Toastmaster Pops Up at Wedding Fayre

Toastmaster Lawrence McKenna

Toastmaster Lawrence McKenna to Join This Sunday’s Event

My Special Event and The Vintage Tea Birds are pleased to welcome Lawrence McKenna to their upcoming Wedding and Events Fayre.

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Lawrence McKenna

Military Beginnings

Lawrence began his career in a different uniform. He was in the military serving his country including fighting in the Falklands and Northern Ireland. This led Lawrence to pursue a position as a Commanding Officers Batman which is a military-style Butler. The training was at The Household Cavalry Barracks London which Lawrence thoroughly enjoyed.

Change of Direction

Upon leaving the army, Lawrence decided to learn about the high end of hospitality and fine dining, working at several prestigious restaurants throughout the country. Later this leads to a call and he began working at Cliveden House Taplow, starting off in the dining room, then being asked to look after Spring cottage, Queen Victoria’s Tea Room. Lawrence was not just serving tea now he was back to being what he enjoyed, a butler.

A Royal Appointment

Next came Claridges, where Lawrence was appointed Head Butler for the two penthouse suites and this is where he was approached by a guest and asked to be their butler, an offer he couldn’t refuse.

For many years Lawrence has been a Butler for many Captains of Industry and the Duke of Richmond/ Lord March, he has his sights on looking after the Royal Family. Lawrence achieved this goal not once but on several occasions at St James’s Palace and Royal Ascot.

The Bar For This Butler Was Set Higher

Lawrence thought he was at the height of his career then was asked to look after The Saudi Royal Family – Prince Turki, second son of the King of Saudi Arabia. History then again repeated itself when he was whisked away to look after the family again for the Beast DJ Music Festival.

From Butler to Toastmaster

Lawrence decided to re-train last year and to become a Toastmaster. He wanted to pass on all the skills and knowledge he already learnt as a high-end butler, but adapt them to suit his new skills as a Toastmaster for Weddings and Events.

So many may ask “What exactly is a Toastmaster? What does he do?”

Well, a Toastmaster is someone who can help with your event. He is there to enhance your day, your experience and help everything run smoothly. Toastmasters are professional, they are Masters of Ceremonies, they are there to help from the small things to the larger things involved in Weddings and Events. With over 30 years experience in the hospitality with Lawrence McKenna, you could be in safer or more professional hands!

Toastmasters are ideal for the following events:

  • Weddings
  • Gala Nights
  • Ladies Nights
  • Award Ceremonies
  • Cocktail Evenings
  • Fundraising Events
  • Civil Partnerships

I will liaise with venue staff and be fully acquainted with all the services before you and your guests arrive.

I will assist the duty manager, registrars, photographers, videographers, musicians and anyone else helping to make your event or wedding perfect.

I will keep your event running smoothly within the specified period, making critical decisions and adjustments to keep track of time.

I will uphold traditional values of etiquette and protocol, and am able and willing to innovate and offer advice and consultation.

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How can I get in touch with Lawrence the Toastmaster?

Lawrence will be at our upcoming Wedding and Events Fayre but if you are unable to attend then you can contact him in the following ways:

Telephone: 07311820930


You can also visit his website:

How do I meet Lawrence in Person?

Lawrence is at our Wedding and Events Fayre. There will be an opportunity for you to speak to him in person about your ideas for your upcoming Wedding or Event.

When: Sunday 15th March 2020

Time: 10 am till 4 pm

Where: The Jubilee Hall, Elmer Road, Middleton on Sea, West Sussex, PO22 6EH

What else is there? : During the event, there will be a mixture of live entertainment for guests to enjoy as well as over 20 suppliers from the Wedding and Events Industry. Refreshments will be available including Hot/Cold Drinks and Cakes (at a small cost)

How do I get more information about the Wedding and Events Fayre?

If you need further information then please do not hesitate to contact My Special Event or The Vintage Tea Birds using one of the methods below:

My Special Event (Zoe Pniewski)

Telephone: 07587158999


or alternatively, fill out the contact form on the website and Zoe will contact you.

The Vintage Tea Birds (Chloe Anna Gover-Wren)

Phone: 07882736881 (The Vintage Tea Birds)



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