Raising a glass with David Hunt
Toastmasters are a friendly face that will know your day schedule inside out, and move guests around as the day progresses. They call guests to dinner, announce the newly married couple, introduce speeches, and help organise family members for photos.
The fantastic David Hunt is included in our exclusive use Shakespeare package on a Saturday and is an invaluable part of the team. We spoke to David about his experience and to find out his top tips for couples planning their wedding.
Having worked in the wedding industry for 10 years, what do you love most about what you do?
Weddings are such fun events, full of joy and anticipation. Everyone is in a happy celebratory mood. It’s the one event where all ages gather and mix, from babes in arms to grandparents. From my side I get a tremendous satisfaction from feeling that I have made a contribution to enhancing the day, not only for the couple but also the family and guests.
David meeting our bride Emma, photographed by Ideal Imaging by Alistair Jones.
Having been involved with a large number of weddings at The Elvetham are there any weddings which stand out for you?
This may sound corny but for me every wedding at the Elvetham I have worked at has been a real joy. The planning behind the scenes by the sales team, the staff working on the day, the wonderful building and grounds, it’s brilliant. I don’t really think that I could truthfully pick one wedding out!
David congratulating the newly married couple, photographed by Real Simple Photography.
Having been a part of so many weddings over the years, what’s the best piece of advice you have for our couples currently planning their wedding?
- Set a budget and stick to it
- Try and not get married too early in the day as it will make it a very long day for you. I’ve found a 2pm or 2.30pm start can be perfect for summer weddings and a 1.30pm or 2pm start can be perfect for winter weddings
David with our bride and groom Charlotte and Stuart, photographed by Chris Kemp Photography.
- It’s important to choose suppliers that you feel comfortable with and can afford
- And finally, choose The Elvetham as your venue (of course!)