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A wedding Amanda hosted at CHIJMES.
How I Started as a Wedding Emcee
When I first started out as a Wedding Emcee in Singapore, I was armed with nothing except loose pieces of the script provided by the venue. I stuck to the script word for word, weaving bilingually between English and Mandarin, afraid of mispronouncing words and names during important segments.
Over time, I realized the key to being a good wedding emcee was more than just efficiently delivering whatever was written on the paper. It requires you to think on your feet at all times, create the ideal atmosphere the wedding couple wanted, ensure the flow of events run smoothly, and of course, not messing up any sequences or names. Therefore, one of the crucial stages would be to have a functional script on hand.
The same papers I used years ago, is still, in fact, relevant today. All you have to do is tweak it to fit the wedding and below are some steps to help take some stress off your shoulder if emcee duties have fallen on you.
1) Understanding the couple
The stars of the wedding should always be the couple. Hence it is essential to acknowledge their preferences and choices. Are they a spontaneous couple who prefer a fun-filled interactive wedding? Or would they prefer something a little more traditional and formal because of their guests’ demographics? Do they have a dream theme in mind? Knowing the answers to these questions will help set your mood and pace for the banquet.
I usually try to find out if there are interesting or memorable incidences that the couple is comfortable sharing as this engages the guests. Similarly, it would be good to know if there are any taboo topics that the couple would like to avoid.
2) Understanding the guests’ demographics
A brief idea of who is seated amongst the audience would also help you determine the appropriate tone and main medium of language for the wedding. For example, you can even throw in dialects if there are a lot of senior folks around. To take things a step further, a rough idea of where each group of guests are seated could help facilitate your interactive segments, if any.
Step 3: Gathering the necessary information
This is one of the most crucial steps as nothing beats getting the bride and/or groom’s name wrong. If you were to specially mention and thank their family members or important guests, ensure you have all correct names written down and always check with the couple on pronunciation.
4) Knowing the plan and timeline of the banquet
While most weddings follow a set of sequences, it is not uncommon for couples to do away with certain segments or switch up the flow of events. It is important to run through the programme prior to the big day and double-check once more on the actual day with all coordinators and vendors present. Knowing the timeline of the segments and inserting them into the script will also help ensure minimal errors. For example, the second march in usually happens in between the 4th and 5th dish and most couples would play their morning highlights prior to marching in. Being aware will guide you when you need to be ready to take the stage to address the audience again.
5) Sample Wedding Emcee Script
And here we are, the last step is to craft out the actual script. As mentioned, most weddings cover similar segments and all you need to do is ensure the flow is as discussed and all necessary information has been collected for you to input into the script. Below is a sample of a generic wedding script, with both English and Mandarin versions included. It could be done bilingually by either one emcee, or if you have a counterpart, each host takes one language.