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Being appointed toastmaster at an event can evoke a range of emotions - from excitement to nervousness. Whatever your reaction, being asked to be a toastmaster is a great honour. It's a recognition of your ability to manage and lead an important part of a special day. But what does being a toastmaster actually entail and how do you best prepare? Let's dive into this.

Why are you chosen as a Toastmaster?

The toastmaster is a central figure at any big event, whether it's a wedding, a confirmation, a birthday party or something else entirely. The person chosen as a toastmaster is typically someone who is known to have good organisational skills, a charming personality and the ability to speak in front of a crowd. It's a person that the main character or characters trust and feel can make their day special and unforgettable.

Tasks as Toastmaster

Being a toastmaster involves much more than just introducing speakers and keeping track of the schedule. It's an extensive task that requires preparation, overview and the ability to handle unforeseen events.

1. Planning and Coordination Before the day itself, the toastmaster needs to have a clear plan for how the event will run. This includes drawing up a schedule, coordinating with speakers and ensuring that all necessary elements are in place. It's also important to communicate with the main characters to understand their wishes and expectations.

2. Presentation of Speakers and Keynotes One of the most visible tasks is to introduce the different speakers and features. This requires you to have a clear understanding of the order and deliver the introductions in an engaging way that keeps the audience interested.

3. Dealing with Unforeseen Events A good toastmaster must be able to handle unexpected situations with calm and elegance. This could be technical problems, delays or the need to improvise if a speaker is prevented.

4. Ensure a Good Atmosphere An important part of the role is to create and maintain a good atmosphere. This can be done through humour, encouraging comments and making sure everyone feels included and entertained.

Order of speeches at weddings

A toastmaster is often used at weddings, where the order of speeches in particular needs to be planned with the couple in advance. A typical order of speaking at a wedding can vary slightly depending on traditions and personal preferences, but here is a classic order often used at weddings:
  • Toastmasters: Short welcome and introduction of the evening programme.
  • Father of the bride: Often speaks first in the family, welcomes and talks about his daughter.
  • The groom: Thanks the father of the bride for the speech and talks about his love for the bride.
  • The bride: If the bride wishes, she can give a speech expressing her feelings for the groom.
  • Father of the groom: Talks about her son and welcomes the bride into the family.
  • Best man (best man): Gives a humorous and often personal speech about the groom.
  • Bridesmaid or maid of honour: Talks about his relationship with the bride and groom.
  • Other close family members: This can include mums, siblings or grandparents who want to say a few words.
  • Friends of the bride and groom: Friends who want to share anecdotes or good wishes for the future.
  • Possible musical performances or poems: Sometimes singing, music or poetry readings are included.
  • Toastmasters speech: The toastmaster often finishes the evening with a funny moment.

10 Tips for the Perfect Toastmaster

To help you on your way, we've compiled ten useful tips on how to be a successful toastmaster.

1. Prepare thoroughly Start preparing well in advance. Make a detailed schedule and make sure you have all the necessary information ready.

2. Know Your Speakers Organise the order of the speakers and what topics they will talk about. This will help you make smooth transitions between speakers.

3. Practise your speech Even if you have to improvise a lot, it's important to have a basic plan of what you want to say. Practise in front of a mirror or with friends to become more confident.

4. Create a common thread Your job is to create cohesion throughout the evening. Use small anecdotes or themes to tie the different elements together.

5. Keep the schedule A tight schedule is essential for a successful event. Make sure that speakers stay within their time and that there are no long breaks.

6. Be Flexible While it's important to have a plan, you also need to be ready to adapt to change. Be prepared to improvise and handle unforeseen events.

7. Create a good atmosphere Use humour and positive comments to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. A smile can do wonders.

8. Be ready to extinguish fires Be ready to deal with small issues that may arise. This can be anything from technical issues to a speaker not showing up.

9. Be A Go-to Person Guests will often turn to you with questions or problems. Make sure you are approachable and helpful.

10. Finish In Style End the evening with a great speech or recap that ties the whole event together. Make sure everyone leaves with a smile.

Concluding remarks

Being a toastmaster is an honourable but demanding task. It requires preparation, overview and the ability to handle many different tasks simultaneously. But with the right approach, you can ensure that the event is unforgettable for everyone involved. Remember to enjoy the moment and have fun - it will rub off on your guests and make the experience even better.

After the speeches and dinner at a wedding are over, the festivities often continue with a series of traditions and entertainment to make the evening memorable. A typical event is the bridal waltz, which marks the beginning of the evening's dancing. Traditionally danced before midnight, the bridal waltz is where the bride and groom take their first dance as a married couple to the tune of a classic waltz.

After the bridal waltz, guests are invited to join in on the dance floor and a DJ or live band will provide music to keep the mood high and the dance floor full.

Late night food is typically served to ensure guests have the energy to continue the party. This can be anything from a simple snack to a small buffet.

The evening often ends with the bride and groom leaving the party - either to go to bed or to go straight to their honeymoon. It's a tradition for guests to party on until the last person goes to bed.

Enjoy the day with a little extra responsibility - it's an honour to set the stage for the important people in your life to have the party of their lives!

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