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Richard W. Palmer F.M.E.T.A F.I.S.M.M
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Toastmaster's help with frequently asked questions  -  FAQs

Q  What is the difference between a toastmaster and an M.C.?

A  An M.C. (master of ceremonies) generally will make announcements only. The announcements made are not usually personal to you, the bride and bridegroom.  That is they may not mention you, the bride and groom by name, whereas a trained toastmaster will find out what you want and will liaise with everyone involved on your day. Your toastmaster will work with all your parties concerned. With your guests to ensure that timings and arrangements work, so that each part of the jigsaw creates the full picture. Your announcements are personal, and what has been agreed before the day, rather than on the day. Your toastmaster will guide you through your day and look after your guests to ensure that you enjoy a stress-free and enjoyable time on your special day.

Q  When should I book a toastmaster?

A  Once you have booked your venue(s) you should contact the people you would like to work on the day – the best contractors get booked early so it is always best to book the people that you know you will need as soon as possible.


Q  Will a toastmaster look after children?

A  Your toastmaster will look after your wedding guests, children included, to guide them through the day. If you feel that younger guests will need to be ‘minded’ or kept entertained, you may wish to consider activity packs, the hire of a professional nanny/childminder or childrens’ entertainer.

Q  How do I choose the right toastmaster?

A  Like any of the service providers that you are selecting, you may choose to speak to several toastmasters before you make a decision. You may then select the one that you feel will enable you to have the day you want, in the style you want and also the one that you instinctively feel will work with you really well. You may instinctively know when you have found the right toastmaster but it is always safest to look at their testimonials from satisfied clients. The more testimonials and the higher the quality of the testimonials, the more likely you are to have found the right toastmaster for you.


Q  Why does a toastmaster wear a red jacket? 

A  Your toastmaster wears a red tailcoat which is similar to the Hunting Pink. It was first worn by William Knightsmith in 1894 and designed for him by his wife Mettie. At a function in Freemasons Hall. Prince Edward saw him wearing it and applauded him for being different. Up until that time the toastmaster may have been mistaken for a waiter whilst wearing his black tailcoat. The only place that this may not apply is for weddings and functions in the City of London, where the hunt was not allowed to pass through. So as with tradition, the red tailcoat is not usually worn for functions within the City of London. You may feel that a toastmaster wearing a ceremonial red tailcoat and very shiny patent leather shoes with a smart white shirt and white bow tie will add a bit of splendour to your day

Q  If I don’t want a red jacket because I think it is too formal, would you wear anything else for me?

A  As a personal thing, I would want to look after my clients in the way that they want me to look after them. If you want me to look after you on your wedding day and do not want me to wear the red tailcoat, I would be pleased to comply with your wishes.  Every toastmaster would make their own decision about this topic, but generally when I am not wearing my red tailcoat, I am not then known as the toastmaster. However I would still work to an agreed standard and would want to look after you, as you would wish me to.



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