Post # 1
So I really would like an MC to keep the flow of things at our reception but I do not want a complete stranger to do it because I feel like it would be awkward. I asked my sister if she would and she politely declined because she feels as if it would be a burden. I am now kinda lost on who the MC should be because I don’t want some random person on the mic at my wedding. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
Is there anyone else?
You need to be careful who you choose…like seriously dont choose people who like to drink or you will be MCless either way.
Maybe the DJ will do it?
Post # 4
Hire the DJ to do it. You don’t want a guest missing half the reception because they’re sorting out mc stuff. That’s not fair on your guests.
Post # 5
@MzMariposa: I’m sorry you’re having a hard time finding an MC, do you have a friend or more distant family member that might be willing?
Post # 6
@MzMariposa: Before we found a way to work a DJ into our budget, we were going to pay a friend’s outgoing sister to do it. We wouldn’t have invited her to our wedding normally because we were keeping it on the smaller side for budget reasons, and she would’ve made a little bit of money on a day where she wouldn’t normally make any (but still be cheaper than a DJ).
Do you know anyone like that?
Post # 7
We asked one of our groomsmen to do it. He was happy to and it was pretty easy. He just had to introduce the speakers.
Post # 8
@HappierKate: How much did you pay her and was she at all insulted?
Post # 9
@MsCarabiner: I do not want to insult anyone by asking them to “work” on my wedding day. Is there a diplomatic way to ask?
Post # 10
@MzMariposa: We offered $150-200, and we broached it with our friend first to ask her if she thought her sister would be offended. We also knew she could use the money, and she wasn’t offended…we ended up with a DJ instead, but she was willing to do it.
We did ask an artist friend to do our guestbook tree, and offered to pay, but she gave it to us as a wedding gift. It’s a little awkward asking someone to do a service for your wedding, even when you’re offering to pay them a fair amount, but people do it all the time…hire photographer friends, hire DJ friends, etc. If you know someone who you think would be good at it, just be honest about how talented they are and how much you would appreciate it, how much you’re willing to pay, and then say it’s entirely okay if they would rather not do it and thank them for their time and consideration.
Good luck! If all else fails and a DJ is in your budget, pick a DJ you like and get to know him or her. Ours ended up being fantastic.