Philip Gardner Toastmaster


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Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. 20 years experience. My motto is 'Low Key but Effective'


“That professional finishing touch for any special occasion”

The Toastmaster’s duty is to ensure that the reception proceeds smoothly and in the agreed manner. This enables the catering staff to concentrate on their role and enables the host and hostess to relax themselves, as the Mother and Father of the Bride should, for after all it is a big day for them as well.

At the reception, the Best man is often left with many responsibilities, affording him little time to relax and enjoy the festivities. These may, however, be left in the hands of a professional Toastmaster, who will ensure that everything happens as you planned.

The Toastmaster supports the Bride and Bridegroom, the Bridesmaids, the Best man, the parents and the caterers, all of whom want to give their best performances.

The Toastmaster, using his experience and professional manner, will ensure that your plans are carried out. He will create a friendly atmosphere which is as formal or informal as you wish, reassure the nervous, and with his extra touch of colour and sparkle, will make the occasion even more special for everyone, especially the bridal couple.

You can expect the Toastmaster to undertake the following duties:-

? Advise on wedding etiquette and customs during the planning
? Greet the Bride and Bridegroom on arrival at the reception venue
? Inform the guests of the reception details and ensure any special arrangements for elderly, infirm or disabled are in place
? Organise the receiving line, announce guests and co-ordinate the acceptance of wedding gifts
? Assist with photographs if required
? Call guests’ attention to the seating arrangements and to take their places at the tables for the start of the wedding breakfast
? Announce the Bride and Bridegroom and escort them to their table
? Announce or say Grace if required
? Make any specific announcements, as requested, eg. no smoking
? Conduct the toasts and announce the speakers
? Organise the circulation of the guest book, if required
? Announce the cutting of the wedding cake
? Introduce the speakers for the customary toasts and responses
? Handle bouquets and presents as required
? Arrange the retiring of the Bride and Bridegroom from the table
? Advise guests of subsequent arrangements
? Liase with the band or disco as to the setting up of the equipment
? Announce the Bride and Bridegroom for the first dance

Philip Gardner Toastmaster at a Glance

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£275 - £500
I am a fully qualified Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies of some 20 plus years experience. I am Secretary of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters, and my considerable skills are backed by a career in hotels & catering. I have officiated at over 1000 functions, these include weddings of all cultures, Ladies Masonic Festivals, Formal Dinners, Award Ceremonies, I have also appeared in many film and television roles in my capacity as a Toastmaster. I pride myself on my style, being professional whilst not being regimental or obtrusive. My role is that of a liaison throughout your event to ensure it flows apparently quite effortlessly to a successful conclusion. Why use a Toastmaster? The Toastmaster will remove all the stress and worries on your 'Big Day' The Toastmaster will ensure everybody involved in the organisation performs to the best of their ability. The Toastmaster will make sure that everything runs according to your wishes and requirements. The Toastmaster is there to offer independent advice and can be consulted on all the different facets of the day. The Toastmaster will add that extra 'Touch of Class' to the occasion.

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34 Penhurst Road, Bedhampton, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 3NX

Philip Gardner Toastmaster

  • 34 Penhurst Road
  • Bedhampton
  • Havant
  • Hampshire
  • PO9 3NX
  • United Kingdom

Meet the Owner

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Philip Gardner

Hi, my name is Philip Gardner Professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies. I have been a Professional Toastmaster for over 20 years and officiated at over 1000 functions, as well as having appeared in many films and TV programmes in my role as a Toastmaster, including Bridget Jones, Made in Chelsea, and BBC's Wedding Stories. I pride myself on my style, being professional whilst not regimental or obtrusive. I live in Hampshire but I am happy to travel anywhere in the South of England, including London and the Home Counties.