Toastmasterguy, Professional Toastmaster

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Guy is a highly professional and experienced Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies **Stop Press** **Guy will not make any charges for dates changed due to the Coronavirus outbreak**
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£450
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Products and Services

Speech Writer
On-the-Day Wedding Coordination
Toastmaster / Master of Ceremony
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
Guy is a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters, following on from an exciting 30 year career in public service. With his confidence and command in social situations, his friendly, people-orientated and caring approach, Guy will ensure your function proceeds to time and purpose - with the approach and style he will have agreed with you prior to your special occasion. From his time as a senior police officer, planning and leading high risk operations, he is unflappable; any unforeseen challenges will be dealt with swiftly, often without the client needing to know about them. Guy has presence, an excellent knowledge of protocol and etiquette, and has polished organisational and presentational skills. His grasp of the English language and diction is first class. With a smile, Guy will ensure the event proceeds with a "touch of class", style and gravitas. Guy is a family man who enjoys travelling, playing sport, his Labrador retrievers, and time spent with his family. He takes pride in, and considers it a privilege to help to make for the most enjoyable day. ​Training Guy qualified as a Fellow following a lengthy, demanding programme run by the Professional Toastmasters' Academy. This is the training arm of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters, founded 1968. Following initial interview, rigorous training course, shadowing of experienced Guild Toastmasters, a demanding written exam, successful observations at his own events, followed by final interview, Guy was admitted into fellowship. The Guild covets an enviable reputation for practising to the highest standards. It is reassuring for his clients, that Guy will provide a first class, professional service. ​

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Guy Wade
Welcome and congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding. Perhaps you have seen a professional Toastmaster in action in the past? Perhaps you're not familiar with what a Professional toastmaster can do to ensure the success of your big day? Read on to get a feel for Guy, and how he can raise the feel - good factor on your day, taking all the worries away. Give Guy a call or send him an email for a chat and a quote. Guy is proud to be a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2016
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Maria and Murad
Married in March 2020
November 2019
The very best professional Toastmaster
'We came across Guy's Toastmaster services on Hitched, and the reviews we read filled us with confidence from the outset. Guy was very responsive to our initial messages and patient given our busy schedules, and we eventually arranged a date to meet and discuss the details of our day. We were so impressed with our first meeting with Guy - it was a chance to really get to know each other and it was clear we were working with a real professional. We spoke about the agenda, the atmosphere we wanted to create on the day and the key people of the wedding party. Guy was very transparent that he had never done a Bengali-Muslim wedding before and we were very transparent about how chaotic they can usually be! Having said that, Guy covered every detail and explained how he can bring order to the day. Guy stayed in touch right up to the big day, which was also very reassuring. Guy arrived on time (early if anything!), ready to greet our guests which bought a real sense of order and flair to the event. Everything ran to time perfectly which is near enough unheard of for weddings in our community! Guests were raving on the day about how good a job he was doing, and continue to mention it because everyone was so impressed. Guy commanded a real presence in the room without taking away from us and our guests, ensuring the agenda ran on time, but still being respectful and cooperative if something wasn't happening when it should've. He always got it back on track and made me and Murad feel very comfortable and care-free on the day - which makes the whole day that much more memorable. For any bride hoping for a toastmaster who is professional, listens to the kind of wedding day you want whilst delivering an amazing service, Guy is the toastmaster for you. Our wedding would not have been the same without him. Guy truly did justice to himself and his Guild and we could not recommend his services highly enough. Maria & Murad' Thanks again, Guy, for all you did before and on our wedding day. We wish you every success for wedding seasons to come. Lots of love Maria & Murad
Bobbie and Kewhe
Married in March 2020
November 2019
"Professional, personable, fantastic Toastmaster"
"From the moment we met Guy we knew that we had made a great decision in choosing him as our toastmaster. Guy played a huge part in helping our day run smoothly and our guests absolutely loved him. He made the effort to talk to everyone and kept checking on us throughout the day. Professional, personable and a fantastic toastmaster, what a genuinely lovely man. We highly recommend Guy".
Best Man, Imonena Unude
Wedding: February 2020
November 2019
"Abslolutely brilliant..."
Absolutely brilliant bloke, highly recommend Guy for any type of Wedding no matter how big or small the event is, Also helped reassure me before me speech!! Thank You Guy.😊👍
Mr and Mrs Burke
Married in August 2019
November 2019
"Helped make the day perfect."
Toastmaster Guy helped make the event run smoother than we ever could without him. The special speech he gave during the cutting of the cake was both touching and lovely. And we would easily recommend him to anyone getting married. Guy helped make the day perfect and we were more than honoured to have him as a part of our special day.
Hannah and Declan
Married in August 2019
November 2019
"Incredibly impressed"
We didn't know what to fully expect of a toastmaster and what sort of impact they would have on a wedding day, but now both us and our guests know how valuable they are thanks to Guy. We were incredibly impressed by your calm and professional demeanour on the day - you were organised and collected - keeping everything running smoothly. Your dedication to getting everything right is second to none - Guy met with us at the venue in advance of the wedding to go over every detail. It really put our minds at rest - we only wish other suppliers were as dedicated! You interacted so well with our guests and calmed the nerves of the speechmakers - no task was too great. Wishing you well for the future Guy - thank you again for helping us make beautiful memories. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to others. Our very best wishes, Hannah and Declan.
Mr & Mrs Rovira
Married in October 2018
November 2019
"Completely put us at ease"
"We would both like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the part you played on our wedding day. From the first the moment we all met we knew we were in good hands - you made us feel at ease from day one. This is a feat in itself as we were both very nervous, you left us comfortable and confident about our day. Throughout the day you were professional and organised and were even on hand to pass a much needed drink! On a personal note from the bridegroom, you took away a days worry from one of life's natural worriers. Lastly, your tribute at the end was a tearjerker, not only for us, but our guests as well. Thankyou once again for everything."
Location & Contact Details

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Upminster, Greater London, England

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

I was honoured to be selected as toastmaster for a lovely, well-known couple at Donington Hall, Derbyshire. Some guests arrived by helicopter, some by motorbike. The dashing Bridegroom arrived on a Norton Dominator SS, James Bond Style, dismounting to walk through the hall to the chapel where his stunning bride was waiting. After the wedding breakfast, guests including bride and bridegroom enjoyed motorcycle racing around the Hall on a race approved track.. The wedding breakfast, heartfelt speeches and entertainment made for an unforgettable day!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Impressive, confident, stylish, engaging, and professional.

What about your business are you most proud of?

The caring, personalised service i give to my clients and their guests. Getting to know them in our meeting beforehand, i am able to deliver the style, feel and atmosphere they envisage, and bring it to life. I love the job and the feeling of satisfaction afterwards from having hugely raised the feel-good factor of the day.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Planning and preparation. Engage a professional Toastmaster to deliver your plan, thereby taking all the worries away. So much time and money is spent on weddings - why would you leave it to chance? Trust the professional to deliver, don't leave it to an untrained but willing best man. Check his/her training and experience. Eg The Guild of Professional Toastmasters sets the most demanding training and standards. Speak to your toastmaster first to ensure you are happy to engage him or her. Then relax...

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

On introducing a couple onto the dance-floor for their first dance, this beautiful moment was choreographed with the father of the bride leading his daughter onto the floor. At a precise, rehearsed moment in the song, he symbolically handed over to the bridegroom seamlessly. It captured the emotion and coming together of two families.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Initial enquiry by email or text message. Then clients talk to me by phone without any obligation. When they decide to engage me, simple admin carried out with contract and questionnaire, and a 50% deposit is requested. From that point i am available for advice, which is reassuring. Two to three months before the big day we will have a meeting at the venue or other convenient location, and spend an hour or more talking and walking through the plan. On the day i will arrive 90 minutes before guests arrival and be ready to welcome and direct them. And then it is time to relax and enjoy the day safe in the knowledge that there is nothing to worry about; Leave it all to me and enjoy your time with friends and family.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

Introducing a Drag Queen at a same sex wedding, which had to be kept secret, as it was a surprise. NB. Surprises are fine for the guests, but i need to know about them!

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

The reassurance that my clients get from me. They know me, we have built a professional relationship before the wedding day, in meeting and on the phone. I understand exactly how they want the day to unfold, and how formal / informal they want the day to be. So they can relax, knowing their guests will be well looked after, informed, and in the right place at the right time. Most clients these days want the wedding to progress to time, with guests feeling at ease, relaxed and knowing they are encouraged to enjoy themselves. For the speechmakers i provide a framework on which to hang their speeches - it becomes much less daunting when following my advice. In addition, having served for 30 years as senior officer in the Metropolitan Police, and been at the heart of high risk, critical incidents, i am unflappable. Any unforeseen issue that may arise is dealt with, often without the bride and bridegroom even needing to know.

What do you love most about your job?

Speak with your venue wedding co-ordinator. Ask questions in your planning, there is no such thing as a silly question. If in doubt, or you would like a second opinion, ask the advice of your professional toastmaster.

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

The formal entry. A really lovely part of the day for bride and bridegroom, as they enter the room for the first time as husband and wife. (or husband and husband, or wife and wife) An air of expectation in the room...the route has already been cleared by me (longest route to top table for weddings), gavelling to get guests to stand... final short briefing to bride and bridegroom before gavelling, getting silence, then making my formal announcement. Then, the double doors open simultaneously, whereupon i lead the bride and bridegroom to the top table. Rapturous applause all the way to top table i will guarantee. To see the smiles on bride and bridegroom and their guests is a privilege and delight!

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