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Richard W. Palmer F.M.E.T.A F.I.S.M.M
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Toastmaster Testimonials

Just a few toastmaster's testimonials here. 

Please come along and visit me to see the hundreds of really kind testimonials that I have received over the years during my work as a toastmaster and master of ceremonies.  They actually make me feel very humble and privileged to be with such wonderful couples.  My job in a nutshell is helping people to have an even better day, on what should be the best day of their lives.  How wonderful is that!!!!!

Bride and bridegroom on thier wedding dayToastmaster Richard Palmer at a wedding reception launching chinese lanterns

A very kind thank you e-mail from Emma and Lewis which was received this morning (2nd March 2009), having been toastmaster at their civil wedding and wedding reception at Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire on Saturday 28th February 2009.    I loved the Chinese lanterns (Picture on right).

Hi Richard,  Just wanted to say a very quick thank you for everything that you did for us on Saturday - you were flawless - we shall send you some other pics with a card when we get back from honeymoon - but thought you might like to see the attached pictures!!

Take care and thank you so much! Love Emma and Lewis


A very kind thank you testimonial in the form of an e-mail from Karen and Steve relating to their civil wedding and wedding reception at Down Hall, Essex on Saturday 22nd November 2008

Toastmaster Richard Palmer with bride and bridegroomDear Richard,  Well, what can we say?  Absolutely fabulous reception, made even better by your kind and attentive presence.  Karen and I would like to thank you for tending to our every need and that of our friends and family on such a special day.  The comments we received were all along the lines of “the best wedding we have ever been to, and so well organised”.  We have to agree.  You made all the wedding party calm and focused and without hesitation you came to our aid if we needed it.  Always professional. 

Once again Richard, first class professional service, kind and attentive actions always with forethought, experience and humility made you the best there is.  We would not doubt to recommend your services as Toastmaster under any circumstances.  Thank you once again for a marvelous day.

We hope to see you again in the future, that’s when we have returned to earth.  We are still somewhat in the clouds.  Kindest regards,  Steve and Karen Clarke

Photo above provided by Mark Hodgson at



Toastmaster Richard Palmer with bride and bridegroomA very kind thank you e-mail from Sarah and John relating to their Church wedding at St Nicholas Church, Rawreth, Essex and wedding reception at the Ivory Rooms, Billericay, Essex on Saturday 8th November 2008


Dear Richard,  I wanted to thank you quickly for being there on our wedding day and doing such a fantastic job from start to finish.  Everyone has commented and said how helpful you were and John and I were over the moon with your politeness, professionalism, kindness, humour and patience!!  You really went out of your way to help when it wasn't really your duty to do so.  Thank you so much for making our day so special.  Kind regards  Sarah & John x    The pictures either side of this text are courtesy of Steve Day at  



And now a very kind thank you letter has followed dated 21st April 2009.

Dear Richard,  Apologies for the late arrival of this letter (although we did send an e-mail after our wedding).  We have only just got round to ordering our official photographs!!  I thought you might like this picture of us at the Ivory Rooms. You were such a help to us on our big day and went out of your way to make us feel special and well looked after.  I think that you probably did over and above what you normally do.  We can't thank you enough for making everyone feel so relaxed (especially with the speeches!) on our day.  We would not hesitate to recommend you - we are so glad you could attend our wedding.  Love and best wishes John and Sarah xxx

Toastmaster Richard Palmer assisting the bride into the wedding reception ensuring the wedding dress does not spoil in the rain!A very kind thank you text from Sarah and Roger relating to their civil wedding shown below at Channels Golf Club, near Chelmsford, Essex on Sunday 5th October 2008

Hi Richard,  We would like to say a huge thank you for everything you did to make Sunday the most magical day we could ever have dreamed for.  Your presence on the day gave us both a feeling of reassurance and confidence.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Speak to you soon.  Sarah and Roger

The picture to the right is courtesy of Scott at who is a fun photographer to work with.  

And now a very kind and fantastic thank you letter has followed.

Dear Richard,  Just saying thank you to you does not seem enough for all that you did for us on our special day.  The day was magical and we enjoyed it so much.  You ensured that everything went like clockwork even when the weather was against us. 

Your presence on the day gave both of us reassurance, when needed, confidence that everything would go smoothly and lots of smiles and laughs.  Your quick thinking with the balloons was so special to us, with everything that was going on we had forgotten all about them.  You made sure that they were not wasted and gave them a much bigger impact than just releasing them after the ceremony, when we would have done if the weather was behaving.

Your professionalism all the way was outstanding, but was also very kind and caring and also very humorous.You made us both feel very special.  You can certainly see that this is not just a job to you, you genuinely put your heart and soul into it and it really shows.  All our guests have commented on what a lovely person you are and what a great job you did.

The way you worked with Scott was wonderful.  You make a brilliant double act.

Richard we definitely made the right choice with you.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  You are the best.  Love Roger and Sarah


Toastmaster Richard Palmer ensuring the efficeint time keeping of the receiving lineBride and bridegroom first danceA very kind thank you letter from Holly and Anthony relating to their civil wedding and wedding reception shown below at Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, Essex on Friday 19th September 2008

Hi Richard,   We just wanted to send you an email before we jet off on our honeymoon to say a very big and much, much deserved thank-you.  You absolutely made our day and did a fantastic job. It was not only with the toast mastering and the disco in the evening but with everything in between.  We both felt very comfortable in your hands and you managed the day perfectly.

My sister would also like me to pass on her thanks for your help with my niece! I know you hadn’t had to deal with something like that before but you dealt with it calmly and professionally and thank goodness she is fine now!

We can’t believe the day is over – it went so quickly but we enjoyed every bit of it. I wish I could hit rewind and go back and enjoy it all over again. Can’t wait for the video!!

As soon as we get some photos back after the honeymoon I will send them on to you but we couldn’t go anywhere without saying thank-you.   Best Wishes,   Mr and Mrs Wadsworth-Hill!  


A very kind thank you letter from Sarah and Matt regarding their civil wedding and  wedding reception at Gaynes Park Barns, near Epping, Essex on Saturday 6th September 2008.

( I met Sarah and Matt again on 30th May 2010 at one of their friend's weddings at South Farm, near Cambridge and it was really good to see them and to know that they have now started a family. Very best wishes and lots of love to them and I look forward to seeing them again very soon. )


Toastmaster Richard Palmer handing bride and bridegroom a glass of champagneToastmaster Richard Palmer announcing the speechesToastmaster Richard Palmer with bridegroom

Dear Richard, Thank you again for being a fabulous part of our very special day.  Matt and I really appreciated all of the help and support you gave us. From suggesting the perfect song to walk in to our wedding breakfast hitching up my skirt so that I could dance in the evening. 

I've enclosed a CD with a few photo's of our day which you feature in.  Hope you are well, and enjoyed the day as much as we did.  We had a fabulous honeymoon and are now back enjoying our wedding photo's and catching up with friends and family.    Thank you again, the day would not have been the same without you.  Thank you Sarah and Matt  xx


Richard Palmer toastmaster at The Park Lane Hotel Richard Palmer toastmaster at The Park Lane Hotel, bride and bridegroom share champagneA very kind thank you e-mail from Lucinda and Martin regarding their wedding at St. John's Wood Synagogue and wedding reception reception and dinner at The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London on Sunday 29th June 2008

We just wanted to write to thank you for your hard work on Sunday. Things wouldn't have run so smoothly without you. Best wishes, Lucinda and Martin.

Also a very kind thank you letter from Harish and David, the videographer and photographer from Jeux D'Images Photography & Video who have kindly supplied these photographs of Lucinda and Martin's wedding at the Park Lane Hotel.  They may be contacted at   Mobile  Harish  07729 487861 & Mobile  David  07734 914874 or e-mail 

Harish and David were really great to work with and presented themselves very smartly at the wedding.  Their work is of very high quality and they were very professional and unobtrusive in their approach.  Their letter reads as follows;-

Dear Richard,  It was a real pleasure meeting you and working with you at Martin and Lucinda's wedding.  You are a prime example of what a toastmaster should be like on every event.  Here's to many more simchas to come and continued success.  Harish.


A very kind thank you letter from Michelle and Matthew regarding their wedding and reception at Hylands House, Chelmsford, Essex on Saturday 23rd August 2008

Dear Richard  Just wanted to say a big thank you for helping to make our wedding day so special.  Everyone said how smooth the day went and how helpful you were.  You were always in the right place at the right time.

A special thanks for looking after my Nan and Grandad, and pumping up her tyres!  We didn't find out about all the things you did to help on the day until we saw everyone after our honeymoon. We are so pleased that we chose to have a Toastmasterand even more pleased that it was you. You did such a great job, we have such lovely memories as we were both able to relax and enjoy the day knowing you were there to take care of everything.

We would definitely recommend you to all couples planning their wedding, so their day could be as special as ours.  Kind regards,  Michelle and Matthew


Bride and bridegroom taking their first danceChurch wedding at St. Laurence's Church, Upminster and wedding reception at Gaynes Park Barns on Saturday 16th August 2008

Dear Richard,  Just a quick note to say thank you for being such an excellent toastmaster at our wedding.  There is no way it would have run as smoothly without you and we're glad what you said about it not raining when you wear your red coat came true!  Even guests have commented on how excellent you were!  Thank you so much.  Dawn & Glyn






Bride and bridegroom pose for the Essex wedding photographer in front of a horse drawn carriageEssex toastmaster Richard PalmerA piece of blog from the Court On Camera web site written by my good friend David Court who takes the most wonderful wedding photographs and is an absolute pleasure to work with.  Tuesday, 22 July 2008 Lucy and Steve's Wedding Photographs - St Mary's Church Great Baddow , Furze Hill and Ivy Hill

"On Saturday I had the great honour and pleasure to be invited to photograph Lucy and Steve's wedding at St Mary's Church Great Baddow. The reception being held afterwards at Furze Hill and Ivy Hill Margaretting.

Lucy has a great love of horses, and what better way to arrive and leave the church than in a carriage drawn by two greys provided by Heritage Horse Drawn Carriage Masters.


Bride and bridegroom taking their vows

Bride and bridegroom pose for Essex wedding photographer

As is fitting Lucy got carried away.........

My good friend Richard Palmer was the Toastmaster for the day - as well as providing the evening's entertainment with the Classic Nomad Disco.

Richard is also a family friend of Lucy, whose horses are stabled next to Richard's Office, and whose family home he passes every day. Absolutely no pressure then on me as an Essex Wedding Photographer, having been recommended by one of the country's top Toastmasters, to photograph a friends wedding at Furze Hill and Ivy Hill in his presence!


Labels: Essex Wedding Photographer, Furze Hill, Horse Drawn Carriage, Ivy Hill, St Mary's Church Bocking, Toastmaster Essex, Wedding Photographs Furze Hill"

Essex toastmaster Richard Palmer pouring champagne for the bride and bridegroom at Great Baddow Church, Essex

Lovely thank you letter from Lucy and Steve relating to their church wedding shown above at St Mary's Church, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex and wedding reception at the Ivy Hill Hotel, Margaretting on Saturday 19th July 2008

Dear Richard,  Well what can we say!  First we would like to say a massive thank you.  The help and support you gave to me and Steve was unbelievable.

Essex toastmaster Richard Palmer assisting the bride with her wedding dressWe couldn't have done it without you.  As a friend to us you were amazing.  As a professional you were brilliant.  The service you provided gave the best day ever. 

Everyone you recommended to us played a big part in the smooth running of the day, which made our day what it was.  THE BEST DAY EVER!!!  Thank you again for all your hard work.  Love  Mr and Mrs Webb xxx

I will be featuring this wedding in my new featured weddings section on this web site and also at , , and .




Toastmaster Richard PalmerChurch wedding at St. Mary's Church, Sawbridgeworth and wedding reception at the Churchgate Hotel, Old Harlow on Saturday 5th July 2008

Dear Richard,  Just a letter to say thank you very much for all your help on our wedding day, you did a splendid job, you kept everything running smoothly, you organised everybody with great ease and got everybody smiling.  All our guests commented on how good you looked, how nice you were and what an organised man you are.  You were prepared for anything e.g. when the hotel told us yes, they had a CD player when they actually didn't, you came to the rescue.

We could not have had a more smooth and relaxing wedding, thank you for everything.

We will definitely recommend anyone we know who could be getting married to have a toastmaster and 100% would recommend you! Once again, many thanks, keep up the good work. Zoe & Graham  xx


Civil wedding and wedding reception at Newlands Hall, Roxwell, Chelmsford, Essex on Friday 27th June 2008 and a very kind letter from Louise and Rob which reads -

Dear Richard,  We would both like to thank you very much for all your help on our wedding day at Newland Hall.  We could not of got through the day without you, everything ran smoothly and the day was more perfect than we could ever of imagined.  One of our favourite parts of the whole day was walking into the wedding breakfast where you announced us as Louise and Robert White for the first time and hearing all our friends and family giving us a fantastic welcome.  Once again a huge thank you for making our special day perfect.  Love Louise and Rob


Baby naming ceremony guests pose for photographerBaby naming ceremonyI had the pleasure of looking after Tracy and Dave's family on Sunday 22nd June 2008, by being their celebrant at Channels Golf Club near Chelmsford, for their baby naming ceremony. 

It was a wonderful occasion for their family and friends to formally welcome their daughter Rachel into her extended community, by participating in a simple ceremony as an expression of their love and of the joy with which Rachel has been welcomed into their lives.


Tracy and Dave have written to say "Thank you for the wonderful job you did on Sunday, you really did make our day perfect.  You really did go the extra mile to make our day special.  The pictures are wonderful.  Thanks for a fantastic day".   Best wishes,  Tracy, Dave, David & Baby Rachel.


BrideCivil wedding and wedding reception at Layer Marney Tower, near Colchester, Essex on Saturday 21st June 2008 and a very kind letter from Simon and Sara which reads -

Dear Richard,  Sorry this has taken so long to write but we have moved house since coming home from our honeymoon.  We wanted to say thank you so, so much for being our toastmaster.  You were wonderful. 

We have so many lovely memories of our day.  You organised everything so well, we didn't feel we had to worry about a thing, knowing everything was in your capable hands meant we felt able to relax and enjoy the day.  One of our favourite memories was when we walked into our reception and you had everyone up and cheering!  When you said you would do that at our initial meeting I'd thought - you never will!!  How wrong!  You made us feel incredibly special and nothing seemed too much.  We had so many guests comment on how good you were and one wants to book you for her wedding!!  Thank you so much for all you did.  You really were great.  I will recommend you to all of our friends.  With love and kindest wishes.  Simon and Sara



Toastmaster Richard Palmer getting a helping hand from a very happy brideToastmaster Richard Palmer assisting a brides mother into the church, picture is courtesy of Essex wedding photographer Dave Court

A really great E-mail from Dave at   'Richard,  As ever it was a pleasure working with you on Saturday (31st May 2008) – Who else would be able to tuck in the groom’s shirt for photographs, escort the bride’s mother into church and create such a welcome in the reception that the chandeliers rattled.'  Dave

A great wedding with lovely people and a fabulous bride and groom, Lorna and Steve.  Firstly at the church in Bocking and then on to Gosfield Hall for the reception. 

Now a lovely thank you letter from Lorna and Steve 

'Thank you so much for your professionalism on May 31st.  Your help and guidance was fabulous and we couldn't have done it without you.  You were great all day.  Thank you again.'  Lorna and Steve


A thank you card from Gemma and Kris who were married on 30th May 2008 at Brentwood cathedral and went on to Newlands Hall for their wedding reception.

To Richard,  Thank you for your help, support and knowledge on our wedding day.  You were everywhere making sure the day ran smoothly.  We had a fantastic day and are so pleased you were part of it.  I will be recommending you to all our friends.  Thanks again.  Take care.  Gemma and Kris


Toastmaster Richard Palmer assisting a bride with her wedding dressPaul and Lucie, whose wedding at Hylands House, I worked at on Friday 23rd May 2007 have sent me a text message which reads as follows

"Hi Richard,  Lucie and I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did for us yesterday.  It was a brilliant day that our families will be talking about for years to come.  We'll be in touch when we get back from our honeymoon. x






Bride and bridegroom on their wedding dayWedding at Peldon Church and wedding reception in a marquee at Sharon and Gareth's home in Peldon, near Colchester, Essex on Saturday 17th May 2008

Dear Richard,  We just wanted to say a big thank you for helping our wedding day run so smoothly.  From start to finish you were a massive help and ensured that everything ran like clockwork.  Thank you.  With you there we did not have to worry about anything and helped us to really enjoy the day, particularly all your special touched such as the bride and groom kissing.  Thank you for all your kindness.  Love Sharon & Gareth





Bride and bridegroom on their wedding day Civil wedding and wedding reception for Paul and Lola at Parklands, Quendon, Essex

Dear Richard, Thank you for everything that you did on our wedding day at Parklands on 6th April 2008.

We don't know how we would have coped without you!  You made our day, but nevertheless you were a star towards our guests and everyone has had an interesting story to say about you.  Thank you so much!  Paul and Lola




Essex toastmaster Richard PalmerEssex toastmaster assisting wedding guests with button holesEssex toastmaster Richard Palmer announcing the speechesConfetti cannnon let off at wedding reception

Civil wedding and wedding reception at Gaynes Park near Epping, Essex on Sunday 23rd March 2008 and a kind letter from Michael (Bride's father)

Just a few details about the photos first.

1.  Can you see the snow?   2. Help with corsages   3. Seating the bride   4. Barrage for the groom's speech as he stood up, from 20 confetti cannons (I'd never seen anything like this before and most venues will not allow it).  I am told it will not happen at Gaynes Park ever again.


Dear Richard,  I am so very sorry that I never said a proper personal thank you for your very professional performance on Sunday. Not only didn't I speak to you but I can't remember even seeing you, so just how discreet can that be? Richard, your orchestration was absolutely perfect and you have my great admiration and eternal thanks for being such a truly capable toastmaster. When considering that there was never any rehearsal the whole day went as clockwork and my wife and I continue to receive rave reviews and thanks from the guests. Shall any similar event occur in the future, for which I have an input, I will unhesitatingly recommend you.   Nancy and Wayne have described their Wedding Day as absolutely perfect and that for me is all I ever wanted to hear.  Thanks again Richard, Michael Scruton  Proud Father.


Essex toastmaster with bride and bridegroom on their wedding day at Stock Brook Manor Golf & Country Club, EssexWedding at Ingatstone Church and wedding reception at Stock Brook Golf Manor Golf and Country Club, Billericay, Essex on Wednesday 13th February 2008 with an e-mail from Teresa and Richard which reads

Dear Richard,  We were let down by the printers of our official thank you card so had to re-order from another source.  So apologies for not writing sooner (official TY card in mail).  However, We both thought that our day was perfect, including the weather!  We did not believe you would deliver on the weather, but you did! 

We would like to thank you for making our wedding day so special.  Everything was perfect and we were able to totally enjoy every moment because of your professionalism.  Almost all of our guests commented on what a professional, organised and pleasant person you are.  I remember a cousin coming up to me and saying they wanted to move tables (as another guest had not arrived) this was the last thing I wanted to be bothered with.  I told them to talk to you, still a little uneasy I found you and was about to explain to you about the move and you smiled and said, "it's sorted they are moved" before I could even finish, then continuing smiling you told me to enjoy myself, and I did knowing that I had not only picked the right toastmaster, but the BEST!!!!   THANK YOU, RICHARD, FROM BOTH OF US   Richard & Teresa


Wedding toastmaster Richard Palmer keeping the bride warm with my heavy cloakWedding and reception details below, at Crondon Park Golf Club on Sunday 30th December 2007 and a kind letter from Kelly and Richard which reads -

Dear Richard, We would like to thank you for your support and hard work leading up to our wedding and on the big day itself. You brought a sense of calm and good humour to our very special day and made everyone feel at ease, most of all us, the Bride and Groom. We had a wonderful time and everything went as smoothly as we could have wished.  Many of our guests have said what a fabulous day it was and this could only have been achieved with the help of the great team involved especially our Toast Master!

So thanks again for being so professional and fun.  Kindest regards  Kelly and Richard



Richard Palmer Toastmaster at a wedding at the Fennes Estate in Essex Wedding and reception details below, at The Fennes Estate, Bocking on Thursday 15th November 2007 and a kind letter from Linda (Bride's mother)


Dearest Richard,   Hope this finds you well.  We would like to say a huge Thank-you for all you contributed to Tom & Tanyia’s Day at the Fennes Estate. It seems rude to use the word service, as what you provide is much much more, while your professionalism can not be faulted.  What you bought to the day is a rare gift, that doesn’t go unnoticed by anyone, guests included. You made everybody feel welcome and part of the Day.  I know that Tanyia and Tom felt safe in your hands.

Oh and Richard…….I’m convinced you have a link to Him up stairs, as you even provided plenty of sunshine!!    Take care, I feel sure we will meet again, as no wedding would be complete without you. Love and best wishes Linda PS Have a lovely Christmas!!


Wedding and reception at Channels Golf Club on Saturday 13th October 2007 and a letter from Ian and Louisa which reads

receiving line with wedding guests and Richard Palmer toastmaster at ChannelsWedding toastmaster Richard Palmer with bride and bridegroom at Channels Golf Club'We just wanted to say how thankful we are to you for not only helping us and giving us advice for the last year, but also for being such a fantastic part of our wedding day.  When we first decided to have a Toastmaster, we did not really understand the role, and maybe being a little naive, thought you just made announcements.  It was not until we met you that we discovered how much goes into being a Toastmaster, you were just on top of everything, locating missing button holes and teaching us how to put them on properly, time-keeping and making sure we weren’t dehydrating during the photos.  Telling us where to be and when to be there, and then of course the fantastic announcements, the way you had everyone cheering before we came into the wedding breakfast was great, we couldn’t even hear the music.  You even remained professional when my dad commented on you in his speech!!  And I loved the special touch of making us kiss every time our guests banged their glasses.


Richard, we are genuinely so grateful to you for making our whole day run so smoothly, it really would not have been the same with anyone else.  Your generosity from day one has been outstanding, i.e. taking us to lunch, the confetti and the beautiful photos you have given us……….. we truly thank you.

We would highly recommend you to everyone, and please do not hesitate to call upon us for a reference should you ever need one. With our sincere gratitude and Best Wishes'   Louisa and Ian Gibaud


Wedding and reception shown below at Layer Marney Tower on Friday 28th September 2007 with a letter from Charlotte and Nick which reads

Richard Palmer Toastmaster with bride and father at Layer Marney Tower'Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding at Layer Marney Tower the happiest day of our lives. We couldn't have done it without you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You made sure the day ran smoothly and we didn't have to worry about anything all day. We had such a fun and amazing day, we hope you did too. Once again thank you!!'

  Toastmaster Richard Palmer handing out champagne to the guests as they arrive  Richard Palmer Toastmaster at Layer Marney Tower  Layer Marney Tower Wedding Toastmaster Richard Palmer  Layer Marney Tower toastmaster Richard Palmer English Toastmasters Association  Toastmaster Richard Palmer at Layer Marney Tower

The pictures above are courtesy of Pengelly Photography Tel: 01787 377 503 Thank you Kevin and Sabrina 


Essex toastmaster with lovely Louse at Vaulty Manor, EssexEssex wedding speeches toastmaster Richard Palmer at Vaulty ManorWedding and reception below at Vaulty Manor on Saturday 22nd September 2007 with a short note from Louse and Martin before they went away to say;-

'Just like to thank you for our wonderful day and all your hard work xxx'

and when they returned we had a really great thank you letter with reads

'Firstly a huge thank you for all your help on our fantastic wedding day, because without your help and support it would not have been the same. You were invaluable to have and because of you the day ran so smoothly and problem free. Our family and friends also send their thanks to you for helping to put them at ease.

If you weren't offering to get them drinks or helping with buttonholes, or my nan with her corsage, then you were helping us keep our nerves. We all appreciate your hard work and all the effort you put in. Everyone who came to the wedding has been singing your praises since and we know we made the right decision in hiring you. Martin and I would never hesitate in recommending you or your staff to anyone. A HUGE thank you for making our day one we will never forget.' Martin & Louise x


The four pictures below are courtesy of David Court, who is always lots of fun to work with.  

Richard Palmer Toastmaster at Spains Hall for WeddingEssex Toastmaster Richard Palmer from English Toastmasters Association at Spains Hall for WeddingDavid sent me an e-mail and his very kind words read as follows, "I would like to place on record how once again it was a privilege working with you (again) at Spains Hall and Brentwood Cathedral (Terri and David's Wedding). As a Professional Photographer I can honestly say that there is no other toastmaster that I would recommend as highly as you, nor for that matter enjoy working with as much".

This wedding is featured on the front cover of the Essex Wedding Magazine Jan Feb 2008 issue with an article inside and many more of David's very fine pictures.

Terri's comment about the highlight of her day, as taken from that article reads, -

"My favourite part of the day was walking into the room for the wedding breakfast.  Our toastmaster had hyped up our guests, who gave us the best welcome.  I'll always remember that first time we were called Mr and Mrs Bearman".


                      Richard Palmer Toastmaster at Brentwood Cathedral for Wedding   English Toastmaster Richard Palmer at Spains Hall Reception for Wedding


English Toastmaster Richard Palmer from The English Toastmasters Association at Vaulty Manor ReceptionWedding and reception at Vaulty Manor on Friday 17th August 2007 Just had an e-mail on 5th September 2007 

Richard Palmer Essex Toastmaster at Wedding Receiving Line at Vaulty ManorHi Richard, hope you are well.  Got back from our honeymoon Sunday night, had a great 2 weeks. Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for your efforts on our wedding day.

It really helped to have you there to talk to, it made me feel everything was under control and that calmed me down a lot. During the day you were exceptionally helpful & polite, many of our friends and family commented on this, Thank you.   Jodie, Matt & Livvy




Wedding and reception at Pontlands Park, Great Baddow on Saturday 4th August 2007  

Richard Thank you so much for being our Toastmaster. You were so good and we really can't thank you enough. Everyone really enjoyed the day. You really are a big shining star!* Thank you.  Natalie and Darren

Richard Palmer Toastmaster in Essex Pontlands Park at Wedding Receiving Line   Richard Palmer English Toastmasters Association Master of Ceremonies at wedding at Pontlands Park Great Baddow  Essex Wedding Toastmaster Richard Palmer at wedding breakfast at Pontlands Park wedding


Richard Palmer English Toastmaster at Church for bride and groom wedding in EssexWedding at Cold Norton and reception at Crondon Park on Saturday 7th July 2007 with an e-mail on Monday and the card on 4th September 2007  

Hello Richard, how are you? I am sorry it has taken so long for us to write to you, however we do want you to know how grateful we are that you were our toastmaster on the 7th July. I have a thank you card that I will drop round to you tonight so I wont go on too much on this email. I have attached a couple of photographs that we are happy for you to display on your website as well as our words in our thank you card if you so wish. Our day was absolutely amazing with your hard work helping the day run so smoothly.

And the card arrived and reads as follows -

'Dear Richard,  Wow, what an absolutely amazing day we all had - it was more magical than we had imagined! We would like you to know that your professionalism on our wedding day was hugely appreciated. Greg and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking care of us and making sure the day ran smoothly. Everything, including the weather was perfect and it is certainly a day we will never forget. We believe that your work throughout our day, from being at the church right up to our 1st dance was a big part of why the day went so well. Thank you for your kind hearted work - we know that you will make many more couples very happy on their wedding days.   With love and regards'   Greg & Anneliese


The picture on the left above shows Richard adjusting Anneliese's wedding dress at the church. When Richard attends church weddings, he wears a black long coat with a red waistcoat for this part of the day, as he believes that the red toastmaster's tail coat, which is based on the "hunting pink", is not appropriate to be worn at church. This picture is courtesy of Studio One Thank you Danny!


Richard Palmer Toastmaster for Essex County Council Chairman at Layer Marney TowerChairman of Essex County Council's annual reception at Layer Marney Tower Thursday 26th July 2007  

'Dear Richard, Once again you have absolutely turned up trumps and I would like to say a very sincere thank you for all your support and help on Thursday evening. It is very reassuring to know that you are attending to so much detail and I am very pleased that it all went so smoothly for you as well. With kindest regards.

Yours sincerely   Councilor Gerard McEwen Chairman of the Council'

  Richard Palmer toastmaster for the Essex County Council annual reception  Richard Palmer toastmaster for the Essex County Council annual reception   Richard Palmer toastmaster for the Essex County Council annual reception


Wedding at Stock Brook Country Club Saturday 21st July 2007   An extract taken from the bride and grooms blog reads as follows, and be found at

The guests all sat down for dinner and we waited outside until our toastmaster announced us in. As we walked through we got the biggest cheer and biggest round of applause - it was brilliant. I will say at this point that a toastmaster is worth their weight in gold. Our toastmaster really did make our day go smoothly. If you live in Essex we can highly recommend Richard Palmer. During the meal people started chinking their glasses which signified that Jamie and I would share a kiss, which we did. Then they did it again a little later and we kissed again and then they did it a third time (so we kissed before asking the toastmaster if we could turn it round). After we'd finished speeches the toastmaster announced us out of the room and everyone cheered and clapped again. Sarah Brigstock

Bride with Bride's Maids and Toastmaster during the photo sessiontoastmaster and bride with bridal carriage at Park Hotel Lakeside for weddingWedding at Tilbury and Grays and reception at Park Inn, Lakeside Saturday 30th June 2007  

'Dear Richard,  Words cannot describe how grateful we are for all you did for us leading up to our wedding and on the day. If anything went wrong during the wedding we certainly didn't know about it as you were always on hand for all the other staff that helped us on the day. You kept us and all our guests entertained with your great humour. Everyone commented on how wonderful you are and some even said they want you in the future for their weddings! It was a pleasure having you as one of our witnesses, the little hiccup we had the day before was calmed by you and we are so grateful that you went out of your way on the Sunday to support us with the final part of our wedding.

You truly are a wonderful man. Thank you for everything that you have done for us and we hope to see you soon.'

Leanne and Marc


Richard Palmer Toastmaster for Lucy and Gary at Epping and The Grove WatfordWedding at Epping and reception at The Grove, Watford 23rd June 2007  

'Dear Richard, We wanted to take this opportunity, to thank you so much for all of your hard work and co-ordination on our wedding day. You really made everything run like clockwork and it was comforting just having you around. You really helped to make our special day truly memorable and we cannot thank you enough. You were like our guardian angel for the day. Thank you again.'   Lucy and Gary x





wedding breakfast entranceEssex Toastmaster reception announcementWedding at Gaynes Park Saturday 2nd June 2007  

'Dear Richard, We both want to say a huge thank you for all your help and support with all the wedding plans. The day was perfect thanks to you being so professional. It truly was a first class service. All our guests had a wonderful day.

We wish we could do it all over again, it was so good, I can't put into words, for me it was perfect and for Russell it was better than he ever imagined. We're just waiting for the DVD so that we can relive it once more.   With love from'  Lynsey and Russell.

Photos above courtesy of Ivan Finch Tel. 020 8502 3293


Wedding at Gosfield Hall Wednesday 23rd May 2007  

'Richard, We'd both like to thank you very much for your participation at our wedding. You performed your toastmaster duties to the highest standard, and helped to ensure that our special day ran very smoothly. It meant that we could relax and totally enjoy the day, leaving all organisational aspects to you. We had a truly fantastic day and now have so many fond memories to cherish. We really cannot thank you and compliment you enough.  Very best wishes' Sally and Nick

Richard Palmer toastmaster helped with the dove releaseWedding at St Mildred’s Church, Lewisham and reception at Coombe Bank School, Sundridge, Sevenoaks Saturday 5th May 2007  

'Thank you for making our day even more special. We knew from the very first meeting that you would be the man to lead us through our dreamy day. Your professionalism was complimented by friends and family who could see you topping off our absolutely fantastic day. Thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts in making our special day an unforgettable experience. We wish you every success for the future and would not hesitate to recommend you.

Best wishes'  Cecil and Shirley x




bridegroomEssex bride at Layer Marney TowerWedding at Layer Marney Tower Friday 1st December 2006  

'Thank you so much for being a fabulous toastmaster at our wedding. We couldn't have got through the day without you - you were brilliant and felt more like an old friend than our toastmaster. Our guests have all commented on how good you were and when I marry my next husband I will certainly ask you to be toastmaster!! You were worth every penny and cheap at twice the price! Thank You, Thank you, Thank you'  

Rachael and Andy


Richard Palmer toastmaster with guests in EssexWedding at Spains Hall Saturday 18th November 2006  

'We just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work as toastmaster - you held our day together seamlessly and really think that without you it wouldn't have gone so well. Everything you did was so professional and perfectly done - we can't thank you enough. Hopefully you had a good time as well - all our friends seem to, so hopefully a success all round!.' Krycher and Dan



Wedding at Le Talbooth Saturday 16th September 2006  

Wedding toastmaster Richard Palmer in EssexBride and bridegroom taking their first dance on their wedding day'Just a little note to say "thank you" so very much for making our wedding day so perfect. Shahram and I both felt totally relaxed, safe in the knowledge you had everything under control! All our guests were also very impressed with your professionalism. You worked extremely hard all day and it was very much noted. Hope to see you soon - with much love' Helen and Shahram




Wedding at Layer Marney Tower Sat 25th August 2006  

'Thank you so much for being our Toastmaster at our wedding. As we always knew you would from the first time we met you, you went far above and beyond your duties on the day, taking all our demands and bizarre requests in your stride and ensuring that our day was absolutely perfect. We're even sure you must have had something to do with the glorious sunshine that shone just that one day that whole week. Our guests have since commented on how professional, yet fun you were to be around. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to any and all our friends for any future functions. Thank you once again from the bottom of both our hearts. Our eternal thanks.'   Niki and Dean

Wedding at Layer Marney Tower Thursday 23rd August 2006  

'This comes to say a very big thank you for all your hard work on our wedding day. Simon and I had a truly wonderful day and thanks to you it ran very smoothly. As I said on the day, it really is no wonder that you have a book of thank you cards - you really do deserve them! You made our day extra special, got the guests organised for some of the photos, and most importantly brought numerous drinks over to us during it al!! We had several guests comment on how well organised the day was and what a difference you made to it.  Thank you again for all your work.'  Gail and Simon

Richard Palmer toastmaster with bride and bridegroom posing for photgraphs in front on their horse drawn carraigeWedding reception at Stock Brook Manor Golf and Country Club Saturday 19th August 2006 

'We thought we would say a MASSIVE thank you for making our day the best day of our lives!!!! We know it sounds a bit soppy but you made everyone very relaxed and happy and it was an absolute pleasure for you to be at our wedding!!!! When looking at the pictures in the evening of the wedding everyone looks like they are having a fantastic time and that's all we really wanted - for everyone to have a memorable and happy day!!! You are a brilliant toastmaster and we both will highly recommend you. We all thought that you were very professional without being stuffy and too traditional. I have supplied a couple of photos of our wedding from our photographer as an attachment.   Once again thank you so much for being our toastmaster!!!!!   We hope to see you soon Richard!!!!!'  Sonya and Mark




Don't just take my word for it, see what our other people have said about the service I have offered them.

Below are just a few highlights from letters I have received, as well as a link to a PDF file below showing many more testimonials from satisfied customers!

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Dear Richard,

Matthew and I both wanted to write and thank you for the super entertainment you organised for our wedding. As Toastmaster your timing was impeccable, you helped the whole day run smoothly.

We just want to do it all over again now! Thank you for making our day so perfect.

Caroline and Matthew

richard with bride and groom

Dear Richard,
We are writing to say thank you very much for being Toastmaster and DJ at out wedding. We both had an amazing day and enjoyed every minute of it.

We very much appreciated all the work you put into the day to make it as worry and as stress free as possible for us. Also for acting with such professionalism and ensuring the day ran as smoothly as possible. We will certainly be recommending you to others.
Sarah and Jodie Battersby (shown on right with Richard)



"Dear Richard,
I would just like to say thank you so much for the way you hosted the launch of Inside Business Chelmsford in the wonderful surroundings of Hylands House.

The whole evening was superbly managed by yourself. There was professionalism as well as fun! I spoke to many people who complimented you on your style and dedication to making sure that the wheels ran smoothly and to time.

As you know Inside Business is designed to support the business community of Chelmsford and the launch of the magazine with the way that you pulled everyone, and everything together, even with last minute changes in schedule, did just that.

It was a great pleasure to work with you on this and I would recommend your services to anyone thinking of having an event competently and efficiently run."
Di Gilbranch




"Dear Richard,

Julia and I would like to thank you so much for acting as Toastmaster at my Reception last Friday. The evening was a tremendous success and your help and attention to detail was very much appreciated. "
Councillor Anthony Peel
Chairman of the Council


Richard with the Mayor






"Dear Richard,
The Mayoress and I would like to thank you for making our night special and so successful.  Thanks to youeverything ran like clockwork.  I have received many letters and telephone calls from people saying what a great evening it was and how pleased they were that they had supported

the event. "
Councillor Ian Wright
Mayor of Chelmsford



"Dear Richard,
We would like to thank you for being our Toastmaster on our wedding day. we feel that you pitched your tone and duties exactly right, to match the slightly informal side of the day. The guests felt welcomed by you and we were glad to someone on hand who could work with our videographer and photographer and had the experience to ensure our day went like clockwork. Once again many thanks for an excellent job done."
Mr and Mrs Overington



"Dear Richard,
What can we say? What a brilliant wedding day we had. Thank you so much for all your help and assistance in making the day so special. You were well organised and professional throughout the whole day which helped to make it such a success.
Everyone that came to our wedding said you were an excellent Toastmaster."
Mr and Mrs Quinn.



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