...adding a touch of majesty to every occasion.
I am a professional Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies and have been trained to the highest standard at the School for International Professional Toastmasters. I am proud to have been accepted as a Fellow of the Guild of International Professional Toastmasters, a title I have aspired to achieve.
I have had a thirty year career within Local Government and the Police Service and have a wealth of experience in preparation and precision planning. A former rugby Club Captain, I have organised and coordinated charity fund raising events, charity auctions, formal dinners and presentations. I have been told and believe that I have an immaculate appearance and a confident, friendly, yet unobtrusive manner befitting any event.
Whatever the occasion; Weddings of any faith or culture, Bar Mitzvahs, Civic Functions, Masonic Ladies Nights, Burns Night Suppers, Corporate Dinners or Charity Event, I will work tirelessly with the Organiser to ensure that each occasion is memorable for the person at its centre.
I live in Plymouth, Devon but am pleased to offer my services and expertise throughout the Southwest, UK and abroad.
"Antony, Majestic Toastmaster. Thank you for providing structure and a touch of class to our day!"
Mr and Mrs Smeeth, Plymouth August 2016
The Duke Wedding Collection - Sunday 25th September 2016
"Dear Antony, We just wanted to say a huge thank you for attending the Duke Wedding Collection: Live! We had a fantastic day and we really cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work. You were instrumental in the smooth running of the catwalk at the event and took a lot of stress off of myself and Leila.
We felt comfortable knowing that you had full control over the proceedings in the Ballroom, and what you did on the day went above and beyond our expectations. We had so much positive feedback from both suppliers and guests commenting on how professional you are yet both approachable and friendly.
Thank you so much for being part of such a great event and we would very much like to work with you again in the future."
Toni Sharpe, Wedding Coordinator
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, Devon
"I cannot thank you enough on behalf of Mr and Mrs Gratton.
As the mother of the bride you completely took away the worry and anxiety in making the day run smooth. You went above and beyond and truly had a positive impact on how the day went. Thank you for all you did - we were privileged to have had your services."
Mrs Ashton, Plymouth December 2016
"On behalf of the both of us, we can't thank you enough for making our day so special !"
Mr Gratton, Plymouth December 2016
"Hi Antony I wanted to get in touch and thank you for attending our formal dinner for the First Anniversary Event. You added an extra element to the evening and you conducted yourself in a truly professional manner. I would highly recommend your services"
Nicola Rudd, Manager, Edgcumbe Court Retirement Village, Plymouth
It was an honour and pleasure to have you lead our Gala Dinner last week, along with the Royal Navy Drum Corp it really added to the occasion – thank you!"
Cindy Ng, Public Affairs and Communications Executive
Plymouth Guildhall February, 2017
"As organiser of our BIG DAY Wedding Show, it’s important for me to have someone to relay important announcements throughout the day.
I wanted a professional Toastmaster to do this so I went to the Guild of Toastmasters website to find the right person and I am delighted to have found Antony Chapman, a local, qualified Toastmaster.
Antony was faultless, not only on the day itself, but his organisation and attention to even the smallest detail helped in the run up to the event. This meant I could concentrate on other elements of the BIG DAY!
I have no hesitation in recommending Antony as a Toastmaster for weddings and other high profile events where there is a need for someone professional to make announcements and aid in the smooth running order of your event. I look forward to working with him again next year!"
Kim Downer, Business Development Manager Plymouth Pavilions and organiser of the BIG DAY Wedding Show. February, 2017
"Thank you so much for making our day so special. You made everything run so smoothly, with a professional but friendly and calm approach. Your charm and welcoming manner won over all our guests and nothing was too much trouble. We were thrilled that you were such an important part of our wedding. We can't thank you enough."
Mr & Mrs George. March 2017
"Antony was absolutely fantastic on our Wedding day adding the touch of class that we wanted.
As a bride I felt much more at ease knowing he was there to help the day run smoothly.
With his smart attire and loud well spoken voice he was able to help organise the guests & keep them well informed.
As well as being great on the day, Antony was easy to get hold of prior to the day via email or telephone.
We are really greatful to Antony and would highly recommend him.
Thank you so much Antony! "
Dawn & Brett (Mr & Mrs Cotton) July 2017
"Thank you Anthony from Ben and myself for making our wedding day run so smoothly, we thoroughly enjoyed our day and are so pleased to have you with us to make sure everything went to plan. You are a true gentleman and we thoroughly recommend you."
Graeme Johnson-Owen September 2017
"What can I say about Anthony.....
well this guy is the most outstanding hard working people person I have ever met.
I don't think that our day would of run as good as it did without him there.
He made sure every part of our day was as we wanted it.
Looked after us and took care of our guests.
Anthony we think you are amazing, our guests totally loved you, we have had so many comments on how professional you are, and that everyone wanted to take you home.
Thank you so much for the time and work you have put in to make a day fantastic.
If anyone is looking for a toastmaster then this is 100% the guy for you, even if you was not thinking of then you should.
Same sex weddings coming up you need Anthony there with you."
Ben Johnson-Owen September 2017
"Antony's services were a gift to us, a Los Angeles couple, from our English friends when we got married in the UK. We didn't know what to expect, but Antony calmly walked us through his typical duties, which made us feel like were were adding a touch of posh elegance to the whole affair. Since we were getting married in a huge manor house we thought this would be great. But it was even better. Antony's big voice and commanding presence not only captured everyone's attention for announcements, it added a regal bearing to the evening, of which, our guests couldn't get enough. Seriously, they're still talking about him. He studied the schedule until he knew it by heart and took on our worry over the running of the evening. He'd check in with us from time to time to tell us what would happen next, so we'd be ready minutes before, but otherwise, he was unobtrusive while standing by at attention. He was kind, genteel, well-researched, hard-working and for that, he would have earned his five stars. The fact that he commanded the night's activity (and wrangling our family is like herding cats) was just magic. We couldn't be happier that we got to work with Antony on the happiest day of our lives. Three cheers for YOU, sir!"
Rick Abercrombie September 2017
"If you’re looking for a seamless stress free wedding day that goes off without a hitch then Anthony is your man. We recently hired Anthony and his impeccable toastmaster services for our wedding and we cannot fault him. Anthony steered our perfect day with calm and class, nothing was too much trouble and he truly comes across as a marvellous gentlemen who feels grateful to be at your service. Anthony steadied my nerves and worries a number of times throughout the day and commanded the room politely and effortlessly. He is a master of his craft and second to none. We cannot recommend this service enough, no family member need fret when this Majestic Toastmaster is booked to steer the day. All our thanks and love Hayley and Lloyd "
The Quinlans November 2017
Anthony was hired for the nostalgic event #TitanicAnniversaryDinner at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel to add that touch of glamour to an already glitzy nostagic night of Ocean Liner Themed entertainment at the dinner commemorating the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and to raise funds on the evening for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Anthonys professionalism and precise timing to the order of service was excellent. The whole event was overseen with ease and brought back memories of my time working on board Cunard's flagship QE2 many years ago. With a packed agenda of welcoming guests, introducing our many forms of entertainment and introducing special guests. There was never a problem for Anthony who collabareted and communicated well with the Hotel banqueting staff to make this amazing night stress free for the organisers.
We would wholeheardetly recommend Anthony's service to anyone holding an event in Plymouth and look forward to working with him again in the future. As we used to say on QE2 "5 star plus with attention to detail "
Douglas Kerr April 2018
Antony was amazing , I would definitely recommend to anyone ! He made the day run smoothly , directing everyone to where they needed to be and to do what they needed to do.
Mrs Barrett, Mother of the Bride May 2018
Now that the dust has settled I just wanted to thank you for all your help and support on Saturday, I really appreciated it. The family were more than delighted with everything so I think we can safely say it was a great success and I know that your services contributed massively to the quality of the day.
Barrett Wedding Coordinator May 2018
We could not recommend Antony more. He is such a friendly and approachable person who makes you feel at ease. The day ran so smoothly and so many guest made comment about how they hadn’t seen a toast master before but thought he was fantastic and was nice to see and have order to the day. Can’t recommend him enough. Worth every penny. Thank you so much.
Samantha and Shaun September 2018
We can’t thank you enough for the contribution you made to our day, you made sure everything ran smoothly & on time & was always lending a helping hand to Leanna which didn’t go unnoticed. You were so professional yet so friendly which we loved.
Shane and Leanna October 2018
Professional, calm, welcoming, warm, meticulous - just a few words to describe Anthony's incredible toast master service. Our wedding day ran seamlessly and Anthony was a crucial part in this - we cannot recommend him enough. Thank you Anthony.
Yasmin + Andy May 2019
Thank you, Antony, for being such a special part of Devon and Tristan's wedding. As overseas guests, we were not familiar with the Toastmaster tradition. We are grateful that Your Big Event recommended you to handle so many aspects of Devon and Tristan's wedding day. You seamlessly transitioned one event to the next. As a bonus, you were an unexpected hit of ALL our guests. Now...if you could just travel to America:) Thank you, thank you for making their day so very special! All the best!
Karen Askins, mother of the bride. July 2019
I literally cannot recommend Anthony enough! He is so organised, calming, helpful, knowledgeable and he kept me sane during the final few weeks before the wedding. I can honestly say booking Anthony was the best decision we made of the whole wedding. On the day he was just as Fantastic, so warm and friendly to all our guests while guiding everyone through the day seamlessly. Even when we had a slight drama of unfortunate illness of one of our guests, he remained calm and collected which helped to reassure us massively. On top of all of this he looked fantastically regal in his smart uniform and really seemed to enjoy the day as much as we did. We honestly can’t thank you enough Anthony! If people say they don’t need a toastmaster, they are wrong!!! :) xxx
Sophie and Ryan July 2019
Firstly, thank you Antony for making our day extra special.
From our first meeting to the actual big day, Antony took the stress away and made sure everything went to plan. He orchestrated a miracle! All I can say in a nutshell he was professional, friendly and calm at all times, all what a bridal party needs! If you are thinking of having a toast master look no further, I can not recommend him highly enough. Thanks again.
Sophie and Jon Sept 2019