That was the last wedding of the 2016 for me….and what a way to end the wedding season.
The venue – the same as where I started the season at the start of the year and one of my personal favourites, the Old Hall just outside Ely.
It’s always a real pleasure to work at Old Hall, the staff are friendly and helpful, the dance marquee is a stunning “office” to work in for the evening (even if there were penguins skating across the dance floor until the big reveal at 8pm), and everything just, well….works.
Becky and Geoff booked me a while ago for their wedding and we met several weeks ago to go through the order of events for the evening and music preferences. Other than no stereotypically cheesy action dance type songs to be played and a couple of dozen favourite tracks, the music was to be left pretty much to my discretion.
What I also discovered was that Geoff was from the U.S.A and that there would be a lot of guests attending from the other side of “the pond” on the evening. It’s been a while since I’ve entertained at a wedding with a lot of American guests and they’re always a lot of fun and pretty much guaranteed to fill the dance floor…..I wasn’t let down on this occasion.
Part of the background preparation involved speaking to fellow DJs in America (specifically Massachusetts where Geoff hails from) to find out how things are done music-wise over there. For the uninitiated…wedding DJs over there work completely differently from the way we do over here in Blighty. Thankfully I got plenty of good music selections which are popular over there at the moment, and even helped a couple of them out who were about to do weddings with English brides over there….it’s nice to be able to help even on the other side of the planet.
So to the evening itself. As usual the DJ arrives at 6:30pm for an 8pm first dance. It’s a lot longer than I’d normally need to set up but it’s nice to have that little bit of “chill time” between finishing the setup and actually starting work. The only problem being that the dance marquee wasn’t heated and it was absolutely freezing in there (it always is until the “big reveal” so not a massive problem).
At just before 8pm, Becky and Geoff where brought into the dance marquee to have their first dance photos taken in private as is the way at Old Hall, and then the curtain dividing the dance marquee from the breakfast marquee is drawn back to reveal them on the dance floor in all of it’s theatrical glory (and unless you’ve been in there, you really can’t appreciate how spectacular it looks).
First dance done and dusted (which Becky and Geoff were dreading by the way), it’s onto the main party….and what a party. Guest requests a-plenty (a lot of American Rock and Jersey Boys, current charts, UK Rock, a smattering of 80s and just a little American “cheese”) saw the dance floor nice and healthy for the entire evening. An absolutely brilliant night and it seemed a real shame to have to shut the music off at the allotted time of midnight…..I could have gone on for a lot longer.
To top off the satisfaction of a job well done, Becky sent me a message the next day:
Made our night! Everyone tore up the dance floor since Wayne played to the crowd so well. Thank you for finishing off our special day in such a fantastic way.
For me – that sort of message from a happy bride is the icing on the cake and makes this job with it’s unsocial hours and heavy lifting all the more worthwhile.
I’m not back there now until next April, and that’ll be the first of eight weddings in there so far (I’ve got 20 booked for next year so far in total and it’s not even December yet which is when the majority of my weddings for the next year are booked….it’s looking like it’s going to be a good year!).
So if you’re looking for a wedding DJ for your reception next year – please get in touch as soon as possible. The “big dates” are booking fast