The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Professional MC for Your Wedding

Are you lacking a funny sibling or cousin to be your master of ceremonies? Here's what we think about hiring one instead.
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Sophie Ross
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
Bridal Fashion and Beauty Expert
  • Sophie Ross is a Senior Copywriter at Adore Me.
  • Sophie is an experienced style and beauty writer.
  • Sophie worked as an Associate Editor for The Knot from 2017 to 2019.
Updated Sep 18, 2018

If you have a charming sibling or cousin who has impeccable comedic timing, you might've considered asking them to be the MC for either your rehearsal dinner or reception. And if you're lacking a family member that fits that description? Well, you actually do have plenty of options—including finding a professional master of ceremonies to keep everyone on track and energized throughout the night. Whether that's necessary or unnecessary is up to you—but find the pros and cons of hiring a pro host for your wedding, below.

Pro: An MC will add some structure (and humor) to your reception.

Want someone to announce your entrance? Done. Need an announcement to get all your guests on the dance floor? Check. And want a few jokes sprinkled in for good measure? You got it. If you're having a large reception, leave it to the MC to wrangle your guests and make sure they're on the same page at all times.

Con: Your DJ will be happy to shoulder a lot of the responsibilities of a traditional MC.

But typically, your DJ (or bandleader) will happily make any necessary announcements and act as a traditional MC. Perhaps when you're going through the process of finding the right music entertainment for your reception, pick someone you're confident would make a good master of ceremonies as well. That way, you get your MC and DJ for the price of one.

Pro: You'll easily find one for hire.

Type in "wedding MC for hire," and Google will spit out tons of results for you if you're in the market for a master of ceremonies. Our very own Gigmasters—where you can hire any kind of entertainment or vendor for any kind of party you're having—allows you to find and book the perfect one for you in your area on one platform.

Con: It's another vendor you'll need to add to your list—and budget for.

Obviously, it's just one more vendor for you to check off your list—and you'll need to allocate additional cost (and tip) for one. That's why lots of couples won't see an MC as a necessary expense if they have a good DJ or bandleader on the mic—but if you have the budget to splurge, why not hire an epic one that'll keep the party going (and your guests giggling) all night long?

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