Questions

How do I contact an MC?
When will I hear back from an MC?
How do I book an MC for my event?
What duties does the MC role cover?
Why shouldn't we ask our friend or colleague to MC our event?
What time does the MC arrive?
Do we need to pay the MC for the entire event?
Will the MC's confident personality be too dominant?
What is a runsheet, and what's involved in creating it?
Can the DJ also act as a MC?
Should we provide a meal for the MC?

Answers

Found a Master of Ceremonies you reckon is perfect for your event? Excellent! At the bottom of their profile, fill in the date, month and year of your event and click ‘Check Availability’.

If the MC already has a booking for that day, you can select a different date or search for a new MC.

If the MC is available, the website will display their contact details instantly. Usually, this includes a phone number, email address and online contact form. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – our MCs are extremely popular and get booked up fast!

If you sent an email or filled out the online contact form, you can expect a reply within 24 hours.

After you’ve contacted a MC and received a reply, they will answer your questions, discuss your ideas and, if you decide to hire them, guide you through the booking process. You’ll speak with your MC and book with them directly – it’s between the two of you.

We think this is the way it should be – the MC Directory doesn’t interfere or take a cut, which means that you get faster responses and better value.

Your professional Master of Ceremonies will keep your event running smoothly and to time.

Every MC is a real people-person, and gets on with everyone. Your MC will coordinate everyone present, including guests, catering staff, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, entertainers and the band.

Your MC will seamlessly segue one segment into the next. At a wedding, this might be from the cake cutting to the first dance. At a corporate event, it could be from welcoming the guests to introducing the first speaker.

Live events don’t always go to plan. Your MC will keep everything stress-free by tactfully managing disruptions and hiccups. Often, attendees won’t even realise that something went wrong. Your MC is trained to stay on task and be entertaining and organised no matter what happens.

Because your friend or colleague is not an experienced or professional Master of Ceremonies, they are unlikely to perform this role well.

Our confident, professional MCs know how to entertain, how to handle disruptions, how to segue from one entertainment or speaking segment to the next and how to keep everything running smoothly and to time. They’ve develop this expertise after MCing hundreds of events.

Inexperienced speakers often panic and falter on stage, stumble over their words, are completely disorganised and resort to inappropriate jokes as a last-ditch attempt to salvage their role. It’s painful to watch.

Even if your friend or colleague is an experienced public speaker, we think it’s a terrible idea to ask them to ‘work’ at your event – MCing is a lot of work! Ask them to make a fantastic speech or toast instead.

We think it’s a much better idea to let your friend or colleague relax and enjoy the event right along with you.

Your Master of Ceremonies will arrive at the venue at least one hour before the guests arrive. They’ll meet the staff, check the sound equipment, revise the runsheet with the function manager and take care of any last minute tasks.

Absolutely. A sure sign of an amateur MC is that they charge by the hour. Every MC on the MC Directory is a professional. They approach each event as unique and charge the same fee no matter long or short the function is. The reason is simple: the time spent intensely preparing for every event is the same.

Our MC’s aren’t clock-watchers. Your MC is there to make your event extra-special, right up until the last person has left.

We believe in paying professionals for their exceptional talent, not for the amount of time spent with a microphone in their hand.

No. Your MC will adapt their presentation style to suit the event.

Our MCs never have just one way of MCing. They tailor their delivery to complement the atmosphere, culture, the event hosts and their guests.

A runsheet is absolutely invaluable to every MC. In fact, it will hardly leave their side for the entire event!

The runsheet is unique for each event. It details when the event begins and ends, when the food will be served and the timings of each entertainment and speaking segment. Your MC will use the runsheet to keep your event running smoothly, in the right order and to time.

Before the event, your MC will chat with you about the event. They’ll find out your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. Then, they’ll create a unique runsheet for your special event.

This is a really, really bad idea.

The two roles are very different. A professional DJ is excellent at reading the crowd and judging what the best music is to play at each stage of your event. That’s what they do best.

A professional Master of Ceremonies is excellent at helping you to plan your event, speaking, coordinating people, smoothing over disruptions and seamlessly segueing between segments of the event. That’s what our MCs do best.

DJs are not MCs. They cannot play music and MC at the same time – it’s impossible.

Many agencies looking to make as much commission as possible will toss-in the ‘free MC’ sales pitch to entice you to use their music service – and insist their operators can do both jobs at the same time. Please don’t fall for this trap.

Yes. Your MC needs food to be sparkling for your entire event!

It doesn’t need to be as fancy as the food you serve to your guests – though if you choose to, your MC will be very appreciative! A main course will do just fine.

You can discuss with your MC where they’ll eat their meal.

How do I contact an MC?

Found a Master of Ceremonies you reckon is perfect for your event? Excellent! At the bottom of their profile, fill in the date, month and year of your event and click ‘Check Availability’.

If the MC already has a booking for that day, you can select a different date or search for a new MC.

If the MC is available, the website will display their contact details instantly. Usually, this includes a phone number, email address and online contact form. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – our MCs are extremely popular and get booked up fast!

When will I hear back from an MC?

If you sent an email or filled out the online contact form, you can expect a reply within 24 hours.

How do I book an MC for my event?

After you’ve contacted a MC and received a reply, they will answer your questions, discuss your ideas and, if you decide to hire them, guide you through the booking process. You’ll speak with your MC and book with them directly – it’s between the two of you.

We think this is the way it should be – the MC Directory doesn’t interfere or take a cut, which means that you get faster responses and better value.

What duties does the MC role cover?

Your professional Master of Ceremonies will keep your event running smoothly and to time.

Every MC is a real people-person, and gets on with everyone. Your MC will coordinate everyone present, including guests, catering staff, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, DJs, entertainers and the band.

Your MC will seamlessly segue one segment into the next. At a wedding, this might be from the cake cutting to the first dance. At a corporate event, it could be from welcoming the guests to introducing the first speaker.

Live events don’t always go to plan. Your MC will keep everything stress-free by tactfully managing disruptions and hiccups. Often, attendees won’t even realise that something went wrong. Your MC is trained to stay on task and be entertaining and organised no matter what happens.

Why shouldn't we ask our friend or colleague to MC our event?

Because your friend or colleague is not an experienced or professional Master of Ceremonies, they are unlikely to perform this role well.

Our confident, professional MCs know how to entertain, how to handle disruptions, how to segue from one entertainment or speaking segment to the next and how to keep everything running smoothly and to time. They’ve develop this expertise after MCing hundreds of events.

Inexperienced speakers often panic and falter on stage, stumble over their words, are completely disorganised and resort to inappropriate jokes as a last-ditch attempt to salvage their role. It’s painful to watch.

Even if your friend or colleague is an experienced public speaker, we think it’s a terrible idea to ask them to ‘work’ at your event – MCing is a lot of work! Ask them to make a fantastic speech or toast instead.

We think it’s a much better idea to let your friend or colleague relax and enjoy the event right along with you.

What time does the MC arrive?

Your Master of Ceremonies will arrive at the venue at least one hour before the guests arrive. They’ll meet the staff, check the sound equipment, revise the runsheet with the function manager and take care of any last minute tasks.

Do we need to pay the MC for the entire event?

Absolutely. A sure sign of an amateur MC is that they charge by the hour. Every MC on the MC Directory is a professional. They approach each event as unique and charge the same fee no matter long or short the function is. The reason is simple: the time spent intensely preparing for every event is the same.

Our MC’s aren’t clock-watchers. Your MC is there to make your event extra-special, right up until the last person has left.

We believe in paying professionals for their exceptional talent, not for the amount of time spent with a microphone in their hand.

Will the MC's confident personality be too dominant?

No. Your MC will adapt their presentation style to suit the event.

Our MCs never have just one way of MCing. They tailor their delivery to complement the atmosphere, culture, the event hosts and their guests.

What is a runsheet, and what's involved in creating it?

A runsheet is absolutely invaluable to every MC. In fact, it will hardly leave their side for the entire event!

The runsheet is unique for each event. It details when the event begins and ends, when the food will be served and the timings of each entertainment and speaking segment. Your MC will use the runsheet to keep your event running smoothly, in the right order and to time.

Before the event, your MC will chat with you about the event. They’ll find out your needs and requirements, discuss your ideas and offer their expert opinions. Then, they’ll create a unique runsheet for your special event.

Can the DJ also act as a MC?

This is a really, really bad idea.

The two roles are very different. A professional DJ is excellent at reading the crowd and judging what the best music is to play at each stage of your event. That’s what they do best.

A professional Master of Ceremonies is excellent at helping you to plan your event, speaking, coordinating people, smoothing over disruptions and seamlessly segueing between segments of the event. That’s what our MCs do best.

DJs are not MCs. They cannot play music and MC at the same time – it’s impossible.

Many agencies looking to make as much commission as possible will toss-in the ‘free MC’ sales pitch to entice you to use their music service – and insist their operators can do both jobs at the same time. Please don’t fall for this trap.

Should we provide a meal for the MC?

Yes. Your MC needs food to be sparkling for your entire event!

It doesn’t need to be as fancy as the food you serve to your guests – though if you choose to, your MC will be very appreciative! A main course will do just fine.

You can discuss with your MC where they’ll eat their meal.