References for Toastmaster Colin
Because of the sensitive nature of funerals...I don't list feedback & reference letters on my website...but rest assured, I have dozens of them from the 100 + services I have given...and I am always happy to show you them face to face....or give you names of families you could call for an honest appraisal of my service; I hope you understand. Click on this link to find out more: www.friendlytoastmaster.co.uk/funeral
The references below are for my Toastmaster services...more references can be read on my facebook page...and don't forget to "like" it when you are there!
(The first two references are from the same lady...I looked after her daughter's wedding and a year later her son's).
You were fantastic on Saturday and everyone commented on how lovely you were. I went to see Nicky the caterer today and she commented that you were very easy to get along with. You have been an absolute star with the run up to the wedding and I know I have used and abused you to the extreme and I thank you most sincerely. You are a wonderful kind man and you enabled Lucy and Lee's wedding day to go off without any hitches...a perfect day. Thank you Colin - I will certainly recommend you when ever I have the opportunity. Our most sincere thanks.
Katie and Mark xx (Parents of the Bride)
It has taken a week to recover but we are nearly there!!!! Just a quick note to say once again thank you so much for being part of Dale and Gemmas wedding. As before you made sure everything was perfect and that the day ran smoothly. Again family and friends all said what a lovely person you are and we are racking our brains for what someone can use you for again!!!
I believe you are attending mom and dads friendship club in October. I will come along to see you as long as I am not required at the hospital with Lucy and our first grandchild!!!!!!!!!!!! omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again Colin and we will recommend you to anyone and everyone we can - You are a one in a million, a true professional, thank you.
Luv Katie xxxxxx and Mark xx
We were so happy with you on our wedding day, you did such a great job and really ensured the day ran smoothly. The guests loved you aswell - everyone we spoke to about the day mentioned you and how good they thought you were. So thanks again for the brilliant job.
Mom tells me you want some pictures sent over, I've also attached a picture of me and Ade so you don't forget us :-)
Emma & Ade 24th September 2011
Thanks very much Colin for looking after us all at the opening of our new high profile flagship dealership in Coventry. Everyone really enjoyed it and thought you were really professional; including the Lord Mayor. I will definitely recommend you and will contact you if we have similar events in the future!
Wedding, 7th July 2012 - Hardwick Hall
Just a note to say many thanks for the excellent service you provided on Helen's wedding day on Saturday, 7th July 2012. As you are aware it wasn't without its little hiccups but you smoothed them over brilliantly and calmed my nerves into the bargain. I apologise if I was somewhat alarmed at the thought of sub-standard toilet facilities and missing transport - but you were the ultimate in calm and organisation and I cannot praise you enough.
The rest of the day - that you were in charge of - was smooth, efficient and to time - many thanks!
Everyone enjoyed your style and you certainly deserve your title of friendliest professional toastmaster.
I doubt you will, but should you ever need a reference or testimonial, please feel free to contact myself or Helen.
Once again, many thanks for contributing to a splendid wedding, which everyone enjoyed.
Wishing you all the very best
Carol Evison (Mrs)
Just wanted to say thank you for being our toast master. Our day went so smoothly and we felt so relaxed knowing you were there to make sure our plans and dreams were met. You are such a lovely man and fitted into our day beautifully.
Thanks again Mr and Mrs Stead (Craig & Fran)
I would just like to send you a quick message before we set off on our honeymoon! Just to thank you for being an exceptional Toastmaster for us on Saturday. At first, a friend told us a toastmaster is a must at weddings, myself and colin were unsure because like other couples; finances are hard. BUT! We then meet you. Words can not describe how lucky we are to have found you, and how fortunate we are that you were part of our special day! From speeches to organising, liasing with the hotel and entertainment just to say the least was exceptional. Colin you are so friendly and all our guests commented on how professional and friendly you were!
At every point throughout the day you attended to my every need and ensured my day went without a hitch! My wedding day would not have been the most magical, perfect day without you! No words will ever be able to show our sincere gratitude for you being not just a fantastic toastmaster, but a truly sincere , kind, funny and friendly man. Highly recommended and a must for all weddings. Thankyou Colin, I hope I was not too much of a bridezilla Ha Ha !
Love Helen & Colin xx
Hope you are well?
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help on our wedding day!
Everything went to plan and you 100% understood our requirements for the day and ensured we stayed on track. We couldn't have done this without you!
We hope you enjoyed the day, we were really glad you were there with us and would recommend you to anyone! We couldn't have asked for anyone better.
Here is a pic from our album below!
Thank you again
James and Reena Gill
Thank you for keeping our dinner / dance evening ticking over very nicely.
We appreciated the very professional way in which you conducted the event not only last Saturday but the interest you took in the weeks leading up.
All the best for the future and we will remember you for next time.
Roger and Yvonne
I just wanted to write and thank-you for being the toastmaster at my daughter's wedding. To be honest this was the first time I'd hired a toastmaster and there was some debate as to whether we'd need one as this was the third wedding I'd organised. However I went ahead because I had my doubts about the effectiveness of the venue co-ordinators and as the mother of the bride I just cannot be everywhere. I picked you from the toastmaster's guild because your selling point was your friendliness and although it was a classy venue it definitely lacked warmth.
You didn't disappoint. Your humour and calm professionalism was a godsend and much appreciated by all, but particularly the six bridesmaids who mentioned how you'd located the iron and calmed them all down when hysteria was likely to get the better of them.
You worked tirelessly behind the scenes as well as front of house and even managed to charm the venue coordinator, which was no mean feat. You got on with everybody and really added to the ambience of the event. You danced, as requested with the guests, laughed and joked and had your picture taken numerous times and really looked to be enjoying yourself.
Your organisation and leadership was exemplary, totally in control of events, a very safe pair of hands but not overbearing or bossy. That's quite a skill, as everybody relaxed trusting your ability to keep everything to time, pay the pianist, soloist and band, meet and greet the performers and show them to their places and help them while we partied.
I truely never had a moments worry from the moment you arrived at the venue and I will never organise another wedding without including you. If you ever require a reference I am quite happy for you to give out my contact details. Numerous people commented on your helpfulness and I got lots of compliments on how brilliantly everything had been organised, which I selfishly accepted when much of the praise for the smooth running of the day should have gone to you. So I do owe you a favour!
I wish you all the very best and I will send photos of you with the bride and groom when they arrive.
Very best wishes,
Felicity and I would just like to say thank you for a job well done! We were so pleased with your toastmaster services at Snowball and received many compliments on the your performance. You made our night easier and took a lot of pressure of us.
Emma Ruth Devlin
Hi Colin, we just wanted to let you know what a brilliant job you did for us last Saturday. You helped our day run perfectly, your calming, confident presence relaxed us both and we loved having you share our special day. Once again a big thank you and keep up the good work.
Love Sue and Steve x
I hired Colin to be the Toastmaster at my wedding in April 2013. Colin was excellent right from the first phone call to the end of the night. He suggested and provided some really useful tips that I had not thought about. He ran the day smoothly and efficiently making sure everything ran on time and that me and my bride and the rest of the wedding party and guests where in the right places at the right time. His 16th century Rapier sword was also brilliant to cut the cake with! If your looking for a toastmaster who also will managed your Wedding Day - hire Colin.
We wanted to thank you for doing such a magnificent job of organizing events at our daughter's wedding last week at Whitmore Hall; your contribution to Alexis' and Jamie's wedding was amazing. We have been inundated with letters, e-mails and text messages from guests, thanking us for inviting them to 'the finest wedding they have ever attended' and that is, in no small measure, due to your contribution.
In order to make the day even more memorable, not only for the bride and groom, but also for the guests, we had arranged a number of surprises (including a choreographed firework display, appearance of a David Beckham lookalike, musical and bridesmaid dancing accompaniment to the introduction of speeches, to name but a few).
You were quite brilliant in the logistical planning and production of everything we threw at you.
Your presentation was impeccable and you worked tirelessly throughout the day and night. In the end, everything worked perfectly. We really do not know how we would have done it without you.
We hope that we will be in a position to use your services again in the not-too-distant future.
Kindest regards and many thanks again.
Mark & Bev Taylor
I hope you are well.
We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for being our toastmaster on what was a truly magical day.
We couldn't have done it without you and we felt totally relaxed knowing you were there to help move things along throughout the day.
You are a fantastic toastmaster, and we have had some great feedback from friends and family saying how much they liked you, and how professional but friendly you were.
A million thank you's for everything, we are thrilled to have found you and will be recommending you to anyone wanting a toastmaster for their event.
Francesca & Luke Dorney x
On behalf of BIBA West Midlands, Lauren (our Chairperson) and myself in particular, I just wanted to thank you for your excellent work on Friday.
We are known as a difficult audience to control and you did a good job!
Thank you so much, if you require any references don't hesitate to ask,
BIBA West Midlands
Colin you did an AMAZING job at our wedding. we are so pleased we booked you, you are worth twice as much!!! Thank you so much for being a BIG part of our day and helping everything run so smoothly along with hawksyard staff. All our family and friends loved you so much and I am sure we will be talking about you for years to come. Thank you again. With love Mr and Mrs Howell x x x
Thank you very much for being our wonderful toastmaster on our very special day. We had the best day ever and you were fantastic. Whatever we wanted or asked you were right on it and all the announcements and speeches made it all the more special. So many people commented on how lovely and friendly you were. You felt like part of the family! Thank you very much and to anyone else considering Colin for a wedding. .. don't think anymore! He will be a big part of your day that you can't do without. Mr and Mrs Valentine x
On behalf of myself, Michael and our parents, I would like to convey our thanks for the fantastic and professional support you gave us yesterday. We have had so many compliments about your work. Your proactive and effective approach ensured that our special day ran like clockwork. Anybody planning a complex future event would be well placed in choosing you to assist with arrangements. You have truly made a significant difference to our day.
Louise and Michael
I just wanted to email you to say a huge thank you for all your help on Tuesday.
It was so refreshing to work with you, especially meeting with you beforehand as it made the evening (in regards to logistics) stress free.
Thank you again and I shall definitely keep you in mind for future events.
Take care and hope to see you again soon
Conference Logistics Coordinator -
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Like all weddings, there were challenges around logistics, timings, personalities, emotions, not to mention unpredictable weather conditions. Colin from the very start of our engagement, communicated openly, honestly and proactively. This was first witnessed during the pre-wedding meeting, where such detail on planning, covering every eventuality. Colin proved to be invaluable on the day because of his recently gained knowledge, where he was able to guide us all through the day with such relaxed ambience, yet precision timing.
Anybody who wants their very special day to be managed calmly, respectfully, yet punctually, I have no hesitation in endorsing Colin Bruton the Toast Master extraordinaire.
Colin was excellent from start to finish a true professional. He provided toastmaster services for my sisters wedding on Sunday 8th March 2015 at Epsom Downs Racecourse. He managed to control a raucous crowd of around 500 people throughout the whole day. Whilst it was challenging at times he communicated very well and kept in touch with me throughout the event from morning to evening. If you have a Asian wedding and need a true professional this is the man to hire. A 5* service throughout, well executed and very reasonably priced as well. All the people who attended the wedding spoke very highly of him and appreciated his attendance.
I can not sing Colin's praises loud enough. He single handedly held our wedding together earlier this month. From tracking down the buttonholes and bridal bouquets to ensuring the grooms party arrived on time. Even ushering guests between several different venues, escorting elderly relatives around throughout the day and keeping an eye on things at our reception venue ensuring everything ran smoothly!
Colin was an absolute god send. Extremely professional and the most friendliest person Ray and I have ever encountered! Our family and friends loved him and there is even talk from the Australian contingent of how they will get Colin to Australia for future family weddings!
Thank you Colin! We will most definitely be recommending your services to everyone we know! - Mr & Mrs Velasquez
I made a friend the day I met Colin. He made our day run so smoothly. He always has a smile on his face and nothing is too much. I cannot recommend him enough. All of our guests were so impressed with the way he led our wedding so effortlessly. We look forward to seeing him again at our best friends wedding. Thank you so so much. You are simply wonderful!! Lots of love Hayley and Adam xxx
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I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your support on our wedding day, (Hindu Punjabi for 350 guests). You made our day run so smoothly and we had so many comments from guests on how great and professional you were.
Thank you so much, I hope we meet again at a future wedding, I will definitely be recommending you to others :)
Just a reference I have received from a lovely couple following their wedding on Saturday at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. He is English Chinese and she is from Malaysia...it was truly lovely to be involved in their warm and friendly family occasion with about 230 guests.
Where do I start. Firstly Denise and I want to thank you for being our toastmaster on our special day. You have been so friendly, so professional and such a nice person you really made our special day come to life, and I cannot even thank or recommend you enough. But I will try to do my best in this testimonial.
From the minute we spoke to you over Skype we felt that you were the right person for this role. And upon meeting you a week or so before the wedding for the final details, I 100% knew we had chosen correctly from your superb manners, to the details of how you presented and dressed yourself in the meeting. To the professionalism of speaking to the wedding coordinator upon arrival and working along side her straight away... You really are such a gentleman and both Denise and I feel not only have you excelled yourself at being the toastmaster, but you have become a part of our lives and will forever be considered a dear friend.
You really had the detailed schedule to the dot, and also improvised with the scenarios at hand exceptionally. Your presence made our day even more special and it wouldn't have been the same without you. Like clockwork the entire day, I did not have to worry about anything, and that for a groom or bride is something very important, as I really did get to enjoy the day with minimal stress!
Not only did you do the traditional English way of being a toastmaster, but you also took elements of our culture especially that of Denise's home country Malaysia. The Malaysian way of cheering for the toast was adopted so easily and professionally by yourself and we have superb footage of that very thing. This of which we will pass to you once it is ready.
I honestly think you excelled yourself, every guest was entertained and speaking only the best and kindest words about you all night. Thank you so much for everything. And carry on being the toastmaster that you were on our special day, because I am sure you will find more cherished places in people's hearts. As you have found exactly that in ours.
Denise & Yeoman (September 2015)
Just a little reference from a wedding I looked after last Saturday (12th December 2015) at Hampton Court School (West London). The bridegroom is an actor and the friends they have were truly up for a laugh...a great day!
Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything on Saturday, you were amazing! It all got totally nuts later and everyone was so wrecked but it was so much fun, everyone said what a great time they had. A lot of sore heads on Sunday though!
Thanks again you are a superstar! x
To Dearest Colin We know this is a little late but we actually found it rather difficult to write this as there were so many moments throughout the wedding day and prior to this that we can't thank you enough for. You took so much pressure away from both myself and Ritesh in order for us to enjoy every moment of our special day. You made it special by being part of our family and friends. Your organisation skills are not something I have seen before and the clarity in your work is overwhelming. The passion you show really expresses your personality and this is why our wedding was simply bliss. You answered all our questions and was there to keep everything on time. We all loved you and thank you for being part of such a special day. See you soon Colin.
Love Ritesh and Chun (Sikh and Hindu Gujarati wedding)
There are plenty more references / reviews on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/friendly.toastmaster/ which I prefer in some ways, because they are direct from my customer...straight from the "horse's mouth" as we say.