Becoming a Wedding Emcee in Singapore

The Wedding Emcee Guide by Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman


You’ve been given the honour of being a Master of Ceremonies for a friend’s wedding.

Well, you’ve probably got different emotions about this. You may be thrilled that you can help make the bride and groom’s wedding flow smoothly and yet terrified that you willl mess everything up. One thing for certain is if you do not feel comfortable being their wedding emcee, say so now! Give the engaged couple the opportunity to ask someone else to be their Wedding Emcee.

If you’re keen to perform this important role as a Wedding Emcee, then our Dr Elmi’s Beginners Guide to Wedding Emcee Duties is for you.

What Does a Wedding MC Do?

The Wedding Emcee is the host of the wedding. The emcee is not the one getting married, nor have they organised or paid for the event. Instead they are given the job of keeping the day run on time and making sure that everyone is having a good time.

It is up to the bride and groom to tell the Wedding Emcee exactly what they’d like him or her to do for them. For this reason, it is important that that the Wedding Emcee meet with the couple well before their wedding day. Ask for a list of jobs they would like the Wedding Emcee to do, some stories the Wedding Emcee can share about them with their guests and topics which are off limits.

The happy couple should also explain how they want their day to run and the tone they’d like their wedding to have.

Exactly what sort of jobs can the bride and groom ask the Wedding Emcee to do?

  • Help gather guests for photos
  • Announce the arrival of the bride and groom
  • Announce the first dance
  • Help guests find their seats
  • Introduce speakers at the ceremony
  • Explain to guests about how meal service will occur
  • Introduce the cake cutting and bouquet throwing activities

Tips on Being an Amazing Wedding Emcee in Singapore

When it comes to being a popular emcee in Singapore, there are a few things you should consider.

Obviously, the Wedding Emcee’s behaviour will be noticed by everyone, so limiting alcohol consumption while you are ‘on duty’ is vital. Planning is key, which is why we suggest meeting with the bride and groom before the wedding.

As well as getting a list of duties, the Wedding Emcee will also have the chance to ask questions about whether there will be a microphone for him or her to use or how long the Wedding Emcee needs to talk for. If you are asked to do a speech, you can prepare it in advance. If not, you will still be able to practise the announcements you are expected to perform.

Arriving early at the venue or visiting beforehand lets the Wedding Emcee see where things are and can assist guests when they arrive. You’ll also be able to introduce yourself to key people such as the DJ, bartender, housekeeping and even all the members of the bridal party if you don’t know them already.

Being asked to be a Wedding Emcee is an honour. While it can be nerve-wracking to know two people have asked you to make their wedding special, you will be fine. After all, they wouldn’t have asked you if they didn’t trust you to do an awesome job!

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About Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman


Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman wears many hats for the past 15 years. He is a teacher, lecturer, academic researcher, writer, poet, motivational speaker. Dr Elmi is also a veteran in the corporate industry as a corporate emcee in Singapore. Having hosted around a thousand events, most of them being weddings and grassroots events in Singapore, he has placed himself in a very good position to help guide soon-to-weds in planning their special day, and execute it seamlessly on the day itself. Dr Elmi understands the nature of weddings as once-in-a-lifetime events, which is why to Dr Elmi, there is no room for avoidable mistakes.

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain’s style as an emcee can be described as formal and sophisticated, yet with a light touch, making the guests feel at ease and the atmosphere being the exact opposite of stiff. With his wit and natural humour, guests of the event are entertained, and the overall vibe of the party is how it should be: fun and memorable.

Dr Elmi’s eloquence, energy, and booming voice contribute immensely to keeping the guests’ attention on the programme. As Dr Elmi puts it, “Having command of the crowd is what makes an emcee effective.” Dr Elmi is very passionate about what he does as an emcee, and this is perhaps what keeps him on top of his game.

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman is contactable via his email – [email protected]