There is often a lack of understanding about the role of a Toastmaster at a wedding and some venues may try and discourage you from hiring one because they say they include it in their package.

So why would you want the additional expense of hiring an independent professionally trained Toastmaster when someone from your venue is offered as an alternative.

The reasons are many and varied and in this article you will see how much extra help and support a professional Wedding toastmaster can offer.

So how will you know that the Toastmaster you hire has the training and expertise to help make your wedding that special day you have always dreamt of? Well there are many Toastmaster training schools and all should be affiliated to the Toastmasters general Council. By being affiliated

your Toastmaster should have public liability insurance which will be a requirement of most They will also most likely be a member of one of a number of Toastmaster Associations. One the largest of these is, The Executive Guild of Toastmasters and Town Criers with members

Because they are independent they will all charge slightly differently depending on requirements. They will probably offer different packages depending on whether they are needed for just the Wedding Breakfast or for the Civil Ceremony and Evening reception as well. A guide would be somewhere from £300 +. Your wedding Toastmaster should offer you a combination of the following:

1) The weeks leading up to the wedding

a. Unlimited email / telephone contact as required to discuss and agree any changes to

requirements or timings.

b. As requested advise on wedding etiquette and customs prior to and during the big day

2) On the Wedding day

a. Your Wedding Toastmaster will arrive at the venue ahead of you and your guests to:

b. Check the venue is set up as you require.

c. Ensure that seating plans / place cards etc. are as required.

d. Make sure that the Cake table; Guest Book table and Gift table are set up.

e. If other suppliers are setting up such as DJ etc that they are finished before the wedding guests

3) Liaise with the venue staff to ensure all timings are as agreed.

a. Receive your guests and help them check in if they are staying at the venue.

b. Direct them to the appropriate rooms and assist them as necessary.

4) When you arrive

a. Assist the photographer to get everyone together for any group shots.

b. If required organise a receiving line and make necessary introductions.

5) During the wedding Breakfast

a. Escort the Bride and bridegroom into the room.

b. Say Grace if required.

c. Introduce speakers and ensure any thank you gifts are easily to hand.

d. Organise the cutting of the cake.

e. Formally close the proceedings.

Additionally if required your Wedding Toastmaster can help organise the throwing of you bouquet, meet and greet your evening guests and organise everyone to receive you both onto the dance floor for your 1st dance.