What is a toastmaster?
A toastmaster is unique to English tradition. In his distinctive red tailcoat and regalia, his services are as relevant today as they were in the 18th century when it all first started.
As well as adding style, distinction and image to any formal or informal occasion, today’s toastmaster relieves the host of worry and stress, ensuring the smooth running of the event.
Offering the traditional services of greeting and announcing guests, as well as introducing speeches and toasts, the toastmaster combines these with the role of advisor, organiser, presenter, communicator and diplomat.
Having a toastmaster sends a clear message that you have taken your event and your guests comfort seriously, by appointing a professional. Announcements and introductions are made in the appropriate style; formally or informally, as the occasion requires.
The toastmaster liaises with the venue staff and any other suppliers involved, utilising his organisational skills, ensuring everything happens when it should. He supports and encourages all those with a part to play in the proceedings, instilling confidence and providing a calming influence. Your event runs smoothly and to time. Overall, you and your guests can relax and enjoy your event, without stress or worry.
Much of the value a professional toastmaster brings to your event is being unobtrusive and discreet, yet providing full support to the hosts during the event. This should be your event not the toastmasters!
There is nothing the toastmaster does that could not be done by a combination of other parties (best man, brides father, ushers), however it really depends if you want your relatives, friends and guests working for you on the day or to actually relax, share and simply enjoy your special occasion! You choose.