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Truly Vintage Wedding Fair

Hi all! Grab the opportunity to speak to one of our Dreamwave characters along with other experts in the wedding field.   Join us at the up and coming Truly Vintage Wedding Fair.  This is a hugely popular show set in the picturesque grounds of Glemham Hall in Suffolk. We will be on hand to chat all things wedding, music, lighting and décor whether you just want an evening DJ or full wedding lighting production!

Truly Vintage Wedding Fair 2017

Dreamwave Events will be at Truly Vintage Wedding Fair

Like all the suppliers attending, we love everything vintage! A quote from the organisers: “We’re dedicated to bringing creative, vintage, wedding inspiration to East Anglia with our Truly Vintage Wedding Fair.  Inviting the best Suffolk suppliers to showcase their products and services at one of the county’s leading wedding fairs.”

Tori and Donna, the wedding planners based at the venue do a fantastic job.  Now’s you chance to take advantage and check out the stunning marquee filled with wedding suppliers, the sanctuary of the powder room, the beautiful building and grounds of Glemham Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there!!


Rock My Wedding features Dreamwave Events

“Twinkle twinkle little star, point me to the nearest bar!”.  Yes, we have popped the champagne cork and celebrating in style here at Dreamwave Events HQ.  Join our beanfeast as we mark the occasion with wine and sweet words, well, truth be told just sweet words (wine will come later) – by reading my latest post on how we have featured in ROCK MY WEDDING!

Truly exciting times for our team of misfits.  Sonia and Amr’s day was absolutely amazing!  A huge shout out to Katrina Otter, their gifted wedding planner, who organised the whole day with pigeonhole perfection.  The venue; the elegant Hengrave Hall where you see the perfect blend of a multicultural wedding in a classic English setting nestled in the Suffolk Countryside.  There were so many amazing aspects of the wedding,  contributed by an array of talented suppliers that resulted in a wondrous wedding that will blow you away!  Of course, I am going to focus on our side of the coin but would like to give a loud applause to everyone that made the day a success.

Rock my Wedding Modern Vintage Weddings

Photo (above) courtesy of Modern Vintage Weddings.  Sonia and Amr’s reaction when they first see their Custom Gobo Projection translated from their Monogram illuminated on the wall at Hengrave Hall.

Rock my Wedding focuses on our Custom Gobo Projection / Monogram

Sonia and Amr wrote: “We had a bespoke monogram created for our stationery which was then incorporated into various elements of our day, including a projection above our dance floor (courtesy of Dreamwave Events who also provided outdoor lighting throughout the grounds of Hengrave Hall). ” (Rock My Wedding).

Rock My Wedding Gobo Projection Monogram Hengrave Hall Modern Vintage Weddings

The image (courtesy on Modern Vintage Weddings) above is taken in the Banqueting Hall at Hengrave Hall.  This illustrates Sonia and Amr’s initials in illumination with their custom made Gobo Projection during their ceremony.  The Gobo projection was also admired during their wedding’s evening party.  We also provided our Ivory Carpet/Aisle Runner.


Further Lighting Provided around the Grounds at Hengrave Hall

Everyone loves a cracking firework display and I am no different!  If you add a bit of Dreamwave Events expert radiation with the pyrotechnic display by Fully Fused Fireworks; This can only result scenic wonderment and a fantastic photo opportunity.

Rock My Wedding Modern Vintage Weddings Hengrave Hall

Another photo (above) provided by Modern Vintage Weddings.  This beautifully shows our Hanging Votive Walkway on the West Terrace at Hengrave Hall.

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It was a pleasure to be part of such an awesome day and I particularly loved the continuity and personalisation of the monogram used throughout the day.  To find out more what we have to offer Contact us.  We also have a dedicated lighting brochure for Hengrave Hall.

Again, I would like to say a humongous thank you to Rock My Wedding for featuring our services and to Katrina Otter for her recommendation.

If you love the look of Sonia and Amr’s wedding day, check our their list of suppliers below:


Photographer – Modern Vintage Weddings

Second Shooter – Photography by Bea

Videographer – WE ARE // THE CLARKES

Wedding Planner – Katrina Otter Weddings

Venue – Hengrave Hall

Caterer – Milsom Catering

Florist – Blue Sky Flowers

Wisteria Tree – Twilight Trees 

Hair & MUA – Botias

Wedding Cake – Vanilla Patisserie

Favours – La di da Sweet Treats

Production – Dreamwave Events

Harpist – The Cambridge Harpist

Zaffa – Guy Schalom & The Baladi Blues Ensemble

Fireworks – Fully Fused Fireworks

Table Plan – The Little Lending Company


Thanks for reading!!!


Get Wed Podcast Meets Dreamwave Events!

Get Wed meets one of our very own teddy bear co-directors Dave Drane to have a yabber focusing on  DJing, wedding music and wedding lighting.  Listen or watch one of our smartly presented debonair leaders give his expert advice.  He charms both ladies, Kerrie and Katie with his dashing smile and chiselled features (what you wont be able to view is Dave unable to fit through the doorframe with his inflated ego after reading this blog post!).


Have a butchers at the Get Wed Interview

Intrigued…. Check him out by clicking here to have a listen or watch below:



Katie at “Get Wed” Wedding Music

Further to this, it was great to hear from Katie and we were flattered at the invitation to interview.  Dreamwave clearly made a fab impression as our DJ’s provided the evening entertainment at her Wedding!

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Katie boogying the night away during her wedding at East Anglian Railway Museum.


A Get Wed Lighting Affair

In addition to Katie’s music, in the not too distant future we are providing lighting for Kerrie’s wedding.  Kerries awesome Rustic Pallet Backdrop with Hanging Pendent Lamps will be set up at Dedham Vale Vineyard, featured in breath taking Constable Country.  In addition to this, the marquee will be decorated with our stunning Hanging Lamps to complete the look.


Adding to their Wedding Interview Talents

Besides the Get Wed Podcasts, both Kerrie and Katie are also fantastic wedding photographers.  If you are looking for a wedding photographer, follow the links to see the Get Wed ladies shots.


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Venue Décor – Draping for weddings and parties

How can you use Draping for your wedding or party?

Have you found the mac to your cheese or the gravy for your mash and are you’re now planning your wedding? I am going to plant the seed of my wisdom in this blog post…. My wedding was in a standard village hall and without draping, the whole place would have been downright daggy!  A big shout out to mummy for making them as this was very time consuming and stressful for her – but if you plan draping allowance within your budget, you wont have to put the parent unit through the same turmoil!

Venue draping is so utterly versatile and in my opinion one of the most effective ways to make a venue completely transform.  By adding layer and texture to your venue you can completely revamp your space.  Whether you’re looking to support a rustic vintage theme, establish classic elegance or give your venue vibrant intensity; draping décor can achieve this.  Here are my thoughts on the best ways to use draping……….


Complete Coverage

If you don’t like the naked walls of the room, you can totally transform your venue by embellishing it with fabric making it more intimate with white or pastel draping. Alternatively use energetic colour for a modern, lounge room feel.

Wall Draping

Ceiling and Wall

If you have a venue that brings a lot of its own character, like a barn, by placing swoops of fabric from beams across the ceiling you are focusing attention on these unique features.

Cover un-appealing wall décor or simply change the ambience by covering the room borders.

Ceiling Draping

Entrance Areas

Visitors always give pleasure – if not the arrival, the departure.  Your may as well give them a stylish entrance and exit by defining the areas.   These spaces give the option of classic arrangements but also allow opportunity to use a-typical styling.

Draping Entrance

Feature areas

A key Wedding Trend of 2017 is the use of feature areas.  Venue draping is the perfect way to characterize an area you wish to designate.

Draping feature area


You can represent a space with a scenery of fabric behind a top table, Band/DJ Performance area (Our Dreamwave DJ’s love focus on the party area!) or enhance a simple ceremony area.  Backdrops are a both totally gorgeous and versatile.

Draping and Fairy Light Backdrop

How to enrich draping décor

So, you have decided on the fabulous draping, but you now need to complete the look. Fairy lights are an ideal candidate to add that bit of sparkle.  I personally love the use of intense Fairy Lighting on a target area placed behind a focal backdrop.  These radiate streams of light and so add to the party feel.

The flexibility of Up-Lighters make them optimal candidate for a party or wedding.  Situated behind the draping yielding a natural warm glow (a favourite for weddings) or glaring a vibrant hue of colour to party the night away.  These simple and affordable units are perfect to complete your sought after atmosphere.

LOVE the idea of having the warm glow during your wedding breakfast and then changing the setting by altering the colour and vibe for your evening party.  Signify day to night with the impact of a bright colour to boogie the night away!

 Draping with Up-Lighters

Where Draping can be used

Dreamwave Events has installed draping in barns, conference rooms, marquees, private homes and even castles to create impressive focal points.  Check out our Pinterest page for further inspiration.


Don’t Worry About the Fixings

We use a pipe and drape system for our wall coverage and backdrops, so no fixings are required. Where fixings are required, we would get express permission from the venue and will adhere to their specifications to produce the draping look required.


What Dreamwave Events Do

Our team will keep those wedding stress levels under control.  They come armed with buckets of experience and professionalism.   Where required we will provide a design consultation to give a customized quotation to achieve the gorgeous look envisioned.

To set up, we arrive at the venue in good time prior to an event and guarantee our draping is in excellent condition upon installation.


Check out our guys in action at Wivenhoe House…..


I know that everyone wants their wedding venue to look and be perfect.  Just remember perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence!

So how much is this going to cost????

I’m not going to beat around the bush; Draping takes a lot of preparation time and labour but honestly, the effect is worth it.  I cannot give a set price as there are so many variables to consider.  Obviously the less draping used and ease of installation will be the cheapest option.  If you want to find out more……

Go on…Give us a call!

Contact us to discuss your requirements.  We want to help you achieve your lighting and décor image.



Drinks Reception Entertainment and Music for your Wedding

You have just got married and can now officially change your Facebook status!… It’s now time for the your Drinks Reception.  I think most people want their Drinks Reception to be chilled and fun.  After all, t’s the first informal part of the wedding day where the wedding party can have a drink and a good natter post ceremony.  Guests can take a sip of their prosecco, enjoy their surroundings whilst chilling out to fabulous Drinks Reception Entertainment.

Drinks Reception Entertainment

How to choose the perfect Drinks Reception Entertainment to reflect your afternoon vision

What is going to keep your guest engaged whilst the wedding party are off modelling for your perfect wedding shots?  Who will be able to play the right style of music your looking for and generate the desired atmosphere?

Drinks Reception Entertainment, Hengrave Hall

Photo (above) providing Drinks Reception Music at Hengrave Hall.

Cocktail DJ for the Cocktail Hour

So, the classic option are Harpists, acoustic guitarists, jazz singers, saxophonists and string quartets.  But what if you want Drinks Reception Entertainment that’s a little bit different?  Our Cocktail DJ Service offers just that.  Have a DJ play your choice of music at suitable background level using a small, discreet and clean set up that wont distract whilst your guests mingle.  Your Dreamwave DJ can play anything you choose including Acoustic, Hed Kandi, Blues, Ibiza chilled and Jazz to name a few.  I myself like the sound and tempo of acoustic versions of popular songs.  Personally, I think the musical flexibility of the Cocktail DJ Service  is an absolute gem as it allows you to play any genre you fancy at a reasonable price.  You could even up the level further by having him perform alongside a live saxophonist!


See us in action on the lawn in the sun at Le Talbooth:


Drinks Reception Music on a Budget?

I always wish my purse had free refills! Weddings can certainly prove expensive and not every Bride and Groom can afford live entertainment for the whole day.  To me, an obvious saving can be made by putting together your own play list and plug it into either the venue’s PA system or hire one.  The disadvantage of this is that you wont have a live entertainer to captivate the Drinks Reception audience.  But this is a great option for those on a stricter monetary allocation.

Another option is to look at extending your entertainment from the Wedding Ceremony for a couple of hours.  This will most likely prove far cheaper than hiring separate musicians.

 Drinks Reception Entertainment Maison Talbooth

Photo (above) providing Drinks Reception music at Maison Talbooth

Music is not the only option……


I have seen these at a number of weddings I have attended recently to keep the guests smiling.

Entertainment for Children

If your inviting children to your wedding, look to avoid bored little people by hiring a face painter or balloon modeller.

Lawn Games

Giant lawn games are a classic option to charm your wedding guests.


Enhance your sought after atmosphere by adding lighting and décor.  Additional lighting is fantastic for an Evening Drinks Reception.  Options include Fairy Lighting, Lanterns, Festoon Lighting and LED Candles.

Contact Us

Want to talk more about your Drinks Reception Entertainment?  Contact us and we will be happy to help!



A Few Vintage/Retro Lampshades for Hire!

I am so excited to show you this film clip!  I think styling using lampshades is going to be a hugely popular for weddings in 2017.  This is actually not a new thing and are ideal for weddings; particularly wedding breakfasts/drinks receptions.  But I had to announce that we have just had a mega influx and now have A LOT available for hire now in Essex and Suffolk! (when I say a lot, I mean close to 200 in all shapes, styles and sizes).  When clustered and hung correctly together creates an inspiring effect.


I have absolutely fallen in love with these lampshades!  Forgo the traditional and use these beauties!  They can be used either indoors or outside and with Spring nearly upon us; imagine being out in the fresh open space or an airy marquee with these hanging overhead.  The refreshing, quirky styling will complete the bohemian and inspirational feel you are after.

With various choices available like hanging from festoon belts or individually from wire, build the design layout that you imagine.

Lampshades for Hire

Lampshades for Hire

Photos (above)taken during a photo-shoot at Kenton Hall.


DIY Lampshade Décor

Like this styling, but prefer the DIY approach?  Trawling the internet (ebay/gumtree/pre-loved), boot sales and charity for vintage lampshades it certainly an option.  But nowadays it can prove quite time consuming to find decent, good quality lampshades at a bargain.  If your prepared to put in the hours and have the patience, you will eventually find a few at a good price.

Check out Pinterest.  It is a great place to look for unique and do-able DIY lampshade arrangements for your wedding and help get those creative juices flowing!

Before proceeding down the DIY route, it is definitely worth balancing the cost of your time, labour, stress and actual purchase against the peace of mind of hiring the service from the professionals and not having to worry about installation, removal and dealing with glitches pre, post and during wedding.  I’m pretty certain you will have enough on your plate prior to your day!

Lampshades not your thing? Further Inspiration:

If Lampshades don’t appeal to your wedding vision and you want your day to be even more edgy and individual? Why not try hanging umbrellas upside down instead!

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photo (above) taken a the talented wedding of photographer and friend to Dreamwave, Emily Fae


Contact Us

Want to know more or do you have other ideas you want to discuss.  Contact us and we will be thrilled to discuss your plans.


The Big Deal on Candles – LED Candle Hire

LED Candles are a fantastic and not too costly addition to a wedding or party.  They honestly do add to that romantic ambience sought after during a wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast.  Or think about using them in those dark areas in the evening to ass a bit of glow.

Guess what – we have loads of LED Candles available for hire! A huge amount of sizes and shapes to suit your styling needs.  With so many alternatives in design and arrangement, these are a must accessory to your wedding day.



LED Candles

Available for both indoor and outdoor use in various heights, LED candles generate a warm smouldering kindle ideal for use down walkways to complement Carpet or Aisle Runners either stand alone or inside our Lanterns.  Alternatively, the candles can be used in a dense formation at the base of a stairway.  They emit a perfect ambience on otherwise devoid areas such as windowsills and mantelpieces.

LED Candles

Luminara Candles

Our premium alternative to the hire of our standard LED Candles.  It will not be until further inspection that you will discover that these candles are not the real thing! These candle are made from real wax and release a genuine representative glare of an actual flame.  Luminara Candles are the idyllic replacement of the authentic blaze

To find out more about the difference between the Luminara and Standard LED Candles, click here.

Staircase LED Candles

LED Tea Lights

Our smallest in our LED Candle range is our LED Tea Lights.  Usually incorporated into an arrangement for a table centre-piece.  Or the candles can be found flickering in our Hanging Glassware, such as from trees at Maison Talbooth or from the central well in the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall.


Taper Candles

Most commonly used to warmly enhance a centre-piece in candelabras, Taper Candles have been used by Dreamwave to radiate their warm subtle flare by the visually stunning concept of hanging them from the ceiling off beams in barn or attached to the upper area of marquees.

This inspired imagery can be seen in action at Kenton Hall:

Hanging LED Candles

Want to Know More……

For further ideas for LED Candle Hire use, Contact Us and visit our Gallery which illustrates various creative possibilities



Spot the Difference – Realistic LED Candles Hire

Want Candles for your wedding?  Will your venue not allow real candles on site? We have the answer: Just hire realistic LED Candles!

I know candles can really make a difference to the ambience at a wedding venue.  But some venues will understandably not allow naked flames on site (the risk of fire is a huge deterrent!).   Battery powered realistic  LED Candles are the answer – and we have lots of them in all shapes and sizes!

Standard LED Candles are suitable for a range of creative scenery as described in my previous post and are super effective; but if you want the most authentic looking candles,  these LED candles may not quite make the grade you are after.


Don’t despair! There is another option…….

In my opinion, the Luminara range of LED Candles are indisputably the most realistic LED Candles available. They are certainly not a budget option at £17.50 per set of 3 at varying heights for hire.  But in this case, you absolutely get what you pay for.

Why would I pay the extra to hire Luminara Candles?

The Luminara range of realistic LED Candles are the premium alternative to the hire of our standard LED Candles. Clients would have to look closely to find that these candles are not the actual thing!  They are honestly incredible.  Made from real wax, they emit a genuine representative glare of an actual flame these realistic LED Candles are the idyllic replacement of the authentic candle.



Our Standard LED Candles

Don’t get me wrong, our standard synthetic wax LED Candles are realistic and are a great cost effective choice for hire (£5.50 for a set of 3 of varying heights).  They look fantastic in large quantities to create a high impact display and have a lovely flickering effect.  The difference is the actual artificial flame just does not move with these candles.


Don’t believe me? – I have proof! Just have a look at this clip and view the flickering frolics of both these wax lights in action! This will show you in more details what you can expect from each version:



Contact Us

Come to our office to discuss your wedding or event with us and our team will be happy to show you the realistic LED Candles imagery. Click here to get in touch and ignite your event with this shimmering oscillation!



DJ and Sax Combo – Jamming with Sister Sax

Fresh entertainment ideas are hard to find, so we have collaborated with the awesome Sister Sax to create our own DJ and Sax combo.

DJ snd Sax Combo

In this blog post I’m going to tell you about how you can add an element of live music to your party by having a saxophone player to jam along with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s.  Our DJ and Sax Combo is highly impressionable to the audience creating a dynamic merger of the artistic talent.


Club Sax Set during your Wedding’s Evening Party

Picture the Scene…

It’s your wedding or party, the dancefloor is packed, you and your guests are going crazy boogying away to your DJ’s great tracks. Then the beat drops and the unmistakable tone of a saxophone can be heard clear and loud over the top of the club classic hit you’ve always loved.  Out steps a member of Sister Sax to play along with your DJ live!

Trust me, with one of our DJ’s in the mix playing those club classics the surprise introduction of a sax player jamming alongside each other makes for an insane DJ and Sax Combo! The atmosphere of your party reaches a new level with the ultimate fashionable vibe flowing with natural and contemporary beats.

Our very own DJ Dave Drane says: “Jamming alongside each other is very dynamic and high energy. The atmosphere and reaction of the audience is never forgotten.”


Promo Video of DJ and Sax Combo

We just had to capture this vibe in a short film for you (edited by Spike Grimsey).  Using the awesome Hangar at Kesgrave Hall, a perfect party venue to set the scene.  We met here with Sister Sax to film with DJ Darren Saxby.  I think this speaks more than a thousand words, so here it is……

Drinks Reception DJ and Sax Combo

Do you want a chilled and charismatic atmosphere during your Drinks Reception? The fusion of our Cocktail DJ Service and a saxophone player is the absolute solution.   I love the modernistic idea of having a DJ play some smooth Jazz tunes.  By adding a saxophone player into the mix, ups the game releasing impressive soulful sounds.

 DJ and Sax Combo

Booking Your DJ Sax Combo

Adding an Ibiza Club Sax Set from Sister Sax to one of our DJ Packages is very easy.  We recommend you contact Kay direct to book and discuss the sax performance.  Once you have booked a sax player, let us know and we can arrange the logistics of “plugging in” and timing with you and make sure the special collaboration is both flawless and outstanding.


Find Out More

To find out more about our DJ and Sax Combo contact us.






Photo-shoot at Abbots Hall

Late last year saw Dreamwave Events provide the lighting and décor for a photo-shoot at picturesque Abbots Hall.  The photo-shoot was organised by Marie Clarke.  Marie co-ordinates the weddings and events at the venue.  The ever so talented Emily Fae took charge of capturing the stunning images produced.


Abbots Hall Photoshoot


Abbots Hall is a Grade II listed Queen Anne Style building situated on the 75-acre site of the Museum of Anglian Life.   The idea of the photo-shoot was to promote the different areas on site.  We was asked to use our expertise to enhance and define the Tithe Barn through lighting and draping among other areas……….


The Tithe Barn Lighting and Décor at Abbots Hall

In order to achieve the desired ambience, we used Festoon belts with hanging pendants and vintage filament lamps.  Their subtle effect along with the warm glow radiating from our up-lighters around the perimeter with white voile draping to bring a slash of femininity, brightened the barn to the perfect level of welcoming but not overpowering illumination.

Further refinement was offered through our feature area by installing an engaging backdrop of floating candles. Feature areas are very much are a primary focus of wedding trends for 2017 discussed in my previous blog. Click here to read more about the trending lighting and décor.


Abbots Hall Photoshoot

Woodland Area in Abbots Hall

We collaborated in the Woodland Area to establish a whimsical setting using rustic Lanterns and kindling LED Candles.


Several suppliers participated in the photoshoot to accomplish the fantastic results illustrated:

Abbots Hall Weddings & Events

Weddings for you by Marie

Emily Fae Photography

Wild Poppies

Dreamwave Events

Amelies Kitchen

Argent & Sable

Rock the frock

Anthology Vintage Hire

Lemonpie Stationery


Abbots Hall Photoshoot


Contact Us

For further ideas and inspiration or to discuss your own visions for your wedding or event, please contact us and we will be happy to help you realize it!





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