|Congratulations on your engagement! I know this is a VERY happy time for you! Let's put together a function that celebrates all this day means.
One of the first thing I tell everyone is this day is meant for you. Not me. I am there to facilitate in helping to run your function but I am not the center of attention. My master of ceremony (M.C.) style is very subdued. Annoucements are made including the introductions, announcing your first dance, cake cutting, and more, but that is usually as far as I go. The rest is pure energy from you and your guests.
Moving on from that I work together with you well in advance to talk about what you would like as far as music choices, how you'd like to be introduced, how you would like to schedule your function, and more to completely round out everything there is. I want this to be your unique party so I try to get you thinking in ways you never thought of before, like it's okay to be as elegant or fun and funky as you want! One time we even had the B.C. fight song played during a cake cutting! Together we can craft your day so that everyone celebrates it for what it is: Your special wedding day!
Oh, and for the record I've played the Chicken Dance only once at a wedding and it was because the bride and groom asked me to play it for the kids that were there. That's it. No joke.
To prepare for this day I like to use my wedding planner worksheet. It covers a lot of ground and is used as a springboard to get you thinking. You can find it here:
Wedding Planner Form
“Mark did a fantastic job, he was very easy to work with and our guests just loved his personality. He respected our wishes and followed through on everything we asked. He stuck to much of the music we had requested but made sure to switch it up and keep our guests on the dance floor. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we have Mark to thank for that. Additionally the cocktail hour piano set was a huge hit and just blew our guests out of the water. We'll be sure to use Mark in the future and recommend him to our friends.” - Ashley-Elizabeth Zimmel
Bride, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA, 8/16/08