Mistress of Ceremony Duties

I am trying to get an idea of what the responsibilities are for the mistress of ceremony. I know there are a number of duties involved, especially on the wedding day. I need last minute help with this, please!

– Jessica

Answer:
There are many responsibilities which must be fulfilled by the mistress (or master) of ceremonies. The following is a list of their wedding day duties:
  1. Make sure all audio equipment is working properly.
  2. Direct the wedding attendants to their proper location in the receiving line.
  3. Direct special guests to their reserved seats.
  4. Once the guests are seated, announce the entrance of the bride and groom.
  5. Introduce yourself as the mistress (or master) of ceremonies and introduce everyone at the head table.
  6. Announce the serving of dinner.
  7. After the main course (but before dessert) it will be time to start the speeches. At this time, make sure there is wine or champagne at all the tables.
  8. Call upon each person, one at a time to say their speeches (you may say one as well).
  9. Announce the cutting of the cake.
  10. Announce that the couple will be having their first dance as husband and wife.
  11. Let the guests know when the bouquet will be tossed.
  12. When the bride and groom are ready to leave, notify the guests so they can say their good-byes.
These are general duties only; you can change or alter them wherever you feel necessary.

Choosing the Wedding Party

My mate (we have been living together for 12 years) was recently asked to be the best man for his friend's upcoming wedding. Should I (as his partner) be asked to be the maid of honor or do I attend the wedding as a guest?

– Dyanne

Answer:
Your partner being chosen as the best man doesn't mean you automatically become the maid of honor. Being chosen as the maid of honor is exactly that, an honor. Only the bride's closest friend or loved one is given this important role. If you're not close with the bride, you probably won't be asked to join her bridal party. However, if you'd like to be involved in the wedding, ask the bride how you can help. She'll likely appreciate the offer. Plus you'll still be able to attend the wedding as a guest. While initially you may be hurt at not being asked to join the wedding party, you may find attending the wedding as a guest far more relaxing and enjoyable.
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