Wedding MC Main Act Or Ringmaster

What do you think? Should the wedding MC be the main entertainment at the wedding reception, or the “ringmaster” coordinating each step along the way? Whether you have been asked to be a wedding master of ceremonies or you are a wedding couple planning your wedding, you need to carefully understand the wedding MC’s role. It is critical to the success of the wedding reception.

The traditional role as wedding master of ceremonies is to make sure everything happens as and when it should, and that the appropriate atmosphere of happy celebration for the wedding couple is maintained. The wedding MC must know when to take the lead as the “chairman” of proceedings, and when to step back to avoid dominating the event. A good knowledge of wedding etiquette is required, an understanding of the wishes of the couple getting married, and the ability to speak well and with good humor to set the mood and gain everyone’s cooperation.

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The traditional wedding MC, then, is closer to being the ringmaster than the main act for the reception. Usually the wedding MC is a volunteer, sometimes also the best man or the father of the bride, but most commonly a family member or friend with the appropriate personality and experience. To expect a volunteer to be the main entertainment will usually be asking too much, but you can mostly count on there being someone in the couple’s circle of family and friends who can play the ringmaster’s role successfully.

Most wedding MC volunteers will make a good effort to bring humor and fun to the introductions, thanks and toasts as the reception proceeds. Some wedding couples will be fortunate enough to have an outgoing and entertaining person they can call on to extend the wedding MC’s role a step further, to add an element of performance and entertainment. For many weddings it is the best man’s speech that generates the most hilarity.

At many receptions there will be a specific entertainment included in the program, such as a singer, often a talented guest. The danger of having a wedding MC who dominates the reception with his personality as an entertainer is that he will detract from the contributions of the other less professional and outgoing participants. The wedding couple needs to be very clear with their chosen MC about the role they would like him to play.

An option is to hire a professional wedding MC. That is often an expensive option, and favored mostly for celebrity or society weddings. The ironical thing is that a professional MC is usually expected by the guests to provide an entertaining act, while professional MCs often see their role mainly from the traditional ringmaster perspective.

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Alternatives To Traditional Wedding Tiaras

A large percentage of brides choose to wear wedding tiaras because of the symbolism and images associated to this type of headpiece. Historically, only members of nobility wear wedding tiaras. As time passed, other sectors of society also wanted to wear a bridal tiara. However, the association between the tiara and higher social status never waned even with the passage of time.

Wearing a tiara during the wedding day makes the bride feel like she is a princess for a day. With the increase in demand, a greater number of bridal tiaras became available, accommodating to different needs in terms of design, style and budget. Although tiaras have long been considered a common element in weddings, some brides choose not to wear a tiara.

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There are numerous alternatives to what is considered to be the traditional tiara. Traditional bridal tiaras resemble a circlet as compared to any other type of bridal headpiece. Tiaras were conventionally worn by queens during public events as crowns were often too heavy. This distinguished them from other members of society. Wedding tiaras are worn horizontally, tilting the headpiece slightly forward. Some brides who are looking for a tiara that has a little more pizazz can opt for more contemporary styles.

During more recent times, it has become possible to find tiaras which are worn tilted on the side or designed asymmetrically. Aptly named for the embellishments placed on only one side of the tiara, these types have become popular with more modern weddings. Asymmetrically designed or side tiaras are also easy to wear. These types of tiaras are a practical choice for brides who choose to do their own wedding hair, easy to slip on and remove. Much like traditional tiaras, these come in a variety of designs and may have crystals, diamonds or pearls incorporated.

Another popular alternative is the hair vine, aptly named for the numerous branches decorated with pearls, diamonds or crystals. In comparison with other types of wedding tiaras or wedding headpieces, bridal hair vines are the most flexible type. As the wires can be easily manipulated, the bride can customize the design and look to fit her need. Using a bridal hair vine can add interest to the bride’s hairstyle with its particular shape and form. It can even be used in conjunction with tiaras if the bride desires.

Bridal headbands are another option, albeit somewhat more traditional. Much like a side tiara, only one side may be decorated. These can be worn regardless of the bride’s hairstyle, whether swept to one side or worn down. Wedding headbands are also easy to wear, which make them a practical option for brides choosing to do their own hair.

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