Maria Chine (Master of Ceremonies)

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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Maria Chine (Master of Ceremonies) offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Wedding speeches, who gives a speech and should there be a format as to not repeat?

Struggling to know who should be giving a speech and what each speech should contain so we are not all repeating each other. ??


Speeches are always the most daunting part of the day/evening, but need not be.

Traditionally, the speeches are in order of Father of the Bride, Best Man and lastly the groom and or the bride.  

In between, you can have other members of the Bridal party and or guests of your choice.

As to what is contained in each speech, I always letting the speaker speak from their heart.  This is their one opportunity to deliver words from their heart (especially the parents) and you would never want to miss out on something that you will hear and see for many years to come, by guiding what should be said.  You will rarely find (unless they google 'speeches' and 'jokes' which everyone has heard before!) that two speeches are the same.  

When you limit each to about 5 mins each, what will be crammed in will be their memories to share, which will all be individual.

Choose those who are the most important for you to deliver the speeches, then let them speak from their heart.

Much love and happiness.

Maria Chine

Maria Chine'

Master of Ceremonies

What exactly does an MC do?


Choosing the right MC for your guests is just as important as choosing the right entertainment, venue etc.

Choose one firstly, that reflects your personality.

As for their role, consider them as your vital point of contact and deliverer of the next most important part of the day/night after the ceremony.

They will be the first and last person that guests will hear and see during the function part, which includes any issues which may arise.

They are the contact between the Venue Manager, Kitchen and other staff on your behalf.

My services offer all co ordination of the process from beginning to end.  Feel free to contact Maria Chine, Master of Ceremonies to help guide you through the process and walk you through any questions you may have.

Do I need an MC?


As a professional Master of Ceremonies, my answer is definately yes. If nothing else, for ease of knowledge, that at all times, someone is on hand taking care of all the business and co ordination side of the function side.

Most venues prefer an MC as it assists with timing and managing all events of the night, so they can concentrate on the meals and drinks and other venue related matters.

Please feel free to contact Maria Chine, Master of Ceremonies if you would like to know more.x

How many people usually give speeches at the wedding reception?

Is it usually a long time without music? Half an hour or so? We were thinking, Bride, Father of bride, father of groom, best man. Thoughts?

Hi, in my experience, I always suggest no more than 6.  Keep speeches to max of 5 mins each.  As to the timing of when to do the speeches, when you have the majoritys attention, that is also important. I hope this helps.

Does it matter if I'm not having dancing at my wedding?

I don't have a dance floor and my wedding is during the day :)

As a Professional Master of Ceremonies, I get to nut over many concerns for couples which may not fall in with 'what the norm' may be.  The advice I give, it is your day - but remember the guests who have come both near and far to attend!  All those coming will be there for you both, so that is all that matters.  I would suggest to consider the end result and what your 'dream' would look like.  It can be as quaint as 'an afternoon high tea' party to 'an all out party atmosphere' - its all about your fit and who you are both as a couple.  The very least I would suggest - is background music, and most function centres will accommodate for this.

Feel free to contact me for further advice - not matter big or small.

Maria Chine (Professional Master of Ceremonies)

if i go with a dj company how can i guarantee the dj i get is going to be any good?

I always advise my clients - go to both website and or agency that they are booked with, and see if they have any upcoming 'live performances' coming up that you can go and see for yourself.

Having the right fit for both yourself and your loved ones is vital, as music is one of the most important aspects of the day/night.

For further Master of Ceremonies information, or to help map out this important part of the day - the formalities - please do not hesitate to contact me.

Maria Chine 

what do you think is more entertaining? a band or a dj

i want everyone on the dancefloor all night

As a child, a teenager, and adult and now a Professional Master of Ceremonies, I have attended hundreds of weddings over my time, and now helped plan and MC a lot more.

I have MC'd at weddings where couples (mainly due to cultural backgrounds as well as Australian music) have had both, DJ's and Bands.

Both have their purpose. For tradition and mainstream.  

It all goes back to yourselves, the tradition (if any) and how you would like to see the evening.

Ensure that either band or DJ is the right fit for you.  I hope this helps and please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further help with planning the formalities.

Maria Chine (Professional Master of Ceremonies).

What are the responsibilities of an MC?

Congratulations on your upcoming big day!

The responsibilities of the Master of Ceremonies is as laid back or as intricately defined as the couples need or want it to be.  I work alongside couples all the time, sit with them initially and discuss and or allow them to have a feel of how they want their night to be.

There is a general guideline of formalities and I ensure that all and every one is covered and more if required.

Their job is to take the Wedding Plan aspect and apply it to the running of the show.

It is important however to remember that the MC must work in with the Venue, Manager and Kitchen Staff in order to ensure that the night goes smoothly.

A Professional MC will pre empt all and any concerns leading up, and on the night will be on hand every step of the way to take away the frightening part of the night going smoothly and to ensure that the couple and loved ones only role is to have fun and enjoy.

But keep in mind, that you also have an MC who loves crowds as well as be professional at the same time!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you want to chat or find out more.

Maria Chine (Professional Master of Ceremonies)

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