Frequently Asked Questions
Before you hire a Professional Toastmaster for your Wedding or event, there will no doubt be many questions you will have, not least of which will be, why, how much and do we really need one?. Below are a selection of the most commonly asked questions by couples considering hiring a Professional Toastmaster for their Wedding day. Click on each question to take you to the answer. If your question is not covered here, or you would like to discuss an event that is not a wedding, please get in touch and I would be delighted to help.
Q. What is a Toastmaster and why do we need one?
A. It goes almost without saying, that on your Wedding day, all you want to do as a couple is relax, enjoy and let 'somebody else' do the worrying. The Professional Toastmaster is that 'somebody else'. Following pre wedding meetings, and safe in the knowledge that you have hired a trained professional, the Toastmaster will ensure your Wedding Breakfast runs smoothly, leaving you to be the centre of attention.
Q. How much does a Toastmaster Cost?
A. The cost of a Wedding can spiral with very little effort, and you need to be sure you are getting value for money. Pound for pound, hiring a Toastmaster will be the best value for money purchase you make for your big day. My fees can vary depending on a number of factors including distance to travel to your venue, how long you want me to stay, and the day of the week. My fees for 2016 & 2017 range from £250 - £300, and a £50 deposit will secure you date in my diary. Please see my Terms and Conditions for a full breakdown of fees and payment methods.
Q. How far in advance do we need to book a Toastmaster?
A. Ideally you should book your Toastmaster as soon as you have confirmed your date and venue for your Wedding Breakfast. A guideline of 12-18 months before your big day is recommended. Please see my Terms and Conditions for details on booking and any changes or cancellations.
Q. Can we discuss what we want you to do?
A. Yes of course. Your Toastmaster will be happy to discuss how you would like your event to run. With itoast2you; you can have up to 3 pre-wedding or event meetings with the Toastmaster once you have made a confirmed booking. At these meetings we can discuss what you would like the Toastmaster to do, and equally as important, what you don't want me to to do. One of these meetings should ideally be at your venue where we can discuss your arrangements.
Q. The venue say they will look after us on the day, and provide Toastmaster services, do we still need you?
A. In all cases where the hotel or venue says this; you should confirm that they will provide exactly what you require, and that they are providing a professionally trained Toastmaster. Will they introduce speakers, and make announcements?. Will they help organise your receiving line, help to gather guests for photos?. Will they be your 'right hand man' throughout the event; or will they appoint the duty manager or a member of banqueting staff and trust to luck. Many a Wedding couple have been left disappointed by venues that have provided 'Toastmaster' services, and had wished they had engaged the services of a Professional Toastmaster.
Q. Can you write a speech for me?
A. Yes, If help is needed writing a speech for the Bridegroom, Best Man, or a somebody at your event, I will take the time to sit with them and understand what it is they want to say, and how they should say it.
Q. What time will you get to the venue?
A. I aim to arrive at your venue 1-2 hours before you and your guests. I will confirm that everything is as you have agreed with the venue; I will then change into my Toastmaster Uniform, complete with signature Red Tailcoat, and be ready to greet you and your guests on arrival
Q. How long will you stay at our Wedding Breakfast?
A. How long your Toastmaster stays at your event will have been agreed with you prior to the event. The normal point of departure is after the conclusion of formalities. If at a Wedding Breakfast the event concludes with the cutting of the Wedding Cake; following this would be a natural point for me to depart.
Q. Is it customary to provide the Toastmaster with a meal?
A. Yes it is customary to provide the Toastmaster with a meal of some sort and soft drinks (a Professional Toastmaster will never consume alcohol whilst working). This is always very much appreciated. The Toastmaster would normally take their meal at a table on their own, away from but within sight of the top table, so they can continue to observe, and be on hand to deal with any problems
Q. If our guests bring gifts to the breakfast, can you advise them where to put them?
A. If your guests have brought gifts, to the Wedding Breakfast, you will naturally want them displayed. We can discuss this; how and where you would like them put, and how they will be displayed.
Q. We want our guests to sign a Wedding Guest Book; can we leave it with you?
A. Yes, as your Toastmaster, I will ensure it is passed around during the Wedding Breakfast or announce its location if you wish them to sign it after the meal.
Q. Will you announce the first dance?
A. Yes, the toastmaster can announce the first dance. However this may incur an additional fee.
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