‘It was a beautiful day for a wedding on the long weekend in September. The teenager came to help me and help she did!! Not only that but she helped a lot with the other photographers too. I’m excited to have that photo shoot out of the way.
The only thing that I wasn’t pleased with was the fact that the commissionaire wouldn’t let us move once the wedding started. Make for getting photos difficult.
I had the distinct honour to be asked to MC my cousin’s wedding last weekend (and I was playing faux photographer). I thought I would post some tips after some research I did prior to:
Your job is to ensure the night continues to run smooooooothly.
You have a bit of research to do. Do not buy anything online (there’s a truck load of info you can buy). You best bet is to find free information and watch youtube videos.
Be in touch with the bride. You want to make sure you map out her expectations. She’s the one you DON’T want to piss off.
Don’t tell stupid emcee jokes. Find some quality ones and make the relate to the bride and groom.
Ensure that you get write ups for the wedding party from the bride and groom. If you insult anyone, you’ll want to be able to blame it on them.
Speak loudly into the microphone. Don’t be afraid of it.
Make friends with the bar staff. They will keep you liquored up if you do this. I’ve included a joke I told in order to butter them up! LOL!
If you call up tables by pulling numbers out of the hat, ask a little person to come up and do it. People love that.
I had heard a radio show a couple of months prior to the wedding talking about if it was necessary to give a gift if you were the MC as you were giving the gift of emceeing! TACKY is what I say. If you’re bringing mouths to feed, bone up and get a gift or give money to the bride and groom.
Have fun! If you have fun your crowd will loosen up too and they will have fun.
And the number one tip you should always remember: they will probably be drunk too when you’re talking so don’t worry too much how good a job you did. They probably won’t remember it.
Now, here’s my line up if anyone wants to copy (names have been changed):
Introduce the wedding party
Assistant – Find an assistant to help you:
Put wedding party in order
When I announce the names, let them walk in, announce, walk in
COULD EVERYONE PLEASE STAND FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE BRIDAL PARTY
BRIDESMAID: Entering the room first we have the bride’s sister in law and bridesmaid, Jill. Joan and Jill have known each other since they started nursing school together, where Joan made the mistake of introducing Jill to her drunken brother, John, and they have lived happily ever after since.
BRIDESMAID: Janice is Joan’s next bridesmaid. Janice is always the bridesmaid and never the bride but we’re pretty sure things are about to change as she has finally met the man that she thinks is the “one”. I understand “the one” is somewhere in this very room tonight!
BRIDESMAID: Jasmine is the last, but certainly not least, bridesmaid. Jasmine remains the devote party girl and is always up for a good time, always the life of the party and always happy with a drink in her hand!!
GROOMSMAN: On the men’s side, we have Jake, Jason’s brother and one of the groomsmen. Mr. Incredible is known to be able to change a diaper with his left hand without spilling his beer with his right.
GROOMSMAN: Next up is Justin is Jason’s brother. When he’s not playing groomsman, he’s kick ass and taking numbers at the local mini golf course and from what I understand, he’s your man for downloading movies off the internet.
GROOMSMAN: And our last groomsman to enter is Joan’s brother John. John has been known to get into the occasional fistfight with Joan’s prospective boyfriends. So far, Jason is unscathed.
And for the final entrance for the wedding party we have the maid of honor and the best man.
MAID OF HONOR: Jessica is Joan’s best friend and her maid of honour. It is a well known fact that everything in Jessica’s world is made better with some kind of Vodka drink in her hand and if anyone is going to trip and fall over during the wedding it will probably be her!!
BEST MAN: Jeff is Jason’s long time friend and best man. Jason calls him his brother from another mother. Evidentially, if you’re having a BBQ, Jeff is bound to show up.
BRIDE AND GROOM: And finally, ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, HE’s known for missing more phone calls on the golf course than a high paying executive. SHE’s is known to have the prettiest nipples and the sexiest toe cleavage…May I present to you… Jason and Joan Jasper!!
Open wedding reception/welcome guests
Hello everyone and welcome! My name is Robin. I am obviously Jason’s favorite cousin, and I will be your MC for tonight.
On behalf of the bride and groom, and on behalf of their families I’d like to thank everyone for coming here and celebrating with us today.
What a gorgeous day, with some pretty beautiful and handsome people eh?
When I was first asking to be Master of Ceremonies I was very flattered, and then I thought to myself, it’s a lot like being asked to make love to Prince Charles… it’s a great honor but no one wants to do it.
Since Jason and I are cousins, I have known him my whole life, suffice it to say I have plenty of stories… aaaaand unfortunately, none of them would be very appropriate… however my memory improves with alcohol, so if you catch me at the bar later, you never know what I might remember.
A few housekeeping items –
Washrooms are located over by the tasting bar in the far corner,
Church and State has let me know that there is a smoking area at the end of the deck on the vineyard side…when you are facing the tasting bar doors to walk in, on your left. They have a barrel there with a container filled with sand. Their preference is that no cigars are smoked as the smell really carries in the building and effects other guests.
The bride and the groom would appreciate no clinking of the glasses – if people would like the couple to kiss they need to demonstrate how they would like them to kiss first or come up to the mic and give them a “tip” for a long and happy marriage.
There will be a cash bar open if people would like different wines that are not being served during dinner which will be open until 11pm. No outside alcohol is permitted.
The photographer will be trying to get pictures of all guests throughout the night. Her name is Jessica. Jessica where are you? It will be near impossible for Jessica to take photos of everyone, so if you could please help her out by asking her to take a photo you so Abby and Doug have a cherished memory that will live on for years to come.
And for my last introduction, everyone will need a drink for, it’s obvious that I’m going to focus on the most important people here today… the people we feel all great love for, and without whom, this wouldn’t be at all possible. I’m sure all of us at some point will share with them our thoughts from this day and give them our love, admiration and best wishes. So ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and say a toast to………….. the bar staff! (If you wanted to make this sentimental you could say the Bride and Groom)
Itinerary – BRIEF!!
Ok folks, this is what we have in store for this evening:
Dinner will be served shortly.
Followed by cutting and serving of the cake
After that is the much anticipated speeches
And finally, the first Dance
And now onto dinner! Since dinner is buffet style, we will be calling up tables one by one. We will start with the head table. Then table number 1, 2, 3, kids…
Time to draw numbers to see who goes first.
1. I’d like to draw your attention everyone to the next portion of our evening. Doug and Abby will be cutting their cake. Please feel free to come up and take photos.
Introduce the speeches
And now it’s time for the speeches to begin. You all will have an opportunity after the speeches have been made to come up to the mic and say a few short words to Doug and Abby if you wish.
First up is Jessica (maid of honour)
Jeff (best man),
The mic is open if anyone wants to come up and say a few SHORT words to Jason and Joan.
And finally, Jason and Joan would like to say a few words
I’d like to end the speeches with a toast to all of the out of town guests that have come to share in Jason and Joan’s special day and to the friends who couldn’t make it for one reason or another. I’d also like to say a big thanks to the service staff of Church & State, the photographer Jennifer and to the DJ. CHEERS!
Closing the formal program/misc
And this ends the MCing portion of the night. Thanks everyone for being a great crowd! Let’s get this party started by Jason and Joan getting out on the dance floor for their first dance.
I’ve got my first wedding coming up that I’ll be shooting in a week! How exciting. But I’ll talk about more about that later.
In order for me to prepare for that shoot, I asked my cousin’s wife-to-be if it would be ok if I took photos of her getting ready to practice. She said no problem and what was the best part of it was that she already had a photographer, Jessica, who was more than willing to give me a few pointers on wedding photography which I was eternally grateful for.
So without further adieu here are the shots that I took.
I shot these photos with a Canon Rebel X1i in RAW. They’ve been processed in Photoshop.
Ok, I’ll admit it – I haven’t blogged in AGES. But I’m feeling inspired to put together what happened for us this year in photos as I did last year.
Robin at Farewell Stranger has inspired me yet again to sweep away the bloggy cob webs and start anew. Nothing like trying to win a contest while you’re at it.
We came home from Switzerland after being gone for one month across Canada and then 5 months in Switzerland. My baby turned one, back to work for me, a new daycare for the wee babe, half way through grade 7 for the tweenager, and a new job for the hubby.
First steps are always really cool (and I shed a tear) so I think that this will be my memory for January.
February is a big month for birthdays in my family – mine included. My highlight was the Murdery/Mystery party my husband threw for me. It was flapper themed and so damn cool!
I don’t really like the photos of me that were taken so I’m going to post one of the two handsome blokes from the party. The guy on the left is mine. Hands off ladies.
March we were settled back into life around here. And the drab drab weather that the Wet Coast is here. When looking back on the photos I took in March, I found one wonderful day that I took some photos of my girls around Easter. This photo makes me smile.
Once again my tween competed in the Concours d’art oratoire and this time she won it in her age group! Definitely the highlight of my month.
We can’t have mind blowing things happen to us every month. So this month we just began to enjoy outside a little more and partake in welcoming in Spring.
I started a new job. I was freaked out, excited, nervous, elated, joyous, and thinking I was downright loco. A little like a new born goat. We visited goats during this month, so this photo is appropriate.
Two largish things happened in July so I can’t just post one photo.
My 20 year grad reunion happened. I got pretty drunk at the dinner cuz that’s what you’re supposed to do at a grad reunion party right? (sshhhh… don’t tell anyone) and then the next day we had a big family BBQ at Beckwith Park. I don’t look a day over 17 if I do say so myself.
AND… my in-laws and my husband’s aunt and uncle came from France and Switzerland. We ventured to Parksville where the weather was crap. The stayed for only 10 short days… I hope they stay longer next time.
In August we travelled down to the States to visit with all of our cousins. After a cold trip to Parksville, it was beyond hot in Seattle. But we had a great time visiting all our family down south.
In September I was bound and determined to get my baby on the front cover of Island Parent by winning the baby contest at the baby fair. Unfortunately, she didn’t win but don’t you think this is the cutest pic ever and that she should have won? We’re just waiting for someone to “find” her and make her famous. She’s not just a pretty face people. She knows two languages. Any day now….
In October we headed to Pender Island for a get away. Another rainy get away. Oh well, we had a great time. We also headed to the pumpkin patch to take some anual photos with the fall colours. I couldn’t resist putting in two family shots for this month. The first is a photo on the Pender Island Disk Golf Course.
At the tail end of October was my hubby’s birthday and at the very beginning of November the Tweenager turned into a teen. I can hardly believe my once little sweet pea is now moving into her next stage. I love this photo.
Welcome to the end of the year. We took some nice photos of the girls but I’ll put the Christmas card photo of the teenager in here as I just love the colours of her hat. Joyeux Noel and Bon Annee tout le monde!
Thanks to Farewell Stranger for inspiring this post:
It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a Gallery post and since I just got a new phone yesterday, I thought I’d give it a try. I also am getting familiar with Instragram (an iPhone app) in addition, the iPhone 4S has HDR capability which is pretty cool.
First up: The first photo I took on my new phone.
Next, a photo of the wee babe decked out in her Canuck’s jersey. Go Canucks Go!
This photo was taken in Switzerland with my old iPhone but I’ve used Instragram to spice it up.
And lastly, a cute photo of the wee babe in her pink toque, striking a pose.
All photos taken by myself, Robin Howe, and copyright 2011 by Robin Howe.