I was booked to provide moodlighting giant love letters and the wedding disco for Charlotte and Peters Wedding on 9th February at Whitworth Hall.
A great night and the room looked stunning washed in an ice blue.
The Giant love Letters were used for the daytime and on the evening were moved back against the DJ stand.
Heres a few pictures showing the room and the dancefloor.
Once an integral part of the Wedding day the Father Daughter dance had a bit of a decline however over the past 6 months I have seen a resurgence of this tear jerker potential dance at Wedding receptions in the North East
If you are looking for a bit of inspiration check out the following list compiled from years of experience of being a Wedding DJ.
Song Listing: ( In no particular order ).
1. "I Loved Her First"- Heartland
2. "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"- Stevie Wonder
3. "When You Wish Upon A Star"- Billy Joel
4. "My Little Girl"- Tim McGraw
5. "You're Gonna Miss This"- Trace Adkins
6. "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You"- James Taylor
7. "I Hope You Danced"- Lee Ann Womack
8. "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You"- Dean Martin
9. "Landslide"- Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac
10. "Time To Say Goodbye"- Andrea Bocelli
11. "My Girl"- The Temptations
12. "Unforgettable"- Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
13. "Father And Daughter"- Paul Simon
14. "Because You Loved Me"- Celine Dion
15. "Stand By Me"- Ben E. King
16. "The Way You Look Tonight"- Frank Sinatra
17. "True Colors"- Cyndi Lauper
18. "That's My Job"- Conway Twitty
19. "Daughters"- John Mayer
20. "Lullabye"- Billy Joel
21. "The Long And Winding Road"- The Beatles
22. "Sunrise Sunset"- Fiddler On The Roof
23. "My Wish" - "Rascal Flatts
24. "Have I Told You Lately"- Van Morrison
25. "You'll Be In My Heart"- Phil Collins
26. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow..."- Israel
Kamakawiwo'ole (Brother Iz)
27. "The Perfect Fan"- Backstreet Boys
28. "One Call Away"- Charlie Puth
The LED uplighting service for your wedding reception room provides mood lighting to colour match the room to your theme or a totally different colour to funk it up a bit on the night.
This comprises of a range of LED Uplighters which can be programmed to match your colour scheme. Moodlighting provides a real ‘Wow’ factor to any venue which is elegant and atmospheric,
The above photograph is of a wedding reception at Wynyard Hall and regularly instal similar lighting at Middleton Lodge, Whitworth Hall and Durham Castle to name but a few.Every wedding venue has its lighting challenges but everyone can take this style of lighting.
It goes without saying that your wedding is all about you. Don’t be afraid to ignore the lovey-dovey classics and embrace your own musical taste. Whether you decide to raise eyebrows with some heavy metal, unleash your inner Sid Vicious and hidden tattoos, or go head to head in a rap-off to your favourite rap song, guests are sure to be entertained if the happy couple are enjoying too.
Plan A Routine
For an element of surprise, why not dazzle your guests with a fancy dance routine? You don’t have to be a professional to master the robot or do the twist.
Create A Medley
For couples who just can’t decide on that one special song, crafting a medley or mashup of favourite songs could be the perfect solution. If deejaying is not your strong point, hiring a professional DJ who will be able to turn your selected tunes into a sleek medley is a must.
Involve your Guests
Some couples shy away from the limelight, and will dread the notion of the compulsory first dance. If you and your partner find yourselves anticipating the moment with fear, take a different approach: shrug off any awkwardness by getting your guests up and dancing too! For those that like cheese, Gangnam Style, the Cha Cha Slide, and even the conga can be crowd pleasers, and will help get your guests in high spirits for that lively wedding disco.
Other Things To Consider
When choosing your first dance song, be it a timeless classic or something alternative, here are a few things to bear in mind:
- Length of song. While you may enjoy a song with a ten minute drum solo, it could become a bit tedious for your guests. Opting for something short and sweet is usually a good idea.
- Your dress. Despite picturing yourself jiving and jumping into the jazz splits, your outfits may be too restrictive. Consider alternative party outfits following the ceremony.
- The lyrics. Pay attention to the lyrics of your chosen song, and ensure they are suitable for everyone present, especially your grandmother!
How Do I Find A Good DJ In The North East?
Word of mouth and recommendations are a good start.
Google is OK, If someone has a website that is a good indicator that they aren’t just a 1year wonder if the DJ only advertises on Facebook ... Beware!
What venues is the DJ playing at REGULARLY ? Nothing wrong with Workingmens Clubs but I dont play there.
How much should we budget for the DJ?
As much as you can afford, as with everything, the best comes at a premium. Scrimp and scrape at your peril. Generally it’s one of the smaller costs of the day but one of the most important. All your guests will remember the music and entertainment above everything apart from the dress.
How far in advance should we book the DJ For Our Wedding Reception?
One year particularly during the summer months to get the DJ your want, although I do get bookings with just weeks to spare.
What are the advantages of choosing a Wedding DJ over a live band?
Cost, choosing a DJ will give you extra cash to spend on things like lighting and dance floors. Djs are also far more versatile in the music that can be played however I'm sure bands will have a different spin on this !
Our tastes cross over hip-hop, country & pop. Will the DJ have a back catalogue that covers all music types and will he be able to blend the genres smoothly?
Indeed I will. Also, your eclectic tastes will go down a storm on the dance floor. Mixing up the musical genres is sure to keep everyone happy.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every single song we want played and don’t give him the freedom to include additional songs?
Not offended, but from experience this can kill the party. If you’re paying top money for your DJ, you’re paying for experience. If you want to choose all the music and in which order you want them played, you may as well plug in an ipod. Good DJs know and have tracks that will link your request list together to create as seamless and flowing a DJ set as possible.
How do you know if we hate a certain song and is it unreasonable for you to refuse guest requests if the bride or groom has vetoed that song?
I would always ask clients for a list of tracks they don’t like. If requests are received on the night that don’t fit within the clients style and personality, they shouldn’t be played. Guests generally understand this.
What makes a good first dance song? We need help! We’re also need to pick an exit song. Any classics that you can suggest?
Remember it doesn’t have to be slow for the first dance. First dances I’ve seen work best include dance classic Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and from the 60’s The Turtles “Happy Together”. For the exit, it really depends on what you and your guests are in to which by the end of the night I will of worked out.
How much set up time will the DJ need on the day of the wedding? Break down time?
All DJ set ups will vary but as a rule, for me it’s a maximum of one hour for a standard set up. This can also vary greatly depending on what equipment is being booked.
Not a definitive list of questions and if you can think of anymore drop me a line and I'll add it to the list.