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On since 2021

Last update: November 2023

Based near Rickmansworth in SW Hertfordshire, John Ashmele is a Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies trained to the high standards required for Fellowship of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters. After all those months of planning and preparation, this is when you want everything to be just right, so that you can relax with your family and friends and let him relieve you of most of the stress.


There are many traditions associated with wedding celebrations of different cultures, including traditional English, Jewish and Asian, and John will be pleased to discuss them with you. He can advise you on procedure, timing and protocol, and agree an outline plan as you want it to be. He can also advise on the order of events during the reception and wedding breakfast, the recommended seating arrangements for the ceremony and top table, the three traditional speeches and toasts, and other special touches that will enhance the celebration. He is mindful that tact and discretion are called for when considering the requirements and wishes of the modern family, including same-sex or mixed-faith couples, and couples with children. Contact John now because he would love to be the difference that will make your guests talk about your wedding long after you've said: "I Do!".

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Phillippa D. Sent on 22/01/2024
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Invaluable addition to our Wedding Day

We were delighted to meet John at a Wedding Fair and had no hesitation in asking him to be part of our Wedding Day. He played a truly integral role. We knew we needed help if the day was going to run smoothly but did not want to be organising family & friends so they could provide it. Having John to hand meant we could forget the logistics, and essentially leave the details around the timetable to him. He was not only reliable, but incredibly polished, and professional, adding a real touch of tradition to our day, which our guests really appreciated. John was easy to get to know, is well versed in wedding etiquette, but equally very happy to flex his approach to suit an individual couple’s situation, and preferences. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend John’s services, he really did take so much worry away, both ahead of, and during the day, allowing us to focus on really enjoying it, knowing we were in very safe hands. Highly recommended.
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Tai & Kim, Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire

Tai writes: “Thank you for acting as Toastmaster at our wedding: the day went smoothly and without stress, thanks in no small part to the service you provided. Thank you also for helping us to organise the day, with your advice around tradition, etiquette, and timings. Having a Toastmaster was absolutely the right decision for us to make, and I would be happy to recommend you to friends, family, and anyone who is getting married.”
Tai & Kim, Fanhams Hall, Ware, Hertfordshire
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Graham & Katy, Letchworth Hall, Hertfordshire

Graham writes: “We found john to be very professional and friendly; he controlled the crowd very well, kept the wedding to schedule, worked well with hotel staff to ensure our special day was perfect. His own personal toast to us was very heart warming and was commented on by some of our guests as being very emotional. John also liaised with us on the day, guiding us on toasts, gifts and speeches. I would highly recommend this gentleman to anyone having a wedding as our day was perfect and we will be recommending him to our family’s up-coming weddings. John – thank you so much for your services on the day.”
Graham & Katy, Letchworth Hall, Hertfordshire
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Anni & Dale, Heatherden Hall, Iver, Buckinghamshir

Anni writes: “Thank you so much, John, for facilitating our packed wedding day schedule. It was a huge relief knowing that our itinerary was being left in your capable hands. From our preliminary chats, you reassured us of your expertise through your calm nature, traditional etiquette, and the time you invested in us. It was refreshing to see such passion for preserving the traditional role of a Toastmaster. For our fusion Indian/English wedding reception – uniting different cultures – it made perfect sense for us to draw on your services and it was a vital role on the day. Thank you for taking great care of us on our special day John.
Dale and I would highly recommend John if you are in need of a calm and confident gentleman with clear wisdom and experience.”
Anni & Dale, Heatherden Hall, Iver, Buckinghamshire
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Rick & Charlotte, Chartridge Lodge, Chesham, Bucki

Charlotte writes: “We hadn’t thought of employing the services of a Toastmaster for our wedding prior to meeting John but are very glad we did enlist his services for our big day. From our initial meeting at a wedding fayre to our subsequent planning meetings and emails, it quickly became clear that John would provide a calm and reassuring presence on the day to make sure that everything went to plan.
Our wedding day went off without a hitch, and John was on hand from a couple of hours prior to the ceremony until well into the evening reception to help guide us and our guests, and iron out any little issues to ensure the day was as fabulous as we had hoped.
John is professional and has a gentlemanly grace of a bygone era, and is calmness personified. We would of course highly recommend him to any wedding party.”
Rick & Charlotte, Chartridge Lodge, Chesham, Buckinghamshire
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Toby & Ali, The Barn at Alswick, Buntingford, Hert

Toby writes: “From my point of view, the wedding was a huge success! Everything happened on time, all the guests knew what was going on, and all the staff seemed to work seamlessly. Just the fact that Ali and I did not have to worry about anything during the day meant that you did your job superbly.
It was a relaxed wedding, but you gave it a sense of occasion and helped everything run smoothly and to time so thank you for all your hard work on the day. There were no problems, no hiccups, and no delays!
Once again, thank you for all your work for our wedding, and you contributed immensely to the fond memories we will always have of the day. Take care, John, and may you long be taking care of other couples on their special day as you did with ours.
Toby & Ali, The Barn at Alswick, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
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