I'd met with Liam and Ashleigh several weeks before their wedding and confirmed our discussion in writing so they had the opportunity to review the overall plan for the evening, reflect on it and change anything they weren't happy with.
The evening celebration was due to start at 7pm and finish at 12am. I arrived at the venue at 4.45pm and this gave me sufficient time to set up, check everything was working correctly and get changed after the set up.
On checking the audio playout on their song chosen for the first dance I noticed that around 2 minutes in the right hand audio disappeared. After and initial check on the speakers and audio settings I quickly realised that the track itself was faulty. I downloaded a new version of the song and checked the audio and it was fine. Note to self listen to the first dance and any other specifically chosen tracks in full before the day.
Cutting the Cake selected Maroon 5 and Sugar which was planned at around 7.55pm. I had to make sure the knife was in place for the cutting of the cake and discussed the arrangements with the photographer.
First Dance - they chose the Goo Goo Dolls and Come To Me as the song for their first dance.
Just after the buffet Ashleigh arranged to have a specific dance with her step dad Garry. He is a big Madness fan and the song she chose was his favourite Madness song – Baggy Trousers. He had no prior warning that this would happen.
Prior to the wedding night I discused the potential wedding set with Liam and Ashleigh to make sure the music reflected what they wanted.
They generally wanted a broad mix of music although they both had a bias towards rock music. Some of the specific songs and genre’s we talked about that you would possibly like to include were:
Only one do not play song – Proclaimers – 500 Miles as this was the funeral song of a close relative and some people may find this upsetting.
During the night a hen and stag dance were incorporated the former featuring the Shania Twain song "Man I feel like a woman" and for the guys it was the Village People and YMCA.
A great night was had by all and some great compliments were received from the Bride and Groom who were delighted with how the night had gone and everything that had gone into making it a success.
I was booked by Lee and Rachel for their wedding disco around a year ago and since this time they had moved home making a client meeting more difficult.
Instead we settled for a telephone discussion which whilst not ideal it gave me the opportunity to discuss their requirements and give them some food for thought on some things they hadn't considered.
Our discussion was confirmed in writing together with highlighting the things they would give some further thought to.
The evening Wedding Celebration was taking place in the same room that the Wedding Ceremony is being held in so this would potentially allow an early set up of the Disco.
I agreed to talk directly to the wedding co-ordinator at the Copthorne Hotel about the access and parking arrangements and to disciss the drafft itinerary for the day
After a telephone conversation the following day with the wedding coordinator I arranged to set up early at around 2.30pm to ensure everything would run smoothly for the evening wedding disco and celebration. I also forwarded a copy of my Public Liablity Insurance as requested by the hotel.
The disco would start at 7.00pm which will run through till Midnight.
They were both pretty flexible about the music to be played during the evening celebration and werehappy for me to invite requests.
You will have guests of a wide range of ages present so you are looking at a good mix of music from all decades and genres.
Some artists / songs / genres you mentioned were Oasis, Killers, Indie music, general party music including the likes of the Macarena, current charts and some quality 90’s and Noughties dance tracks.
They didn't want any Happy Hardcore or Children of the Night.
On the day itself my star cloth failed but as I set up early I had the opportunity to improvise and provide an excellent alternative which the venue staff commented positively about.
The evening was an outstanding success with a wide mix of music. The most requested song of the night was Gala - Freed from Desire (see above video for the finale version), other requests included 90's pop, 90's dance music, lots of oasis tracks and the Killers.
I liased with the venue staff to co-ordinate the announcements, the cake cutting and the removal of the cake from the dance floor to make way for the first dance and the evening buffet.
I liaised with the photographer over the timings and agreed what lighting to use so that the photographs weren't adversely affected by dotty style lighting. I also mentioned the bouquet toss which she was unaware of but would need to be present for. The timings I had were different to those which she had been informed of so her timings were adjusted accordingly.
The party went on till 1am with a packed dance-floor throughout two more songs after one and a rendition of "Don't look back in Anger" from the groom to finish the night off in style.
Some great feedback from the clients "Lee and I would just like to thank you last night, everyone commented on how fantastic the music was, thank you so so much Ian you did a fantastic job x x x" Rachel Sellars
I was boooked to provided the evening disco for Amy and Rachel for their wedding celebration at Eshott Hall.
I met with Amy and Rachel a few months ago for our initial consultation and a discussion about the music they liked, what they didn't like, the music they required for the key parts of their evening and also to discuss the access arrangements for the venue.
Since this time we had been in touch with each other several times by email to make sure that all aspects of the evening celebration were absolutely clear.
I visited the venue the day before the wedding to ensure that I was clear on the access arrangements, location of power sockets and the available space for my disco set up.
Access to the venue was excellent and there was adequate space for the set up I had in mind.
My white wedding set up was chosen and very much in keeping with the classy feel of the venue.
I would have around 60 minutes to set up and sound check my equipment from around 5.30pm till 6.30pm as it happens I was impressed that the wedding was running ahead of schedule and got access slightly earlier than originally planned.
I spoke with Lauren the wedding planner at the venue so I was clear on the timings for the key parts of the night. It was pretty straight forward with an early start to the night with the bouquet toss, followed straight after by the cutting of the cake and the first dance with the evening buffet at 9pm/
I double checked with Amy and Rachel that they were happy for their guests to join them after the first chorus for their first dance.
Everything went like clockwork.
I encouraged all of the ladies who wanted to try and catch the bouquet to come forward which they duly obliged.
I invited all of the guests to come forward for photographs for the cake cutting after the official photographer had taken his shots.
For the first dance I got all of the guests to form a circle around the dancefloor so everyone had a good view of their firstdance together as a married couple and of course this would be easier to get them involved in the first dance as they were already where they needed to be.
From the off this crowd knew how to party and this turned into and absolutely outstanding and thoroughly awesome celebration for Amy and Rachel on their wedding day.
I even organised an improptu drinking competition between the Hockey Girls versus the Guys from the Grey Horse who were well beaten on the night.
Lots of requests from the guests on the night with Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse of the Heart a classic from Amy's hen night in Marbella being appreciated by everyone.
"Ian, A huge thanks from Rachel and I for making our day so special, it truly was amazing. We will certainly be leaving you a review, you were awesome, thank you so much. And also thanks very much for the videos, they were a lovely surprise. As you could see, everyone loved the choice of music, I don’t think we left the dance floor for more than 5 mins!! Thank you so much. As the venue said, it was one of the “liveliest wedding party’s they’d seen for years!” Amy and Rachel, Eshott Hall, Morpeth,Northumberland.
Brilliant wedding for a brilliant couple!
Request list as below:
The Alnwick Duchess High Class of 1996 decided to have a school reunion 20 years almost to the day that they left.
Some of these guys and girls hadn't seen each other since the day they walked out of school so there was inevitably a lot of catching up to do. They'd even managed to track down some of their "old" teachers.
They'd set up a facebook group and encouraged everyone to share any old photos so they could be put together on a scrolling photo album to be played throughout the night.
The venue for the reunion disco was Alnwick Rugby Club which turned out to be a great venue for the occasion.
A link had been circulated so that everyone could contribute to the playlist on the night which a number of them did and a great playlist was developed containing all of their favourites songs from their school days containing many classics from the mid 1990's.
There was inevitably a lot of talking and not so much dancing until towards the end of the night when the place was literally an explosion of dancing with every single guest shaking their stuff and busting some moves out on the floor.
The music of the night included many classics and here's what was asked for:
You're gorgeous - baby bird
Lifted- lighthouse family
Rhythm is a dancer - snap
Back for good - take that
Stay another day - east 17
Killing me softly with his song - fugees
Don't look back in anger- oasis
Sacrifice - elton John
All that she wants - ace of base
Unfinished symphony - massive attack
Whigfield, Saturday Night
I will survive
Come on Eileen
Corona Rhythm of the night
Bon jovi, Living on a prayer
Living joy, Dreamer
Underworld - Born Slippy
Blur - Country House
Pulp - Disco2000
Oasis - Don'l look back in anger
Haddaway - What is love
Tori Amos - Professional Widow
The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode
D.ream things can only get better
Stand by your man
Alanis morisette ironic
Ace of base all that she wants
Groove is in the Heart - Dee-lite
Ebenezer Good - The Shamen
Disco 2000 - Pulp
Parklife - Blur
Live Forever - Oasis
Lucky Man - The Verve
Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
It's like That - Run DMC Vs Jason Nevins
Brimful of Asia - Cornershop
Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Bros
Out of Space - The Prodigy
Set You Free - N-trance
Boombastic - Shaggy
House of Love - East 17
Get Ready - 2 Unlimited
Years and years
Set you free n-trance
Two can play that game - bobby brown
Roll on the next 20 years!
I've never seen Blyth Comrades Club looking so good.
A tremendous effort from the event dressers to transform an ordinary social club concert room into a fairytale wedding venue.
The wedding disco dressed in white to match the venue dressing and sparkling dance floor, uplit podiums in matching colours providing the platform for my moving heads which provided a tremendous sweeping effect across the whole room bouncing of the ceiling and walls.
Love Letters, an Illuminated Heart, a Photo Booth, Sparkling White Dancefloor, a magician to entertain the guests and a photographer to capture every moment.
First dance Nathan Sykes -Over and Over Again and the cake cutting song Luther Vandross and his version of Always and Forever.
Text the DJ proving to be very popular with a mix of requests coming in including:
Night got off to a bit of a slow start with the first dance not taking place till 9.30pm and the music being kept low until then so that the guests could hear the magician's patter to help him work his table magic.
The night picked up after speeches with the evening coming to a close at 11.45pm and finishing on a high.
A great night at a super venue just 5 minutes out of Morpeth Centre to celebrate Chloe's 18th Birthday Party.
Guests invited to come along in beach attire for a beach party theme although this wasn't reflected in the music selections for the night.
An interesting and eclectic choice of music and certainly not what I was expecting with the party host who had a liking for "forgotten classics and rock songs that everyone knows the words too."
And here is the list provided with over 7 hours of songs to pack into 5 hours of playing time
ACDC thunderstruck *
snake hips- all my friends *
panic! at the disco- i write sins not tragedies*
the 1975- chocolate/sex*
the killers- mr brightside *
lil jon - get low
calvin harris-summer/feel so close
imagine dragons- radio active
wheatus- teenage dirt bag *
kings of leon- sex on fire *
all american rejects-dirty little secret/ give you hell
bruno mrs- uptown funk
Coldplay- hymn for the weekend
corona -rhythm of the night
icona pop- i love it
justin timberlake-sexy back
Gold Digger by Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
Teenage Kicks‘ – The Undertones
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ – Arctic Monkeys
come on Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Peanut butter jelly/runaway - Galantis
flu east- sax
took a pill in ibiza- mike posner
worth it 5th harmony
dont tell em-jeremih
just a dream nelly
not afraid- eminem
all i ever wanted- basshunter
club cant handle me- flo rider
hight all the time- tove lo
lights on- katy B
look right through- storm queen
give me everything- pit bull
it wasn't me- shaggy
got a feeling - black eyed peas
get this party started- p!nk
milkshake - kelis
tik tok- ke$sha
i belive in a thing called love - the darkness
bad girls - MIA
year 3000- busted
Stuck in the middle with you - Stealers Wheels
everlong - foo fighters
smells like teen spirit - nirvana
whole lotta love - led zepplin
sex on fire - kings of leon
use sombody - kings of leon
rockstar - nickleback
all star - smash mouth
three little birds - bob marley
highway to hell - ACDC
feel good inc - gorillaz
dare - gorillaz
n*ggas in paris - Jay Z and Kanye west
supermassive black hole - muse
gay bar - electric six
the 7th element
master of puppets - metallica
the end of the line - metallica
it wasnt me - SHAGGY
girls -the 1975
chocolate - the 1975
viva la vida - coldplay
clocks - coldplay
thats not my name
thunderstruck - ACDC
paradise city - guns n roses
Starman - david bowie
life on mars - david bowie
another brick in the wall pt 2 - pink floyd
i want to break free - queen
come as you are - nirvana
sexy and i know it - LMFAO
all my friends are wasted
i wish i was a punk rocker
Dakota - Steryophonics
Graffiti on the train - steryophonics
cha cha slide
chandelier - sia
Any songs or music not to be played
work by rhianna
absolutley NO DRAKE
ABSOLUTELY NO CHRIS BROWN
a lot of rap ( don't mind a couple of classics)
Anything from 2016
Jay and Marie's party was held at the Spartan's Hotel in Blyth.
A large function room with the disco and dancefloor set back from the main room.
Speaking to Jay and Marie about the music for the night they had a preference for the current charts, some bouncy dance later on and a few party classics. specific requests from the happy couple included Clarity, Seek Bromance, 500 Miles, Firework and Footloose.
There was a good crowd and a nice buzz early in the night with a fair bit of chair dancing and dancefloor activity before the buffet suggesting that its was going to be a great night.
It certainly didn't disappoint, It was an absolutely brilliant night with a packed dancefloor for most of the night with lots of requests including Milk, 80's, Eric Prydz, Elysium, Took a Pill etc
Got some great feedback from the host "quality music and night" and from one of his mates "great set"
Thanks was a good night, u done a amazing job defintley recomend you and use u next time we need a dj - Jay
Thankyou. You did good. And everyone was happy and had a great night - Marie
Here's the set list below.
1 Fast Car (Redrum) (Clean) (Extended) Tracy Chapman
2 Run Away (Remix) (Clean) (Extended) Real McCoy
3 Slow Hand (Redrum) (Clean) (Extended) Pointer Sisters
4 Waiting For Tonight (X-Mix) (Clean) (Extended) Jennifer Lopez
5 Be Right There (Original Mix) Sleepy Tom
6 Faded (Darius And Finlay Remix) Alan Walker
7 Dancing On My Own (Paul Gannon Quick Bootleg Calum Scott
8 How To Save A Life (Jiggers Remix) The Fray
9 Sugar (Mon Bootleg Smasher) Robin Schulz Ft Francesco Yates
10 Runaway (U & I) Galantis
11 Girls Like (Handbag House Club Mix) Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson
12 Lush Life (Handbag House Club Mix) Zara Larsson
13 Desire (Remix) HD Years & Years Feat. Tove Lo
14 Keep On Jumpin' - DJ Beats Todd Terry
15 Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) Spiller
16 Sing It Back Moloko
17 A Deeper Love Clivillés + Cole
18 Spectrum Say My Name (Calvin Harris Remix) Florence & The Machine
19 Tsunami (Original Mix) DVBBS & Borgeous
20 Last All Night (Koala) Oliver Heldens
21 Hello (Vdj Mon Clubboholic Dirty Hype Rmx) (Bpm 128) Adele
22 Fast Car (Komes Bootleg Remix) Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota
23 Don't Stop Believin' (MYNGA Remix) Journey
24 Something Goin' On Todd Terry
25 Feel It The Tamperer + Maya
26 Don't you worry child Swedish House Mafia
27 When Love Takes Over - DJ Beats David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
28 We Found Love Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
29 Love Yourself (CLX Remix) (Clean) HD Justin Bieber
30 Locked Away Remix R. City Feat Adam Levine
31 Say You Do Sigala Ft DJ Fresh
32 Cheap Thrills (Tyro Moombahton Remix) Sia Feat. Sean Paul
33 Work From Home (Remix) Fifth Harmony Feat. Ty Dolla Sign
34 Bootylicious Destiny's Child
35 Yeah! - DJ Beats Usher feat. Lil' Jon & Ludacris
36 I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Clean Remix) Mike Posner
37 Rock This Party Bob Sinclar & Cutee B Feat. Dollarman, Big Ali & Makedah
38 Son Of A Gun JX
39 The Key! The Secret! - DJ Beats Urban Cookie Collective
40 SUMMER JAM U D PROJECT ft SUNCLUB
41 Your A Superstar Love Inc.
42 Heaven (X-Mix) (Clean) (Extended) DJ Sammy & Yanou
43 Walk On Water MILK INC
44 PRETTY GREEN EYES Ultrabeat
45 REAL LOVE 2002 The Time Frequency
46 L'amour toujours (Radio Edit) Gigi D'agostino
47 Children Robert Miles
48 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain
49 Don'T Stop Movin' In The 90s (1) & (2) (Allstar) M People, Luther, Toni Di Bart, Bobby Brown, Janet Jackson
50 back to the 90s vol 3 Various Artists
51 Uptown Funk (X-Mix) (Clean) (Extended) (HD) Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
52 A Little Respect ERASURE
53 Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams
54 Sorry (Mon Mayfa Remix) Justin Bieber
55 Fast Car (Komes Bootleg Remix) Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota
56 Show Me Love (Stone's Club Mix) Robin S.
57 Not Over Yet (Perfecto Mix) Grace
58 Bullet In The Gun Planet Perfecto
59 Footloose Blake Shelton
60 Proud Mary Ike & Tina Turner
61 Country Roads Hermes House Band
62 9 To 5 (Butch Le Butch Remix) Dolly Parton
63 Reach S Club 7
64 I Think We're Alone Now - DJ Beats Tiffany
65 I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
66 Love Shack B-52's
67 Human The Killers
68 Mr Brightside - DJ Beats The Killers
69 Sex On Fire - DJ Beats Kings Of Leon
70 Jumping All Over The World Scooter
71 Welcome To The Club Manian
72 NOW You're Gone Basshunter
73 Concrete Angel (John O'Callaghan Remix Edit) Gareth Emery
74 the whistle song DJ Aligator Project
75 Set You Free N-Trance
76 Freedom QFX
77 Sandstorm Darude
78 Generate Eric Prydz
79 Clarity (feat. Foxes) Zedd
80 Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit) Tim Berg
81 Open Wide Feat Big Sean Explicit Calvin Harris
82 Tsunami (Original Mix) DVBBS & Borgeous
83 Dancing In The Dark Mickey Modelle Vs. Jessy
84 Elysium (I Go Crazy) Ultrabeat Vs. Scott Brown
85 Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom Vengaboys
86 We'Re Going To Ibiza! (Hitclub Airplay) Vengaboys
87 Firework Katy Perry
88 Heaven is a Place on Earth Belinda Carlisle
89 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Junior Vasquez Mix) Whitney Houston
90 The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Extended ReDrum) Tight Fit
91 Never Gonna Give You Up (DJ Mark Lumongsud Remix) Rick Astley
92 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
93 Children Of The Night Nakatomi
94 Shooting Star Flip & Fill
95 Fly On The Wings Of Love XTM
What a fantastic night for a super couple and I love it when a plan comes together.
We had an earlier planning meeting to discuss John and Kathryn's requirements. I had already provided them with two CD's containing edited versions of the music to be used for their ceremony.
I was booked from 6pm and in order to keep any disruption to the guests and celebration to a minimum I decided to set up earlier that day.
As everything was set I was happy to provide John and Kathryn with the use of my radio mics for their speeches and playout system for background music via my ipad. I even provided an instructional video so that the music could be set to play and adjusted to the right volume when they arrived.
During the evening the plan and timings of the cake cutting, first dance and surprise father daughter dance were adjusted to take account of changing circumstances, taking time to ensure that the Bride and Groom were happy with everything.
Guests were provided with "Text the DJ" slips which worked a treat and saved the guests from clambering onto the stage.
A comedy moment came from the Photobooth whose touch sensitive screen was being set off by the booming bass from my subs, obligingly I turned the bass down a little and the photobooth owner did running beer mat repair to reduce the "rattle".
A good mix of music was provided with some of the younger guests getting their own way with some of the music played earlier in the evening. We had the party hits, music from the charts, EDM, Dance Classics, Rock, Alternative and a special UB40 request "I can't help falling in Love" with the accompaniment of a relative who I'd let MC over a couple of the dance tracks much to the amusement of the guests.
A great night all round and great feedback from one happy Bride.
Amazing DJ would recommend to anyone! Ian is fantastic and went out of his way to help us with other aspects of our wedding too! Thank you! X - Kathryn Tweddle