Q: We had not thought about having a Toastmaster at our Wedding, are Toastmasters becoming more popular?
Toastmasters at Wedding Receptions have increased over the recent years, this is due to Brides and Bridegrooms wanting their special day to be stress-free and knowing that should a problem occur there is a Toastmaster in attendance to help you. A Toastmaster’s presence will add that touch of class to the occasion.

Q: Are you a Professional Toastmaster, and if so, to what organization do you belong?
I am a Graduate of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters, a Founder Member of The Association of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters, a Member and my governing body is the Toastmasters General Council.

Q: Do you have insurance?
I have full public Liability Insurance to the value of £5,000,000. A certificate of this is readily available

Q: Do you have references or testimonials I can see?
I am very lucky to have many references and testimonials, though, under data protection laws, I must seek permission from past clients before releasing their contact details to potential clients. With their permission, I will gladly pass this information on.

Q: The hotel say they offer Toastmaster services, why do I need you?
Check with the hotel that it’s a real bonafide toastmaster and ask what Guild or Association he or she belongs to. It may be that the hotel is only providing the duty or banqueting manager to announce. Generally, they are not professionally trained

Q: How long in advance should we book a Toastmaster?
Usually about 12/18 months, but my advice would be that once your date and venue have been booked, it would now be an ideal time to book your Toastmaster.

Q: How far would you travel?
I will travel all over the country within my fee price. I only add travel and accommodation cost when I am required to stay out of the UK I am will also travel internationally but obviously, all travel costs and accommodation would need to be included in my fee.

Q: Do you attend the church service? If not, what time will the Toastmaster arrive at the venue?
I will gladly attend the church ceremony. I will arrive at the venue at least an hour prior to the reception to give enough time to acquaint myself with the surroundings, staff and be ready to receive you on your arrival.

Q: What do you, as a traditional Toastmaster, wear?
I normally wear a red long-tailed coat, Marcella fronted white dress shirt, Marcella white bow tie, and Marcella white bib waistcoat, white gloves, black dress suit trousers and black patent leather shoes. I can, however, dress more informally if you would prefer

Q: How long will you stay at our wedding reception?
My duties will normally be complete at the end of the table formalities, but if you want me to stay to the end of the first dance or to announce the evening buffet or late cake cutting it can be arranged. My fee would be adjusted to reflect whatever you decide.

Q Do we supply you with a meal, and where would you sit during the meal?
A meal is neither expected nor insisted upon, but if you choose to it is gratefully received. It would be taken at a single table right next to the Top Table so that I can still observe proceedings and be on hand if you need me.

Q. What is a receiving line?
A Receiving Line is where all the Wedding Guests are introduced by the Toastmaster to the parents of the Bride and Bridegroom, together with the Bride and Bridegroom. The order of a Receiving Line would normally be: Brides Mother, Brides Father, Bridegrooms Mother, Bridegrooms Father, Bride, and Bridegroom. Don’t forget it is your day so if you prefer this can be changed

Q We want a Receiving Line, but can we just have the Bride, Bridegroom, Best Man, and Chief Bridesmaid?
It is your day and therefore any request about your receiving line is completely down to the Bride & Bridegroom.

Q: There will be a member of the Clergy attending our Wedding, would he/she be able to say grace before our meal?
I would usually say grace if requested. But should there be a member of the Clergy in attendance he/she should be given the option to do so first. It is entirely up to you whether Grace is said at all!

Q: Will you announce us both into the dining area?
I will enter the room first and ask all your Wedding Guests to stand to receive the Bride & Bridegroom. I will then escort you both to your places at the top table. I will make sure you get a very grand entrance

Q: Would you be able to inform the guests that they may remove their hats and jackets, if they wish, during the meal?
Once everyone is seated I will then make this announcement for you if you decide this is what you want to do.

Q: Can you help with getting the guest book signed by all the guest

A: I always recommend that you get your parents to sign the book before the wedding. This ensures they have time to think about the special message they might want to write. The remaining guest I will encourage to sign the book during the wedding breakfast and during the evening reception if there is one.

Q: We have cameras on each table, how can we make sure all our guests use them and know where to leave them after they have used them?
I explain to all your guests how to use the cameras and flash and also where to leave them once they are finished.

Q: We would like to toast all our guests, when should we do this?
Whenever you like! I would suggest this toast is done before the starter course is cleared, though generally, you will find this will happen at some point during the main speeches.

Q: Do the speeches come before the meal for after?
Usually the speeches happen after the meal, but it is becoming more popular to have them before to enable all the speech makers to enjoy their meal without worrying. You should inform the venue beforehand that you intend to do this.

Q: When it comes to the speeches whose speech is first?
Usually the Brides’ Father or whoever has been appointed in his place speaks first. The Bridegroom normally responds and the Best Man concludes.

Q: How many toasts should we have?
Usually there are three toasts. Firstly, to the Bride & Bridegroom, proposed by the Bride’s Father or whoever has been appointed in his place. The second toast should be to the attendants, proposed by the Bridegroom, and then the Best Man may propose the final toast to the parents of the Bride & Bridegroom, or, as is more popular these days, again to the Bride and Bridegroom. He will also read out any telegrams or cards. Just remember it is your special day so if you want to do something different that we just need to agree who will speak and in what order.

Q: When should we cut our Wedding Cake?
Should you wish your Wedding Cake to be served with coffee, you would normally cut this after the main course plates are cleared. However, if you wish your Wedding Cake to be served later, perhaps with the evening buffet, then it is normally cut just before the speeches.

Q: After all the Table Formalities are complete, what happens next?
I will ask everybody to stand, and then escort you both from the Top Table and out of the Dining Area. The room will them be prepared for the evening reception.


Q: What do you charge
Each wedding is different and so my fees reflect both the distance I have to travel and also what I am need for. I will be pleased to discuss the costs with you.

Tim's Contact Details

Witzend, 47 Kings Ride, Penn,
High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 8BP

TEL: 01494 816423
Mobile: 07769 704315


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Tim is a member of the following Toastmasters Associations:


national cpr association