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DJ Booth – Having Only One Option is Not an Option

Our team love trying out new concepts and like to think we lead the way in trends for lighting and decor options at weddings and parties.   We keep ahead of the game with a unique approach to each job, bringing new design aspects to the table with each individual client, interpreting your style and requirements, bringing them to life.  With Dreamwave Events, we don’t restrict you to one DJ Booth.  We provide you with various set-up choices, whilst always being open to further notions from our clients.

 

There is Nothing Pro-Choice about Having no Choice! (Serrin Foster)

Offering a choice of DJ Booth / Set Up for your wedding or evening party is just one small part to planning your evening party or wedding reception.  You need a concept that enhances and complements your party theme.  Not something that looks out of place.   Keep reading for the various “looks” on offer:

Signature Black DJ BoothBlack DJ Signature Booth Table Set Up

This naked set up allows guests to actually witness our DJ’s skilled mixing live, inviting them into the party!

Signature White DJ booth – Selected Colour

Signature White DJ Booth Set Up Table Colour

Similar to the Signature Black Booth, the White Alternative offers the same result, but with a choice of colour to match your theming.  Keep the cloth white or shine a warm glow through the cloth.  Want some colour?  Draw attention to the DJ with bold and bright intensity.

Wooden DJ Booth

Wooden DJ Booth Barn Wedding Rustic Vintage Look

Specially constructed by our Dreamwave Designers in the depot.  This wooden wonder looks stunning in barns and dark wood rooms, complementing the venue impeccably.  Complete the look with LED Candles positioned within the crevices or hanging lamp backdrops.

Further to this, with industrial trends still at the forefront of with weddings of 2018; this DJ Booth offers an excellent pairing to these tones.

Pallet DJ Booth

Pallet DJ Booth Rustic Vintage Look Barn Wedding

Another Dreamwave Crew construction.  Also popular for barn weddings.  A more natural embellishment that is really on trend with the “woodsy” elements entering the 2018 style.

Reclaimed Wood Tressel DJ Booth

Reclaimed Wood Tressel DJ Booth wedding rustic natural vintage

Our exposed decks on genuine 100 year old reclaimed vintage wood brings the DJ into the party and like our Pallet booth, remains on trend for weddings of 2018 with it’s natural wooden tone.

Georgian Desk DJ Booth

Georgian Desk DJ Booth Vintage Style

The dark wood of our Georgian Style Desk Set Up offers our clients a true vintage look.  Looks awesome with decor prop pieces to match the vintage theme.  Fits in with stately homes and period properties.

 

Traditional Black DJ Booth with White LED’s

Black DJ Booth Starlit White LEDs

Arguably the DJ Set Up that you see the most at evening parties.  This classic booth is great for a traditional feel.

Traditional Black DJ Booth with Warm Glowing Lights

Black DJ Booth Starlit warm glowing lights

This Set Up is always a favoured choice when accompanied by fairy lighting, as the warm glow illuminating from the booth matches them perfectly.

Traditional White DJ Booth with White LED’s

Classic White DJ Booth Starlit White LEDs

The White DJ Set Up, like its black equivalent, emanates that classic look.  Being the long-established wedding hue, it is a popular choice at wedding celebrations.  It looks great in Marquees or accompanied by venue draping decor!

Traditional White DJ Booth with Warm Glowing Lights

Black DJ Booth Starlit warm glowing light

The White Booth arrangement, similar to it’s black option, matches the decorative fairy lighting.  I particularly love seeing this pictured with a fairy lighting backdrop.  It looks stunning!

What Lighting Colour Wash to Choose with my DJ Booth?

Within your Evening DJ Package, you have a choice of colour that will be projected on the wall behind your DJ.  Being LED lighting the array of colours produced are either vibrant of a natural warm golden glow can be emitted.  Pastel colours are difficult to create and tend not to be visible against the wall (especially dark walls).  Click here for a some examples.

Life isn’t perfect, but your DJ Set Up can be!

With such a choice of DJ Set Up’s, you can achieve the style in keeping theme you envision for your wedding or party.  The DJ booth is not the only element that makes the DJ set up a success.  Check out my previous post for further details.

 

What do you Think?

Tell me what DJ Booth catches your eye? Have an idea for a unique set up – let us at Dreamwave Events know and we will make it reality!

I hope you found this post helpful and remember; Keep your Heels, Head and Standards High (Coco Chanel)

 

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Where to Find our DJ’s – Christmas Parties 2017

The best way to spread Christmas Cheers is for a Dreamwave DJ to play songs loud for all to hear!  Dreamwave DJ’s can be found in the mix and doing their thing at the following venues this winter season for Christmas Parties 2017 in Essex and Suffolk.  If you lucky enough to have got tickets in time, here is where to find us:

 

Christmas Parties 2017 – Where to find our DJ’s this Year:

Le Talbooth, Essex

Christmas Party nights at Le Talbooth are always a success and not to be missed.  We will be there throughout December for you to dance the night away after a smashing meal provided by Milsoms.

Christmas Parties 2017 Le Talbooth Essex

The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

Enjoy your Christmas at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall “the most excitging party venue in Suffolk” with a Dreamwave DJ alongside Sister Sax supplying the Christmas beats for an unforgettable evening.  Cant make the Christmas Parties? – Never fear, we are also there for New Year!

Christmas Parties 2017 The Hangar Milsoms Kesgrave Hall Suffolk

Wivenhoe House, Essex

A scrumptious festive dinner and Dreamwave DJ is on the menu for Christmas Parties 2017 at Wivenhoe House.  Dont miss out!

Wivenhoe House Wedding winter wonderland lighting hire in Colchester

Suffolk Food Hall, Suffolk

Its a food hall – your in for a fulfilling tasty treat for your dinner at Suffolk Food Hall, Christmas Parties 2017!  Then followed on by a Dreamwave DJ, is a guaranteed receipt for success!

 

Keep calm and get your Ho Ho Ho on; the Christmas Party season is on it’s way!

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Spotlight on Darren – Garage Music Top 20

Garage music  has firmly held a deserved title as one of the most influential music scenes scoring over the last 2 decades,  emerging to the forefront of commercial music in the 1990’s we have now reached it’s landmark 20 year anniversary.  It deserves a big shout out that we have now reached the 20 year anniversary since the outbreak of the era that spawned some of the best British club classics ever!  One of the catchiest genres of dance music with it’s fun and yet affirming lyrics is so powerful and always successfully draws a huge crowd to the dance floor.

If Garage Music is your passion; With our very own DJ Darren on the decks mixing his favourite Garage tunes, results in a certified recipe for a successful evening as he plays out beats from Artists like So Solid Crew, Shola Ama and DJ Pied Piper.

 

Darren on Garage Music – “Do You Really Like It?”

All our DJ’s were there at the clubs and bars mixing and dropping beats with Garage tunes on the decks.   With Essex being the Garage capital of the UK, its fair to say they all have a keen ear for Garage Music.

“With a Little Bit of Luck” I managed to collar Darren to chat all thing Garage Music and find his all time chart busting tunes.  He is our resident expert DJ on Garage beats.  His mixing skills and passion for the style emanate in his energetic performance.   I picked his brains for his top 20 Garage hits.  We better “turn up the base line, I got 21 seconds to chat this rhyme in time”:

Garage Music top 20 hits DJ Wedding Party Essex Suffolk

Top 20 Garage Classic Floor-Fillers with some Heavier Garage Options:

  • A little Bit of Luck – DJ Luck & MC Neat
  • Do you Really Like it – DJ Pied Piper & Masters of Cermeonies
  • Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude
  • Movin’ too Fast – Artful Dodger, Romina Johnson
  • Sambuca – Wideboys ft Dennis G
  • Sorry (I didn’t Know) David Howards Remix – Monsta Boy
  • Tell Me It’s Real – Clun Asylum Steppers Mix – K-Ci & JoJo
  • Thong Song – Artful Dodger Remix – Artful Dodger Remix – Sisqo, M.C Alastair
  • Body Groove – Architechs, NANA
  • Imagine – Shola Ama
  • 21 Seconds – So Soliud Crew
  • 138 Trek – Original Mix – DJ Zinc
  • Battle ft Lain Vocal Mix – Wookie, Lain
  • Booo! – Sticky, Ms. Dynamite
  • Dooms Night – Timo Maas Radio Edit – Azzido Da Bass, Timo Mass
  • Fly Bi ft MC Sparks & MC Kie – Teebone, MC Kie, MC Sparks
  • Hold On – Ft June Hamm – SE22 Mix – Stephen Emmanuel Presents Colours
  • Just In Case (Dub-A-Holics Rollers Revival Mix Edit – Jaheim, Dubaholics
  • Oh No – Sentimental Things – So Solid Crew
  • You Don’t Know – 702

 

 

Lets “Holler with the rinsin sound” to Darren for his cracking choices.  Here is Darren’s own words on the dynamic style in the mix:

“Being a Dreamwave DJ allows me to re-live my capital party days in all the big clubs over London, Essex and Europe.  Anyone growing up in this era, having me as their wedding DJ, allows me to take them back and re-live the awesome memories.  Garage music has become so recognised across the board that when asked to play the hits, all ages flock to the dance floor to move to the classic beats.”

 

Why a Surge of Requests for a dedicated hour of Garage Music at Wedding Evening Parties?

The core Garage era erupted in the late 1990’s.  If you think about it, in most circumstances, couples that enjoyed the Garage mecca genre are now at the age where they are thinking of settling down.  They are saying “Lets Groove” (George Morel) to the energy of Garage music on the day that “trust is the lock is the key, there’s no doubt that your loves all for me” (Shanks and Bigfoot)

We often get asked for an hour during an evening’s wedding  reception purely dedicated to Garage Music.   Darren Says –

“The contagious mix of tracks makes you want to rewind several times.  Its like the DJ has dropped a secret weapon and the crowd goes nuts on the dance floor!”

Garage Music DJ Darren Saxby Wedding Party Essex Suffolk

Thinking you want to Surprise your Other Half on your Wedding Day – Here’s an Idea…..

Because of the re-emergence of Garage music on the Wedding scene, specialist Garage DJ’s and MC’s can be booked for your wedding party for an hour set to work alongside our DJ’s.  It’s awesome to see the surprise on guests faces when the likes of DJ Luck and MC Neat step out to perform their tunes live.  One of our Brides, Emma who got wed at Channels Estate in Essex, took it one step further.  She surprised her then fiancee, Dave, by booking them on the hush hush through Curiosity Artist Agency, where Artful Dodger can also be booked to mix their anthems.  Judging by the look on Dave’s face, it was clearly well worth the secrecy and effort.  It blew him and all the guests away.  The atmosphere was mind-blowing!

 

Want to find out more?

Give us a tinkle to chat about how you can throw your dance floor into a tizzy.  Just “imagine that it all came true” (Shola Ama).  What are you waiting for!?

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Real Wedding, Le Talbooth, Essex – Rebecca and Samuel

Rebecca and Sam set their date for their wedding day at Le Talbooth in Essex.  For me, the best way to describe their day in a nutshell is unsurpassed thoughtfulness.   Attention to detail was given to every aspect of their wedding day.  There were so many individual touches that really made their wedding intimate and unique.

 

The Wedding Planning

After Sam’s proposal in Thailand in November 2015, they got cracking onto the wedding planning.

The Venue – Le Talbooth

With the natural beauty of the River Stour as it’s canvas, Le Talbooth is one of the foremost wedding venues in Colchester.  Then they had the added bonus of Milsom Weddings acting as their host.  With their multitude of experience and list of professional recommended suppliers; Rebecca and Samuel’s wedding planning was off to a great start!

“The venue itself is absolutely stunning (even in the rain) and we knew we could do as little or as much as we wanted and it would still look amazing. That combined with the amazing reputation the restaurant has for luxurious cuisine, and the odd glass of champagne thrown in, just confirmed to us that this was it.”

Outside Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Venue

 

Lighting and Décor at Le Talbooth with Dreamwave Events

“Also with Le Talbooth, one of the main things that really drew us even more to the venue, was that Dreamwave was one of their recommended suppliers.  I love a good Instagram stalk and as soon as I had a proper browse, I knew that Dreamwave would be able to make our wedding even more special.  I knew they could take our wedding to the next level.  The whole team  just “got” what we were going for and could not have been more helpful in recommending ideas of their own.”

Dreamwave did the whole entrance walkway and full marquee ceiling in beautiful fairy lights (a must in my opinion if you get married at Le Talbooth – even during the day they looked so pretty).  They also supplied our S&R letter lights, the monogram dance floor sticker and  uplighters – they were simply incredible!!

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Letter Lights

Letter Lights
Images Source – Dan Casson

“Many people recommended that I download Pinterest, as it would really help me find some ideas that were slightly different and out of the ordinary.  One thing that I saw that I loved, was a lot of American weddings had these graphics on the dance floor; that suddenly became a must have for the wedding.  I had never seen any pictures of weddings in Essex that had done this before.  This made me want it even more as I felt like it was totally unique and original to us.  When we approached Dreamwave with my idea they were so helpful and asked what design we were thinking of and straight away I knew that the guest book design with our monogram would look amazing.  On the day, nearly every guest said to me how amazing the dancefloor looked, and it was a real wow factor, in my opinion.”

The Dress

Rebecca had a clear idea of what her wedding dress was going to look like and traipsed the dress shops on a mission to find it.  After a few bad experiences she found “the one” at Amorae in Ongar.

“Like any girl I had spent hours leading up to the appointment looking at the website and picking out my favourites.  I tried one of them on first – lets just say it wasn’t the one! That’s when Maria at the shop said  “can I pick a dress for you”.  Now I need to set the scene here; my family and I were in a big room with a whole mirrored wall, and in one corner was a small space with a curtain that went around where you got into the dresses.  As Maria was zipping me into this dress, without even seeing myself in the mirror, I knew that this was it.  When I saw myself in the mirror, the tears started.  I loved the way it fitted my body; the traditional lace; subtle sparkle and beading – everything was perfect.  I really felt like the best version of myself.   I saw myself marrying Sam in this dress -my dress.  It was love at first sight”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Personal Touches

“We really wanted the wedding to look timeless and elegant and that really drove all of our choices when planning and selecting for the wedding.  Sam always wanted to wear black tie and I have always loved the idea of bridesmaids in black and my dress pure white.  Like any couple we wanted our wedding to be personal to us, whilst remaining traditional.  After we found the venue and church we found an amazing stationer, Jacqui at Print for LoveShe had this beautiful wedding set named the Hayworth.  That’s where the biggest and only theme you may say came from – S&R.”

Wedding Le Talbooth Essex Monogram Perosnal Touches Decor Dancelfloor Sticker Graphic

Personalized Dance floor Graphic. Images Source – Dan Casson

“The thing on the day that I was most proud of was my order of service at the church.  Due to my performing background, a family friend suggested that I should do it like a program you would get at a West End show.  I created the whole thing myself, including a ‘Who’s who in our wedding party’, fun facts about both myself and Sam along with some embarrassing childhood photos, ‘from our first date to our wedding day’ .  I also included a few pages of our favourite photos telling the story of our four years together, and so much more – it had 20 pages!  It was my pride and joy.  However, my favourite thing of all, although time consuming, was when they all arrived from the printers  I wrote inside each service book an individual hand written message to each guest from us both that was totally unique for each person. They went down an absolute treat, everyone loved them!!”

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church Personal touches

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Day of the Wedding, Le Talbooth

The Ceremony

After a hearty family meal at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham with the family, Rebecca managed to get a good nights sleep before her wedding day in preparation for her wedding day…Eeeek!  Initially the morning was very calm – with a bottle of champagne to help Rebecca, her mum and her three bridesmaids get ready, everyone felt relaxed.

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“I still think even then that it hadn’t really sunk in that I was getting married… it was only when it was time to get in my dress, that that all changed. Suddenly the room got very hot and I remember actually saying to Chris (my lovely videographer) “Oh my god, im actually getting married, I think I am going to be sick”.  This is not because I had any regrets, I just suddenly felt this wave of overwhelming emotion, and in that moment i realized that this was it – I was getting married!  In the car to the church, my dad held my hand and told me how happy he was that I was marrying Sam, it was a moment I will never forget.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

“Arriving at the church, was a blur and before I knew it, the bridesmaids had left me and it was just me and my mum standing at the doors of the church, waiting for the Bridal Chorus to start. As the music started, we both shed a few tears and then it all becomes a real blur. Walking down the aisle, all I wanted to do was focus on Sams face, I don’t remember even seeing anyone else and I know it sounds cheesy but even in that big church surrounded by over one hundred people, it really felt like we were the only two people in the room.”

 

Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Dedham Parish Church

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Wedding Breakfast, Le Talbooth

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Rebecca and Sam worked so hard to make their wedding day into their vision.  Every detail was thought about and it really showed in all aspects of the day.  I loved the personal touches included.  Using Dreamwave’s Complete Wedding Day DJ and Lighting Hire Services meant that we were providing background music during the Wedding Breakfast.  Their entrance song into the Marquee was West Ham’s “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” for her soon to be husband (I might add that Sam begged for something West Ham to be included throughout the wedding day – which Rebecca did politely decline!).  I loved that Rebecca’s dad took on the Master of Ceremonies role – for me, its these subtle points that make the day intimate.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

“When we arrived to Le Talbooth in our vintage Rolls Royce,  Dan (our photographer) whisked us quickly into the marquee so we could see it before it was filled with our friends and family but also so he could get some great photos of us, whilst the marquee was empty.   I always had a strong picture in my mind of what I wanted the marquee to look like.  In preparation for the wedding, I am sure Sams neck must of ached for the continuous nodding and agreeing to all of my ideas.  I don’t think he was actually listening to me most of the time – typical man!  When we saw the marquee for the first time on the day, he could not of been more thrilled and loved every little detail, most of which I am surprised that he even picked up on.  Another personal touch that Sam also loved, was instead of table names, we marked each table number with photos of us at that particular age.  I loved seeing all of my hard work come together.  It was incredible and it actually looked better than I even imagined it would.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

The Flowers

“Our flowers were beautiful, I always said the bigger the better and Stacey from Designer Flowers Essex certainly did not disappoint. My bouquet was made of pure white lisianthus and hydrangea.  Inside the marquee Stacey added roses, peonies and several types of foliage complete with hanging candles.  We also had four separate arrangements to frame both entrances to the marquee.  Lanterns and candles lined the steps down to the lawn and not to mention our beautiful floral frame for the table plan, which was another must for the day.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Designer Flowers Essex

Florist – Designer Flowers Essex
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Cake

“Our five tier wedding cake was from Cookie Delicious.  I designed it alongside Amy and it was a complete original design in pure white.  I loved the individual handmade flowers and damask pattern.   It tasted just as good as it looked, from chocolate to lemon to the traditional fruit cake, every tier was yummy!”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Cake by Cookie Delicious
Images Source – Dan Casson

Stationary and Social Media

Print for Love created all of our table plan, menu cards and place cards continuing on from our invitation design – for the day we created two personalised snapchat geofilters for our guests to use and Jacqui also created special cards to go on each table to inform guests of how to use them and to use or hashtag #meetthemccarthys when posting any photos on social media.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Images Source – Dan Casson

 

This is where I have some advice to my fellow brides –

“Try to relax and enjoy the wedding breakfast.  I mean don’t get me wrong,  everything was stunning and that combined with the music, the room just had a real buzz and electricity.  However, I couldn’t help but find myself looking around during the starters, trying to make sure everyone was having a good time, when really I should have concentrated on myself and my new husband.  Sam read me like a book and seeing I was a tad overwhelmed, he whisked me outside to have a quiet moment.  Everyone had told me to enjoy every second; but sometimes I found myself trying to take every moment in that I wasn’t actually being in the moment – if that makes sense.  After our quick team chat outside, I was back in the game, with a glass of pink champagne in hand and we were going round from table to table mingling with our guests – a brilliant suggestion from my husband.”

 

The Evening Party for the Wedding, Le Talbooth

For the evening party, Rebecca and Sam were not afraid to play it modern with energised décor and contemporary pink up-lighting that punctuate perfectly with the warm golden traditional elements.

“The evening part of the wedding just flew by.  My bridesmaid Maddy and school friends surprised us both with the most amazing wedding present; it was a compilation video of lots of our friends singing along to different parts of ‘a town called malice’ – the reason why this song is a long story!  It was so thoughtful and it tied so many incredible, funny moments that I had shared with my friends together.  It is something I will never forget – plus I now have a copy at home.”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester

Cutting the Cake, showing pink up-lighting that punctuates with the warm golden glow elements from the fairy lighting taking the colour pallet to the next level
Images Source – Dan Casson

 

The First Dance

Then it was our first dance…  from day one we always had a song – ‘Just the way you are’ by Barry White.  This came around after a drunken dance at a party when we first got together. However we were also keen on  ‘Love’ by Nat King Cole, which I normally dance around the kitchen whilst cooking dinner.  For our first dance we really struggled with which one to go with and decided on the first.  Much to Sams surprise on the day, I actually had my friend mix the two together – I will never forget his face when the track changed and everyone started singing along. Our first dance was so special to us and it was by far my favourite moment of the day.  I then shared a dance with my dad.  My favourite film is ‘Father of the Bride’ and the theme tune is ‘Just the way you look tonight’.  Like any father and daughter, we have a very special relationship and it is something I will treasure forever.

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester First Dance

First Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

The Party!

“And then the party started!! Before the big day we had to send Dreamwave over a list of the running of the day, plus a list of any “must plays” for the evening.  Me and Sam love music.  You will always find my friends and family on the dance floor till the end of the party.  We are normally the ones being asked to leave!  I just have to say that Darren (our DJ) certainly did not disappoint.  The next day we had a million messages and nearly everyone said “OMG how amazing was your DJ!?” Darren definitely added so much to our special day.  I mean, what’s a wedding without a good party!?  The dance floor was packed from start to finish, from the young to the old, everyone was having such a great time.  In true fashion nobody wanted it to be over, to the point where one of my best friends stood on our S&R floor sticker and said “NO, you cannot take this off until we have all left!” – sorry about that Dreamwave!!

Before we knew it, it was the next morning, the dress was in a heap on the floor, I had a slight headache, and it was all over.  I remember laying there thinking, how was that yesterday!?  I have never known a day to go by so fast and I don’t think I ever will again. It goes without saying that it really was the best day ever and we cannot wait to spend the rest of our lives together as Mr and Mrs McCarthy!”

Marquee Le Talbooth Essex Wedding Colchester Father/Daughter Dance

Father/Daughter Dance at Le Talbooth
Images Source – Dan Casson

Advice to future Bride and Grooms

“The most important advice I can give is to surround yourself with people who you love and trust.  This is by far the biggest day of your life and everyone from your bridesmaids, to the groomsmen, to the florist, photographer, should get that and be there to support you.  If anything, all of these people are bringing something very special to your day, so try to bear that in mind when selecting who you go with.

Please believe me when I say this will the best day of your life, whether it rains or you have glorious sunshine, try to remember that actually none of it really matters, all that matters is you are marrying the love of your life and that this is your special day, no one else’s.”

 

 

Like the look of Rebecca ans Sam’s Wedding.  Here’s a list of the Dream Team:

 

Church – Dedham Parish Church

Venue – Le Talbooth

Florist – Designer Flowers Essex

Cake – Cookie Delicious

Photographer – Dan Casson

Videographer – Chris Perry. 

Dance Floor Mongram – Dreamwave Events

Marquee lighting – Dreamwave Events

DJ – Dreamwave Events

Pianist – Piano DJ

Stationary – Print for Love

Brides Dress – Amorae

Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Suits – Jack Bunneys

Bridesmaids Dresses – Forever Unique

Husband – my very own!!

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New Year’s Eve Party 2017 – The Hangar, Suffolk

Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve at The Hangar, Milsoms Kegrave Hall.    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” (Dr Seuss).  My suggestion is choose The Hangar!

The Hangar New Year's Eve Party 2017 Milsoms Kegrave Hall Suffolk

 

Whats Included in this New Year’s Eve Party?

This one is not to be missed; Greeted with refreshingly smooth Taittinger champagne and exquisitely prepared canapes followed by a succulent 4 course spread to satisfy your gluttonous cravings for a gourmet feast.   Then completely satisfy your pallet with a sweetener of mouth-watering chocolates and a pick-me -up caffeine boost.

Finish your New Year’s evening dancing to tunes mixed by one of our musical connoisseurs, superstar DJ’s at Dreamwave Events; jamming alongside the awesome Sister Sax for the greatest closing party of 2017!

This is what Oliver Richards, General Manager at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall has to say….

“Here at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall we are delighted to be teaming up with Dreamwave Events once again for our NYE Ball in the Hangar. We’re especially looking forward to their latest innovation in the form of Sister Sax who will be accompanying them at the decks. Constantly evolving, Dreamwave always take it up a notch to make any event in the Hangar a night to remember for those who bring their dancing shoes”

Sign Me Up, How Do I Book?

With tickets only £115 per person, this year’s exclusive extravaganza’s tickets will soon sell out.  To book call the Milsoms Team at Kesgrave Hall on 01473 333741.

Cheers to New Year and another chance to get it right (Oprah Winfrey).

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What Should a Wedding DJ Set Up Look Like?

Having been a bride myself, I know how most want the day perfect and we tend to be meticulous to details for the big wedding day.  But whist thinking about all these minute details, us brides then go forward and book a DJ for the evening and think “job done” without it even occurring to us what the DJ set up will look like.  Why would it? Well, lets face it, most of us don’t really have a clue about which speaker system is what and where it would be best to position those moving heads.  All we want is a darn good party where the “kids” can bop away and our granny’s can shake their hips later in the evening.   We entrust this to the expert DJ.

Now working for a DJ and Lighting company, I now have a basic understanding of the vastness of quality in DJ set up.  Believe me, this varies completely from one end of the spectrum to the other!

 DJ Set Up Dreawmave DJ Spike party disco DJ Colchester Essex

Keep the DJ Set Up Simple

It is a wedding after all, not a full blown rave.  When I think of a wedding DJ Set Up, I think of a tidy booth with some simple lighting that will produce the desired ambience of romance for first dance and a good family friendly party atmosphere in the evening.  For me, less is more.  I believe buying into a few pieces with better construction.  A colossal 80’s style over-head truss with multiple glaring lights, huge unnecessarily sized speakers and a smoke machine does not scream wedding party to me!

Dreamwave Event’s Evening DJ Set Up includes a choice of booth, discreet speakers, some moving party lighting for the dance floor and an LED wash on the wall behind the DJ in a colour of your choice.

So What does this mean?

The DJ Booth is where the guys work their magic on the decks.  Dreamwave offer a choice “look” from the classic star-cloth DJ booth to our signature Decks-on-Show where you can see you DJ mixing live bringing them into the party.  Having a vintage themed rustic wedding?  We also have our popular rustic styled custom designed pallet booths to match your theme.

The lighting behind the DJ is just a wash of your choice of colour on the wall.   The party lighting will shine onto the dance floor.  Both are perfect to create the ideal wedding party atmosphere.

For an evening party, this is enough.  You can then move forward to enhance the mood further with additional wedding suitable lighting such as fairy lights, festoons, gobo projections and LED Candles.

 

Hengrave Hall DJ Set Up Suffolk

No Need to Pop My Ear Drums

Generally a wedding venue seeks to be romantic and welcoming to entice the prospective bride and grooms.  The party room is not going to be massive and most will probably look to hold a maximum of 200 people, where some are much smaller.  A good wedding DJ will make sure their equipment caters for the venue.  They will balance their music volume so that it is loud enough to give a darn good party, but also low enough for guests to enjoy a good natter off the dance floor.

I know of some venues that have sound limiters installed to help control the over zealous DJ.  A good DJ will not trip this off.  Could you imagine being half way through your favourite song, busting your best moves on the dance floor and then everything suddenly stops as your DJ could not control the music level! Embarrassing for the DJ….and what a way to kill a party!

Don’t let a sound limiter scare you off from your dream wedding venue.  As long as your DJ is aware it’s there and know the settings – your evening party will be good to go!

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Bright Light, Bright Light!

Lighting is of course a key feature to any party.  It is easy for a DJ  to get over enthused about party lighting.  They have to consider that from the outside looking onto the dance floor, the lighting may look awesome, but as a bride, I really don’t want my family and wedding guests blinded!

Dreamwave used discreet and more then sufficient party lighting and the LED colour wash reflects onto the dance floor to help create that party atmosphere.  As mentioned the mood can always be further enhanced with use of suitable lighting and décor.

 

Cut the Clutter

Be safe not sorry!  Us brides don’t want to have to worry about ugly wires and yucky bright extension cords left exposed ruining our once perfect wedding venue! Dreamwave tape down all their wiring and is neat and tidy to avoid hazards and the visual abhorrence.

With Dreamwave’s fantastic and wedding friendly DJ set up, their experience and professionalism has surged them to the top choice of DJ entertainment for weddings in Essex and Suffolk.

Want to know more?

Contact us direct and we will be happy to discuss your wedding plans.

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Bridal Blog Name Drop – Levi and Steve

Levi and Steve took a shot and tied the knot on 7th September 2017.  Their celebrations continued at Maison Talbooth for their Drinks Reception and continued at Le Talbooth in Essex for their Wedding Breakfast and Evening Party.  But there is another side to Levi that we didn’t know about;  she is a writing enthusiast! Dreamwave Events came across Life as Levi on the web.  She has been keeping her blog updated recently with her nursing, wedding and travel larks.   Her wedding blog details the lead up to her wedding and, of course, the wedding day itself plus and most importantly, the suppliers that helped make it all happen!

 

“We arrived to people enjoying pimms, prosecco and canapés. Our marquee was beautifully decorated by the venue and vendors. ” (source: lifeaslevi.com)

 

Dreamwave’s Input

Levi approached us wanting to use our lighting hire services at Le Talbooth for her Wedding Breakfast and Evening Party.

 

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Levi and Steve enjoying their first dance under Dreamwave Fairy Lighting at Le Talbooth
Image Source: lifeaslevi.com

 

“The company deal with a large range of lighting; whether you want classic fairly lights to fan the roof of a marquee, rustic festoon lighting or something unique such as hanging lamps then they are the company to talk to. After our first contact with Dreamwave they were really helpful. We were invited to a meeting where they discussed any visual ideas we had and then suggested different props and lighting to match our theme. If they didn’t have something in their collection then they would try and source it from elsewhere.

We decided to go classic and have fairly lights for our marquee, light up poseur tables around our bar,  and party lights for our dance floor.

The people at Dreamwave are great to work with and do their best to bring your theme or ideas to life.” (source: Lifeaslevi.com)

 

What did Levi and Steve Book with Dreamwave?

To decorate the marquee Levi and Steve opted for Fairy Lights at Le Talbooth.  These were arranged around the entrance walkway legs and set to a fan shape internally down both ends of the marquee.  These were both complemented beautifully by warm glowing Poseur Tables positioned in the bar area.  Details of these services can be found in our specifically designed Le Talbooth Lighting and Décor Brochure. 

 

Like the look of Levi and Steve’s Wedding Day?

If you like the look created by Levi and Steve or have further lighting and décor ideas you would like to discuss – Get in touch and we can make it happen!

 

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Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After – Real Wedding Hengrave Hall

When love and skill work together, expect a master piece.  This is the way I would describe Emma and Gavin.  They made the decision to drop anchor and get hitched on the 10th June 2017 at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk with just 10 months to plan!  With Gavin working in Monaco, Emma had her hands full taking the reins organising their special day alongside caring for her two children.  Boy, did she do a smashing job!  This couple managed to achieve the perfect recipe of razzle dazzle along with romantic family intimacy.

“I considered hiring a wedding planner but I knew that I would want to look back and know that I planned it all myself.  Around 4 weeks before the big day, it all suddenly became real!  There were lots of last minute changes.  With the help of all our amazing suppliers these were all dealt with swiftly! I went to Hengrave the day before the wedding and started to feel more excited as I was so confident in every company we had hired.  Waking up at All Saints the morning of the wedding I felt nervous. But upon meeting the amazing Hannah Bibby at Hengrave I immediately felt at ease….she was amazing!”

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In the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall with our LOVE Letters and Festoons (Image Source: Martin Beard Photography)

Intrigued to find our more about Emma and Gavin’s Wedding Hengrave Hall? Read on……

Why did you choose to have your wedding at Hengrave Hall?

“I found a youtube video (UK’s Top 10 Wedding Venues – Bloomsbury Films) and watched it with my Dad on a rainy Sunday afternoon. As soon as we saw the church in the grounds, I called to enquire.  Within literally five minutes of the tour I knew… this is the venue!  I compare pulling up to Hengrave with pulling up to the first viewing of our house…..I had exactly the same feeling…..you just know it’s the place for you.  I called Gavin once home and after hearing how excited we all were he said if thats where you want to get married then let’s get it booked!”

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place in Hengrave’s own chapel found in the charming grounds.  The finishing touches provided by Tudor Rose Florist alongside the mesmerising vocals of Revelation Avenue resulted in a truly whimsical setting.

“As I sat during the ceremony listening to Revelation singing so beautifully, looking at all the proud, emotional faces in front of us the feeling was just amazing.  We both felt very special.  The Long Gallery, Courtyard, West Terrace and of course the Minstrels Gallery all looked perfect….every little element was included and it surpassed our every hope and expectation.”

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Just Married! Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“People told me that I wouldn’t even notice the decorations/little touches on the day but I noticed everything as it all looked so shiny and new but so tasteful and classy at the same time.  I was so busy in the Bridal Suite looking out at the view, watching Safe & Sound entertaining our children, getting ready and laughing with my special ladies that I totally forgot to put in my bridal earrings.  After leaving for the church I remembered and got in a panic!  Hannah overheard and literally within minutes the earring box was there and I was putting them in…..like MAGIC!”

 

The Dress

“My Mum, Sister and my friend Helen and I chose my dress together.  I loved all the lace dresses but they seemed to be missing that something extra.  So when I saw the Allure gown with it’s beautiful embellishment, my family told me this dress was very much me.  That made my mind up!  I’m so pleased I chose this dress.  Even though I would have liked to be the size I was before having children;  I think it suited ,not only me, but also Hengrave and the whole day perfectly!”

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Allure Dress. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

The Grooms Attire

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Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography

“Gavin, Zak & Sam’s wore bespoke made to match suits by Philip Alexander and we couldn’t have been happier…worth every penny!  I was very pleased with our choice for the back of the waistcoats as music brings emotion and joy to everyone so the navy and coloured guitars complimented the day perfectly . The Groomsmen also wore Philip Alexander bespoke hire suits.  I am so glad that we decided Gavin and the boys should look different to the groomsmen as it is after all as much the Grooms day as it is the brides.  Itwas important for him to stand out too and our boys were obviously a huge part of our big day.”

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Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography

Décor, Sound and Lighting

Emma and Gavin took full advantage of having Dreamwave expertise to hand.  From sound production for their Ceremony and Drinks Reception, a complete array of lighting hire throughout the day and a Dreamwave DJ for their evening.  This couple had the full Dreamwave Package!

“The decor was simply stunning.  I had seen many photos from various sites including your site but they just do not do them justice.  The West Terrace and courtyard looked amazing!!  The flooring in the Minstrels Gallery looked perfect and just added that something extra without taking away the historical elements of the room.  Dreamwave used the template from our wedding invites for the E&G for our gobo design and we used that theme throughout.  We saw so many pics on social media of the gobo so were made up it was something everyone wanted to take a picture of.   Every little detail I had requested was met and the candles along with a simple floral arrangement next to two picture frames of my Grandparents received so many compliments.  I adored the window sills and the gift table, they lit up the venue inside and was exactly what I had requested, not one thing was missed.”

 

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Emma and Gavin with our Path Festoon Walkway. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“We had hired Revelation and they made our day so special.  However, they did come with lots of extra and last minute organisation including sound equipment and a last minute request for a keyboard!  Dreamwave Events really did prove themselves to be a company that go above and beyond as they helped with every single requirement including the last minute keyboard search.  The sound, both in the Church and during the drinks reception on the West Terrace was spot on and the choir received so many compliments.  That said, you can have the best singers in the world but without the right equipment it wouldn’t have the same impact.  Thank you guys!”

“I thought the lighting outside may be a wasted element as it was 10th June so longest days of the year but this was my absolute stand out favourite and even when the sky was still blue but evening had come the lighting looked gorgeous and lit up to show the venue off!  One of my favourite photos is of us both walking along with the lights at our sides!”

 

Why choose Dreamwave Events

“I originally called and booked for DJ services as wasn’t aware of the other services.  We were sent the options for Hengrave and fell in love with them all.  I took time to meet with all the wedding suppliers but my meeting with Dreamwave stood out the most.  The guys were so friendly and patient and went through every single option.  I left the meeting feeling extremely confident in your knowledge of the venue and how good it would look.”

“We heard in the Bridal Suite that one of the Dreamwave staff had cut his head whilst setting up.  One of my Bridesmaids is a doctor so she went straight down to check he was ok.  He politely declined and said he was fine and continued his work!  What a true professional!  That on top of taking on the task of potentially sourcing a keyboard for our Choir at very short notice so goes to prove what a truly professional and bespoke service you offer.  We honestly could not recommend Dreamwaves highly enough. Thank you!”

 

Personal Touches

“I added 2 picture frames with photos of my Grandparents (who were too frail to attend) and both were placed on the piano with some flowers and a candle.  Family means so much to me and it looked beautiful.  So many of my family members came up and commented on what a lovely touch this was. “

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Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The framed caricature of the four of us (sketched by the amazing John Roberts) on our gift table was something I first requested immediately after booking the date.  I didn’t want photos of the four of us around the venue that everyone had seen 100 times over on social media.  But I did include a little framed picture of our boys on one of windows close to the bar as it’s our favourite photo of them both together.”

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Image source Martin Beard Photography

“We used Angel creations for our Invitations with the E&G emblem and thought it would be nice to continue this throughout.  We used the same E&G symbol for all our stable stationary,  table plan, Gobo design for the evening, our welcome mirror, ring box and a hanging door accessory.”

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Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“Gavin bought some cigars last minute so I decided to add in the personalised matches which we put in a cognac style vase with a little personalised sign from Mr & Mrs Collins. This went down a storm with all of our guests and two weeks later some cheeky guests were posting pics on social medial of them smoking them in their gardens….but did include the hashtag so we let them off!”

 

Memorable Moments

“Although I didn’t see them as was still outside the church I was so proud of our two boys walking down the aisle.   Our eldest son Zak is 6 and so he understood what was happening and was so looking forward to it.  He was so proud to be Ring bearer (or ringmaster as he told all his friends|)!  His face in the church…he was so excited, happy, proud and at the same time a little nervous as he wanted to do his best for his Mummy & Daddy.  He made us the proudest parents alive….they both did.”

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The Collins Family. Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The ceremony itself was beautiful.  My friend wrote a poem about our long 13 year courtship which included many comical but also heartfelt moments.   Lots of tears but also a few good laughs when we both had to state Gavin’s middle name ‘Wesley’ a couple of times during the ceremony.  Revelation sung beautifully and I think I will have to ask them to record “over and over again’ (a song they learnt and rehearsed especially for us) as I prefer their version now!”

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Fireworks by Fully Fused with our Festoon Pathway and Yew Tree Up-Lighting.  Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“The whole day, although a blur was simply the best day of our lives but the most memorable moment was watching the fireworks.  Zak & Sam running up in their PJ’s and then holding them both in our arms, just the four of us as the ‘Collins Family’ is a memory we will cherish forever.”

 

The Evening Party with Dreamwave Events

Darren was our kind of DJ!  He was so friendly and people have asked if Gav or me we knew him!  I asked for a Justin Bieber song to be played especially for my eldest son Zak.  Darren made sure we were all in the room and did a shout out to him put then proceeded to put him in the booth with him and let him be DJ.  He stood on a stall so all the guests could see him, wore the headphones, picked the next track over the mic and danced away.  He was made to feel like the most important person there and weeks after the wedding and if anybody asks what was his favourite part of the day he says ‘being the DJ'”

Real Wedding 2017 Hengrave Hall Evening Party

Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“I also asked for a song be played for Gavin as it was his 40th birthday 5 days after the wedding day.  I must say every single thing I requested was done but putting my son in the booth just went above and beyond our expectations and made a little 6 year old very happy.”

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Image Source Martin Beard Photography

“Music choices were amazing and he managed to get even the dance shy guests up and boogying. Thank you so much Darren and we hope he enjoyed DJ’ing for us all.”

 

Advice for Future Bride and Grooms

“Gavin and I do not like to be centre of attention.  With my shyness around the camera the whole idea of a ‘big white wedding’ was daunting.  Because Gavin has so many friends and I am such a family orientated person we felt we couldn’t just fly away so decided on a wedding in the UK so that everyone could come.  I think, without saying it out loud, we booked Revelation Academy, Nick Einhorn the magician and requested a round table apposed to top table so that we would not be ‘centre of attention’! “

“Our advice would be do not spend time worrying about silly stuff like that…..enjoy the planning with family, friends, the stags, hens and all the fuss.  You never know you might surprise yourselves and  ‘LOVE’ all the fuss on the day just as we did.”

“The day will fly by and you won’t have long with every guest to stand and chat but do take a moment to take it all in.  Most of all take time to find your new Husband and tell him how much you love him!”

 

Like the look of Emma and Gavin’s Wedding?

Here is a list of their suppliers to help you on your way.  If you have any questions about the DJ, Sound and Lighting Production – Give us a shout!

Suppliers List:

Dreamwave Events – Sound and Lighting, Milsom – Catering, Revelation Avenue – Choir , Nick Einhorn – Magician, The Revue – Band , Safe & sound childcare, Fully Fused – fireworks, Vanilla Patesserie – Cake, Martin Beard – Photography, Humble productions – DVD, Kristina Gasperas/Kasia Fortuna – Make up and hair, Angel Creations – Wedding Stationary

 

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Wear Your Wedding Dress Again, Charity Event 2017

It’s time to dig out your gown from the back of the cupboard.  Dust of your dress; “Wear your Wedding Dress Again” is back for 2017 hosted by awesome Abigail’s Collection.  Join the party on the 12th November starting at 7pm at the prestigious Prested Hall near Colchester.

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Wear Your Wedding Dress Again. Image Source: ESP photography

Wear your Wedding Dress for this Wedding Themed Party of a Lifetime!

This social shin-dig is not to be missed.  Take the opportunity to relive the revelry of your wedding day and take the rare opportunity to wear your wedding dress once again.  After all, everyday is a fashion show; this time make “Wear Your Wedding Dress Again” your runway!

Best of all, you will be having this fantastic evening whilst doing your part towards a very deserving cause – Help for Heroes!

Relish the weddingy atmosphere created from the beats of one of our Dreamwave Events’ DJ’s and headlining band, The Hot Shots aided by fast flowing bubby and luxury nibbles.  Also at hand to entertain will be buff butlers, bucking bronco rodeo bull, glitter face art, magician, luxury raffle, fire artist and stilt walking brides!!! Prested Hall will be dressed in true wedding style with Dancefloors, Photobooths, LOVE Letters, Red Carpet entry and lighting backdrops.  Best of all the evening’s revelries will be captured by  RJ Films and D&A Photography.

And guys, don’t worry, your not expected to wear a dress too! Bring your handsome selves along all spruced up in your suave tuxedos.

Its gonna be legend…..wait for it…..and I hope your not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is DAIRY! (Barney Simpson, How I Met Your Mother)

Wedding Dress Charity 2017 Prested Hall Help for Heroes

Sign Me Up – Where Do I Get Tickets?

The smashing event is organised annually by the award winning Abigails Collection and Grooms Room and this years chosen charity is Help for Heroes.  At £40 per ticket, this is an absolute steel!  But you better hurry as tickets are limited and sold on a first come first served basis.  Call 01206 574 575 to find out more!

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Suffolk Wedding Show 2017

So your engaged.  It turns out you like each other more than you originally planned – Congratulations! Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thought of organising a wedding?  Panic over; Suffolk Wedding Show 2017 is on the horizon for you to get all your wedding planning affairs in order.

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Where is Suffolk Wedding Show 2017?

This spectacular event is taking place on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Wherstead Park in Ipswich, Suffolk between 10.30am and 3pm.  With glorious amounts of suppliers at hand to realise your wedding requirements, nab the opportunity to take advantage of their expertise and make your dream wedding a reality!

 

 

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