Rodger Oatley Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies << back

The Toastmaster at your wedding reception

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOASTMASTERS pamphlet "A TOUCH OF CLASS" outlines the general capabilities and functions of a Toastmaster.

My own normal routine for a wedding, which will apply to your own "special Day", is as follows:

I arrive at the reception venue at the same time as you are entering the church. I then have ample time to familiarise myself with the layout, meet and liaise with the banqueting manager or head waiter, check seating arrangements, table plan, place cards, menus, guest book and pen, bouquets/presentations, test the public address system if available, locate toilets, cloakrooms and telephones.

Finally one last check of the information sheets that you will have filled in and I am nearly ready!

Having changed into my Regalia, I am then ready to greet the bridal party on arrival and to assist the photographer and the video operator with arrival photographs, ensuring the best use of available time before assembling the receiving line along with liaising with the catering staff for the welcome drinks to the guests.

After all the guests have been announced and received, I maintain a liaison with the banqueting manager and call the guests to their places at their table at the appropriate time. I then escort the bride and groom to the top table with the appropriate "Receive and Acclaim Ceremony".

During the meal, I keep a watchful eye on the proceedings to ensure no delays and to be on hand for the host for any special requirements. I ensure that the guest book is circulating and I arrange the cake cutting ceremony at the agreed time ensuring the video operator is aware of all movements and obtains a good record.

I announce the speakers in turn after the meal is over and the champagne is poured.

Preparations for dancing start soon after the best man has finished speaking and my duties usually conclude with the announcement of the bride and bridegroom onto the dance floor to encourage the dancing to their special music.