Post # 1
I basically will be welcoming guests and just introducing the people who will be giving the speeches…and of course, adding in some clever words/funny jokes. I am already nervous! The first thing I googled was “How to be funny when MC’ing a wedding” yikessss! Anyone have any awesome ideas for me? The person who MC’ed my wedding was fabulous and had my guests laughing the whole time, but I can’t use any of his stuff because the couple who I am MCing for were at my wedding!
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
MissGeeBee: I would say the most important thing is to not make jokes or try to be funny! The focus needs to be just on the people giving speeches, the hosts, and the bride and groom 🙂 Just get the names right sound and confident in your introductions.
Post # 3
MissGeeBee: I would recommend not googling ‘how to be funny’.. Chances are if you’re doing that, you’re not funny and trying to be something your not is never entertaining. Don’t try to hard and focus on getting people’s names right and being confident.
Post # 4
When in doubt, implying that the bride used to be very promiscuous is always good for a laugh!
(just kidding; please do not do this)
Post # 5
Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a funny wedding mc that was good. A wedding mc should be just that, announcing what’s happening and who’s doing what when. Keep it simple.
Post # 6
- Wedding: Royal Park Hotel
MissGeeBee: Oh man – are you sure those guests weren’t laughing out of awkward pity? Jokes by the MC are the WORST. Please don’t do it. Just announce names. EEeeeek. It’s so awkward to be a guest at those kinds of weddings
Post # 7
Dude, I’m in the same boat! Bumping to follow along, and also to share my thoughts so far.
I’m going to google some silly/lame jokes and have a sheet of them to handle any dead spaces. It’s something I’ve traded back and forth with the bride and also a normal thing for me, so hopefully they don’t fall too flat.
Going to write an intro, saying how I know the bride and groom. I met both separatly so that should help kill some time if I need to do so. I think telling people my/your (good) first impressions of them would be a good way to go.
I’m also going to think of some small story of the couple to keep in my pocket in case the jokes don’t seem to fit the mood. I have a co-mc, so I’ll also be touching base with him to see what he thinks… Someone I know and is pretty affable and nice. I’m hoping he will have some stories too.
Aside from that, I like what a pp said about being confident and trying to get peoples names right. I think if I have my hair and makeup rocking that will help.
You are not alone in your google search either lol:
Anyways, best of luck to you, fellow MC!
Post # 8
I’d use the opportunity to head to the ladies room …
Post # 9
@Fizzy8 – Thank you for not making me feel like a total loser! haha
I was looking for advice regarding funny things that people have seen other people do at previous weddings, not advice that I should try to avoid being funny. I am not planning to be a completely phoney the whole evening, just was looking for some inspiration for ideas to incorporate a few jokes.. also, I do recognize the best jokes are personal stories that are about the bride and groom.I also plan to write an introduction, to welcome guests and briefly state how I know the bride. My co-MC will say how he knows a groom and we might throw in a funny story. We are lucky we won’t be MC’ing alone! Good luck to you too 🙂
<br /> Here are some funny things that I have seen at previous weddings.. what do you bees think of this? Of course it entirely depends on the crowd..
– Give out keys to several girls in the audience before hand and say something like “now that X is getting married, any girls that have one of his house keys, I think now’s the time to turn it in” – then have a long line of girls coming up to return the keys and put them in a dish at the head table. Then saying……if any guys have a key to the groom’s house… I suppose now would also be the time to give it back” – then have a guy return his key…
-Write a quiz before hand and put copies on each table, or at each place setting. Quiz called “How well do you know bride and groom”. Make 10-15 MC choice questions about the couple like where they went on their first date, etc.
then ask the couple the answers to the questions and make up funny alternatives. This is a good way to get all guests to know more about each person as some guests will not know the groom well and some will not know the bride.
another is to describe a car with its lights on in the parking lot, making up a ridiculous description of what is in the car.. say that their keys were in the passenger side of the car with the car lights on.. have someone come up to get the key.
What do you guys think of these ideas? Tacky?? haha again it depends on the crowd but I have seen them done before and they were pretty funny.
Post # 10
MissGeeBee: I think implying that either person getting married was/is promiscuous can get awkward really fast. Most likely their grandparents are there…
Post # 11
If our MC did any of that, he would not have gotten paid. I am not one to get offended easily, but having other women “turn in the keys” to my husband’s house would absolutely cross the line in my book. If I was a guest at that wedding, I would be mortified for the couple. Please don’t do this. You’re only going to humiliate the couple and yourself.
Post # 12
MissGeeBee: Please don’t do any of these things. No one wants to do a quiz on the bride and groom at a wedding, let alone sit through a cringe worthy skit about women having the grooms house keys. If someone MC’d my wedding like this I’d never speak to them again.
Do what you’re supposed to do, there’s nothing funny about trying too hard and making people feel uncomfortable.
Post # 13
- Wedding: Royal Park Hotel
MissGeeBee: Oh dear. No. Please. 1000 times, no.
The quiz is something that would be done at a bridal shower…not at a wedding.
The keys idea is just 100 different kinds of wrong and not funny. I think you’re going to hear crickets if you do anything along these lines.
Post # 14
MissGeeBee: I guess I wouldn’t find it funny if I saw a bunch of female guests lining up to give back my DH’s “key.”
You’re going to get laughs, but I think they will be out of pity and not because the actual joke is funny. If you want to get genuine laughs I suggest telling factual stories about the bride and groom. Nothing wrong with adding a joke or two, but the whole key thing and making jokes that would imply who they slept with are kind of out of line.
Post # 15
I don’t understand the car thing…why would you describe what’s IN it? Why would you have the keys? I don’t get it.