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Wedding Reception Formalities

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Are You Unsure Of Wedding Reception Formalities?

The Host of a wedding needs to meet the needs and requirements of many different people. These are of course, the bride and groom, the bridal party, the guests, the caterers, the entertainment, and the videographer or photographer.

Wedding Guest Expectations

Wedding guests anticipate an exciting and unique celebration, and want to be part of an event that moves at a comfortable pace. If there are children among the guests, this could be even more challenging.

Caterers & Reception Staff Expectations

Your caterers want an event that is more precision based, where meals and events take place at specific times. This is especially important if you are planning a sit-down style of wedding reception.

Entertainment, Videographer's & Photographer's Expectations

Your entertainment (band or DJ) will be happy to run to the schedule provided by either a venue or your MC. They need to be accommodating of changes at wedding receptions, and often appreciate the guidance of a professional wedding mc.

Bridal Party Expectations

Your bridal party will have similar expectations to your guests, and will often enjoy the spotlight and inclusion in the celebrations. Whilst they are an important feature of your wedding reception, a skilled host will be able to highlight their importance for the bride and groom.

Bride & Groom Expectations

A professional wedding MC will always meet with the bride and groom prior to their wedding day. Together, they will build and design the perfect wedding event. As a result, the bride and groom will be able to relax at their wedding reception, leaving the complexities in the hands of a capable wedding MC.

A professional wedding MC must also be ready to change plans and schedules during the reception, in order to accommodate the requirements of the bride and groom.

Wedding Tradition Expectations

Through the years, western weddings have adhered (at least in part) to the age-old traditions of middle England and mediaeval Europe. Thus, a professional wedding MC must understand the varying reception traditions, their history and their current application.

Whilst many wedding traditions are still enacted today, many have changed considerably from their original form, mainly due to changes in practicality, modern philosophy and secular persuasion.

Whilst events such as the Cake Cutting, Garter Toss and Bouquet Toss are still done, they have altered over the years to become what we know of them today.

The Art of Being a Wedding MC

The expertise in bringing together the needs and expectations of these groups in a seamless and professional manner, is the basis and art of wedding hosting.

Whilst many wedding couples may select a close friend or member of the family to act as a wedding host, nothing can replace or supplement the hiring of a professional wedding master of ceremonies.

For any wedding couple who is unsure about who to have as their host, don't leave it to chance. Hire a professional Wedding MC today.


This is formality is only chosen by some wedding couples. If your Marriage Celebrant has been invited to your Reception, we recommend having them conduct the blessing. If they are not attending your Reception, a parent or family friend is a great idea. Be sure to communicate with whoever is giving the blessing in advance so that they are prepared to give it a personal touch.
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