Your Wedding Guests Want Entertainment. Jared Wade is There for You.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi there! My name is Jared Wade and I own Jared Wade entertainment which is an entertainment company based in Indianapolis Indiana. I have been in business since 2001, but have been a performer in Master of Ceremonies for more than 16 years now. Specifically, for weddings, I have been active in the Indianapolis Market since 2008. I live in Plainfield Indiana with my wife, two kids, and our dog Bob. Not only have I earned and won consistent "Best of" awards from the Knot and Wedding Wire, but I also am the only wedding Entertainment Designer who is at the same time a Distinguished Toastmaster. Public speaking, and representing my clients in the perfect manner is my specialty.
How did you become a MC?
I have the privilege and pleasure of representing two people during their biggest party that they will ever throw. I don't take that lightly!
The story of how I became a Master of Ceremonies is actually quite lengthy. For the condensed version it's actually quite simple. My entire life has been in some sort of performing arts. Whether that might be public speaking or playing an instrument or singing, I've always been very calm and very natural on a stage or in front of others. It wasn't until after I graduated high school that I realized that this was an immense gift that I needed to figure out how to apply to my life. Specifically, within the wedding industry, my ability to connect with an audience and with guests is a talent that not many people have. In addition to that, I'm one of the very few people in this world that literally gets to say the words “I love what I get to do”. I have the privilege and pleasure of representing two people during their biggest party that they will ever throw. I don't take that lightly!
Are there things that differentiate MCs?
- There are a plethora of elements that differentiate masters of ceremonies. The biggest one that you want to look for is comfortability in change. Every wedding has it changed to a certain degree, most of the time they're small and not noticeable unless you're in the planning process, but sometimes they can be larger. A great master of ceremony is going to be able to adapt and change as needed.
- Even more than that is personality. You want to make sure that whoever it is that you're speaking with is not going to over dominate the event. Meaning you too. A great master of ceremony is going to be able to walk that tightrope between controlling the room but also keeping the focus on the guests of honor.
Which portion of the process keeps you busy the most, and what takes the most energy?
The pre-planning takes up more time than anything else. But I tell every client that I work with that's, what do they like it or not, I'm going to work them harder than anybody else. I only have one opportunity to get everything right. There is no Photoshop. There is no redo. There is only one chance. On average I spend about 35 to 40 hours invested in a wedding before I even show up on site. That time includes rehearsing, practicing, script writing, research, site visits, and so much more. my day at the wedding, aside from speaking on the microphone and guiding the guests, looks very similar to your guests do. I spend a great deal of time during cocktail hour and dinner our greeting guests, finding out how they're doing, inquiring into how I can make their experience even better.
What is a Master of Ceremonies?
Master of Ceremonies is a man or woman who has the ability to speak in front of others and lead them into a structured process that the guests need to be able to follow. What makes an amazing Master of Ceremonies is when they're able to do that in a very fluid and natural motion. it's one thing to just grab a microphone and tell people what to do, it's something very different to captivate your audience and pull them in emotionally so they don't feel like they're being told what to do, but they truly and honestly desire to want to be a part of the events.
What are some tips for emceeing a wedding reception?
Training is going to be the biggest thing for a professional wedding master of ceremony. If you're not willing to put the time into learning how to speak properly, how to engage an audience, and how to build a rapport with others quickly, you should not be up representing two people on one of the biggest days of their lives. If you don't respect the craft, you don't respect your client.
How to create the perfect wedding atmosphere?
Storytelling is the most powerful element in a wedding, in my opinion. Being able to tell your family and friends why everything is happening, can't just happen by reading something off of a script.
Storytelling is the most powerful element in a wedding, in my opinion. Being able to tell your family and friends why everything is happening, can't just happen by reading something off of a script. You have to be able to tell it as organically as possible. amazing masters of ceremonies, not only are truly talented as public speakers but they're also amazingly talented as storytellers. This is why I spend so much time investing in the craft of public speaking and storytelling. Those moments that are created by simply using words, our moments that most guests remember far longer than your dinner, your flowers, and even sometimes some of the songs that are played. memories are created based off of emotion, not stuff.
What are the best lines to start anchoring at a wedding?
Every storyteller in every Master of Ceremonies is different, but if you want to truly captivate and grab your audience and guests’ attention, the first thing that anyone needs to do is show that they appreciate those dear people. Your guests want to feel appreciated, and your guests want to feel welcomed to your event. Your event and your wedding will always be yours. But your guests, need to feel appreciated in order for them to have fond memories of the event. That does not mean taking the attention away from the bride and groom, but rather thinking the guests, and acknowledging them throughout the night.
What was the most memorable wedding you emceed at?
One of the greatest things about weddings is the fact that no two weddings are the same. Whenever I think about what my favorite wedding was of all the time, I don't really have one specific wedding. Every event, every wedding that I do I purposely and intentionally work with the couple to make sure that their wedding is truly theirs. The stories that I tell our stories from their history. The music that I play as music that when others here, they think of a couple. because of that, every wedding is uniquely different. Some are funnier, somewhere a little more somber, but they all have a special place in my heart because they all chose me to represent them and they chose me to tell their story.
What is the best way to reach you, if necessary?
The absolute easiest way to reach out to me is finding me online. doing a simple Google search for Jared Wade entertainment, or you can always visit me at www.JaredWadeEntertainment.com or feel free to call or text me at 317-395-3548. I'm also very active on social feel free to visit me on Facebook or InstagramInstagram.