You will be spending a lot of time planning your wedding. You will probably be putting more effort into getting it right than almost anything else you’ve ever done. And it’s a fairly safe bet that you will be spending a fair amount of money. Weddings are expensive, but they create happy memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. And, because you want to make sure that everything goes to plan, they can be stressful occasions.
A toastmaster can help to reduce some of that stress. I'm happy to travel anywhere to make your wedding better, but I'm based in Kent and mainly work in the South East of England.
It’s true that what you and your guests will see is someone in a red coat making a few announcements. But – like an iceberg – you’re not seeing the 90% that goes on behind the scenes.
If you book me early on in the planning process we will meet to run through your ideas, dreams and aspirations for your wedding day. I can make suggestions and answer questions you may have. I might be able to recommend suppliers I’ve worked with in the past. As you continue to plan, I’ll be available by phone or email or facebook whenever you have any questions.
Once the excitement really mounts and we’re close to the wedding day we will meet again around four to six weeks before the big event. We will go through exactly how you want your day to run and create a timetable for the whole day. I will make sure I have the contact details for all the suppliers you’ve booked to make the day special – caterers, drivers, band etc. We will stay in touch by phone and email in the final run-up to the day.
Early on the day of the wedding – while you’re getting reading for the ceremony – I will be at the venue making sure that all the suppliers are ready. When things go wrong (and sometimes they do), I will be there to re-arrange and re-schedule as necessary. Because we will have made sure beforehand that I know what you want, your suppliers and guests will be able to come to me with any questions – leaving you free to enjoy one of the most important days of your life.
Once everything is set up for the reception I can meet you for the ceremony, if you wish, to lend a hand with organising guests for the photos.
Perhaps your venue advertises that they will provide a toastmaster as part of your package. If they do, please make sure you know exactly what you are getting. They might be providing someone to simply make the announcements. That someone will probably not be devoted solely to being a toastmaster, they will have other duties. If, as well as being your toastmaster, they are also the catering manager or the venue manager what happens when they are needed to do their “proper” job just when you need them?
With all the effort you’ve put in to planning your day, don’t you think you deserve the opportunity to relax a little and enjoy it?
You will spend a lot of time with your toastmaster on your wedding day. You need to make sure you feel at ease with the person you choose and that you trust them to do their best for you on the biggest day of your lives. I'd recommend always meeting a prospective toastmaster before you book him or her to make sure you click.
I'm proud to say that I remain friends with my clients long after their wedding days
I am very proud to be a member of The British Toastmaster Circle - a collection of professional toastmasters who emphasize putting the client first.
Long before I became a toastmaster I was a Scout. The concept of "Being Prepared" has never left me.
If you see me at a wedding fair make sure you ask to take a look at Justin, my "case of awesomeness". If there's an emergency at your event... I'm ready.