Dear Mr Toastmaster,
We felt compelled to contact you following your toastmaster services at our daughter’s wedding last Saturday.
Admittedly, she is an unusually buxom girl but your advice to the groom of, “go on my son, take her off and sort her out … otherwise I will” was not really necessary.
We expected the best man’s speech to be near the knuckle but some of your remarks made him seem like Mother Theresa.
We, of course, expected you to have a drink or two over the course of the day but never imagined that you would account for almost half of our final bar bill.
Finally, asking the lead bridesmaid to sit on your lap and play ‘bouncy castles’ was not well received. Your explanation that the vigorous fumbling in your pockets was because you were looking for your car keys was, frankly, hard to believe.
All in all, we feel you did not do credit to the image of a wedding toastmaster and we now regret that we did not hire William Freeman, wedding toastmaster par excellence, member of the British Toastmaster Circle and finalist in the UK wedding awards 2016.
Expensive aren’t they? Weddings I mean. And all the suppliers you pay for – flowers, car hire, photos, videos, catering, dresses, jewellery, suit hire, hairdressing, make-up, table decor, toastmaster – I could go on. It can mount up to a small fortune – or maybe even to quite a considerable one.
Is it worth it? ‘Surely I would save a fortune if I didn’t have these things?’ you might ask. After all, we all have good quality cameras and movie recorders built into our smartphones. With everybody snapping and clicking we’d get all the photos and movie clips we could possibly want. Most people own a car, so family members could drive the bridal party to and from the ceremony. Uncle Jim could do the ‘master of ceremonies’ job and Aunt Maud is a fantastic caterer and Cousin David would let us use the Scout Hall for our reception. Just think of the money that could be saved.
All of those arguments are true, of course. You don’t NEED to employ all (or even any) of these services but consider, for a moment, what your wedding event is all about, what it means to you both, how you want to remember it and what tangible record of it you wasn’t to have.
Your family members and guests want this to be a great occasion too; they want to enjoy and share your happy day rather than be ‘employed’ during it – and for a considerably longer time than you might at first think. You want great value for money and you want the service, support and peace of mind that your suppliers offer you. Be realistic about what you can afford to pay for your support services and be demanding about the quality and the service that you expect
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Have a memorable day.
The quick answer is no, you don’t need a toastmaster; your wedding reception can take place without one. In the same vein, neither do you need bridesmaids, a sit down meal , a professional photographer or a hired limousine – you can have your wedding reception without any of these things; it all depends on how enjoyable and memorable you want your wedding day to be.
A good wedding toastmaster will add great value to your occasion and help you to enjoy it without feeling stressed.
Your wedding toastmaster, is your ‘man Friday’ (or ‘woman Friday’, of course), your ‘keeper of things going’, your ‘stopper of things going wrong’, your ‘fixer when they do go wrong’, your ‘keeping people happy’ person, your liaison with other services, your ‘provider of tissues and wet wipes’ and, of course, your wedding toastmaster and master of ceremonies.
Someone has to do these things – but should it be a party guest or a member of hotel staff? I vote for the toastmaster – but then I would say that.
What do you say?