Sunday, 24 September 2017

Advice from the man in the red coat

THERE are always two emotions when planning a wedding, says toastmaster James Hasler. The first is always joy, after all this is going to be one of the most special days of your life. The second however, is more daunting as it can be in the form of fear — not about getting married, but about the day itself.

Most of you reading this article will be getting married for the first and only time. Therefore you do not have the experience of being a bride or bridegroom before to help you make it through your day.

So how can you get over this issue? Very simply employ a toastmaster or Master of Ceremonies, who will have done it before.

Why would you want to use a toastmaster? Most people’s perception of a professional toastmaster is that of a man in a bright red tailcoat that makes announcements. If that is all they do, it seems a bit much and in some people’s mind is showing off just to have someone to do that! However, if you thought that was all they did, you would be very wrong as that part of their function is only the tip of the iceberg.

So what else do they do? In short they are the link that joins everything up to make your celebration run smoothly. They have the responsibility of keeping an event running to schedule, to ensure all the guests are being looked after and to keep everybody informed as to what is happening, or about to happen. They work in conjunction with the venue, the caterers, the florist, the photographer, the videographer and the band or DJ — in fact anyone involved with events taking place at your celebration.

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