I mostly work in the UK's Midlands and, as I become known, increasingly throughout southern France. The majority of my work is weddings.
Where do you work, will you travel?
It really depends on the size of your event, the bigger it is, the more time is (usually) required, budget less than £600.00 inc.
How much will it cost?
I have a simple agreement committing us both to any pre-event dates, the day itself, time involved and an agreed fee.
How does the contract between us work?
In the unlikely event that I cannot provide a stand in (in case of illness) I carry full indemnity insurance.
What guarantees do I have that you will provide the service?
I'm a calm collected chap, good in a corner! I'm also a qualified First Aider, so don't worry, whatever it is will get sorted!
What happens if there's an emergency on the day?
Why do I need a Toastmaster?
Sometimes I hear "Can’t the best man do all these jobs?" Well, consider the following for a moment.
The Best Man’s key duty is to take care of the groom on the day and lead the ushers, a big job in its own right! And all the time, his speech is humming away, unnoticed by everyone else(!), in the back of his mind! Of course, he can take on additional responsibilities but he cannot be in two places at once, say, at the venue inspection prior to the reception and at the church supporting the groom! The route of least risk is to engage a professional Toastmaster and put yourself in safe hands. Yes, it is an additional expense but a fraction of the total cost of a day that, for many involved, is one of the most important of their lives.
Having someone standing in a red tailcoat, making announcements and organising affairs, may sound a bit stuffy or over the top. But think about it. If you use someone from the venue that you are also using for your reception, they will not necessarily stand out from your guests (not all of whom know each other) and they will also be concentrating on other things, like your reception! Similarly, if you use a friend they may not have the skills to work in tandem with your suppliers, they are unlikely to be insured and, anyway, would it not be nice for them to enjoy the occasion too?!
The professional Toastmaster is concentrating solely on you and your guests and the red coat gives everyone an easily identifiable person in authority with whom they are normally happy to respect and work with. How often have you been to a wedding where you have stood around wondering what is happening or what you should be doing at a particular time? With a Toastmaster there is none of this uncertainty as everything that is relevant is communicated to those that need to know, when they need to know it, either in the wedding party or behind the scenes.
A properly trained Toastmaster is well versed in etiquette, they may make suggestions concerning protocol but, if you want it done differently, they will adapt to make it work for you. Remember it is your day, you should be there to enjoy it with your guests and not have to worry about what is going on - or when protocol dictates that it should be going on!
For you, your wedding day will have been much in the planning but you don’t have one every day. A Toastmaster goes to many weddings and their experience will help guide you through the day and, in some cases, the planning itself. There is nothing better than to have someone tell you that something is about to happen, rather than you wonder whether or not it should be being done. It really is fabulous value, as I've said the cost of a Toastmaster is a fraction of the total cost of a wedding but they really can make the difference, not just for you, but for your guests too.
Be sure to choose a Toastmaster who has membership of an association where there's an identifiable website. This helps ensure that the person you are thinking of has at least been trained to a high standard. Secondly, everyone’s personality is different and this person is going to run your day. The Toastmaster you engage should be the type who remembers that it is your day, not theirs, so beware, the cheapest Toastmaster option may not always be the best idea. For the record, I am the type that you only see and hear from when you need to!
" I promise, a professional Toastmaster will make such a positive
difference to your enjoyment and your guests' enjoyment of your big day. "