My First Time As A Wedding MC. Yikes!

The Easter weekend has come and gone but I still have jitters just thinking about it and this is why;
I was an MC for my cousin’s wedding in Jos. Yikes!
Just the thought alone was scary.
My cousin, Nanfe, got married to a Yoruba man, Damilola and that’s not surprising seeing as we share quite a few similarities, the Yorubas and Taroks. The wedding went on quite well, but one aspect didn’t go so well, the coordination on the part of the MCs.
I got to Jos on Good Friday, around 5pm or so. Immediately I got in I spoke with mama on the phone and she said,
“You know you are the MC right?”
How could I know that? I mean, I remember Nanfe had mentioned it over a week ago, but no one told me it was finally going to happen. At that moment I realised I wasn’t prepared; So many things weren’t right.

1. I wasn’t dressed for the part.
I did a quick sweep, in my head, of the female MCs I’d seen recently and they were always wearing regal looking, flowing dresses in the colour of the wedding or in a completely unique colour. I was wearing a short skater dress made with one of the wedding Ankaras.

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2. My hair was a mess.
Not an actual mess though. I had permed my hair the previous dey so it still had some curls in it, but I would have wanted to straighten it with a flat iron or even use my sister’s wig. Anyway, my hair wasn’t the worst part of my look.

3. I didn’t have any jokes or witty lines.
Personally, I think it’s cool if an MC pops in a joke once a while, but I don’t mind just sticking to the script and ensuring things move smoothly – that’s my style. I tend to say things that make people laugh, but I’m not a funny person or good at telling jokes so with the pressure of being told I had to be an MC, there was no time to prepare any joke I’d remember or even a riddle to keep the crowd with me.

4. My shoes weren’t right.
When I was getting set for this wedding from Abuja, I picked a pair of shoes that would complement my dress well enough enough and leave me comfortable to do some walking and dancing. I went for a 3 inch, open-toe, suede black pump. It was fine for my initial duty of ‘wedding guest’, but not appropriate for an MC. At least, that’s what I think. I had options that would have boosted my confidence and elevated me, literally, and the not-so-great dress.

Wanna know how the day went?
I’d say it went okay. There were no accidents except when the sound system went off and there was no music. Both of us, MCs, were there just moping. I was blank and she kept telling the crowd that it was a power issue. I knew we should have done something to engage the crowd, but I kept coming up empty. 😳
I got some positive feedback from my family and my big aunt, (Mama in Jos). They thought I did well and would have done better if my co-host was a bit more upbeat.
All in all, I’d say it was a good experience especially because someone compared our ‘MC-ing’ with that of a bigger wedding taking place somewhere else on that same Saturday and he said ours was more lively. 😂😂
If this person’s remark is anything to go by, I’d say it was all good.

Any ideas on how to be a better MC? A great joke won’t be bad either.
Looking forward to your thoughts.

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Grooms Need Grooming Too

I just had a conversation with a friend and the conflict was “what colour will go with a navy blue suit“. From my stockpile of colour-blocking ammunition, I know that yellow goes very well with Blue, but having them -the colours- in the right proportion matters a lot!

This here is an attempt to educate men on the diverse options open to them when choosing a wedding suit, seeing as we all know they don’t know colours AT ALL.GRAY FOR DAY

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Gray For Day

It must not be the drab one-colour all through, black & black or outrageous combinations like ‘Blue & Red’ *Gag*. Infuse a little colour and you can look as good as your bride or even better. Although, that is so not acceptable. 🙂

 

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First of all, it is good to choose a suit according to the time of day. Most weddings in Nigeria take place before the sun goes down so it’s expected to use lighter colours like light grays, blues & browns, but my Nigerian bros use dark colours instead. Hehehe
When having a night-time ceremony on the other hand, dark colours like Black, Navy blue and Charcoal grey are suitable and appropriate.

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Navy Blue for Night-time

Factors to consider when choosing a suit include: Wedding theme, bride’s dress (some don’t wear the traditional white), wedding style (formal or informal), personality, individual taste and style, and your Budget.
The theme of the wedding is what informs the colour choices. If It’s a Valentine theme then there’ll definitely be red so the suit colour should go with red. If it’s a 90’s inspired look then black might not be an option. The colour choices should compliment. It is visually pleasing to see a bride have a blue and yellow bouquet with her bridesmaids wearing yellow dresses while the guys use blue ties and pocket squares. These are colours that are great together so this scene will work perfectly, but imagine a bride’s bouquet with green & gold, her bridesmaids with gold probably and the guys with red ties… NOOOOOO! We do not need to know the other wedding colours to ascertain that this is a total NO-NO.
At the end of the day, the couple has to choose the colours in tandem to ensure a cohesive result and when all is said and done and they’ve danced their shoes off, they’ll look back and be proud of what they did together.

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Light Colours for Day

My advice is, if you can’t be bothered to pick out a colour that will work with the wedding theme, leave it all to your bride to do and she’ll do it gladly, but if you really want to be a part of the process, you can start your planning now (for those who haven’t walked down the aisle yet). Most ladies plan their weddings before they are even 20, why can’t you?
Toodles Xoxo

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Inspired by a wedding photography blog and my friend.