Frequently Asked Questions

Q  What is the difference between a Toastmaster and an M.C.?

A An M.C. (master of ceremonies) generally will make a few announcements only, and will usually be a member of the venue staff to save on costs.  The announcements made are not usually personal to the Bride and Groom.  That is they may not mention the Bride and Groom by name, whereas a trained Toastmaster will find out what you want and will liaise with everyone involved on your day.  Your Toastmaster will work with all parties concerned and with your guests to ensure that timings and arrangements work, so that each part of the jigsaw creates the full picture and that the announcements are personal and what has been agreed before the day, rather than on the day. Your Toastmaster will guide you through your day and look after your guests to ensure that you enjoy a stress-free special day.

Q When should I book a Toastmaster?

A Once you have booked your venue(s) you should contact the people you would like to work on the day – the best contractors get booked early. In Essex, the Toastmaster is the first service booked after the venue, so the couple can relax knowing the day will run smoothly.

 

Q Will a Toastmaster look after children?

A Your Toastmaster will look after all your wedding guests, children included, to guide them through the day. If you feel that younger guests will need to be ‘minded’ or kept entertained, you may wish to consider activity packs, the hire of a professional nanny/childminder or childrens’ entertainer.

 

Q How do I choose the right Toastmaster?

A Like any of the service providers that you are selecting, you may choose to speak to several Toastmasters before you make a decision. You may then select the one that you feel will enable you to have the day you want, in the style you want and also the one that you instinctively feel will work with you really well. If you do not "get on" with a particular Toastmaster before the day, you are unlikely to get on with them on the day itself. Some of the longer established Toastmasters will be working in the old school style where strict etiquette is kept to religiously. My style changes with each customer and falling in with what they want formal or very informal but still in control of events.

 

Q Why does a Toastmaster wear a red jacket? 

A Your Toastmaster wears a red tailcoat which has been worn as a Toasmasters badge of office since 1895, and was a symbol from the hunt.  The only place that this may not apply is for weddings in the City of London, where the hunt was not allowed to pass through.  So as with tradition, the red tailcoat is not usually worn for functions within the City of London.  You may feel that a Toastmaster wearing a ceremonial red tailcoat and very shiny patent leather shoes with a smart white shirt and white bow tie will add a bit of splendour to your day

 

Q If I don’t want a red jacket because I think it is too formal, would you wear anything else for me?

A As a personal thing, I would want to look after my clients in the way that they want me to look after them.  If they want me to look after them on their wedding day and do not want me to wear the red tailcoat, I would be pleased to comply with their wishes.  Every Toastmaster would make their own decision about this topic, but generally when I am not wearing my red tailcoat, I am not then known as the Toastmaster.  However I would still work to an agreed standard and would want to look after my clients, as they would wish me to. I can wear a black tail coat instead of the redcoat if requested.

 

Q Will there be a charge if we need to use anything from your emergency kit?

A No, I do not make a charge for anything that I use from the kit. All I ask is that I have the more expensive items like gold cufflinks are returned.

Q How much will it cost?

My fee charges vary according to the date, time needed at the event, size and location of the event but a guide to the price of your event will be quoted upon your initial enquiry.

I am prepared to travel to anywhere in the country, but the fee will then be revelent to the travelling time and mileage, and any other costs over the standard fee.

Depending on the time of the event, there may be need to be an overnight stay before or after the event day.

I have testimonials stating that I was giving real value for money.

My fee relative to the overall cost of any event or wedding is excellent value for money for the work involved. For the length of time I am working compared to musicians, transport vehicles, photo booths, chocolate fountains, my fee is exelent value for money.

The cost includes preparation and consultation before your event.

Q If I need the use of a microphone and background music is there a charge?

 

I have a small (50watt) mobile unit which can play from a CD or ipod and has a microphone. I charge a fee of £25 for the use during my time at the event.

 

I also have a larger 500 watt system with 14way enhanced mixer, professional CD  player and radio microphones and wired microphones. I charge a fee of £50 for the use during my time at the event.