Even the Worst Weather Can’t Dampen the Atmosphere of a Good Wedding!

Rain has been a feature of several weddings in which I’ve been involved over the past few weeks. So much so that I’ve invested in a couple of white and cream umbrellas to protect brides from the elements as they dash between the wedding car and the reception venue.

Thankfully the brollies weren’t needed, despite heavy sporadic showers, at the recent wedding of Kaylee Matthewman and Ashley Cripps at St Patrick’s Hall, Newport. Although a small wedding by many standards, with some 70 invited guests, the weather failed to dampen the spirits of those who attended. The close family atmosphere of the celebration was emphasised by a simple informal ceremony, after the breakfast, involving the release of balloons in memory of absent, recently deceased, relatives.

All the arrangements had been carefully planned to the last detail by Paula Burns of The Wedding Clinic, and the superb meal prepared by Spiro’s Fine Dining Caterers of Cardiff.

The Bride and Bridegroom were delighted with the final outcome and commented that the presence of a Toastmaster had contributed greatly to the smooth running of the event and brought a welcome touch of colour to contrast with the gloomy weather outside.

Did you know….?

Did you know that Toastmasters originated in the times of the Roman Empire? Although beer was the beverage of the common people, wine was favoured by the ruling classes and at important events. The term ‘Toasting’  derived from the technique of dropping croutons into the bottle, the purpose being to attract the floating ‘bits’ in the normally unrefined wine.

The recognisable role of the modern Toastmaster, although claimed by the English to be an innate part of their heritage, was actually crafted by a Welshman, one Richard ‘Beau’ Nash, born in Swansea in 1674. After an education at Oxford and a period spent in the army Nash was appointed Master of Ceremonies for the town of Bath. This unofficial position involved matching dancing partners at balls, brokering marriages, escorting unaccompanied wives and the regulation of gambling. His ‘uniform’ comprised a coloured frock coat,knee breeches, black stockings and black , silver buckled shoes. A black cane would be used to bang on the floor to gain attention.  Despite the last element of his duties Nash was himself a notorious gambler and died in 1761, practically destitute.

Little changed until 1894 when Londoner  William Knightsmith, a well known Toastmaster, tired of being addressed as ‘waiter’ by people attending the various functions where he was working. Upon the advice of his wife he bought a new scarlet, long tailed coat, which granted him recognition and added dignity to his profession. Although initially considered eccentric by his peers, once it attracted the approval of The Prince of Wales at a banquet of civil engineers, they clamoured to get a copy of the design, and even to  borrow his own coat. Within a year, virtually all the Toastmasters in London were wearing the long tailed scarlet coat.

From Iwan A Wedding Toastmaster at Your Service

Across the whole of Wales & the border counties of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire

South Wales Evening Post Wedding Competition Winners

Old Walls GowerCongratulations to Steve Butcher and Emma williams of Hendy, Pontardulais, winners of the Evening Post 2012 Win a Wedding competition. The lucky couple have won an all-expenses-paid wedding at the exclusive Old Walls venue in the Gower on St David’s Day 2013.

I am delighted to have been approached to provide a Toastmster service at the wedding and look forward to working with Steve and Emma to ensure that the day is one that they and their guests will remember for a long time to come.

From Iwan A Wedding Toastmaster at Your Service

Across the whole of Wales & the border counties of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire

Iwan Jones Wedding Toastmaster Wales

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Making Your Wedding Day Unique & Memorable with the help of A Wedding Toastmaster

Your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life, your dream day, memorable for yourself and your guests. You will put a lot of time into planning to make it perfect and there’s a lot to get right, which is why it becomes so stressful.

How can you remove all of this stress so that you can enjoy your day?

What if you were to have somebody making sure that everything goes to plan, taking all the worry away, making sure the whole day runs smoothly, with an attention to detail, leaving you and your guests remembering your wedding as a unique and fabulous occasion?

As a wedding toastmaster and a Fellow of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters, I turn people’s wedding dreams into reality. By managing your day for you, I make sure that you can focus on enjoying yourself while I focus on making sure that everything runs smoothly.

To find out how I can help you, explore my website or give me a call. I look forward to speaking with you and sharing your special day.

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