How to emcee an intimate wedding party in this time of pandemic

Lord Vincent Van Mendoza
January 2, 2021

Emceeing a wedlock celebration these days is both easy and hard. Well, why am I saying this? That's because there are things that are convenient on your end and are quite challenging.

Unlike before, emceeing a wedding nowadays have some adjustments which make it a challenge for wedding hosts to deliver a good show. I mean, there are segments in the program that are not anymore included. These are the things I would like to discuss.

Shown above is a sampler of my intimate wedding program. Hold your horses. Before we discuss each of them in detail, please allow me to share with you some protocols we need to keep in mind (especially if your are hosting in Davao city).

1. Wearing of face mask/shield.

2. Maintain 1-meter physical distancing from your guests.

Your duty begins when the wedding reception is about to open. Here are the things you should bear in mind.

1. Pictorials/Registration of Guests/Cocktail Hour

Right after the wedding ceremony, the first phase of wedding reception process is getting to listen to relaxing music (while waiting) and enjoying some pica-pica to eat. This is purposely done to keep the cool of your guests while the couple is having their untouched pictorials with the photographers.

2. Introduction to the Party/ Acknowledgment of Guests

Your opening spiels set the mood of the party. This is very crucial. This is where it all started. Welcome everyone with a smile. :) Get them to understand why we gather for such celebration. Give them the feel of how it is to be in love. You also wanna introduce yourself at this stage and perhaps, set some friendly reminders for everybody.

3. Acknowledgment of the Principal Sponsors

Some of the most important persons in a wedding party are the second parents of the couple, the principal sponsors. Please do not miss this part. They could be some of the most busy people in the world. Take this time to acknowledge their presence,

4. AVP: Teaser/Trailer/Save the Date (if any)

If the couple has availed of a pre-nup, might as well be good if you could also have it played on the BIG day (not just on social media platforms). This will strike excitement among your guests as you ask them to welcome the newly-wed couple afterwards.

5. Entrance of the Couple

This is the time when we officially welcome the couple to the society as husband and wife (or husband and husband or wife and wife). Make sure to modify your tone as this part should be serve so well. You could say, "Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome the most important couple of this celebration. Why don't you put your hand together for the now officially, legally, and formally, Mr. and Mrs. _________________________"!

You gotta say that with a BANG!

6. Quick Q & A/ Welcome Message of the Couple

The moment the couple has come to the center stage, give them some time to cherish the overwhelming applause of the crowd. They need some to catch their breath. After awhile, you may ask them how they're doing and anything that you thing will make them feel more comfortable. And because technically they are the "hosts" of a wedding party, please ask them to officially welcome all the guests who have graced their invitation.

7. Tribute Dance with the Parents

Enter marriage life also means giving farewell to the parents. This is the moment where the couple gets to dance with their parents and extend their gratitude for the love afforded to them. The first to dance ar the groom and his mom. The dance of the bride and the her father comes next.

8. First Couple Dance

This is the most romantic part of any wedding party. This is where the couple gets to have their intimate moment together on the dance floor. Comas (2018) explains that the first dance of a newly married couple is one of those time-honored traditions that is highly cherished. The first dance was considered as the official opening of dancing by the newly married couple who were the guests of honor. The first dance between the bride and groom is the most awaited moment for the newly wed as well as the guests. It shows the love and unity between the new couple.

9. Prosperity Dance

This is the dance of bounty as others may say. This is the time when guests extend their monetary support to the couple. The couple will be dancing to another song and the guests will be pinning money unto the clothes of the couple.

10. Cake Cutting

The Mackey House describes the way how this is done. The hand of the groom is placed over the hand of the bride when cutting the cake to symbolize his support for her and her promise to take care of him and their family. Furthermore, the fact that couples are encouraged to cut from the bottom tier symbolizes the longevity and continuity of their relationship.

11. Toasting of the Wine

Any joyous social celebration would not be made even more special without a bottle of wine as this is the universal symbol of richness of life. And to make it even more memorable, so that we can really say that after how many years, the drinks really bring back all the memories, we’re gonna ask our couple to call their special friends to join them in the toast. That's actually my spiels for this part. I just wanna soudn more millennial while preserving the richness of the symbolism.

12. Grace for Meal

Do not forget this part. Before the guests and the couple share with the banquet of blessings in the form of food, lead the audience to come to a prayer.

13. Speeches

Get some love advices from the love experts. I am referring to the ninongs and ninangs (principal sponsors). Also, ask the parents to also share their part in giving marriage advices. You can maximize this part so that the photo and video team have enough time to render their video project for the same-day edit video.

14. Playing of the same-day edit video

This recapitulates the highlights of the BIG day. The preparation, ceremony, and some parts of the reception program will be covered. This is one of the most-awaited part as this is the premiere of what is ought to be remembered for a lifetime.

15. Final Works

Final segments include the acknowledgment speech by the couple, your closing spiels, and the grand finale where here in the Philippines, we traditionally shout it out loud, "Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!"

P.S.: There are parts which may have not been included in this flow compared to the usual program considering the number of audience, the protocol, and some other factors. If you're looking for an event host in Davao, I can be the guy for the job!

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Lord Vincent Van Mendoza is a content marketer and event host based in Davao City. He helps small business owners and service providers drive quality content for their brands. Since 2018, he has been emceeing for social and corporate events in the metro.
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