Over the years I've presided over many weddings but this one was really special.
I planned this one to perfection with Andrew and Angela meeting them at their home on two occasions and exchanging numerous emails as everything was refined up to the day of the wedding itself.
Despite the planning there was an awful lot of improvisation on the day as I reacted to the mood and what was happening the result was magical.
We hoped for an outside wedding as it was nearing the end of September but planned for an indoor ceremony just in case. As it happens the sun came out after a few days of rain and all was well.
As a professional Wedding DJ with over 20 years experience I thought I would provide you with a tip of the day to make sure you have a fantastic wedding.I’ve presided over hundreds of weddings over the years and I was reflecting on how things have changed.
There are now lots more different types of venues available from castles to country manors, from barns and marquees from hotels to specific functions suites and many in between, all of varying shapes and sizes.
In line with the choice of venues there are now more things on offer to keep your guests entertained throughout the wedding from photo booths to roulette wheels, from caricaturists to table magic, from candy carts to chocolate fountains and many more besides.
Now whilst I’m sure all of these have their place, there is also a danger that these water down the main event and rather than enhance the day actually act as a distraction to it.
If you want a packed dance floor you need to focus your guests attention in the room where the music is.
If you are offering a range of other activities it will take your guests away from the room where you want to focus your party.
Consider how the venue is configured, what additional entertainment you really want and where this is located. Think about where the bar is located compared to the room where the music and dancing takes place. If the bar and entertainment is elsewhere it will mean your guests will gravitate towards it and away from the party.
The day is all about two people, it’s about the Bride and Groom, if you want your guests to be on the dance floor, then if that’s where the Bride and Groom can be found, then it will come as no surprise that that's where your guests will be too.
As a professional DJ with over 20 years experience I thought I would provide you with a tip of the day to help you get the right DJ for your wedding.
There are lots of DJ's out there and the prices vary significantly.
If you believe that all DJ's are the same and that the only difference is the price then let me enlighten you ... this is not true.
If you want a quality DJ for your Wedding Day it's unlikely that you will be able to secure their service for the lowest price.
DJ's are no different to most things in life, if you want quality it is likely that you will have to pay for it.
Don't just employ a DJ on the basis of their price.
And don't be fooled by the claims a DJ makes on their marketing materials.
I spotted this one recently. A DJ claimed that he was "the number 1 Wedding and Party DJ" and low and behold two weeks later he declared he had done his "First ever party".
So be wary.
Meet with the DJ first before you book them.
Quiz them about their experience, their approach, ask to see feedback from previous customers and find out how their involvement will enhance your wedding day.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life.
If you're looking to book a DJ focus on quality and not the lowest price.
Rachel and Camron were married at 4pm at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle.