kingschapel1.4 My main aim as Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies is to take the agreed plan of your event and make it work on the day, so that everything runs smoothly and on time and all the announcements are made using the correct etiquette. After several months planning and preparation, you want everything to be just right. 

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This is one time when it really pays to have an experienced Master of Ceremonies to guide you through the pitfalls rather than ‘winging it’ on the day, so that you can relax with your guests and let me soak up most of the stress.

I can offer expert planning advice on procedure, timing and etiquette, and agree an outline plan as you want it to be. Dressed in my hunting pink livery to lend gravitas and style to your event, I will work with the function manager, photographer, entertainers, and other suppliers. As a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters, I have been trained to the highest standards of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy. One of the benefits of engaging the services of a Fellow of the Guild is that you can be confident that a substitute can be found at short notice, should your Toastmaster be unable to fulfil that engagement for any reason.

I have an eye for detail and a light touch to ensure that your function, including weddings of most cultures, is enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons. These pages include photographs and testimonials from recent events,  and the blog and links pages offer some jolly useful information.

If you want to discover how I will make your event run smoothly and on time, please contact me because I’d love to be the difference that will make your guests talk about your wedding long after you’ve said: “I Do!”. And it’s not only weddings, but also other family events, B’nei Mitzvah, Masonic festivals, charity and fund-raising events, and civic and corporate dinners.

I work with people, not clients, and have been told that I have a positive personality, a calm and reassuring manner, and a sense of occasion that befits a traditional role. I live in Eastbury, South-West Hertfordshire and I am therefore ideally placed for engagements in Greater London, South-East England, the Home Counties and beyond: Have Gavel, Will Travel.

Be assured that I will always work with your best interests in mind, so please contact me to discuss your event.


John Ashmele FGPT
Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters
Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy
m: 07710 400412       e: john@ashmele.co.uk