Well to some it may mean nothing at all. “Wow” I hear them say in a dull tone!
To others, however, it is fantastic news. “Yes, great there is going to be another Royal Wedding, woo hoo!”.
The biggest winners will be anyone involved in tourism, from hoteliers to shopkeepers. However, wedding industry suppliers from, dress designers, to florists, cake bakers, wedding planners and pretty well everybody else involved in the wedding industry will be wanting to know how it goes, so they can reproduce it for their clients.
This brings me to another point. I have had more than 65 people ask me if I am doing the “Royal Wedding”. Most admittedly have been tongue in cheek. However, at least 12 were deadly serious. Well as they all pointed out to me, I did run the most extravagant wedding of 2017 so far, set at the wonderful Blenheim Palace. I also have experience of working with members of the Royal Family, both our own and from elsewhere in Europe. Therefore this would be nothing I wasn’t already used to facilitating, so why not?
However, let’s be very honest here, the person in question who is to facilitate the day as toastmaster or master of ceremonies will most likely have already been chosen and is probably a Palace regular. Mind you, even if I was doing it, I certainly wouldn’t be telling all of you.
If they were to choose an external supplier, then I suspect Prince Harry, assuming he has a say in the matter, would wish to choose someone from within or someone who has retired from the armed forces, as I am sure that is who he would wish to support in this role of support to him and his bride.
However, there are Toastmasters and there are Toastmasters. My understanding of Prince Harry is that he likes formal informality. It will be His and Meghan’s day and therefore other than the ceremonial pomp and circumstance which will form part of it, they will wish to relax and enjoy their day as much as possible, whilst observing Royal protocol where appropriate. Therefore they will need a toastmaster who has the skills to morph between these two requirements where needed. However, it is clear that not all can achieve this. Some have the ability to do the formal very well, while others can be, how shall we say, a bit familiar! – Not the done thing at a Royal affair. Others can also spend too long being the centre of attention and forget that the show is not all about them.
Whoever they choose, I wish them all the luck in the world and I hope that everything goes to plan as I am sure that it will. However, most of all I wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a great day and an amazing life ahead together.
If, however, they are contemplating The Man in the Red Coat as their toastmaster or master of ceremonies I would consider it an honour. As such, I will also not be telling you and I make this pledge that I will be giving my fee in its entirety to a charity of their choosing.
James Hasler is a professional toastmaster, master of ceremonies and event facilitator, a Fellow of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters. He is experienced in running all kinds of events from conferences, awards ceremonies, fundraisers, and weddings of all cultures that take place in the UK. He has worked with and for people from all walks of life, from the most humble to celebrities and even members of the Royal Family.