What is a Toastmaster? A Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies has the management skills, tact, experience and expertise to ensure the success of any function, be it a wedding or other family celebration, civic or corporate event, or charity and fund-raising event.
What does a Toastmaster do? A Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies will consult with you on every aspect of your function, advising on procedure, timing and protocol. He will take your agreed plan and make it work on the day; he will ensure that everything runs smoothly and on time, and that announcements and introductions are made using the appropriate etiquette.
Why do I need a Toastmaster? A Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies in his hunting pink livery lends gravitas and style to your event. He will liaise with the Function Manager, the photographer, other suppliers and his watch throughout the day, relieving you of most of the stress and leaving you free to relax and enjoy the occasion in the company of your guests. After several months of planning and preparation, this is the day when you want everything to be just right.
A venue may offer a member of staff to look after you on the day, but that person is working, quite rightly, in the interests of the venue. My responsibility, however, is to you and your guests, so I will not be called upon to resolve problems in, say, the kitchen or reception area. It is very tempting to cut costs and ask a member of your family or a friend to act as your Toastmaster. 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.
Tracy writes: “John was the Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies for our Wedding Awards Gala Presentation at Knebworth House. He was super-efficient and professional with his admin and communication before and during the event, providing a detailed schedule. Very calm, friendly and extremely smartly dressed. He arrived early to familiarise himself with the venue and the schedule, offering suggestions where he felt they would help the smooth flow of the event. His assistance throughout the event was discreet and professional and he dealt with any changes with calming flexibility. He presented the charity raffle and made great suggestions for the Silent Auction we ran on the night. He clearly knows his stuff! The evening ran perfectly and that was partly due to John’s presence. I would recommend John where you require the event to run smoothly in a calm, organised and professional way.”
Tracy Butterfield, 4 Counties Wedding Awards, Knebworth House, Hertfordshire