Do I really need a Toastmaster?
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; it all depends on how enjoyable and memorable you want your wedding day to be. A good wedding toastmaster will make sure everything happens as an when it should and will help you to enjoy your day without you feeling stressed.
What will a Toastmaster do that a hotel manager cannot?
Reception venue staff can do a competent job in making announcements but their top priority is to get the food and drink flow working well. A good Toastmaster in a red tailcoat will be a focal point for many things other than announcements and will work hard to keep your guests engaged, amused and involved. He, or she, is there to make sure you have an enjoyable and stress-free day. Bear in mind too, that a lot of the value goes on in the background. A toastmaster’s value is akin to an iceberg; more than 80% of it is unseen. But do quiz me on this topic until you are happy!
Couldn’t I ask a relative to do it?
Yes you could, but the same arguments apply. A professional toastmaster knows how everything can be done and is able to advise and discuss it with you beforehand. He (or she) can add the necessary degree of formality and structure to make the right things happen and to keep things on track (whilst still maintaining a sense of ‘fun’). Besides, why not let your relative enjoy your special day, stress free?
Won’t a Toastmaster be too formal for my reception?
Your toastmaster is an organiser, announcer and coordinator but ‘formality’ (in the sense of the red tailcoat, a clear speaking voice and authority) shouldn’t be confused with ‘pomposity’. For some events and for some toastmasters strict formality in the norm. That probably isn’t the case for your wedding – unless that’s what you want. But again, please ask.
What sort of person should my Toastmaster be?
Someone who can advise you, who has been properly trained and who can adapt to give you the day you want and in the format you want it. Your TM should not behave like a guest whilst still having the personality and style to suit your event. Your toastmaster should be very happy to give you as many references as you want.
What will it cost?
We will need a conversation before I quote a specific fee but, as a guideline, my core price for a wedding reception (from before the guests arrive up to the end of the wedding breakfast, which usually includes the ‘cake cutting’ ceremony) is typically £340.
There could be some extra charges to cover travel expenses, depending on your location and the number of face to face meetings we have. Depending on your timetable, I could stay on and announce your ‘first dance’; that’s an option we can discuss.