As you may have discovered as a newly engaged couple, planning a wedding is particularly hard work. With this in mind, delegating to a handful of trusted wedding suppliers and specialists is a way of creating the wedding day of your dreams and keeping your sanity! There are a number of wedding suppliers that you couldn’t and shouldn’t be without. Your wedding photographer, caterer, videographer and florist are a few of the professionals who’ll help you achieve wedding perfection.
However, most people overlook the role of a professional toastmaster. In this blog post, we take a closer look at the role of a toastmaster and explore what benefits you can unlock with their help.
The role of a toastmaster
A toastmaster, or master of ceremonies, plays a vital role on the wedding scene. They are responsible for announcing toasts and introducing the speakers. These would traditionally be the father of the bride, best man and groom, although bride speeches are becoming the new normal. Toastmasters aren’t just prevalent at weddings, they work within the business world, making formal announcements at large corporate events.
Unbeknownst to many, the role of a toastmaster extends to more than just announcing things as Confetti describes:
“If a wedding planner is the planner, then the Toastmaster is the ‘carry outer’ – their job is to take the running order of the day and make it work. If they are doing things as they should, they will be ensuring everybody is where they should be, when they should be. They will be ensuring that all the guests are being looked after and that everything is in place, so that when it is needed there is no delay or ambiguity.”
The benefits of having a toastmaster
A good toastmaster acts as your wedding’s MC and coordinator leaving you to enjoy your wedding day without the worry of organising suppliers and making sure guests are in the right place at the right time. In addition to working with fellow wedding suppliers, a toastmaster offers excellent support to the bride, groom and wedding party members, each of whom has their own important role to fulfil.
Many think that a toastmaster’s responsibilities are covered by the best man’s duties. Trusting a professional and their expert management skills will guarantee a positive outcome on your big day. With the help of a toastmaster your day can run smoothly, eliminating any stress for the bride and groom.
Top tips for hiring a toastmaster
Here at Gosfield Hall, we provide all the services you need to make your wedding day a cut above the rest. All couples hiring our venue get their own Personal Wedding Manager, who works hard to fulfil many roles – including that of a toastmaster. You can also hire your own toastmaster to work alongside your Personal Wedding Manager.
When hiring your own toastmaster, make sure you choose a professional who is accredited by an association or is a member of a guild. This will ensure they are trained to a specific standard. The National Association of Toastmasters is one of the main societies. Once you have selected your toastmaster you can work closely with them during the early stages of wedding planning. Talk your toastmaster through your day and highlight proposed timings, they’ll be a key part of how events unfold on the day itself.