'Is there a difference between a Professional Toastmaster and an MC?'
Most definitely YES.
An M.C. (Master of Ceremonies) is just that, and will just make general announcements.
They will rarely personalise announcements to fit the occasion, or the Bride and Groom, nor will they liaise with your photographer, videographer, caterer, hotel staff etc to ensure your very special, once in a lifetime day, runs smoothly and on time in order that YOU don’t have the worry about anything and who does what and when.
A Professional Toastmaster will take the time to discuss with you, PRIOR to your wedding day, exactly what YOUR requirements are, and also, offer helpful advice on the running order of your wedding day, and the correct etiquette.
I will guide you through the day’s events whilst also looking after your guests and paying attention to the finer detail.
All this will enable you to enjoy your stress free, memorable and magical once in a lifetime wedding day.
I do it all in a very warm and caring way, with smiles and good humour, but don’t be fooled by my relaxed demeanour, my attention to detail and attentiveness to you and your guests is second to none.
'My Venue has included a toastmaster in my package'
My advice would be to check with the hotel/venue and ask if it is a bonafied professional toastmaster, and enquire if he is a member of a recognised guild or association which has a code of conduct and ethics. In most cases it will be a duty manager, so enquire what his role would be, would he for instance announce a receiving line, correctly introduce the bride and groom into the room at their wedding breakfast, would he be on hand to advise on etiquette etc. and is he experienced at carrying out the formal announcements etc.
You only get ONE chance to get your special day right.
'What are the benefits of having a professional wedding Toastmaster at my wedding?'
There are many benefits to having a professional Toastmaster at your wedding.
A professional toastmaster, in his distinctive red tail coat, adds a flair and splendour to your special day.
My experience in looking after the Bride and Groom and their guests on such occasions, and the special skills I put into play ensure the smooth running of the day.
I will discreetly go about my duties with an air of calm and efficiency, and I am an expert on wedding etiquette and protocol.
I will ensure everybody carries out their personal roles during the day in the correct order and manner, thus avoiding any hitches or embarrassment.
'When would I be best advised to book a wedding Toastmaster?'
Once you have booked your Church/Venue book your wedding Toastmaster with out delay. Many of the best are booked several years in advance.
Some venues will tell you that they have a Toastmaster as part of their package, PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS, this will not normally a professional wedding Toastmaster who will do all of the above with style, it is more likely to be a duty manager who will act as an M.C.
'How do I know that my choice of Toastmaster will be the right one?'
Here are some helpful questions for you to ask:-
Is the Toastmaster professionally trained?
Is the Toastmaster part of a professional body of Toastmasters?
Will he/she contact you to discuss the fine detail to discover what you want for your event.
Will he/she give best advice without predudice?
Will the Toastmaster work with you to achieve the day that YOU want?
Mostly, after a chat with your chosen Toastmaster you will know instinctively if you and he/she is the right person for you. Don’t choose your Toastmaster by price alone, cheapness is often an indication of quality and commitment.
'Why does a professional wedding Toastmaster wear a red coat?'
Ask me, a true professional will be able to give you the correct answer.
'Is a Toastmaster really needed at my wedding / function?'
In my personal opinion, most certainly, the Toastmaster will be your eyes and ears and your personal assistant for the day, to enable YOU and your guests to relax and enjoy a stress free and wonderful time.
The professional Toastmaster will assist with every part of your day/function.
'What if I need additional announcements?'
I’m happy to make any announcements you wish, even if they are only decided on the day.
'Will you be able to assist with the preparation and delivery of the speeches?'
Yes, I’m happy to advise on the content of the speakers speeches, and if necessary help them to practice the delivery.
'How much is the fee for a professional Toastmaster?'
This very much depends on the type of function and the duties you would like me to carry out.
I would be delighted to meet with you and discuss your very special function in detail and the role you would like me to play in it, because every wedding / function is different, but still very special, to the individual.
Having discussed all the finer details with you I will be in a position to give an accurate quote, without obligation.