The importance of a wedding toastmaster

27 Sep 2017

Read all about the role of a wedding toastmaster and why you should consider the service for your big day

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Toastmaster Michael Bowdrey details more about the key duties of a wedding toastmaster and how they can strive to ensure your big day goes without a hitch.

What is the role of a toastmaster?

A toastmaster is the on-the-day coordinator for the couple’s happy day. He/she carries out the instructions received from the bride and groom, established via a pre-wedding visit to the couple. Ensuring all is set for their big day by liaising with the venue and suppliers to ensure a seamless flow of events, the toastmaster also makes sure that everything runs on time. This ensures that the wedding party sits down for the wedding breakfast on time, which ultimately removes the stress and worry from the occasion.

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Key tasks include:

  • Organising the receiving line
  • Announcing and escorting the bride and bridegroom to the top table
  • Announcing Grace
  • Announcing and conducting toast and speeches;
  • Organising the presentation of presents and bouquets
  • Announcing the cutting of the cake
  • Circulating the guest book
  • Announcing the retirement of the bride and bridegroom from the wedding breakfast;
  • Announcing the first dance for the happy couple.

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Always discreet and blending in to the background, but ready to assist the photographer and step in if ever required, the toastmaster is on hand if ever you need help. This means that you never have to call on the best man or ushers to make the announcements for the day or move people from room to room, allowing every guest to relax and enjoy the day with you. The toastmaster will keep the bride and groom fully informed throughout the day so they can rest assured that everything is in safe hands.

Michael says: “It is surprising how many couples say after the wedding that they did not realise how much of the day a toastmaster covers. Some couples who were reluctant about having a toastmaster have said afterwards that they are so glad they did.”

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In the age of modern weddings, toastmasters have to adapt to cater for all sorts of celebration. Whether the wedding is formal or informal, themed or traditional, the toastmaster will draw on their experience and expertise to provide a service that is befitting of the style and vibe of the day. He/she can advise on etiquette and what is the ‘done’ thing – advice which couples are always receptive of and grateful for. Toastmasters provide a calming influence, settling stressful situations and giving couples and their guests the confidence to enjoy the special day. 

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