Social Etiquette and Good Manners/Proper introducions


We will have an event to celebrate a national date. The guests include:

The Mayor of a City in Mexico and his wife
The Second in Command (Síndico Municipal?) and is wife
Tourism Municipal Secretary
2 Councilmen

The Mayor of a City in a different State
The Mayor of a City in the State where the event in taking place
The Mayor of the City where the event is taking place

How does the Master of Ceremonies should introduce them and in what order?

Dear G. Alicia:

Thank you for your inquiry.

Protocol dictates that you establish an order of precedence for the VIP guests that will determine not only the order in which they are introduced, but their seating and other courtesies, as well.

I recommend the following order of precedence and format for the introduction of the special guests you mention:

The Master of Ceremonies begins his/her remarks as follows:

"Good Morning/Afternoon.
(While looking in the direction of these guests, MC says:)
- Mayor John Jones (of city where event is held) and Mrs. Jones
- Mayor David Smith (of another city in same state where event is held) and Mrs. Smith
- Mayor Robert Adams (of another city outside the state where event is held) and Mrs. Adams
- Sindico Municipal (title and first and last name)
- Tourism Municipal Secretary (title and first and last name)
- Councilman #1 (the order of councilmen may be alphabetical or if one of them is from the    city where event is taking place, his name should come first)
- Councilman #2
- Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to ...."

It is difficult to determine from your question if the wives of the Mayors hold positions themselves, but if they do they should be mentioned by title and first and last name in the order of precedence above, and not simply added onto their husbands names' as "Mrs. Jones".  

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