands volume and speaker positioning so that everyone at the event can hear what is being said.

I will go more into detail in another blog, but I just wanted you to see my answer to her question.  Remember, hiring a true professional will add piece of mind to your event and keep you at ease throughout the night.  You owe it to yourself.  Thanks for reading and hope to party with you soon here in Key West and the Florida Keys!

-Scott Gerke, owner