FAQs and expert advice about toastmasters

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Raise a Toast

Raise a Toast

Q What are the advantages of booking a toastmaster?
A Martin Honor says: The role of an independent professional toastmaster at a wedding can seem confusing and many venues may try to discourage you from hiring one as they say they include it in their package.

The toastmaster is a master of ceremonies. They ensure the wedding reception runs smoothly and add to the splendour of the occasion. They will discreetly go about their duties coordinating, directing and announcing the ceremonial proceedings. Yet with their traditional red coat, they are a go-to contact for sorting out problems and queries.

Your chosen toastmaster can also help the bride's father, the best man and the groom with their wedding speeches, and act as a support while they deliver it. Each toastmaster will charge slightly differently and offer packages depending on how much they are needed, for example, if they are required just for the wedding breakfast, or for the ceremony and evening reception.

They can check your venue is correctly set up, from the seating plans and place cards to the gift table and more. They can also help organise other suppliers who are setting up so they are finished before the wedding guests arrive and liaise with the venue staff about your timings.

Once the wedding has started, your toastmaster can assist the photographer with organising group shots. During the wedding breakfast, the toastmaster has their most important duties. They will escort the happy couple into the room, introduce speakers, organise the cutting of the cake and formally close the proceedings.

Additionally, if required, your toastmaster can help organise your bouquet throw, meet and greet your guests and organise everyone to watch your first dance.

This is where a toastmaster differs from a venue master of ceremonies (who may have other duties in addition to your wedding), who will generally make announcements and corral guests, but they aren't personal to you!

The greatest thing a toastmaster brings is giving you the peace of mind you deserve on your special day and helping deliver the day you have planned and dreamt of. They try to add a formal informality to your special day!

Martin Honor, Martin Honor - Toastmaster

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