I'm here to help your event run seamlessly, and I would be privileged to be part of your day. I specialise in weddings and can use my wealth of experience to answer any queries you may have, no question is too tall or small; whether you're planning a formal or a more relaxed event.
If you like the idea of having a toastmaster for your day and would like an informal chat, please do get in touch as I'd love to hear from you.
I started out in the hotel industry over a decade ago as a Wedding Coordinator and then Conference and Banqueting Manager. Whilst running many events and weddings over the years I realised that what I really wanted was to be a professional toastmaster. The most enjoyable part of my job has always been meeting people, getting to know what they want out of their event and helping them to achieve this. I'm positively a 'people person' and I aim to make people happy. In 2012 I set up The Tall Toastmaster and in 2013 have felt very honoured to have been accepted into the Northern Guild of Toastmasters – possibly being their youngest and tallest member yet!
I enjoy meeting couples and their families planning their big day, and discovering wonderful venues.
I live in Stockport very close to the City of Manchester. On the days away from my red coat you'll normally find me pedalling the
trails on my mountain bike, in my wood work shed or whipping up a caramel latte in the kitchen.
A member of The Northern Guild of Toastmasters
© Mick Cookson Photography 2018
On the day...
I am the calming influence on your day. I am there to look after you & your guests.
I liaise with all of your suppliers and the staff at your venue to ensure that everything ties together, runs on time and flows calmly and perfectly.
I conduct any formalities you choose to have, warmly welcoming your guests, organising the receiving line & photographs, giving clear and confident announcements & introductions to your speeches.
I ensure that everyone is in the right place at the right time and that they know the order of service, and most importantly that all are having a great time.
I provide the first port of call for any questions or unforeseen problems that can and do crop up, do not worry if this happens, with an experienced toastmaster around you'll be in safe hands.
Whatever your visions are for your big day, my aim is to make these happen for you. Whether you want a seamlessly run understated approach with a relaxed atmosphere or a bold and dramatic entrance with all the bells and whistles these can be tailored for you. People often make the mistake that a relaxed event means less organisation. I firmly believe that the most relaxed weddings are ones that have been carefully planned and have all the finer details taken care of in the background so there is simply nothing for you or you guests to worry about.
Before your event I like to have a detailed meeting with you to discuss your plans and to understand everything that is important to you. If you need any advice on any part of the day please do not hesitate to ask. I pride myself on being warm, friendly and approachable. I have the industry experience to know how to get the best out of venues and how to work well with their teams.
I also realised whilst planning my own wedding just how very important it is for the professionals to listen to you and adapt their service to suit you, not just giving a one size fits all approach, so that your day is exactly the way you want it to be.
'His attention to detail whilst making everyone one feel calm and relaxed is amazing. Everyone kept asking me why I didn't seem nervous ( I was! ) but just knowing Stefan was around to clear up any uncertainties or even just to have a quick chat to make me feel more relaxed than I thought possible on your own wedding day.'
Beeston Manor - Jay & Gareth
Stefan is the definition of 'gentleman', 'professional' and 'reliable'. From the moment we met him we knew we had found our perfect toastmaster and he was the difference between a great day and an amazing day.
The Mount - Gemma & Jack
Why should I comment, I was just the father of the groom at yesterday's wedding of Alex and Jessica Wheeler? Simple - Stefan was simply the most professional, likeable and quietly efficient person I've seen in managing a large crowd so that everyone had a great time. Thank you from all of us!
Uppermill Civic Hall - Jess & Alex
What can I say? We had the most amazing day at Gibbon Bridge and Stefan The Tall Toastmaster truly put us at ease, the day ran so smoothly and this would not of been the same if Stefan had not of been there. You were my rock as I felt so relaxed knowing you had everything under control. Thank you so much from us all and even the guests from over the pond said you was fantastic.
Gibbon Bridge Hotel - Shelley & Adam
Well we're do I start... Stefan was an amazing part of our day at gibbon bridge, myself and my hubby have heard nothing but amazing things from everyone who came to our wedding saying how fantastic he was and how professional he came across as well as being part of the day. He made our day go like a dream as we all know as brides we dread that things go wrong but Stefan simply takes all these worries away.
Gibbon Bridge Hotel - Kirsty & Gareth
Everyone needs a Tall Toastmaster in their life! Thank you Stefan for helping make my daughter's wedding at Statham Lodge the wonderful, beautiful day she deserved. You really took all the stress out of the day, calmly and subtly directing proceedings, making sure everyone was in the right place, at the right time and knew what they should be doing. You even managed to keep the father of the bride calm and for that we salute you!
Statham Lodge Hotel - Liz Bates (Mother of the Bride)
He had everything under control and could think of questions before we had even considered them! His experience of running orders/wedding days in general makes him the perfect person to have overseeing everything on the day. We even had a bell so that he could sort all our drinks out and made us feel truly special from the moment that we met him! As well as all of the above, he's a great laugh, really entertaining and blends in with your guests like a friend or family member!
Village Hotel Warrington - Ashley & Jake
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Statham Lodge www.stathamlodge.com
Beeston Manor www.beestonmanor.com
Peckforton Castle www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk
Gibbon Bridge www.gibbonbridge.co.uk
Dorfold Hall www.dorfoldhallwedding.com
Hurlston Hall www.hurlstonhall.co.uk
Nunsmere Hall www.nunsmere.co.uk
Delamere Manor www.delameremanor.co.uk
Nik Bryant www.nikbryantphotography.co.uk
Mick Cookson www.mickcooksonphotography.co.uk
Embee photography www.embeephotography.co.uk
Lottie Design www.lottiedesign.com
Dave Buck www.djdavebuck.co.uk
Harry Robson Magician www.harryrobsonmagic.co.uk
Red Floral Architecture www.redfloral.co.uk