…“There has always been an elegance to the application of excellence.” ~ Richard Diaz
Add British Elegance to your wedding or special event… and make your day even more stylish and memorable…
Why not give yourself the very best for your forthcoming Wedding, Reception, Dinner or Soirée …then get ready for unique care-free, stress-free Event Hosting excellence performed by British Elegance with style, sophistication, class and humour by your own tri-lingual English Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies… Guaranteed to make your special occasion even more memorable!
Whatever function you’re planning ~ it’s never too early (or too late) to book your British Elegance Toastmaster, Master of Ceremonies, Co-Host & Presenter …available for: Weddings, Receptions, Partnership & Naming Ceremonies, Corporate Events, Masonic, Rotary & Round Table Functions, Conferences & Seminars, Vernissages & Openings, Civic Banquets, Product Launches, Award Ceremonies, Charity Events, Balls, Gala Dinners, Seasonal Festivals & Parties.
Recent Rave Reviews:
“Dear Michael, You are the best Toastmaster in the world. Our guests and friends who attended our wedding told us that they’d never seen a Wedding like ours and that you were the most magnificent part of the festivities” ~ Dana & Arnaud Huten; Lyon, France
“…Last year in September my best friend got married in Paris. It was an amazing wedding, quite a fairy tale one. Michael´s contribution as Toastmaster made it so much fun and unique! He knew so many things about everyone and made all of us feel good and important, while also giving us a good laugh! If I were to marry again, I would definitely have him as Master of Ceremonies at my wedding..! ” ~ Lena Jones, Munich, Germany
“Michael has great style, an elegant and capable presence – a wonderful quality of holding the energy and an effortless talent to entertain” ~ Captain Conrad Born, Nordmark, Sweden
“Michael Vanderosen is a Toastmaster with exceptional charisma, character and integrity who will enhance your next celebration into an even more memorable occasion.” ~ Lyndelle Palmer Clarke, Stockholm, Sweden
And my view… “As your Toastmaster & MC, it’s my pleasant duty and privileged task to ensure your special occasion flows smoothly and joyfully with a unique combination of elegance, class, humor and style.”
The Art of Champagne Sabrage… adding glamour & excitement
Two hundred years ago, dashing young cavalry officers in the French Army would slice the cork off the Champagne bottle with the sabre, rather than put themselves to the effort of removing the wire basket and easing the cork out. The art of Sabrage is meeting the glass annulus at the top of the bottle below the cork with a firm tap of the sabre’s edge, at the weakest point of the glass seam in the bottle.
There may be no dashing cavalry officers to Sabrage the bottle, but the Confrerie du Sabre d’Or continues the tradition: opening champagne with the sword adds glamour and colour, making the event all the more memorable!
As a Chevalier-Sabreur and Officer of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or, I’d be pleased to conduct a Champagne Sabrage at your wedding, special event or celebration…
2011: The Arnaud-Huten Wedding in heart of Paris…
…Reception in the heart of the french countryside with 16 different nationalities… testing the capabilities of their quadri-lingual Toastmaster! (wedding & sabrage photos ~ courtesy of Fred Marigaux )
”… Le comique et néanmoins efficace TOASTMASTER (maître de cérémonie) a ensuite pris le relais, sabrant le champagne à l’ouverture du cocktail et annonçant ensuite les différentes séquences de la réception… Le tout avec une fluidité impressionnante ponctuée de moments très forts en émotion…” ~ ZankyouMagazine
And at Dömle Herrgård, Deje, Sweden…
“…Thank you dear Michael, for the amazing role you played as our Wedding Toastmaster and MC! You added a wonderful touch of warmth, wit and colour that made our day even more special!” ~ Eva & Markus Gårdbäck, Karlstad, Sweden
… a very special Wedding Day & Celebration – one year after the marriage - Bride & Groom (pictured above & below) wanted a colourful, witty, dashingly elegant English Toastmaster …and they found him!
…If you’d like to be as happy as this on your Wedding day: first decide to marry the right person! …Then call me and let’s explore how I can help make your special day even more memorable for you and your guests…
Details of British Elegance’s Event Hosting packages & price options available on request:
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NOTE to WEDDING PLANNERS: Please contact me personally and let’s discuss your client’s needs to see which 5 Star Package best suits their requirements and budget.
PS Please note all above activities are conducted mainly in English – however French, German & Dutch can also be spoken by arrangement!
Historical Note: The origin of Toasts, Toasting and the Toastmaster!
Back in Medieval times the art and practise of Wine-making was not as professional as it is today therefore, as you might expect, wine did not ‘travel’ well at all! The ‘Toastmaster’ – who most probably would have been the Lord of the Manor’s Steward – amongst his other duties in the Great Hall, would ensure that a piece of spiced Toast was placed in the top of every goblet so that when it sank down through the wine it soaked up all the floating sediment and disagreeable flavours which would have been present when the wine was drawn from the wooden cask.(Note: The wine soaked morsels of toast were usually left as a treat for the Toastmaster at the end of the night!). The first recorded instance of a “toast” to a person is in 1649 – when the spiced toast was taken to a lady – and the Master of Toasts or Toastmaster thereafter took on the role of proposing the toasts.
‘Toastmaster Red’ started in 1894 when noted Toastmaster William Knight Smith, concerned at being mistaken for a butler, was persuaded by his wife to wear a coat in military red, the then Prince of Wales approved of the colour, and from that day forward red has been the livery of today’s traditional Toastmaster.