Food & Fitness

Wedding questions

I get a microphone for a whole evening!

On Thursday night, The Bride called me to ask if I would be emcee at her wedding. Considering my love of public speaking and standing in front of an audience, I immediately said yes.


I rocked the stage singing karaoke at last year's BlogHer conference.

Her wedding is a two-day affair this coming weekend, March 18/19. It turns out that there were some complications with the person who was supposed to be the emcee, so The Bride spoke with The Groom and they agreed that I’d make for a decent emcee. So now I get to be Maid of Honour and Master of Ceremonies in the same wedding celebration! I’m a multi-tasker 😀

I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also a wee bit nervous. I’ve never done anything quite like this before, and I’m really not that funny. I can do the sincere toast as Maid of Honour, but the whole humorous emcee thing… well, this is completely outside of my territory.

So once again, I’m asking for your pearls of wisdom! Have you ever been a Master of Ceremonies before? Do you have any advice for what I should and should not do? My vague plan as of now is: 1) Keep it all short and sweet, and 2) Don’t include any humiliating stories. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when people humiliate people on their birthday/wedding day etc. So I’m not doing any of that during my speaking roles.

Weddings aside, whatever happened to last week’s one-day fast?

I really wanted to do a two-day green shake fast last week. But I ran out of greens powder – horror of horrors! I’ve ordered more, but it won’t be coming for another week or so 🙁 I tried making green shakes the old way with lettuce, but the taste just isn’t appealing enough to be drinking all day long. They’re fine for breakfast or a snack, but I wouldn’t be able to do a green shake fast all day with the lettuce version.

At any rate, I had enough greens powder to make six green shakes on Wednesday. I made another few with lettuce, and I figured that I could at least do a one-day green shake fast this week. But then the cold settled in.

When the temperature gets in the way of fasting.

I used to be a really hot kid. When I was younger, I overheated easily and could handle winter no problem. But within the past five-ish years, something happened to my internal temperature and now I get chilled easily. This makes living in the middle of Canada really, really brutal. Although it had warmed up a little last Wednesday, the office I was working at was freezing, and I couldn’t get warm. I don’t expect that it helped that I was drinking cold green shakes all day long. By late afternoon, I’d had enough, and I made myself some piping hot oatmeal. Problem instantly solved! (And then I had Popchips later on. Whoops.)

So my fasting didn’t work out as planned last week, but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to a couple weeks from now, for three reasons: 1) my greens powder will have arrived and I’ll have an abundance of green shakes at my disposal, 2) The weather will hopefully have warmed up significantly (we had a freakin’ blizzard on Friday night. Seriously! Wreaking havoc on my body and, I’m sure, everyone else’s as well), and 3) this wedding will be over. I’m super happy for The Bride and the wedding process has been a great deal of fun, but I’m not going to lie: it’s been a bit stressful and very time-consuming! So it will be something of a relief to have it out of the way.

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  1. Dr. J

    Yikes!! I’m sure you will do fine!

    However, these are my feelings. I don’t know the size of the wedding, nor if there is a band. I would decline the job. If there is a band, the band leader would make a good MOS. That’s what they do.

      1. Dr. J

        Better to say no than be blamed for messing up a job that usually people are hired to do. See my point? I don’t know your experience or what is involved or what is usually done where you are. If I was, for example, asked to be the professional photographer at my Friends wedding, I would decline, as good as I am with photography, I am not a pro. and do not want to be that responsible. I’m not trying to worry you as you probably have the talent to do it.

  2. the Bag Lady

    You’ll be fine. Be yourself. I agree with you about the humiliating stories-thing – I prefer to keep things classy. If you and the bride have been friends forever, you might tell something you remember from your childhood.
    My dad used to do a lot of public speaking, and kept a little book with crib notes, so to speak, to remind him of jokes. Sadly, the notes are so cryptic that, unless you actually know the joke, they don’t make any sense!
    Good luck!
    (and I hope the weather for the wedding is spring-like!)

  3. Laural (bhealthier)

    wow, MOH and MC ?! You are quite the multitasker. I don’t think I would be a good MC, though I enjoy public speaking (well, enjoy it enough).

    I’m sure you will be awesome, esp. if you are MOH – you know them so well and will be a great MC.

    I know what you mean about looking forward to it being over, not that it isn’t great, it’s just nice to have another focus!

  4. Connie Waito

    Hi Sagan,
    When Josh was emcee he drank! He was awesome and so funny. Maybe a bit drastic but thought I’d pass that along. 🙂
    I’m sure you’ll do fine but know that you will breathe a sigh of relief when all is said and done.

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