Many hotels include in their promotions the 'services of a duty manager as Master of Ceremonies'. The duties they carry out are usually minimal and at best poorly delivered. Having been a wedding photographer for 25 years, I have seen first hand the poor delivery of announcements and lack of involvement with weddings in particular.
Before the event I send out sheets of information to allow my customers to plan every detail of the day so nothing is missed. On the day I visit the church to ensure that button hole flowers are positioned on the correct side and to have umbrellas available should it start to rain.
At the reception venue I greet guests and ensure they know where the toilets, cloak rooms and bar are located. Taking any cards and gifts to the appointed place.
Most importantly, something that hotel MC 's never do is to go out and help find guests for the photographs so that the photo session is reduced and the couple have more time to mingle with guests. This also keeps the event on time..
When the announcements are made I always ensure that they are personal to the couple and not just 'the bride and groom' but "the new Mr and Mrs Smith"
A car full of emergency items carried to resolve most problems should they crop up during the event.
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