<![CDATA[Multi Award Winning DJ | Wedding DJ | Party DJ | Best North East & Yorkshire | Disco Hire | Northumberland | County Durham | Newcastle | Sunderland | North Yorkshire - Amazing Weddings]]>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:28:44 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[To Hire a Wedding DJ or a Wedding Band?]]>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 20:00:03 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/to-hire-a-wedding-dj-or-a-wedding-band
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Dead Man's Shoes performing at Newton Hall
The wedding music and wedding entertainment can literally make or break your wedding celebration.

The question  of whether you hire a Wedding Band or a Wedding DJ is one you will no doubt turn your attention to when choosing your wedding entertainment.

The two are not mutually exclusive. Bands and DJs can co-ordinate well together to give you a varied entertainment offering but ultimately your decision will also need to consider the cost and the budget you have available.

Start by asking yourself some basic questions and what type of entertainment suits your personal taste, your budget, the space available, the mix and ages of your guests and ultimately what you feel will work best for you and your circumstances.

Whether your decide on a Wedding Band or a Wedding DJ or both you need to ensure you get the right band or DJ or both to give you best wedding reception ever.

Here are a few factors that might help you make your decision:
  • What Vibe are you aiming for: The type of music you choose sets the tone for your wedding and it's often the thing that people remember most. Think about what music best reflects your personalities and creates the ambience you want: Do you like Soul, Disco, Rock, Indie, Rock and Roll or Swing even. Your choice of music and the way its delivered by a live band or DJ affects the atmosphere. The type of music you want may well guide your decision too.

  • Variety of Music: Regardless of whether you choose a band or a DJ, with a broad range of guests you'll probably be looking for a mix of slow and fast songs, as well as old and new tunes to encourage all of your guests to hit the dance floor.

  • Your Budget: In the price war, DJs generally cost less, and prices vary depending on the quality of the DJ their experience and equipment and sometimes whether it's a weekday or weekend. A large band, for example, will generally be more expensive than a DJ, since there are more people to pay. There are always exceptions; well-known DJs can be just as expensive as live bands. Band prices vary by the number of musicians, the amount of time you want them to play for, day of the week and what time of year it is.
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Blistered Molly performing at wedding at Woodhill Hall
  • The Venue Space: You need to check whether the venue has any restrictions on the number of musicians and pieces of equipment you can bring in / accommodate, and whether there are any electrical power supply or noise limitations. A number of venues have neighbours to consider and some have sound limiters fitted these can really restrict the volume of the band and or DJ. Be sure you find out before sourcing your entertainment and it might bne an issue you wish to consider before you book your wedding venue.  

  • To Hire a Wedding Band? A band has its pros and cons.There's nothing like a good live wedding band to get a crowd excited. A good band needs to be able to interact with your guests and encourage them onto the dance floor, paying attention to the "feel" of the room and selecting yje music accordingly.

  1. Pros: You and your guests will experience the performance. A great performance can raise the excitement level beyond just the actual music thats played.
  2. Cons: Bands are generally more expensive than DJs. No matter how great the band is, they can't have the repertoire of a DJ, who can keep a huge variety of music on hand. And if you want to hear a song the exact way the original artist performed it, you may not get what you want. With a band you inevitably get a limited performance time typically up to 2 hours with a break in the middle. There are generally short breing aks between songs interrupting the flow of the music.
  • To hire a Wedding DJ. A quality Wedding DJ mixes musical styles for all ages. The songs played will sound exactly as you expect them. And, depending on the amount of equipment a DJ brings, they could take up less space.
  1. Pros: If there are a dozen songs you're dying to hear at your wedding, it likely won't be a problem for your DJ to find each track.  DJs are generally less expensive than bands. A charismatic DJ with excellent DJing and microphone skills can really set the mood and get the party going.
  2. Cons: On the opposite end of the scale, a DJ lacking charisma and personality with poor DJing skills can be a party killer.

Ideally, you will want to see a DJ or band in action before you commit so you can gauge first hand the way they dress, improvise and work the crowd. This of course may not always be possible so be sure to check out any reviews carefully and arrange to meet with them before you commit to book.

If a band sends you their songs or a link to a video, be sure the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Similarly be sure you meet the DJ you are actually booking. There are a lot of companies acting as agents who take on bookings and hire in lower cost DJ's so they can take a cut. 

Ask for referrals from the last few weddings the band or DJ played. Consider your first dance song a test. If the band doesn't know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn't own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.

Tell them your likes and dislikes before you book. Know that all professionals should be open to your likes and dislikes.

Give them your personal request list, songs they must play and, perhaps more importantly, a do-not-play list.

Specifically prohibit the playing of any song you feel strongly about in your contract.
Author: Ian Conway -  Icon Entertainments Specialist Wedding & Events DJ

I'm a Multi Award Winning North East Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco covering Northumberland, County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Newcastle, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear areas.

I was voted as the Best Yorkshire and North East Wedding DJ 2020 in The Wedding Industry Awards and the Wedding Entertainer of the Year 2019 in the English Wedding Awards.

Whilst I specialise in creating amazing wedding celebrations I'm more than happy to DJ at any event or party.


<![CDATA[Dean and Maeve's New Year Wedding at Doxford Barns]]>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 16:47:13 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/dean-and-maeves-new-year-wedding-at-doxford-barns
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Dean and Maeve's First Dance at Wedding Reception at Doxford Barns Northumberland
Dean and Maeve chose the fabulous Doxford Barns as the dream destination to hold their wedding on the biggest night of the year, yes New Years Eve.

What a cracking night for family and friends who had travelled from far and wide to celebrate with the happy couple and celebrate the start of the new decade at the same time.

Lots of guest from Ireland joined the Dean and Maeve to help them celebrate their wedding.

A first dance to Ed Sheeran's Tenerife Sea kicked the night off after the traditional cake cutting ceremony.

Lots of traditional party tunes and requests were the order of the day.

I droppe some Celtic tunes to make their Irish guests feel at home during the buffet which they couldn't help but get up and sing and dance too.

Fab night and what a way to kick of 2020.

Congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Fraser.
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Wedding Disco at Doxford Barns Northumberland

Wedding Disco Clips at Doxford Barns

<![CDATA[Your Definitive Guide to Wedding Music]]>Fri, 20 Dec 2019 10:00:07 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/your-definitive-guide-to-wedding-music

Wedding Music

If you are planning a wedding then I hope you'll find this guide a useful reference guide.

Whether you are a Bride or Groom and Wedding Planner of DJ this guide will help you develop a music soundtrack that reflects the personality and wishes of the couple and helps take the guests on a musical journey that complements any wedding day perfectly.
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Bridal Party Dance at Blagdon Parlour Northumberland

Marriage Facts

The latest available figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal some interesting facts about marriage and weddings in England and Wales during 2016
  • In 2016, there were 249,793 marriages in England and Wales, 1.7% more than in 2015, but 1.0% fewer than in 2014.
  • 97.2% of all marriages were between opposite-sex couples and 2.8% were between same-sex couples.
  • There were 7,019 marriages between same-sex couples in 2016, an increase of 8.1% from 2015; of these marriages, 55.7% were between female couples.
  • Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples in 2016 were lower at all ages compared with 2006, except for men aged 60 years and over and women aged 50 years and over.
  • For the first time ever, less than one-quarter (24%) of all marriages in 2016 were religious ceremonies.
  • 30 July was the most popular day to get married in 2016, with 4,742 marriages on this day.
Whether you plan to get married in a church with a religious ceremony a Registry Office or a licensed wedding venue this guide will help you think about the music you need.

Prelude Music

Your guests will start to arrive for your ceremony from around 30 minutes to 45 minutes before your Ceremony. The more remote your

What music would you like to have playing to help create the mood and atmosphere  you want at the start of the day?

It may be better to stylize the music rather than just including a mix of songs or different types and styles.

Some examples of the type and styles of music that you may wish to consider could include:

  • Classical music. This can be very powerful and just perfect in very traditional venues for examples a Castle or very old building including many churches.
  • Acoustic music by cover artists. These are often more stripped back and calm than the original versions of songs. Take a look at artists like Boyce Avenue, Beth and Jasmine Thompson. There are many other excellent artists who perform in this  style.
  • Acoustic instrumental piano music from artists such as the Piano Guys. Piano Girls and the O'Neill Brotherr
  • Acoustic instrumental guitar music.
  • Church Organ music. Liaison will be required with the organist to ensure they know the music you'd like played and the style and tempo of the music you would like.
As an alternative to playing recorded music you could as an alternative book a singer, piano player or string quartet for example the cost may well be a consideration when weighing up your options with prices starting from around £150 for the Prelude and Ceremony Music 
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Wedding Ceremony Music at Horton Grange Northumberland

Wedding Ceremony Music

If you are having a civil ceremony and getting married in a wedding venue or Registry Office rather than in a Church there are some rules about the music you can play.

You are not allowed to play any religious songs or have an bible or religious readings during the ceremony.

This does not just cover traditional Hymns but can extend to songs with religious connations in them for examples Angels by Robbie Williams or Ava Maria by Beyonce. If you are in any doubt then please discuss your music choices with the Registration Service.

The wedding ceremony normally takes around 30 minutes. Ceremonies in a church can take slightly longer as you may be able to choose some Hymns for your guests to sing and there are often some readings from the bible included in the service.

  • Waiting Music – You’ll need around 3 songs immediately before your ceremony to play as your guests are seated and awaiting the arrival of the Bridal Party. These can be a continuation of the style of music used within the prelude or some carefully chosen music to complement the music chosen for the ceremony. One thing that can heighten the excitement and grab the attention of your guests is for there to be a short pause in the music just before the Bridal Party arrives. This alerts your guests to the imminent arrival of the Bride.

  • Processional Song – You will need a song or piece of music for the Bridal Party to walk into the Church or Ceremony Room to. This is normally a calm   Have a think about the song you pick and how it works with the size of the Bridal Party and the distance you have to travel. Listen to the song and at what point you would like the song to gently fade out and stop. Work back from this point and how much time you have and roughly how that works with the number of bridesmaids, flower girls, page boys etc before the Bride enters the room approach the Registrar, Vicar or Priest, stand for a moment and look briefly at your husband to be before the song ends.

  • Signing the Register – You will need up to 3 songs to play in the background when you sign the register. These are usually pretty laid back and chilled. This is normally the point that your photographer and guests when invited get the opportunity to take some photographs. The policy on this will vary between different Registrars and Churches

  • Recessional Song – At the conclusion of the Ceremony the Registrar, Vicar or Priest will ask your guests to stand and congratulate you as they set you off back down the aisle as Husband and Wife.  The recessional song is normally upbeat and celebratory to encourage spontaneous applause from your guests as you go back down the aisle. You’ll have a maximum of around 10 seconds before you disappear out of the room or church so you need the song chosen to have an instant “Bang” as there would be little point in choosing a song with a long introduction before it gets going. Some careful thought about the song and some careful editing can transform many songs so they work perfectly for the occasion.

The Drinks Reception

The drinks reception is the time when your guests are enjoying their first drink.

Everyone will be in good spirits and will want to congratulate you after all you’ve just been married.

Your photographer will be organising some photographs.

This is a time when you will want to be playing upbeat celebratory songs.

Your guests may well be outside depending on the weather.

Some music ideas that would work here include:

  • A good mix of upbeat songs including some popular modern and more classic hits
  • On a hot summers day with your guests enjoying the sun some upbeat Latin, Salsa, Reggae and Samba style vibes could potentially hit the mark
  • Some swing and Rat Pack vibes are popular with young and older guests.

Creating an atmosphere which gets your guests moving, tapping their feet and singing along to popular songs would complement the mood perfectly.
Wedding DJ Woodhill Hall Otterburn
Drinks Reception in the Elephant Garden at Woodhill Hall Otterburn

The Grand Entrance to the Wedding Breakfast

Once your guests are seated for the Wedding Breakfast there is an opportunity for the happy couple to be announced into the wedding breakfast.

In the United States its very popular to announce in the whole of the "Top Table" and there's nothing stopping you from doing this here. You could even choose a specific song for each person or couple to be announced into the wedding breakfast.

Traditionally in the UK its the couple alone who get announced into the wedding breakfast to suitable applause.

What better way to build the atmosphere with an appropriate song to lighten the atmosphere and add a fun element to your wedding entrance.

The Wedding Breakfast

The Wedding Breakfast is normally a time when your guests get to know each other better or just indulge in conversation.

You'll need some background music just playing on a low volume whilst your guests are being served the wedding breakfast.

Usually a good mix of love  songs, acoustic music or songs with a more chilled vibe. 

As the wedding breakfast reaches its latter stages it might be an idea to inject some energy by introducing some well know "Sing-A-Long" songs to get your guests in the mood for the fast approaching evening wedding reception party.

Room Changeover

This is the time between the end of the daytime festivities and before the start of the evening wedding reception party.

You might want to think about a play-list for this section of the day. 

There are probably two options
  • Background music which allows your guests to relax or
  • An alternative livelier playlist which injects some energy into the proceedings to get your guests in the mood for the party to follow.

The Evening Wedding Reception Party

When it comes to the evening party have a think about the music you like that has broad appeal and you think will get people dancing

Most weddings have guests of all ages and some have guests from afar where there may be regional differences in music tastes as well as and international dimension to consider.

A good mix of songs to cater for all musical tastes will help everyone to feel part of your wedding reception party.

Well known songs with a broad appeal are generally the songs to focus on.

Why not invite each of your guests to suggest a song or two that they like to dance too with their RSVP to your wedding that way you are sure to gather a list of songs that you know will be popular with your guests as they were involved in picking them.

As a DJ I encourage you to put forward as many songs as you want to include in your wedding "playlist". I use this as a guide rather than a must follow list. If there is a shorter list of "Must Play" songs that would be ideal perhaps with a longer list of "Would Like" songs.
Almost as important as the songs you would like played have a think about any songs that you really don't want played too. Some songs may hold a bad memory or may just be a cringeworthy song you dont want played.

As a skilled DJ I'd work with your "playlist" and use your songs along with other songs I might introduce to build the energy on the dancefloor and read the room to make the maximum impact on the dancefloor.
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Father and Daughter Dance at Blagdon Parlour Northumberland

The Spotlight Moments

  • Parents Dance – There are lots of options for a parents dance. The Father and Daughter dance is as popular as ever and the Mother and Son's are also choosing to get in on the action. You'll need a song that works for the occasion. There are several options for the timing and orchestration of this:
  1. Before your First Dance - This can work well where the happy couple dance with their respective parents to the same song and at the end of the song lead the happy couple into the centre of the dance floor for the First Dance together. This can be a poignant handover from the care of your parents to caring for each other.
  2. After your First Dance - Some people like this just after the first dance but if I’ve just managed to fill the dancefloor for your first dance its probably not the best way to kick your party off to clear it again for your parents dance.
  3. At Another Time - If you go with another time than it may be best to pick a time when you’re heading into or out of a natural break for example the evening buffet
  • Bouquet Toss – Some couples like to perform a traditional bouquet toss whereas others prefer to retain their bouquet for another reason perhaps as a keepsake or to lay on the final resting place of an inlfuential relative. If you'd like to include a bouquet toss you could use a smaller posy for the purpose of thei fun activity and still retain your actual bouquet. Again you'll need to think about an appropriate song.
  • Any other Spotlight Moments --– Couples can incorporate anything they like into their evening so have a think whether you want to include other things e.g. Bridesmaid Dance, Stag Dance, Mr and Mrs Game (Shoe Game)  etc. Again you'll need to consider the right music for the occasion.
  • Evening Buffet –The guests will probably want to go to buffet area and sit and bring their buffet back to their tables to eat. There are options for the music here. We can discuss these. I normally recommend we switch the music to sing-a-long tunes i.e. really well known songs that everyone knows the words too and can’t help singing when they come on but won’t be compelled to dash onto the dance floor. If you think your guests or the buffet is more fluid then continuing the dance music might be the best thing? I would not recommend moving to background music as this will adversely impact on the energy and atmosphere during the party celebrations.
  • End of the Night – As your party comes to a close at the end of an amazing day, you’ll need to think about a big song that everyone knows ideally high energy dance song or a sing-along tune that will unite the your guests in a big finale and finish your wedding on a high. A circle of your guests singing with the happy couple in the centre of the dancefloor or alternatively giving you a big send off through the tunnel of love.

If you need any inspiration you can find some great ideas in the list of the top songs played at weddings compiled by DJ Intelligence compiled from returns from DJs who have performed at weddings over the past year
Grand Entrance at Wedding at Woodhill Hall, Otterburn Northumberland

Author: Ian Conway -  Icon Entertainments Specialist Wedding & Events DJ

I'm a Multi Award Winning North East Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco covering Northumberland, County Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, Newcastle, Sunderland and Tyne and Wear areas.

I was voted as the Best Yorkshire and North East Wedding DJ 2020 in The Wedding Industry Awards and the Wedding Entertainer of the Year 2019 in the English Wedding Awards.

Whilst I specialise in creating amazing wedding celebrations I'm more than happy to DJ at any event or party.


<![CDATA[Paul & Terri's Winter Wedding at Le Petit Chateau]]>Sat, 14 Dec 2019 23:38:53 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/paul-terris-winter-wedding-at-le-petit-chateau
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First Dance at Wedding Disco at the Le Petit Chateau in Otterburn
Paul and Terri chose Le Petit Chateau as the dream destination to hold their wedding reception between Christmas and New Year.

The weather held up with no sign of snow on a mild winters day.

I had the pleasure of being chosen as the Wedding DJ for the evening Wedding Reception as well as helping to put together the couple's music for their day time festivities.

Some carefully selected swing from the Rat Pack greeted the guests as they arrived at Le Petit Chateau for the wedding.

As the guests moved through to the Chapel some acoustic piano music was playing in the background.

The key music choices during the wedding ceremony included Jeff Buckley Hallelujah for Terri's processional song and after waiting a long time to finally tie the knot the aptly titled At Last from Etta James was chosen as the recessional song.

Both of these songs were edited to emphasise the moment perfectly.

The evening wedding reception party kicked off with the traditional cake cutting ceremony.

Then it was off to the first dance to Ruti's version of Dreams you might remember her as the winner of the Voice.

A mix of tracks throughout the evening including The Jam, Paul Weller, Smiths, Rolling Stones some Trance and 90's pop which all seemed to hit the mark with the guests

The final song of the night from Oasis and their version of Cum on Feel the Noiz from Slade.

Some fantastic singing on an impromptu Karaoke from the Groom and his son as well as one of the guests from North of the Border.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Howell and all the very best for the future.
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Groom singing My Girl to Guests at Wedding Disco at Le Petit Chateau
<![CDATA[Alex and Shea's Brill Wedding at Woodhill Hall Northhumberland]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:58:17 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/alex-and-sheas-brill-wedding-at-woodhill-hall-northhumberland
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Lots of love for Alex at her Wedding Disco at Woodhill Hall
A brilliant day and night in so many ways for Alex and Shea celebrating their wedding at the fantastic Woodhill Hall.

I had the pleasure of providing the music all day as well as the evening party.

Alex a big Jessie Ware fan chose Jessie Ware's Champagne Kisses as her processional song. Drops of Jupiter by Train was chosen as their recessional song.

The music throughout the day and evening was chosen by the Alex and Shea.

Some emotional moments during the ceremony and speeches.

Just to prep the guests for the evening celebration a little bit of energy was injected into the latter half of the wedding breakfast which went down a storm with the guests.

An early start to the evening celebration at 6pm with white lighting provided at Alex's request one of the benefits of choosing a DJ who has control of their lighting.

A Jessie Ware mashup of "Running" with an acoustic version of the song mixed into a dance version which went down a treat.

Guests were up dancing from the off with a rocking dancefloor all night
Ending the night with the Pogues Fairy Tale of New York with and encore of Whitney Houston "I will always Love You" with Alex and Shea singing to each other at the top of their voices

A superb wedding and a pleasure working alongside Jack Storey at True Story Photography. Well done to Courtney for his Master of Ceremony duties.


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<![CDATA[Cracking Wedding Party at Woodhill Hall for Adam and Bryony]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:34:59 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/cracking-wedding-party-at-woodhill-hall-for-adam-and-bryony
Wedding DJ Woodhill Hall Otterburn
Wedding Reception Disco at Woodhill Hall in Otterburn
A cracking night for Andy and Bryony celebrating their wedding party in the Tepee at Woodhill Hall.

It was a pleasure working alongside Blistering Molly who did a cracking rock set as part of the wedding celebration and also provided the music and vocals for the first dance their own version of Bon Jovi''s Living on a Prayer.

Some highlights included Bryony's mams vocal accompaniment to Indeep's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life and absolutely nailed the rap.

A joint parents dance later on in the night to Journey's Who's Crying Night.

A multiple end of the night with chants of one more song winning through extending the party by another thirty minutes or so.

Congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Moffat absolutely top nigh who are off to enjoy a Honeymoon in New York.


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<![CDATA[Robbie and Sam's Newton Hall Wedding Party Bash]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:08:19 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/robbie-and-sams-newton-hall-wedding-party-bash
A nice trip out to Newton Hall to DJ for the wedding of Robbie and Sam on a cold Sunday Night and what a cracker it turned out to be.

Its the first time I've been since work has been completed in the conservatory area which is looking stylish as you would expect at Newton Hall.

The night kicked off with a welcome for the happy couple into the evening wedding reception to suitable applause from their family and friends. Then it was on to the cake cutting with Ed Sheeran's Perfect as the backing track.

This was followed by a bouquet toss to the sound of Single Ladies which didn't seem to bother the guys who took part.

We then moved into the First Dance which was a cover of James Arthur's "Say You Won't Let Go by Matt Johnson.

A mix of pop, 80's, R&B and Clubland were the main features of the music for the night.

We ended on the Fairytale of New York and why not ... it was the 1st of December

Daytime music provided by yours truly which is all part of the service.

Great to work alongside Crazy-Pix and Leopardprints Photography.#

Many congratulations and all the very best to the brand new Mr & Mrs Wilkinson


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<![CDATA[Callum and Laura's Fabulous Eshott Hall Wedding Party]]>Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:48:15 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/callum-and-lauras-fabulous-eshott-hall-wedding-party
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Callum & Laura at their Wedding Party at Eshott Hall Northumberland
Callum and Laura chose the fabulous Eshott Hall as the dream venue to hold their wedding with its fabulous setting just north of Morpeth in Northumberland.
I provided my Ipad with prepared playlists for their wedding day music requirements in line with Callum and Laura's wishes.
The evening kicked off with the traditional cake cutting followed by the First Dance to a song growing in popularity from Kodaline "The One".
The music for the night a mix of R&B, Pop, Rock, Clubland and a few 80's thrown into the mix.
During the evening buffet the guests were entertained with the Mr & Mrs Shoe Game with questions prepared with the assistance of Chief Bridesmaid Laura.
Great working alongside the fab Tom Hibberd Photography and also Polasr Imagery a lovely couple just back from their own honeymoon.
Many congratulations to Callum and Laura the new Mr and Mrs Balding and all the very best for the future,
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I provided my Ipad with prepared playlists for their wedding day music requirements in line with Callum and Laura's wishes.

The evening kicked off with the traditional cake cutting followed by the First Dance to a song growing in popularity from Kodaline "The One".

The music for the night a mix of R&B, Pop, Rock, Clubland and a few 80's thrown into the mix.

During the evening buffet the guests were entertained with the Mr & Mrs Shoe Game with questions prepared with the assistance of Chief Bridesmaid Laura.

Great working alongside the fab Tom Hibberd Photography and also Polasr Imagery a lovely couple just back from their own honeymoon.

Many congratulations to Callum and Laura the new Mr and Mrs Balding and all the very best for the future,


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Wedding DJ has them dancing on chairs at Eshott Hall Northumberland
<![CDATA[McMillan Charity Fundraiser in Blyth]]>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 23:42:48 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/mcmillan-charity-fundraiser-in-blyth
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McMillan Charity Fundraiser in Blyth
Something a bit different tonight a Charity Fundraiser in aid of McMillan Cancer Care at Blyth Comrades Club which is now permanent fixture in my calendar.

A fantastic effort by all involved in organising the event with lots of money being raised for a charity very close to the organisers heart.

A few rounds of bingo, blind cards and an amazing raffle with an array of fantastic prizes to give away in a Charity Raffle. Many thanks to all of the local businesses who donated the prizes.

Well done everyone nothing better than having fun and raising money at the same time.

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<![CDATA[End of Season Halloween Party at Waren Caravan & Camping Park]]>Thu, 28 Nov 2019 23:01:53 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/end-of-season-halloween-party-at-waren-caravan-camping-park
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Halloween Disco Fun at Waren Mill
Well a fantastic double header at Waren Mill Camping and Caravan Park near Bamburgh in Northumberland.

We got things underway with an action packed and fun filled children's Halloween Disco which got the adults just as involved as the children at the Witch and Worm Family Pub located on site.  Lots of Halloween fun with some cracking games and lots of giveaways that got everyone involved.

As we moved into the evening we had a family Halloween Party with great music and a raffle that just kept giving.

An amazing night for all of the guests on the site and all credit to the staff for laying this on.

The party just kept going with encore after encore and no one wanting to leave.

Super night roll on next year.

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Halloween Party Disco at the Witch and Worm Waren Mill Northumberland
<![CDATA[Jonny and Linzi's Crook Hall Wedding Celebration]]>Mon, 28 Oct 2019 08:04:11 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/jonny-and-linzis-crook-hall-wedding-celebration
​Jonny and Linzi chose the historic Crook Hall and Gardens in the heart of Durham City for their wedding celebration.

The weather just about held out for everyone to enjoy the beautiful gardens at Crook Hall.

Linzi doing her own thing and looking fab in a non traditional wedding dress.

Jonny and Linzi determined to enjoy the space decided to have their cake cutting and first dance outside under the canopy on a slightly chilly and damp autumn night.

Well it worked a treat as they had their first dance under the stars to Fleetwood Macs Love in Store and it was obvious Jonny had been practising ... i'm not sure what he had been practising but it wasn't his dance moves :-) He certainly wowed his guests though.

Not to be outdone a second first dance was organised indoors to UB40 just because they can.

A wide selection of music including some Ska favourites, pop and some rock.

Again the gardens were used for the serving of oven baked pizza's for the evening buffet.

Had some budding DJ's on the decks who seemed to enjoy playing with the effects and the mic, thought I'd bagged a couple of roadies to help with my gear but they were nowhere to be seen at the end of the night.

Fab night for a really lovely couple.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Nelson.
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<![CDATA[Kevin and Sarah's Amazing Ellingham Hall Wedding]]>Sat, 26 Oct 2019 09:52:35 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/kevin-and-sarahs-amazing-ellingham-hall-wedding
Wedding DJ Ellingham Hall Northumberland
Wedding Reception Disco at Elligham Hall Northumberland
It was great to be invited to DJ and provide the Master of Ceremony Services for Kevin and Sarah's Wedding at the fabulous Ellingham Hall near Alnwick in Northumberland.

And what a day and night it turned out to be.

Kevin and Sarah carefully chose the music to complement their wedding perfectly although we did abandon the wedding breakfast playlist as it was clear that the guests were up for an early start to the party celebrations.

One of the real advantages of having a skilled DJ and Master of Ceremonies present at your wedding all day is that they can judge the mood and adjust things as necessary.

Sarah chose Rod Stewart's cover of the Van Morrison classic "Have I Told You Lately" and they happy couple came out to the ever popular American Authors "Best Day of My Life"

Some upbeat music followed during the drinks reception.

I announced Kevin and Sarah into the wedding breakfast in my own inimitable style with a musical backdrop and that went down a storm which got everybody in a good mood for the speeches.

Some emotional and funny speeches followed with Kevin and Sarah's son Noah stealing the show.

The wedding breakfast was a cracker with everyone in an upbeat party mood so the love songs were abandoned in favour of some singalong and upbeat classics which had people dancing and standing on their seats and waving their napkins in the air.

The evening party got off to a great start with Noel Gallaghers version of Wonderwall as the First Dance.

A great mix of tunes throughout the night with quite a few requests thrown in for good measure.
A sparkler parade outside and a fab fish and chip supper really hit the mark.

Ending the night on a couple of Oasis classics Live Forever followed by Don't Look Back in Anger which went down a storm.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Hodgson and what a way to start married life together.

Great to work alongside fellow professionals Tom Richardson Photography.and the Balloon Fairy North East
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Bride and Groom at Wedding Disco at Ellingham Hall Northumberland

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Top rated North East Wedding and Events DJ 

<![CDATA[Matthew and Amanda's Biscuit Factory Wedding]]>Tue, 22 Oct 2019 22:26:49 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/matthew-and-amandas-biscuit-factory-wedding
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Matthew and Amanda at Wedding Disco at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle
Matthew and Amanda chose the fabulous Artisan Restaurant at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle as the venue for their wedding.

The night got off to a great start with the cake cutting, with a choice of several cakes including my favourite the chocolate caterpillar, this was followed by an upbeat first dance to Walk the Moon's Shut up and Dance which Matthew and Amanda duly obliged with their guests joining in.

A real mixed bag of music including a small number of must have tracks, some guests requests and a small number of do not plays,

The dance-floor kept moving from the off till the Midnight Hour ending the night in style with Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and Had the Time of My Life.

Super night all round and I think I managed to pronounce the Groom's name right by the end of the night.

"Really glad my wife and I booked Ian for our wedding. He really takes care of you and works on the details to help the night run smoothly. We gave him a short list of musts and must not but the rest of the night he just kept the dance floor moving. His mixing is on point, provides great lighting and even works a camera between tracks. Couldn't have asked for more! Thrilled mate. Thanks Ian from both of us! "  Matthew Chijioke😀
Many congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Chijioke
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Wedding Disco in the Artisan Restaurant at the Biscuit Factory Newcastle
<![CDATA[Becca's 21st at Tinker's Loft in South Shields]]>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:36:54 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/beccas-21st-at-tinkers-loft-in-south-shields
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Becca's 21st Birthday Party at Tinkers Loft
Well a bit of a different gig tonight a nice little walk in at a new quirky venue in the heart of my hometown of South Shields thanks to JLW Events.

The venue itself is above Tinker Smiths and is housed in the projection room from the former Gaumont Cinema so its steeped in the history of South Shields.

Fab night for Becca her family and friends and what a super buffet with so many fast food outlets on the doorstep why not order in some Pizza's, Kebabs and Chips which really hit the mark.

Happy 21st Birthday Becca hope you had an amazing time!

Becca said afterwards "Ian was absolutely fab the whole night! Arrived before we even got there and was already set up and ready to go! I was convinced he had been on my Spotify as every single song was something that I listen to and he knew exactly how to get everybody up off their seats and start dancing. I wasn’t even aware that he had also been taking photos the whole night which really made it even more special as I now have so many wonderful photos to remember my 21st birthday with."
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21st Birthday Party in Full Swing at Tinkers Loft
<![CDATA[Matt and Laura's Wedding Party at The Baltic Centre]]>Sun, 06 Oct 2019 18:30:44 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/matt-and-lauras-wedding-party-at-the-baltic-centre
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Wedding DJ set up at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle - Gateshead Quayside
Matt and Laura chose the Riverside Bar at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art as the location for their wedding celebration with stunning views across the Tyne and the Millenium Bridge just a stones throw away.

Their wedding ceremony was held at the Laing Art Gallery.

Guests had travelled from far and wide notably Ireland and Lincoln to join in their fantastic wedding celebration.

An early set up meant a nice relaxed start to the evening.

We kicked the evening off with the cake cutting followed by the First Dance with a nice little surprise mashup of Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You into House of Pain Jump Around and it went down a storm and from 7.15 through till 1am we had a busy old dance floor all night.

Lots of requests flying in on some strategically placed and quirky song request cards.

A medley of Irish classics for the Irish contingent a little later on and we even managed to fit an impromptu karaoke in.

Cracking night all round.

Laura said afterwards "Don’t look anywhere else for a DJ! Ian was our wedding DJ last week and our family and friends commented that it was the best night they had in years! Ian got the perfect balance of songs and had the dance floor full all evening. He even put together a mash up for our first dance 🥳 His professional friendly approach was so greatly appreciated and the extra value he provided to us with an album full of photos and videos was an unexpected delight. Ian- you are an absolutely top bloke, a cracking DJ and we are so grateful for the role you played in our special day" 💜

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Cunningham.
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Matt and Laura's First Dance at Wedding Disco at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
<![CDATA[Alex and Stephanie's Newton Hall Wedding]]>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:57:00 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/october-03rd-2019
Wedding DJ Newton Hall Northumberland
First Dance on the Clouds at Wedding Disco at Newton Hall
​Alex and Stephanie chose the fabulous Newton Hall as the venue to host their wedding and as always it did not disappoint. Such a lovely venue with fabulous grounds.

Got to work with Dead Man's Shoes an acoustic duo who performed two sets and performed their version of James Arthur's Say You Won't Let Go as the first dance which was on the clouds.

Wedding videography by Paper Bird Wedding Photography and Video and Wedding Photographs by Stephen Beecroft Photography.

I provided the music before during and after Dead Man's Shoes providing a nice contrast and blend to the music and entertainments over the night.

​A fab day and night all round.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Garrow and all the very best for the future.
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Wedding Disco at Newton Hall Northumberland
<![CDATA[Paul and Lauren's Wedding at Le Petit Chateau, Northumberland]]>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:35:33 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/paul-and-laurens-wedding-at-le-petit-chateau-northumberland
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Paul & Lauren's First Dance at Le Petit Chateau
​What an absolutely fantastic day for Paul and Lauren at Le Petit Chateau.

With the sun shining and the temperature hitting tropical heights this provided the perfect backdrop to an amazing day.

I provided the music throughout the day from the arrival of the first guest to the end of the evening at Midnight.

No less than four separate set ups with carefully crafted music and playlists chosen by Paul and Lauren themselves to provide the perfect musical accompaniment to their special day.

Lots of amazing and emotional moments throughout the day, the grand entrance was special, the first dance to Ronan Keating's When you say nothing at all, Lauren's dance with her dad Chris and some really funny and some very touching moments throughout the speeches.

Some blind panic from the Bride as the Groom managed to slip in one of his tracks into the play list a bit of grunge metal, not for the faint hearted.

Great working alongside staff Le Petit Chateau, One Digital Image and 2Tone Photography

Many congratulations and all the very best for the future to the new Mr & Mrs Rose-Troup
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Wedding Disco at Le Petit Chateau, Otterburn, Northumberland
<![CDATA[Michael & Samantha's Langley Castle Wedding]]>Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:44:16 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/michael-samanthas-langley-castle-wedding
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Michael & Sam's First Dance at Langley Castle
Michael and Sam chose the fabulous Langley Castle as the location for their wedding.

This was my first visit to Langley Castle and after checking out the function room on the third flat I was ever so grateful to discover there was a service lift.

An early set up was the order of the day and I also put the music together for the daytime celebrations.

Great working alongside @Elwoodphotography

A first dance to Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You and a bouquet toss to Single Ladies and a father and daughter dance to Guns N Roses - Sweet Child O Mine.

A nice mix of all sorts throughout the night including a few requests along the way.

Finishing the night with Country Roads.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Watters
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Wedding Reception Disco at Langley Castle, Norhumberland
<![CDATA[Dan and Courtnie's Whitley Bay Wedding]]>Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:03:59 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/dan-and-courtnies-whitley-bay-wedding
Dan and Courtnie decided to get married and that's exactly what they did in a quiet no fuss wedding because that's what they wanted to do.

They thought they have themselves a party after the event to allow family and friends to celebrate with them.

They chose the Rockcliffe Rugby Club in Whitley Bay as the place to hold their wedding party and got in touch with me to be their DJ after they'd seen me perform at a friends wedding recently at Horton Grange Country House Hotel.

I took a few photo's probably too many if that's possible but there was just so much going on and there was no official photographer there to capture the moment. You can find these on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/IconEntertainment/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1202904789909691&__tn__=-UC-R

Brilliant night and such a happy upbeat atmosphere bringing the whole of the family and friends together in an awesome celebration.

And a little bit of singing to top the night off to Robbie Williams Angels.

Congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Taylor I know there's a lot of very special memories captured to enjoy!!
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<![CDATA[Garry and Jodi's Brilliant Healey Barn Wedding]]>Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:25:56 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/garry-and-jodis-brilliant-healey-barn-wedding
As a wedding DJ serving the North East of England I get to visit some of the most outstanding wedding venues across Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear and Healey Barn is one of those I've been lucky enough to play at many times.

Garry and Jodi chose the fabulous @healeybarn as the dream destination for their wedding to celebrate with family and friends.

Healey Barn never fails to deliver.

A fabulous day from start to finish. I was there to provide the music throughout the day with some carefully chosen music from the Bride and Groom. I also provided the Master of Ceremony Services.

A great set from the Best Singer Waiters Dave who belted out the big popular numbers and got the guests involved.

A first dance to James Morrison's You Make it Real To Me got the night off to a flying start.

At the end of the night the ever popular Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" to end the night on a high.

Congratulations to the brand new Mr & Mrs Stevens
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<![CDATA[Tom and Sam's Fabulous Newton Hall Wedding]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:24:29 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/tom-and-sams-fabulous-newton-hall-wedding
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Newton Hall Wedding Disco Party
A fantastic day and night celebrating the marriage of Tom and Sam at fabulous Newton Hall.

Amazing couple with lots of natural chemistry.

I provided support throughout the day with some carefully selected music, calm elegant start, some special tunes chosen by the couple during the wedding ceremony, a Latin vibe to the drinks reception and acoustic covers during the wedding breakfast.

Craig doing an excellent job on behalf of Newton Hall with the Master of Ceremony Services.

Lots of special and emotional moments.

Some very touching and funny speeches.

Lots of music editing so that the music was perfect during the ceremony, entrance into the wedding breakfast and a mashup for the first dance.

All part of the service you get from hiring a wedding DJ who cares about making your day special and unique.

A mixed bag for the evening playlist including some T-Rex a favourite of Tom's mam Pam who was undoubtedly a very proud mam looking down on the celebrations.

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Carney.
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Cutting the Cake at a Wedding Reception at Newton Hall
<![CDATA[Stephen and Megan's Wedding Disco at the Plough in Alnwick]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:37:37 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/stephen-and-megans-wedding-disco-at-the-plough-in-alnwick
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First Dance at Wedding at the Plough in Alnwick Northumberland
Megan and Stephen chose to hold their wedding at the Plough Boutique Hotel in Alnwick in Northumberland.

A fabulous location with a central staircase and balconies overlooking the dancefloor

Megan and Stephen chose to have a first dance to Sia's Helium.

It was a lovely warm night allowing the guests to enjoy drinks on the patio.

A fabulous hog roast for the evening buffet served up outside on a warm night.

A dance off between a Mackem and Paddy Rasta a couple of the guests had the guests in stitches with Paddy Rasta coming out on top with a stunning robotics display.

A super night for a cracking couple.

Many congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Newson
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Wedding Disco at the Plough in Alnwick Northumberland
<![CDATA[Phil and Hannah's Crazy Healey Barn Wedding Party]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:51:59 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/august-15th-2019
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Healey Barn Wedding Disco in Full Swing
Hannah and Phil chose Healey Barn for their wedding celebration and as always the venue didn't disappoint.

A Fantastic party to be the DJ at with the couple having some clear ideas about the music they wanted.

A First Dance to the Arctic Monkeys Baby I'm Yours followed by another Arctic Monkeys song and an Oasis number.

A football megamix in the middle with some classic Toon tunes which went down a storm

An impromptu bouquet toss at the end of the night made this one special night for a fantastic couple.
Absolutely buzzing night from start to finish.

Finishing up the night with a double header from Oasis

Absolutely fantastic night and the best way to start married life. 

Many congratulations to the brand new Mr and Mrs Vaughan.
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Wedding Disco Healey Barn Northumberland
Wedding Disco fun at Healey Barn Northumberland
<![CDATA[Tom and Issy's County Durham New Close Farm Wedding]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:45:41 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/tom-issys-new-close-farm-wedding
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New Close Farm Wedding Venue County Durham
Well a new venue for me this one @newclosefarmevents near Durham with some absolutely superb views from the site of the Teepee.

After some heavy rainfall it made for an interesting climb up the bank but with some advice from the landowner I managed to negotiate the particularly slippy bit.

Some of the best and well delivered speeches I've ever heard from friends and family with some fitting tributes to Tom and Issy some funny stories and anecdotes.

Working with some of Tom and Issy's guests who improvised the newly formed Issy Pop band and they provided the music for the first dance.

A super night in the heart of the Durham countryside and many congratulations and all the very best for your future lives together go to Tom and Issy.
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First Dance at Wedding Disco County Durham
<![CDATA[Jess and Callum's Middleton Lodge Wedding Reception]]>Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:18:44 GMThttp://icon-entertainments.co.uk/amazing-weddings-blog/callum-and-jess-middleton-lodge-wedding
Wedding DJ Middleton Lodge Richmond
Wedding Disco set up at the Fig House Middleton Lodge
As a Wedding DJ I get to visit lots of outstanding venues all across the North East and into North Yorkshire.

The Fig House at Middleton Lodge in Richmond North Yorkshire was the fantastic backdrop and location for Jess and Callum's wedding.

The Fig House has a beautiful Walled Garden,with seasonal flowers and gorgeous blooms spilling out onto the borders. Hidden away in the garden is The Fig House, the estate’s recently restored wedding venue, with original brick walls, botanical interiors and one-of-a-kind garden antiques. Floor to ceiling windows and doors fill the space with natural light and provide stunning views of the garden,

A first dance to the classic Elvis Presley hit "Can't Help Falling in Love" followed by their backup song Redbone's "Come and Get My Love" a great idea for couple's who are torn between two songs.

Lots of requests throughout the night making it a really interactive evening dovetailing nicely with the playlist suggested by Jess and Callum.

At the stroke of midnight we also celebrated William's 12th Birthday who was still up and busting moves on the dance floor.

An absolutely top drawer night for a fantastic couple in one of the best venues around shame about the fiver for a Lime and Soda ha ha

All the very best to the brand new Mr and Mrs Furniss and all the very best for the future
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Wedding Disco at the Fig House, Middleton Lodge in Richmond