Wow, this is a big question, how much time do you have? But seriously, a Master of Ceremonies (otherwise referred to as an MC) has a massive part to play on the night, no matter what kind of event you are hosting. They are needed for:
- Live announcements throughout the night, particularly at important moments such as the cutting of the cake, awards announcements, or when it's time for wedding speeches and toasts.
- Keeping a close eye on the time and running sheet, making sure everything is going as close to schedule as possible by coordinating closely with the event or venue manager.
- Liaising with all vendors and the venue staff all night, especially when anything is about to begin that they wouldn't want to miss, such as a photo opportunity or food and beverage service.
- Setting the tone of the evening, including the way announcements are made, interacting with guests and the bridal/VIP table, and generally keeping things moving along smoothly.
The list goes on! It's definitely a job that a lot of people underestimate, and I am not joking about the number of people I've spoken to after they've gone to a wedding or corporate event and mentioned that the MC was bad or didn't quite hit the mark. A lot of the time it was a family member or friend, an inexperienced DJ, or a ranking member of staff who would be better enjoying the night than making engaging announcements or spending time being the MC host.
It's a labour of love and as your dedicated MC I aim to NEVER have anyone come away from your event feeling nothing less than it was the best night they have ever had.
I have been entertaining for around 10+ yrs. I started public speaking and small MC gigs before I started cruise ship entertainment in 2015.
I joined Princess Cruises as an Assistant Cruise Director for 3.5 years, sailing all around the world entertaining audiences comprising over 40 nationalities. Later I would join their head office to train cruise directors and create large-scale gameshow for the entire fleet.
Then, in April 2021, following my brother's wedding, I began my business full-time as a professional MC. This was a dream of mine for a long time after already accomplishing my first dream to work in the cruise industry.
I am blessed to live my dream life each day - creating lasting memories and happiness at events for people just like you all year round.
For more about me and my journey, check out my about page.
I sure do! I've literally travelled the world to entertain audiences, so I am more than happy to trek to you for your wedding or corporate event.
Travel costs will apply for 2 hours outside of the Sydney surrounding suburbs and will be quoted in my proposal to you.
I accept Direct Deposit (Preferred), and all major domestic and international credit cards. I technically, of course, do take cash BUT I do not offer cash discounts.
I do not accept cheques.
I do not charge a surcharge for credit charges.
You can expect me to arrive at least 1 hour prior to your reception/event to familiarise myself with the venue, introduce myself to your vendors and venue manager and, most importantly, let you know I have arrived so we can kick the event off without a hitch!
For corporate and special events I abide by any requested call times and I endeavour to never be late for a rehearsal.
I will also stay until the very end, hosting you and your guests until the night is done. Can't Master a ceremony if you only do half of it! 😉
Is music a language? Although I'd argue it 100% is a language, my only spoken language is English (although I am trying to learn Italian, French, and Spanish on my travels!).
Yes, I really did! Some of my best years in entertainment have been spent at sea, and I'm proud to bring all I learned from abroad to celebrate with you and your guests in style.
For a look at my portfolio and list of achievements from my time at sea (including some videos of me performing live on stage), check out my About Nathan page.
Yes! In fact, I personally prefer to meet with prospective clients before finalising dates and service agreements. That way we can determine if we are a good fit and give you a good idea of my personality and style. I want you to feel totally comfortable and happy with me for your big day!
You can certainly choose to go with a family/friend member or with the DJ/venue's offer, like every decision for your wedding you are completely at liberty to do so!
The biggest advantage you are paying for with a professional MC on one of the biggest days of your life is that we are the MOST experienced and equipped to pull all the crazy elements of the reception together on the day. It's what we do best!
Just like it's no question that you hire a photographer as they are highly skilled in getting the right shot and edit of your once-in-a-lifetime photos, an MC is no different. We are an ESSENTIAL part of managing the chaos of a wedding and we thrive in it for your and your guest's benefit and entertainment.
For more reasons, check out my blog article: "Professional MCs - 5 Big Reasons Your Wedding NEEDS One"
Yes and yes. I require a $300 deposit within two weeks of the issuance of an invoice. I also require an electronic Service Agreement signed and returned within 14 days of issuance. Both of these must be complete otherwise I cannot guarantee your requested date.
Once signed and the deposit is paid, the date is all yours and I get to work! YAY!
Never fear! I totally understand the unexpected happens and I want you to feel as comfortable as you can knowing I've got you covered:
- If your wedding is being postponed and I can make the new date, I will simply shift your booking to that date as though you originally booked it.
- If your wedding is postponed to a date I CANNOT make, I will assist with finding a replacement and then give any money paid (minus the booking deposit) to the new MC. I will also catch them up to date with everything to do with your wedding arranged so far.
- If your wedding is cancelled and I am notified more than 4 weeks before the date, I will refund all money paid, minus the booking deposit.
All my terms are listed in my Service Agreement, however, as a rule of thumb, the earlier you let me know the easier it will be for me to make a decision that is fair for the both of us 🙂
YES, I absolutely do! In fact, I offer the largest list of optional games and activity entertainment out of any wedding MC in Australia! Check out my full list HERE.
I also love learning new dances, games, activities, and other forms of entertainment that I can add to my list of included entertainment offerings. If you have any idea or don't see a game that I offer that excites you, let me know - I'm sure I'll find something that makes it a truly memorable night!
On rare occasions, I am asked to put together custom ideas for my couples' weddings and bring them to life on the day. Just take a look at this special Blues Brothers wedding entrance I performed recently and created especially for my bride and groom: https://youtu.be/ZO3teR7fgJY
While it is helpful during your enquiry stage to let me know approximately how long you've booked your reception for, my base rate covers your entire reception period.
I don't operate on hourly rates etc. as I believe being present and MCing the entire reception is truly what a MASTER of Ceremonies is. It also allows me to best get to know and entertain you and your guests and ensures I am taking care of every detail from start to finish.
Your 5 Simple Steps To Event Success!
Make a booking enquiry via my contact form, give me a call, or send me an email with your event details
Confirm Your Date
Confirmation of date availability followed by an optional meet and greet (via online or face to face)
Sign & Deposit
A bit of paperwork... Sign the Service Agreement and pay the deposit to secure your date
I'll work wth you in the lead up to tailor my service specifically to your needs and desires
I'll work my magic and deliver a hosting experience that will be remembered long after the event is over
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