Weddings of Most Cultures

I consider it an honour and a privilege to be part of a wedding, and to assist the happy couple on their wedding day from the arrival of their guests to their first dance together.  I am also delighted to deliver the Toastmaster’s Tribute at the wedding breakfast.

There are many traditions associated with wedding celebrations of different cultures, be it standard English, traditional Jewish or traditional Asian, and I will be pleased to discuss them with you. I am mindful that tact and discretion are called for when considering the requirements and wishes of the modern family, including same-sex or mixed-faith couples, and couples with children.

B’nei Mitzvah

 A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important milestone in the Jewish lifecycle, and you will want to celebrate this simcha with family and friends. As a Jewish Toastmaster, I can help with all the ritual and tradition expected on such an occasion, and ensure that all guests have an enjoyable time. If you wish, I will organise and present the ‘Ceremony of the 13 Candles’, a wonderful way for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to acknowledge and honour the important people in their lives.


As your Master of Ceremonies I will ensure the smooth running of your celebrations, parties and other social events, including 18th, 21st and other significant birthdays, wedding anniversaries and renewal of wedding vows. New Year’s Eve and Diwali, Burn’s Night and Addressing the Haggis, Round Table and Rotary Club – no problem!

Adults or young adults, formal or informal, whatever the occasion, I can also organise some suitable entertainment – even MCs can be fun. I am often told that the celebrations will be informal, so I can if required put aside the traditional Toastmasters livery and wear less formal attire; you will still receive the same professional service.

Masonic Festivals

A Masonic Festival is the social highlight of the year for most Freemasons’ Lodges. It is important that the event proceeds smoothly, but with consideration for all those involved to ensure that everyone present, whether Freemason or guest, can fully enjoy their evening together. My experience as Master of Ceremonies (and on the square) will prove invaluable in guiding the President and his Lady, or the President and her Gentleman, in all aspects of the event.

Civic and Corporate Events

There is a wide variety of formal functions at which a Toastmaster can officiate. It could be at the Town Hall with the Town or Borough Mayor, or it could be an awards dinner or product launch at a corporate event with guest speakers and entertainers. Whatever the function, whoever is present, I will act as Master of Ceremonies and ensure the occasion runs smoothly in accordance with the appropriate protocols.

Charity and Fund Raising

The Annual Ball presents one of the biggest fund-raising opportunities for a charity organisation, but the last thing you need is to worry about how the evening will progress. As Master of Ceremonies, I will liaise with the other suppliers and entertainers, taking advantage of all fund-raising opportunities. I will take care of the raffle presentation and assist as auctioneer if required, helping to ensure that the raffle and auction are both entertaining and profitable.

Quiz Evenings

You might be organising a social event for many different reasons: a night out for the office, a different way to engage with clients, a product launch with important guests, entertainment at a conference, a Christmas party, or a charity fundraiser. Whatever the event, I can devise and present an entertaining quiz for you, providing the answer and score sheets. The quiz will be tailored to suit your requirements and guests, but above all, the quiz will be entertaining and fun.

Planning Your Function

I will meet you if convenient to do so, without obligation beyond an hour of your time, to discuss the details of your function. I will advise on procedure, timing and protocol, and agree an outline plan of events as you want them to be. If you then decide to engage my services, I will send you a contract with my terms and conditions, which I ask that you sign and return to me with a deposit (half of the agreed fee) to secure the date in my diary. I will then develop a running order for your function.
I will then send the plan to you, and from this point on, you will receive full support by phone, text and e-mail addressing any questions you may have and dealing with any changes to the plan. I will also liaise with your Function Manager, photographer, entertainers and other suppliers as necessary.

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
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