James Hasler The Man In The Red Coat
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The Ultimate Wedding Toastmaster, experienced in the majority of cultures found in the UK. His commanding but non-military delivery keeps everything to time and nothing missed. THE MAN in the Red Coat
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On-the-day Wedding Coordination
Toastmaster / Master of Ceremony
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- There are Toastmasters and there are toastmasters, and then there is The Man in the Red Coat. Younger than the average Toastmaster, less military but just as commanding. James comes from a customer service background and fully understands that the day is all about you and your guests. Following a pre-meeting where all your wishes are laid out and the schedule is determined, you can begin to relax about the day itself. He works in parallel with all your other suppliers, coordinating with each of them and controlling the timing of your great day. Whilst working with them, he also guides you and all your guests through the day's rituals and ceremonies, in some case giving explanations and in others just encouraging movement. Everything is done with a smile and with warmth, but when required, authority. If you ever wondered why you would need a toastmaster, then if you want to enjoy the day as much as your guests, that has to be the best reason. You can relax, chat and enjoy the company of your family and friends in the knowledge that someone is watching the clock, coordinating the show and that when you are needed he will come and give you warning that something is going to happen. Why choose The Man in the Red Coat over other Toastmasters? Well, because he does not come from a military background, but one from performing arts and customer service, he has the ability to adjust his delivery to a style that is to your liking. So not every delivery is the same. He is tall at 6' 3" and so, regardless of whether he is dressed in his red coat, is normally identifiable. He is also a trainer by trade, when not guiding people through events, and his specialty is presentation skills. So he can give all your speakers guidance and extra confidence should they require it on or before the day. Finally, on the subject of confidence, that is a word you should remember. Getting married is expensive, so don't waste it on delivery. Use The Man in the Red Coat and have confidence!
ExperienceYear Business Was Established2013# Of Weddings HostedMore than 50# Of People In Team1Public Liability InsuranceYes
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What is your most memorable wedding?
Last Spring at the Grove where I had to improvise a Dohl player substitution. You can make a lot of noise with a ladle and a cooking tray!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Tall, Personable, Commanding, Warm, Adaptable
What about your business are you most proud of?
The way it has grown in popularity in such a short space of time and in particular the number of referrals I get.
What is your #1 wedding planning tip for couples?
If you have a large number of guests to be seated, do 2 designs of table plan. 1 showing the location of the table and the other in guest alphabetical order showing the table number or name next to theirs.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
The couple in question who were just amazing had a plane fly by with a just married banner behind it. This was arranged by the groom without the bride's knowledge, so I had to get everybody outside to see it. However, just before I gave the command to go he said that there was also a photographer on the plane. So I quickly got everyone in a circle around the bride and groom and then tweaked it into a giant heart shape. - It worked.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We meet up. Do we like each other? If yes, we discuss needs and schedule. Go away and continue planning, communicating with each other whenever necessary. 10 days prior or less we speak again to check any changes. On the day, I turn up early, they enjoy themselves and I coordinate everything until the DJ takes over (where applicable). I am available once contract is signed whenever, at the end of the phone for advice and discussion. I am not a wedding planner, but I know what works if advice is required especially with respect to timing.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?
The appearance and timing of acts that are to perform by surprise. I think choreographing the arrival of an impromptu rapper so that no-one knew until he had started that he was there was not only tricky but blindingly amusing - we nailed it between the two of us.
How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?
Sounds like I am blowing my own trumpet but, by having me there... Once you have handed over your schedule, relax and trust those you have engaged to run the show as you want it. If you are needed I will come and guide you. So enjoy the company of your friends and family. This may be your one and only wedding, but in the last three years alone I have got married just under 150 times. So rely on my experience to remove the stress from your day.
What do you love most about your job?
Working with and for such a wide variety of people. I am an avid team player and leader and always treat everyone I work with as an equal and with respect. I find it makes for a much nicer place to work - for everyone. Weddings are also happy occasions, so why would I not wish to work in such a happy environment. I also get to work in some fantastic places, and not just in the UK too. Mast year I worked in Venice, Vienna, Cologne, and this year I am off to Malaga, Basel and dare I say it, Brussels!
What is your favourite moment at a wedding?
Probably the first dance. For two reasons. It is for me normally the bit just before I can relax. Secondly seeing couples so in love and together and although they know that everyone is watching they dance like they are the only people there.
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