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7 tips to being a memorable wedding MC

Being asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for a friend or relative’s wedding is a huge honor. But there’s a lot of pressure that comes with the job too. Contrary to popular belief, you’re not up there to be the center of attention or to be the official wedding comedian. You’re the host of the event and it’s your job to keep the proceedings on time and to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. I had the honor of serving as the MC at my sister’s wedding last weekend. It was the fourth time I’ve pulled MC duty over the past 20 years and I’ve learned some valuable lessons about this important role each time. If you’ve been tapped to serve as MC at an upcoming wedding, here are a few tips I hope you find helpful. This is by no means a definitive guide – just one guy’s lived experience about what works and what doesn’t:

1. Have a Plan

This isn’t ‘Open Mic Night’. Save the ad-libs for your improv class. Before the big day, you should have a very good idea of the order and flow of the evening, the proper pronunciation of important names and, to a very large extent, everything you’re going to say that night. That doesn’t mean you need to be 100% scripted. There will be those little spontaneous moments where you can inject an appropriate comment or a touch of humor or emotion. After all, that’s why the bride and groom selected you to be their MC – because you’re good in front of a crowd and can likely tell a good story. But a wedding is an emotionally-charged and time sensitive event and you need to have a plan.

If you can, sit down with the bride and groom a few days or weeks before the wedding and ask about their wishes and preferences. They’re likely to be distracted with a million other details, so keep your questions focused:

  • Who will be saying the prayer before the meal (if at all)?
  • Who will be speaking and is there a preferred order of speakers?
  • What’s the ‘tone’ they’d like to achieve for the reception?
  • What time do they want to have their first dance (you need to work backward from this time to ensure everyone sticks to the schedule)?
  • Are there any taboo subjects that you and the other speakers should avoid?

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2. Go Easy on the Alcohol

Yes, it’s a party. Yes, it may be an open bar. But you have a job to do. The last thing you need is to botch your hosting duties because you had one too many. Keep the drinking to a minimum (like none) until your main duties are completed (when the first dances begin). Remember, Facebook is forever. And so is the wrath of an angry bride.

3. Meet the Vendors

Prior to the beginning of the reception, make a point of introducing yourself to key vendors, including the wedding planner, site manager, DJ, band, photographer, videographer, etc. A reception entails a number of interconnected and moving parts and everyone needs to know what’s coming next. That’s your job. A quick hand signal to the photographer or videographer that another speech is about to begin will help ensure they don’t miss a special moment. A heads-up to the DJ or band that the first dance will be starting in 10 minutes can help ensure the bass player isn’t in the bathroom when the bride and groom are standing in the middle of the dance floor. Confirming with the kitchen that the meal is ready to be served can prevent a long pause between the prayer before dinner and the serving of the first course. This is all on you. So make those connections in advance and stay in communication with these folks throughout the proceedings.

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4. Test the Mic

Test out the mic and sound system before the wedding party is lined up to march in. For one wedding about a decade ago, I leaned toward the mic to introduce the wedding party and there was silence. It took 10 minutes for the technicians to get it working. Those were valuable minutes that were wasted and that was my fault for not checking in advance. Last week, I made a point of checking the mic in advance and discovered that there wasn’t one. This was about 20 minutes before the reception was set to begin. The videographer (who was helping me at that point) asked the manager for a mic, she located one, we plugged it into the band’s sound system and tested it out. Ready to rock. Mini-crisis averted.

5. Open Strong and Get Out of the Way

Your job is not to bring up rambling anecdotes throughout the evening and to tell a story or a joke before and after each speaker. To a large extent, your job is to keep things moving as quickly as possible. No one likes long wedding speeches. Be sure to have a strong opening. Be upbeat. Welcome everyone and thank them for attending. Recognize the out of town guests, maybe tell a quick story or two about the bride and/or groom and then get out of the way. Keep your introductions and segues quick and concise. Keep the evening rolling along. Otherwise, the dancing won’t begin until 11:00 p.m.

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6. Approach Humor with Caution

Again, this isn’t about you and how funny you are. Funny moments at a wedding can be great but, often, those are introduced by the various speakers (parents, friends, siblings, etc.). A joke told in poor taste can create an awkward moment and bring the good times to a screeching halt. Approach humor carefully. Test out potential jokes on the bride or groom or another trusted friend in advance.

7. Think of Your Audience

The best way to ensure you’ll be remembered as a great MC is to focus on the audience. Are there a lot of out-of-town guests? If so, give them a special welcome or a few interesting facts about the city. Do the demographics of the audience give you any opportunities for a special moment? At the wedding I emceed last week, there was a sizable Slovak contingent. The day before the wedding, I asked someone to teach me how to say a few lines (welcoming everyone to the city and thanking them for helping us celebrate the wedding ) in their language. I had him speak it into a voice recorder on my iPad and I practiced it a lot. That one line, which I delivered in the first two minutes of my introduction, got a huge reaction from the crowd – the biggest of the night – and it got the evening off to a great start. Their reaction wasn’t because of my impeccable delivery or pronunciation (actually, I’m pretty sure I mangled the pronunciation). It was because I was thinking about the audience and made the extra effort to connect.

As the MC, your role is so important. Your performance can help make the evening run efficiently and it can help make the reception a special and memorable event for everyone in attendance, especially the bride and groom.

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An open letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Dear Mr. President-Nana Addo 

 Congratulations on being elected to the highest position in our land, and indeed, the leader of our country–Every elected position is a great responsibility, and indeed, one that is always driven by a higher “invisible hand,” as stated in the book of Proverbs (21:1): The heart of a king is like a stream of water in the Divine hand, wherever He wishes, He will direct it.

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 But your election, Mr. Nana Addo , stands out in particular as unprecedented in history: You defied all the predictions and pollsters, you upended both the NDC and Other parties, you did not follow the “established” rules and guidelines for a political campaign, you exposed the media’s biases and inadequacies – you basically broke every norm. And yet you won a resounding victory, breaking the blue wall and turning over country that no one expected you to win.

 One can hardly find an equivalent event in the history of presidential elections that qualifies for a true “invisible hand” directing the electorate to upset the existing systems and infrastructures.

 One word stands out to describe this cataclysm: Disruption.

Mr. Addo, you tapped into the fibre of this country’s restlessness and eagerness for change; to change the existing political norms of the Johns and to bring this county back to its great legacy.

 

This is the reason for my writing to you today:Creative Arts Council Appointments

 

I read on http://www.myjoyonline.com/entertainment/2017/March-1st/okraku-mantey-akufo-addos-daughter-appointed-to-creative-arts-council.php of your appointment to the creative arts council I was very glad to see the likes of Mark Okraku mantey as the head because over the years we seen what Mark has done in the development of this Creative Arts Industry but for Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, your daughter I don’t know the roles she has played over the years to help this industry but very checked on her prove that she is a smart girl, there is nothing wrong appointing your own daughter to work in your government but please is she the same person who  crushed the car of the then Governor of the Bank of Ghana, one early morning when she had left the Club House?

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If the answer is yes then please you need to advise her well now that she has taken a public appointment and as the daughter of the President all eyes will be on her because  we heard not too long ago that a certain government was for family and friends , so what has changed ?is that  principle  dead ??

 

Mr President please when are you going to appoint the like of my Uncle Mr Fred Kyei Mensah who is still been owed by the Ghana statistical service for works he did for them during the last 2010 Population and Housing Census.Nana for your information during the election he played a very key role to help you get more votes he was always on radio and tv preaching your gospel so please today if you are in power don’t forget my Uncle Mr Fred Kyei Mensah..

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 I hope and pray for you, Mr. President, that you serve as a divine agent that leads this country and the world into a new era, a country driven by the moral principles upon which all civilization rests, in all their rich diversity, live in harmony and peace, humbly serving the higher calling for which we were all created.

 

God bless you and God bless Mother Ghana and the Creative Arts Industry

 

Respectfully,

 

George Asamani

Admirer of the Creative Arts

 


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Bride Disgraced By Bridal Company On Facebook After She Bought Her Wedding Dress On Credit (Photo)

*Bride Disgraced By Bridal Company ON FACEBOOK After She Bought Her Wedding Dress On CREDIT And Failed To Pay

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The obsession with ‘the perfect wedding’ leads to so many troubles down the line, especially when it places a massive financial burden on a young, up and coming couple. But despite all these, some can never do without having that ‘perfect day’ when the world revolves around them.

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For a young Ghanaian couple, that obsession has landed them in hot water, with the company they bought a wedding gown from on credit publicly shaming them – on FACEBOOK.

The lady is purportedly one Eunice Armah, and she bought the gown from ‘Radiant Bridal’. According to Radiant Bridal, she paid Ghc 600 as a down payment for the gown, promising to pay the rest (Ghc 750) after the wedding. Two months later, that money has still not arrived.

Source: ghanacelebrities.com


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I Was Not Paid For ‘Onaapo’ Song – David

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Musician, David Aja, has said he wasn’t paid for his hit campaign song for the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) Onaapo.

According to him, he was not approached by the party but he recorded the song for the love of the party he has supported for some time.

Mr Aja who spoke to Pulse Ghana said, “I started following the party when Prof. Mills was the candidate so I did a song for him but God called him and another attractive man came and I did a song for him.

People are appreciating me for the song because they think I have done a good job. But no one has paid me because I did it to support my party and whatever anybody gives me or didn’t give me will not stop me from doing a song for my party”.

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Explaining why he chose Onaapo, David Aja said “the presidential candidate for the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, is an attractive and very marketable material. “When you have something that is so beautiful in Ga you have no other explanation but just to say Onaapo. So Onaapo is just a term to say Mahama is too much, he is too much.”

Mr Aja disclosed that reports that he did the song with Nacee who recorded the song and he did some finishing touches to make the song a great hit.

Although Barima Sydney did not approach Mr Aja before he remixed the song, he expressed his delight at the fact that Barima Sydney did a cover adding if he jumps onto a Sydney track to do a cover in the coming days, he should also not complain.

He expressed his joy at the fact that his song is bringing Ghanaians together and to tell the international community that we are peace loving people and have a bond that binds us.

In an unusual turnaround, Onaapo has become the favourite of Ghanaians including NPP supporters after their flagbearer was declared the winner in the last Wednesday.

 

Source: ghanafuo.com


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Ghana Movie Awards nominees out

Nomination for this year’s Ghana Movie Awards which comes off on December 4 at the Kempiski Hotel are out.

With the nominations out, all is set for the awards which will be strictly by invitation according to founder, Phred Nuamah, “We might have just about 100 or 200 exclusive tickets for sale because the venue cannot accommodate huge numbers,” he said.

Nominees for Actor in Lead Role are Jose Tolbert -True Lies, Eddie Watson – If God Be For Us, Alphones Menyo – Utopia, Van Vicker – Black Money and Adjetey Annang – Children of the Mountain.

Nana Ama McBrown – Na Me Nnim, Yvonne Nelson – In April, Rukiyat Masud – Children of the Mountain, Kalsoume Sinare- Sala and Ophelia Dzidzornu – Like Cotton Twines are nominees for Best Actress in Lead Role.

Those vying for Best Actor in Supporting Role are John Dumelo – Amakye and Dede, Fred Amugi – Beautiful Ruins, Ian Wordi – Sala, Kwadwo Nkansah – Fault and Akrobeto – Na Me Nnim.

Nominees for Best Actress in Supporting Role are Jackie Appiah – Sala, Akorfa Edjeani – Children of the Mountain, Luckie Lawson – Like Cotton Twines, Yvonne Okoro – Like Cotton Twines and Roselyn Ngissah – Amakye and Dede.

For Costume and Wardrobe, the nominees are Happily Ever After – Clara Asantewaa, Sala – Fauzia Yakubu, Like Cotton Twines – Awo Ahiable, Dieli – Yahaya Latifa, Black Money – Joyce Agyabea and George Attabrah.

In contention for the Directing are Kobby Rana – Sala, Leila Djansi – Like Cotton Twines, Kofi Asamoah – Amakye and Dede, Frank Gharbin – Black Money and Priscilla Anany – Children of the Mountain.

Nominees for Music (Original Score) are Amakye and Dede –  Skerie Badman, Sala – Austin Erowele, Children of the Mountain – Gabriel Dimero, Like Cotton Twines – Clayton Worbec and Anniversary – Afe Olomowe.


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They are all stomach politicians! — actress says about NDC celebs

Ghanaian actress Jessica Williams has lashed out at Ghanaian celebrities that have publicly endorsed President John Dramani Mahama and are taking an active part in the electioneering campaign by National Democratic Congress (NDC), accusing them of engaging in stomach politics.

To Jessica, artistes such as John Dumelo, Mr. Beautiful, Mzbel, Abeiku Santana, Kalsoume Sinare, Amandzeba, Bulldog,Tracey Boakye, among others, are rallying behind NDC mainly for their personal gains and not necessarily because they believe in the party’s ideologies or have the welfare of the state at heart. She claimed these artistes had been baited with money among others for their endorsement of the ruling party and added she had evidence to support her charge, having allegedly been approached to join the campaign trail in return for a juicy offer.“Frankly, all these people know that the country is not moving forward but have decided to endorse the NDC and President Mahama because of their stomachs,” she told Showbiz in an interview.

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Famous for roles in TV series such as Living With Trisha, Charade, Table of Men, and The Storm, Jessica said she did not belong to any political party but was of the conviction the NDC had failed Ghana and Ghanaians. According to her, such “stomach politics” by celebrities was nothing short of a betrayal of their followers’ trust.

“What are you telling your followers who have been loyal to you and trust whatever you say or put out. I believe the right thing should be done and these celebrities are not doing the right thing?” she added. Jessica confessed to Showbiz that she had previously been approached by an NDC bigwig for her endorsement of the party and the promised benefits that came with the request were awesome.

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“I had to turn down the offer because I would have been doing the wrong thing if I had accepted the it, knowing very well everything is wrong with the Mahama led NDC administration,” revealed the actress who has also starred in movies such as Mysterious Girls, Prison or

Marriage, Prince Sam, The Bond and Mabre Agu.

Ironically, despite her strong criticism of the NDC and its celebrity endorsements, the actress stated unequivocably that she was neither a supporter of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) nor had any difficulties with celebrities such as Agya Koo, Kwabena

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Kwabena, Praye, Lucky Mensah and Kwaku Manu throwing their weight behind other political parties out of conviction that Ghana needed a change. “Despite not being affiliated to any political party, I support change and I side with any celebrity who joins the other political parties and not NDC who have nothing new to offer.

Source: showbiz


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WATCH: Late Katawere Speaks About Death

Late Kumawood Ebenezer Donkor popularly known as Katawere was interviewed on The Delay show, before his untimely death.

The “Efiewura” actor spoke about several things including his career, his family and his religion. The strange part of the interview is where he spoke about death and where he believed he would go after his death.

Watch the full interview below: