Happy Anniversary………….to me! Twenty years of wedding bliss!

8th July 1994……can you recall what you were doing? I remember it very well indeed. It was the start of a long-term relationship for me, one that would span two decades and see changes aplenty along the way. A relationship in which I would meet dozens of new and close friends, and even some lovers. A relationship where we could be apart for weeks on end, then suddenly together night after night, dancing into the small hours…. 8th July 1994 was my first ever gig at Orsett Hall hotel. Back then, the hotel was a medium-sized venue, based around a lovely

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Smeetham Hall Barn – Stunning Wedding Venue

Last week, I was once again extremely privileged to get the chance to play at one of my favourite wedding venues, Smeetham Hall Barn in Suffolk.   My clients (newly-weds Karly & Dylan) opted for a variation on the Ultimate Package option, choosing the white DJ booth and towers, whole room uplighting in rose pink and simple uplighting of the rear wall instead of a star curtain. As Smeetham Hall is such a large, airy historic barn, I was able to use subtle haze to accentuate the effect lighting after dark, and the starballs in particular looked truly amazing. The music

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The Superpowers Of A Dancing Bride!

Every once in a while, I am humbled by someone else’s knowledge and total love of music….and it happened again on Saturday evening. The whole scene had been set for the wedding reception with a gloriously hot summer day, so everyone was in high spirits and already feeling good. I was able to set up in relative peace as the guests mingled outside in the sunshine, still beaming down at 7.30pm. Once I was in place, I beckoned the guests back inside for the traditional cake-cutting and of course the First Dance to kick off the evening’s music entertainment. Having

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Confetti Cannons – An Awesome Photo Opportunity!

For a real wow factor on your wedding day, please ask me about my superb handheld Confetti Cannons. I use only the white confetti variety, as this doesn’t damage/stain the venue dance floor when the confetti gets wet (from spilled drink, etc). Every single time I’ve used them, there is a guaranteed gasp of amazement from the assembled guests around the Bride & Groom on their First Dance……and with your prepared photographer awaiting the effect with a fast camera shutter speed, the image will be captured forever! Hopefully I’ll be putting some professional images on this site soon. The quickly-taken iPhone pictures

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Award-winning mobile DJ? I think I have a cycling proficiency badge somewhere…….

I have been a DJ for over 25 years now. I learned my trade in night clubs, pubs and village halls…I’ve played to celebrities, huge corporations and probably around 300 Auntie Beryls at weddings across the UK. I can only recall one dissatisfied customer in all that time, and that was because I played his guests’ choice of music instead of the awful playlist he sent me….opting to entertain the majority rather than an incredibly small minority (i.e. just him). I’ve built up an established reputation as a very good mobile DJ and presenter, being a preferred wedding supplier in

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Important Notice for all Orsett Hall Hotel clients

In March, I took the difficult decision to remove myself from the Orsett Hall Resident DJs listing, after 20 years of service to the hotel. The reason for this is jointly due to the uneven distribution of the DJ work at the hotel and the falling standards of the other DJs, which I do not feel merit a residency at such a fine four-star establishment. The functions diary was taken over by the resident 63-year-old ‘DJ & DJ agent’ and he helps himself to the vast majority of incoming work, placing his budget agency DJs in position whenever he is working elsewhere. This

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Orsett Hall Wedding Fayre – 23rd February 2014

As Orsett Hall’s longest-serving and most dedicated resident DJ, I’m very pleased to announce I’ll be back at Orsett Hall on 23rd February for their bi-annual Wedding Fayre. Admission to the wedding fayre is absolutely free, and it’s one of the most popular in the county, with lots of top quality suppliers to choose from. As an Orsett Hall resident DJ, I’ll be situated in the Gold Room with all the preferred suppliers to the hotel. So…..please come along and have a chat about your wedding plans. even if it’s not being held at Orsett Hall. Hopefully I’ll be available for

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2014 – Back on track!

For many reasons, 2013 was quite a subdued year for wedding receptions…….from a superstitious angle, of course it contained the number 13…..and the current economic climate has put a lot of marriage plans on the back burner for couples with uncertainty in their working lives. But 2014 is looking much brighter, thank goodness! We’ve been busy providing quotes since the end of December as couples start to consider their options. Most hotels and venues are reporting an increase in enquiries too, so we certainly hope this is just the beginning of a busier wedding reception period ahead. We’re offering new

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Claridges – A West End Treat

We had the privilege in October this year of playing at one of the world’s finest hotels, Claridges in London. We arrived nice and early, found a parking space right outside the hotel (a minor miracle!) and set to work rigging up the Ultimate Package whilst the wedding party enjoyed their dinner in an adjacent suite. In tandem with our dancefloor business partners, Starlight, we were ready to launch by 6pm. As you will see from the photograph below, we made the room look even more spectacular. Themed in the bride’s choice of pink and white, it was almost reminiscent of a

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Exclusive & Stylish – Our custom built LED columns

This weekend saw the debut of our second pair of LED columns, made exclusively by us…….and I still have the black paint under my fingernails to prove it! We built these columns to stand either side of our starcloth booth, and atop each of them sits an LED mirrorball effect light. The columns are lit internally by colour-changing LED uplighters, whilst the slowly rotating white mirrorballs effect give a really retro yet timeless classic ‘Ballroom’ feel to the function room. We currently have two white pairs with open face LED panels and one black pair with jazzy random circles. The comments we’ve

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