People often describe the value of a wedding toastmaster as being someone who will help you (the bridal party) to have an enjoyable and stress-free day; as being someone who will take responsibility for making sure that all the right things are happening at the right time – and relieving you of that burden. It’s a good summary.
There are other things I mention too when talking to prospective clients for my services. I talk about ‘energy’, ‘momentum’ and ‘choreography’. Every wedding reception has some potentially dull moments – at least as far as the guests are concerned. Waiting for photographs to be taken, waiting to be told that they can go and eat, waiting for the evening party to start. Sometimes even waiting for the next course to be served. These ‘waiting’ moments can slow down the energy and momentum of the event – and dampen the feeling of enjoyment. You can, of course, hire entertainers (magicians, musicians etc) to help plug these gaps but you can also exploit the benefits of a toastmaster who is skilled at keeping things moving at the right pace and who will anticipate and find ways around potential delays.
I hope you enjoy your wedding reception and I hope too that you ask your prospective toastmaster how he (or she) will drive the ‘energy’, ‘momentum’ and ‘choreography’ of your event .