Hi Mark,

Myself and Steve would like to say a huge thank you for being part of our special day. From straightening cravats to helping us pick the entrance music, to ushering the stragglers to the dinning room, you were amazing.
All our guest have commented on the song choice for our entrance with a lot of them saying how it was one of the best ones they have seen - they absolutely loved it, it got everyone up and excited. It was definitely one of my favorite bits of the day - every time I hear that song now it makes me smile!

Thanks again.

Sonia & Steve.xxx
Posted By: Stephen & Sonia Mitchell
10th January 2015, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Words alone could never describe our thanks for the service that you provided on our wedding day. From the outset and including the pre wedding discussions you gave us total reassurance and confidence. The ceremony itself was even more special with the professional service that you provided continually throughout the day, which included caring for both of us and our guests. Your humour, precise detail and understanding is unrivalled and we could not sing your praises enough. A huge thanks for all that you did for us on our special day.
Posted By: Nick and Chloe Stoneman
23rd November 2014, Down Hall
We truly realised the importance of having Mark at our wedding ,especially after attending a wedding where there wasn't a toast master we appreciated everything he did,that goes without saying but any slight changes in people numbers or queries and he was there informing the guests where ever possible. He kept guests and times on track and anything else that needed taking care of and his mannerism is perfect! Not once did I have to worry about a single thing as i had every confidence in him and Marie that it would get sorted and it did,having a toast master is truly the best decision and I would recommend Mark to anyone.
Mr & Mrs Lowe
Posted By: Mr & Mrs Lowe
28th September 2014, Down Hall
Mark, having you at our wedding felt almost like having an extra parent. The amount of effort, feeling and enthusiasm you put in made us feel like you were part of the family – wanting the day to be even more perfect that we could ever hope for! Mark, we have lost count of the number of amazing comments we’ve had about you from the guests at our wedding – and they echo our own thoughts – you were fantastic! Between yourself and Anna at Down Hall you helped make our day so special and we can’t recommend you highly enough!
Gavin & Angelina Haynes
Posted By: Gavin & Angelina Haynes
27/09/2014, Down Hall
We had 8 weeks to plan our wedding so we needed as much help as we could get. As soon as we met Mark we instantly relaxed and felt at ease. On our drive home from that meeting any worries we had disappeared. On the day of the wedding Mark mingled with all the guests and helped our day run like clockwork. His calming nature kept us relaxed all day and ensured that we had the best day of our lives and captured every moment. All of our guests commented on our wonderful venue and when doing so they all complemented Mark and how helpful he was. We can't recommend him highly enough and if anyone is looking for a toastmaster they should look no further than Mark.
Posted By: Steve and Rachel
17th April 2014, Down Hall
Last weekend we returned to Down Hall for our first wedding anniversary. Mark was doing his usual exceptional professional role for that day's wedding, but had time have a few words and remember who we were. As I watched him working with the photographer on the roof to get wandering guests into a heart shaped group on the lawn, I reflected that our big day a year ago, which could never have run as smoothly without Mark's good natured persuasion and control of our friends and relatives, getting them to the right place, primed to respond appropriately and organised for each piece of the event. Through them, Mark made us feel very special, and our role as hosts was a piece of cake with his organisation in the background. Thank you.
Posted By: Yvonne Horgan
4 May 2013, United Kingdom
A lovely testimonial received this week

Dear Mark,

As I get back to some normality after the wedding I have been reflecting on the Big Day and would like to say a "Special Thank-you" to you for your organisation and contribution to this day. I could see that your focus was to ensure that Laura and Royston had that special day to remember and enjoy each moment.

I commend your professionalism and the way that you had a continual overview of all events and happenings, stepping in when needed.

Plus you even calmed the bride and mended her dress (an added bonus).

Many thanks once again for all you did.

Regards Wendy (Laura's mum)
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
7.3.14, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Hi Mark,
Both Dan and I would like to thank you for making our day run so smoothly. Any little clitches were sorted with ease and many of our guests commented on your professionalism and great personality!
Thank you so much x
Posted By: Hayley & Dan Rappé
16.02.14, Down Hall

Wow what can we say, thank you does not seem enough, you were such a star. Thank you for making our day just perfect, you had everything running so smoothly from start to finish and we did not have to worry about a thing. This meant we could just relax and really enjoy the day as it unfolded.

Best wishes for the future

Lesley & David Filmer
Posted By: Lesley and David Filmer
15th February 2014, Down Hall Country Hotel

Just a note to say a MASSIVE thank you for your involvement in our wedding day. From the moment we met you at our planning meeting your professionalism and friendly manner made us feel confident we were in good hands. You, along with others at Down Hall helped to make the day seamless and the best of our lives. You gave our guests so much energy and many commented on how wonderful you were.
I would recommend you to anyone who wants to add something special to their wedding!
Thank you again,
Melissa and Chris Sparks x
Posted By: Melissa Sparks
26th January 2014, Down Hall

We can't thank you enough for all your help during our wedding day. You made the day go smoothly and put any fears aside with your calmness. The day was perfect for us but you helped to make it extra special. I recommend you in a heartbeat! We have had so many comments about our wedding and yourself already!

Thanks again

Steven and Emma
Posted By: Steven and Emma
9th Feb 2014, Down hall
A recent testimonial posted on hitched by one of my Brides.

By Clare & Dave Fenn, on 30 Dec 2013

We had the most magical wedding day,all thanks to Anna and the wedding team at downhall,the hotel is absolutely gorgeous & the staff treat you like royalty would highly recommend downhall hotel.everything from arriving the night before our wedding,anything we wanted was sorted straight away, the food was amazing they offer you a menu & drink taste evening which again they treat you superb.our guest's were truly looked after aswell as us, and we have had so many compliments on our wedding venue at downhall, so if your looking for a stunning venue where the staff will look after you no end, book downhall!!! Also the master of ceremony mark was brilliant very professional,talked and helped all our guest's throughout the whole day, and is a lovely man to have at your wedding. You won't be disappointed with downhall..
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall
Dear Mark ,

Thank you soo much for ensuring the running of our wedding went soo smoothly, you had such a presence about you that made us feel like royalty all through the day, and personality and professionalism that wowed our guests. We know You do weddings all the time but we still felt as though you made it so individual to us.
Everyone is still talking about how wonderful and successful the day was, and how brilliant they thought you were, so we are so happy you were our Toast Master.

P.s thanks to you my veil survived,

Kindest regards,

Mr and mrs Barnett. Xxx
Posted By: Louise Barnett
30th November 2013, Down hall
Mark was amazing, ensuring the smooth running of the day and managing us, our suppliers and guests on the day to be in the right place, at the right time so skilfully that no-one noticed they were being moved round! Mother of the Bride was especially touched by you escorting her to the right seat in front of all the crowds just before I walked down the aisle. And your identification and resolution of the little problems that crop up before we had even noticed what was happening was great, not to mention counting us into our big entry for the evening reception and staying with us all the way to the first dance.

I was a bit sad when the photos came back that we never got to have a picture with you...!

We weren't really sure what a Toastmaster did before the wedding, but he did all of the above and more. Mark's great - book him!

Thanks again, Sorcha & Simon
Posted By: Sorcha & Simon
28 September 2013, Down Hall, Country House Hotel
Happiest day of our lives, made possible with help from Mark Greatbatch - friendly, patient & most important of all professional. Thank you!!! ❤️
Posted By: Valeh & Koorosh Rouhani
22nd September 2013, Down Hall Country House Hotel
Simon and I can't thank you enough for helping to make our wedding day perfect.The day ran so smoothly and that was all down to you. We both had such a fantastic day and our guests enjoyed every minute of it too! We would also like to thank you for giving advice and keeping the men calm before they made their speeches.

Thank you again you were fantastic!

All the best Victoria and Simon Morgan
Posted By: Victoria and Simon Morgan
3/8/13, Downhall Country House Hotel
A lovely testimonial received via e-mail this week.

Dear Mark

We wanted to write to thank you for making our daughters special day an occasion that will be remembered for the rest of our lives. With your help, advice and fantastic organisation, our day ran so smoothly, we felt we were in capable hands from the minute we met you.

As father of the bride, I would like to personally thank you for the calming influence and advice you gave me before making my speech, without this I would have been a nervous wreck and the speech would have probably been a disaster.

Once again, a massive thank you for help making our day so very special.

Kind regards

Karen and Steve Garnar

Posted By: Steve Garner
Father of the Bride, Down Hall
Dear Mark,
just wanted to say without you it would have been mayhem !!!!! you kept everyone in check and that was no mean feat !!! thank you sooooo much for everything a true professional and a total gentleman !!! if anyone is planning thier wedding the first thing you need to do is check marks diary !!! you were just great and we both thank you so much you made our amazing day possible and stress free you are a the best thanks again maxine and john casey xxx
Posted By: John & Maxine Casey
28th June 2013, Down Hall
Dear Mark,

It's just a quick note to tell you that we had a wonderful wedding day on the 11th May 2013 at Down Hall and it was with thanks to you and the team at Down Hall that made it extra special and very relaxed.
We loved your style which created the perfect atmosphere and got our guests really going. It was exactly what we wanted.
You listened too all of our requests and actioned every single one of them with military precision!
Our day would have been a shambles if it hadn't been for your expertise, charm and good humour.
Thank you again for a memorable day - although we hope to never need your services again, I'll be the first one to recommend you to anyone, anytime!

Thank you,
Adam and Hannah Mullins
Posted By: Adam & Hannah Mullins
11th May 2013, Down Hall Country Hotel
I received this over the weekend, 03.03.13

Dear Mark,

We couldn't let our wedding go by without expressing our thanks for keeping everything running smoothly on our big day (11/10/12) at Down Hall Country House Hotel. You exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Every aspect of the day ran smoothly and this was because of you! You went above and beyond, nothing was too much for you. You have a calming elegance and professional way about you. Our guests have all commented on how you had the day in control. We couldn't have been prouder to have you as our Toastmaster. You calmed me down before I walked down the isle and you whispered some words of wisdom to Nick and his Best Man before their speeches.

I have attached some picture which I hope you enjoy looking at.

With kindest regards and thanks,

Alana & Nick Derrick
Posted By: Mark Greatbatch
Down Hall Country House Hotel

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