Often times, the hired DJ is also the MC at a wedding reception or event. But these are actually two very different roles. A great DJ does not equal a great MC (master of ceremonies). A wedding reception requires a MC who can also DJ. Later in the evening, the wedding dance party requires a DJ who can also MC.
Let's break these down a bit. The role of MC requires a lot of microphone usage, event planning skills, understanding of timing, reading the client's needs, keeping the event on schedule, flexibility, and a strong stage presence. The role of DJ can vary from a skilled turntablist or open format DJ who is energized and dancey to someone who just plays thru a prescribed set list with a laptop and iTunes while seated behind a table. I've seen both. A great DJ knows lots of styles of music genres and lots of decades of each, and offers well thought out musical entertainment. But a great MC knows how to engage a crowd, move amongst the crowd, be in the right spot before, during and after the ceremony and reception, and fit in well with the bridesmaids and groomsmen, sometimes step in where needed to make the event better, and make the bride and groom the center of the attention. The MC kicks off the reception with a bang from the first moment and runs the plan efficiently, tactfully and happily. Then, the bride & groom and wedding party can totally enjoy the night themselves and not worry about anything.
While the DJ is the one most often hired, not all DJ's are competent to MC well. When the dance party is over, people often forget to mention how well the reception itself ran between all the elements from start to finish. It's the MC who sets the stage for a fun evening of music, dancing and celebration while providing excellent customer service.
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