Wivenhoe House 2018 Wedding Open Morning is happening on Sunday 24th June. Once again this is being supported by our amazing team at Dreamwave Events. The historical 18th Century Country House Wedding venue in Essex offers the perfect setting to get married. It is surrounding by the undulating parkland that the Essex countryside has to offer and offers the luxury stay that should be expected from a four-star hotel.
Wivenhoe House 2018 Wedding Open Morning
Wivenhoe House Hotel will be dressed to impress! Experience how your wedding could look by visiting between 10am and 1pm. The rooms will be exhibited in wedding fashion at their best! You should definitely take advantage of having the events team there. They will be on hand to answer any questions you have on the day and discuss their fabulous wedding packages.
What will Dreamwave Events have on offer at Wivenhoe House 2018 Wedding Open Morning?
The Wedding Breakfast and Evening Party is usually held in the Garden Suite at Wivenhoe House. Our team can completely transform the room using specialized draping and professional lighting effects to create the ambiance you envision on your wedding day. We love working at Wivenhoe house. The amazing individuals there will gladly discuss the services we can offer. You can take a sneaky peak prior to the day by taking a look at our devoted website page of the Wedding Venue and our DJ and dedicated Lighting and Decor Brochures.
A bit more info…..
You can also expect to be welcomed with a glass of bubbly on arrival. Then feast on luxury canapes to tease your taste pallets. Further to this, the Wivenhoe team also promise every attendee who registers to be entered into a prize draw. You could win a luxury overnight stay for two! How awesome is that?
We look forward to seeing you on the day. If you have any questions about our services – please just give us a call or email us through our contact page.
The weather is beginning to warm and you know that summer feeling is on its way! What does summer mean to me – Love is in the air; no wait, that’s BBQ!!!!
It’s BBQ Time!
In 2018 Dreamwave Events are killing for the grilling at Le Talbooth Summer BBQ’s. The venue provides the perfect setting on a blissful summers evening accompanied by their juicy BBQ cuisine of Hog Roast, Sirloin Steak, top quality Sausages, Vegetable Curry and Kebabs. Not to forget the added extra of salads and scrumptious desserts plus the complementary refreshing fizz or Pimms on arrival.
It’s not the BBQ’s in Life that Count, It’s the Life in my BBQ’s
With a huge selection of date available at Le Talbooth with varying entertainment to hand on each night; book an evening that suits your tastes of meaty desire and tempting tunes. The Milsoms team have provided a choice of Jazz or Steel Band and of course, one of our very own Dreamwave DJ’s to set alight the evening’s enjoyment.
Life definitely needs more BBQ and you certainly don’t win friends with salad!
Sunday events start at 7pm and finish at 10.30pm. Saturday nights start at 7pm and continue through until midnight. At £50 per person, it’s a small price for such a fantastic evening.
Saturday 9th June
Steel Band and DJ
Saturday 21st July
Steel Band and DJ
Saturday 28th July
Steel Band and DJ
Other dates are also available in the summer with a Jazz or Steel Band.
How to Book
Choose your date and pick your spot sooner rather than later by calling the team on 01206 323150.
I know all our guys at Dreamwave Events are at the top of their game and highly skilled DJ’s – but do you know how to clock a skilled DJ? How do you know the DJ you have booked is the person who will bring a fantastic evening party? I have put together a few tips to help you choose the right DJ and spot the techniques that make the so good at what they do……
Skilled DJ’s will Read the Dance floor
First of all, not one person wants their dance floor empty at their party. A skilled DJ will assess their audience and play music that works for them and keep their dancing shoes alight! A wedding DJ needs to be particularly good at this as the guests at a wedding tend to be mixed ages that will generally want certain era’s and genres of music to get them moving! A skilled DJ will also be aware of cultural backgrounds of the wedding party and would have prepared music especially for the evening.
Keeping the dance floor full is definitely what I would want from a DJ – after all, a party is’t a party without a good boogie!
Skilled DJ’s have the Ability to get back the Crowd
Secondly, should your DJ happen to try a song that doesn’t work (and it happens to the best of them); the dancers will surely disperse! It will be well within a skilled DJ’s capabilities to switch to a song that will re-captivate the crowd quickly. This is much more difficult than it sounds – keeping their cool whilst realising their error combined with hasty thinking to re-gather the group.
A DJ can earn their stripes by showing their skills off by seamlessly synchronising the tempos of two songs. A skilled DJ adjust pitch and time and then make beats of the two well chosen songs hit at the same time and enables a smooth transition between them. If not done properly the beats will fall out of sync that will result in an oh so obvious blip in performance…and yes the dancers will notice!
I just touched on this in beat-matching. A skilled DJ can adjust the length and pitch of a song that there is a seamless transition between two tunes without affecting the quality of their performance.
Skilled DJ’s will give an Energetic Performance
Indeed, a DJ indisputably needs a technical edge and knowledge of music, but there ultimately is something you cant teach – how to be energised and engaged with the crowd. A fantastic DJ will visibly be enjoying their performance. They will be completely committed to the party and be animated on the platform of their DJ Set.
Experienced, Skilled DJ’s will have a great Music Repertoire
Yeah, OK, so I included this one even thought it’s pretty obvious. Having an awesome range of music knowledge has to be a must for every skilled DJ. I think a DJ that has this, shows fluidity and more confidence in their performance. Skilled DJ’s will use their knowledge to adjust their act and a great music repertoire will certainly them to adjust to the dance floor.
All the above combined will surely equal a highly skilled DJ that will execute a mind-blowing performance and give a guaranteed fantastic party that will set your dancing shoes on fire!
We at Dreamwave Events like to grow by giving. When we were approached by Emma to sponsor her Easter Charity Ball at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club in aid of Colchester Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, we jumped at the chance to support such a worthy cause.
A bit of Back Ground for the Charity Event
Emma, the event host, wanted to raise funds as a thank you to the hospital for the amazing care her triplet daughters received a few years ago. The Easter Charity Eventis also a thank you for the past and continued care given by hospital’s amazing doctors and nurses to families with ill or premature newborns.
All monies raised will be directed to improvement of the facilities. In particular, the unit wishes to purchase a state of the art incubator, where keeping the newborns warm will much improve their chances of survival.
What Part did we play in the Easter Charity Event?
We put our eggs in one basket to be the headline sponsor and we naturally wanted to play a bigger role in the proceedings. Giving is not just about making a donation, its about making a difference! We were keen to help make this event a success; for Emma and the hospital.
Of course, one of our Dreamwave DJ’s would be in the mix, smashing the party with classic tunes. But we also really wanted to make the venue striking with our stunning lighting and decor, creating the right atmosphere for such a hugely important charity event.
The photos speak a thousand words. I think the combination of everyone’s efforts blew the guests away. We supplied lighting (and lighting technician) in the way of an impressivebackdrop behind the performance area, breathtaking hanging lamps and our DJ equipment to complete the room. The lighting decor was perfectly complemented by Fairy Lights and Festoons, along with embellished chair coverings with lemon sashes byEmbellish Events to complete the look.
The whole evening has a real buzz about it. I think it has just the right balance of happenings, that there was something for everyone and all were entertained.
Order of Events:
Welcome Drinks and live music from Emilty Starling and Michael Groves
Speeches from Emma Blowers
Karen Moss (from Colchester Neonatal Unit)
A scrumptious Three course Dinner
Live Auction with prizes including a Newmarket Racecourse Music Night, Convertible BMW for the Weekend, Skippered Yacht for the Weekend and Tickets for Hammersmith Apollo with Plaza Hotel Voucher
Live Music by The Hot Shots
Raffle Draw of over 70 quality prizes
Dreamwave DJ until 1am
What was Raised?
All in all Emma raised in the region of £15000! What an awesome achievement! After speaking to Emma, she enjoyed organising this successful charity do so much, that she may aim to continue in these footsteps. I think the industry has definitely gained a winner!
Like the look?
If you like the look of any of the lighting or are interested in our DJ Services, please contact usfor further details and we will be happy to help!
9 years old today! It barely seems likes yesterday that I had my first day in our much smaller office 7 years ago. Time has really flown and now the company is celebrating another birthday and is now almost in double figures!
Dreamwave’s Birthday – An important Milestone.
Today marks the foundation day of the business. Every age is enchanting and the journey from Dreamwave’s birth until now has been one hell of a ride. I caught up with the inspirations of the business, Dave and Paul and the one’s who carry the story of reaching these heights of success.
“We are so proud that our hard work has paid off and Dreamwave Events has grown to where it is today. We feel we have built a company with a solid reputation of professionalism, creativity and reliability. We could not ask for a better team to be part of this and can only see more exciting ventures on the horizon!”
Our Story in Short
17th April 2008 was the day marked in history when Dave and Pauljoined forces to form Dreamwave Events! We saw our reputation of providing a fantastic party expand. Alongside our experienced and approachable individuals, Dreamwave Events cultivated a strong position within the Wedding and Party DJ entertainment industry. As we saw the business soar, Dreamwave Events naturally evolved into expanding it’s services into professional lighting where we have proved to be an unstoppable force in Essex, Suffolk, London and surrounding areas. Our warehouse is now stacked with top quality sound and lightingequipment producing first rate installations that will knock your socks off!
What our clients think
It has taken this time to build up our name as a source of quality and professionalism. The support from ourclients and referrals from venue:
“Dave, Spike, Paul, Carina and the whole team are so easy to work with and they totally understood what we wanted to achieve during our meetings, delivering it in spades.
If you are looking for quality music and/or lighting and decoration for your venue, then we would have no hesitation in recommending Dreamwave.” Jim Carter
Our Birthday; Another Year Older
This year is proving to be yet another amazing year for us and I want to embrace and celebrate the achievements for the business. A huge thank you goes to our Directors, Dave and Paul (Dreamave is a huge credit to your hard work); The employees (including me!); the venues and above all the HUGE support from clients. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
We will see you next year when we will see our 10 year anniversary with a huge celebration!
Congratulations for saying “I do”. Now come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of happy things and your heart will fly on wings to your very own wedding wonderland! Milsom’s Weddings hosted at Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk in partnership with The Wedding Planners and Dreamwave Events are hosting the ultimate Wedding Show 2018. Showcasing beautiful dresses and delicious tastings, expert guests and wedding suppliers galore!
Be inspired at Milsom Wedding Show 2018
With complimentary canapes and fizz, cocktail demonstrations, a mini spa, afternoon tea, a flower market, cocktail DJ and even a man creche! – the Milsom’s team will tick all your boxes with their ideas and inspiration. Take the opportunity to view one of their amazing venues and speak to their wedding team about their other awesome sites; Le Talbooth and Maison Talbooth in Essex.
Make the most of the moment and read Caroline Gould’s advice, from The Wedding Planners, on how to ride the waves of the Milsom Wedding Show 2018.
Running Order of the Milsom Wedding Show 2018
There is a great deal on to keep you buzzing about your wedding. We have a tonne of inspiring ideas and opportunity to ask experts advice and see services first hand:
It’s that time of year again where the awesome Suffolk Wedding Show 2018 is on the horizon. The wedding experts are to hand to answer all your wedding questions for your all important day! Our professional DJ and Lighting Team will be all yours to make your wedding sound and lighting ideas come to life.
Make sure you make the most this fantastic opportunity by making the right preparations. The wedding fair is a minefield of suppliers eagerly wanting to chat to you about their services. You need to you know what you are looking for before you go – but at the same time, be open to ideas!
Where is Suffolk Wedding Show 2018?
This spectacular event is taking place on Sunday 25th February 2018 at a new venue this year: Woolverstone Hallin 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!
Don’t let your love life flat-line. Jump start it with a hearty party at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich, Suffolk with their Valentine’s Ball. Begin your evening being greeted with a sparkling pink reception. Followed by delectable dining boasting the finest of Milsoms cuisinewith the added indulgence of luxury coffee and chocolates.
The evening comes to a climax with ourDreamwave DJ to hand to play tempting tunes to get your feet frolicking on the dance floor! This is well worth the tickets at £50 per person!
How to Book the Valentines Ball
Book online, by calling 01473 333741 or email email@example.com.
Ali and Jim picked the perfect Autumnal day in October to get hitched at Layer Marney Tower in Colchester, Essex. I spent a fab morning catching up with Jim and getting his take on their day over coffee and a much welcome box of Krispy Kremes (provided by Jim – they didn’t last long!).
A bit of Background
Ali and Jim had a whirlwind romance and our dream couple were engaged after only 5 months together. But the sound of wedding bells were not to be heard for some time. It wasn’t until they had undertook the life experiences of home owning and extending their family with their beautiful daughter, that Jim planned to surprise Ali 20 years later by re-proposing on a romantic beech in Norfolk.
A small shin-dig just wasn’t going to cut it after all this time. Ali and Jim wanted to celebrate their lives together. With Jim taking the reins on the planning side (Yes ladies, the groom planned most of the day!), despite the horror stories of groom-planned weddings – Jim is living proof its possible and he did a smashing job!…………
Here’s Jim’s insight on the day….
Why choose Layer Marney Tower as your Wedding Venue?
“It has always been Ali’s dream to get married atLayer Marney Tower. So in that way it was an easy choice. Having said that we did visit a few alternatives but that really just reinforced was an amazing venue Layer Marney Tower is. Yes, it’s a beautiful place in itself but what makes it truly special are the people who work there. We felt immediately comfortable with no question too small.”
What Drew you to your Choice of Wedding Attire?
“With the help of the excellent Abigail’s Collection and Grooms Roomin Colchester. They have such a wonderful setup there and we immediately felt so comfortable.
Ali wasn’t going to have a dress with a train and I wasn’t going to have tails … but guess what? That’s exactly what we ended up with because in the end, they looked fantastic! Seeing Ali in her dress for the first time as she walked down the aisle really was a ‘WOW’ moment (I found out later from the guests, I actually said ‘WOW’ out loud when I saw her!). So, morale of the story: don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone a little and take the advice of the experts.”
Any Personal Touches?
“We settled on an Autumn theme early on which followed through from the wedding invitations to the decor at the wedding breakfast. It kept a lovely timeless feel and created a flow which tied together pretty much every aspect of our wedding journey.
Ok, so some might say I went a bit over the top on this one. I say, Ali deserved the wedding she had been waiting 20 years for. One I especially like was a custom ‘Order of the Day’ board which we put outside the entrance to the Long Gallery. It looked perfect.”
Décor and Lighting at Layer Marney Tower – An obvious focus!
Here’s where Dreamwave came into their own. We had originally planned for a another DJ but he was unavailable on our date, so Plan B had to be found. This was a real stroke of luck as it tuned out because not only would Dreamwave be able to provide the DJ for the evening but the added bonus of the fabulous decor and special touches too.
From the script-style ‘Love’ letters which worked brilliantly under the main window in the Long Gallery to the candles on the staircase (a late addition but totally worth it), the woodland “gobos” and the up lighters. These are all the things that made the venue ‘ours’ for the evening.
We settled on an Autumn theme early on which followed through from the wedding invitations to the decor (the woodland gobo’s worked complemented this perfectly) at the wedding breakfast. It kept a lovely timeless feel and created a flow which tied together pretty much every aspect of our wedding journey.
The Wedding Ceremony at Layer Marney Tower
“I was fine until about an hour before the ceremony. We’d been at Layer Marney Tower all morning setting up and making everything “just so”. We had the use of the bridal suite, which was perfect for us to get ready. From there it was a real blur and before I knew it I was standing in the Corsellis Room waiting for Ali to arrive. I’ve been told that when the door opened and she began to walk down the aisle, I turned round and audibly said “Wow!”. She looked absolutely gorgeous; exactly as I’d dreamed she would.”
The Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast at Layer Marney Tower
“We were so lucky with the weather to be able to have our drinks reception outside, given it was late October. It was lovely to go into the Long Gallery whilst it was still empty, just us with the smell of the log fire burning in the fireplace. We were able to take a moment to admire everything and take a breath before the wedding breakfast. The flowers, from W Flowers, were amazing and reflected the whole Autumn theme perfectly. Wendy and Julia understood exactly what we wanted including Ali’s favourite Dahlias. They also provided a couple of Bay Trees for the entrance which set it off nicely.
All of the catering was taken care of by Bouquet Garni, the resident caterers at Layer Marney Tower. They provide all the amazing food as well as serving canapés and drinks.
Throughout the reception and wedding breakfast, Spencer Wood performed his brilliant magic to entertain the guests. We had so many complements! He was also able to provide all the Master of Ceremony duties too, so he really tied the whole day together.”
“We opted for an Early Set Up with Dreamwave. What a great move this was. We didn’t have to worry about the the chaos of the room turn-a-round. Our transition from day to night for the evening party felt like a natural progression. Definitely worth the extra money! Following the speeches, Spencer hosted another little surprise for everyone: a quick game of Mr & Mrs! It was so simple, yet so much fun too.
I had one last ‘little’ surprise; my gift to Ali on our wedding day. We had a rouse to get everyone outside, a photo shoot with sparklers, which in itself went really well. Then the surprise: a full fireworks display by Dynamic Fireworks. Queue lots of oohs and aahs and a very, very pleased Ali! A blow torch to light the sparklers was a great idea. It was a pretty windy evening and we had not trouble lighting them!
Then it was onto the party! Our Dreamwaves DJ, Spike was amazing! From the first dance (Still Falling For You by Ellie Goulding) to the last song the music and dancing just kept coming. We had previously shared a Spotify playlist with Dreamwave so they had an idea of what we liked. It was fun selecting songs you both love, but not too many: there’s maybe 60 tracks in a 4 hour party. Also, make sure you let your DJ know if there are any songs you DON’T want played too! I still have that playlist, it’s a cherished keepsake I hadn’t expected. It’s something to take away from the day and enjoy again and again, much like the wedding photos. Music is so emotive too and those happy memories just keep flooding back.”
TIP – You can backup Spotify playlists to files usingExportify.
Advice from the Groom
“I would definitely say to sort out the big questions to start with. It makes it far less daunting. So, big or small wedding? Summer or Winter? Posh or Shabby Chic? Get the basics right first and you’ll get a better idea of what you’ll need to do later on.
Plan as much as possible as soon as possible. We set ourselves a goal to book all the main suppliers before Christmas 2016 (for October 2017) and even then it was tight. Many suppliers will be booked up a year or more in advance, so it pays to get in quick.
Get Organised – Make a list for everything and start from day one. It’s easy to keep on top of it then. On the day there is so much to do and just having a check list of things to do was invaluable.
Get to know your suppliers.
Decide on a realistic budget and keep a spreadsheet to help keep you in check. There’s such a lot to think about, from the obvious like stationery, menu choices and wine selections to the more subtle details like easels and drinks.
Keep an open mind – What immediately springs to mind about something may not be what works out when you try it. So consult your supplier on your thoughts, that’s what they are there for.
Leave a couple of surprises. In our case the Fireworks and the “Mr & Mrs”
Find a good photographer. Not just one who takes photos you like but one you would want to spend time with.
Take a moment. This will be one of the best days of your life and one of the busiest. During the day itself make a specific effort to take a moment to take in what’s happening. It’s an amazing time but it is a whirlwind. You will (necessarily) be whisked off here and there and before you know it, it can be all over before you realise.
Get on the internet. Etsy, Notonthehighstreet, Weddingspot, Pinterest. These site were really useful for getting ideas.
Finally, have fun! I met so many lovely people through thus journey. It was an honour and privilege to able to organise our wedding. Not only did I get to finally marry the love of my life, I had such an amazing time doing it.”
A HUGE thank you to Jim and Ali for inviting us to be part of your day and taking the time to meet me to write about your awesome wedding!
If you liked the look of the Lighting and Decor at Jim and Ali’s Wedding or just want a fab wedding evening party; Contact Usto find out more!
Supplier Credits for Ali and Jim’s Wedding at Layer Marney Tower:
We are smack bang in the middle of the Spring Wedding Fair season. I know how intimidating these can be. All those suppliers waiting to pounce on you, ready to tell you how perfect their products will be for your day. This is all very daunting and Brides and Grooms need to go in prepared. So I have prepped this blog post to help you make the most out of wedding fairs and extract what you need from suppliers prior to stepping foot into the gauntlet!
Plan what you want included in your day
Planning a wedding? – if your anything like me, the list of services available leaves me dumbfounded. Everyone is different and each couple needs to decide what they want from their day. I recommend a brainstorm. Forget budget at first just smash a list out of what will make your day about you. After all, it’s your wedding and every inch of it needs to scream that it is!
Always bear in mind the season your getting married in and plan appropriately for this. There is no point having a barbeque for winter wedding!
So, you have written down everything you want. Now its time to out them in order of what is realistically doable and affordable for you. After all, you don’t want to be paying for your wedding for the rest of your time on this earth. If your in a position that you have enough for everything you want, that’s great! But make sure you don’t have any regrets of what you have spent your hard earned cash on.
This will be a guide to what you can achieve for your day and will help keep you reined in. It is so easy to over spend and at the same time important to have an clear idea of your wedding day dream so you can get as close to its reality without over stretching. Remember stay grounded!
Do your own Research
Personal Recommendation, is in my opinion, the best way to find a good supplier. It gives you re-assurance that they are competent in what they do and deliver a great service! But on top of this, do your own research online, in wedding magazines and look at reviews. Prepare questions you wish to ask the wedding experts.
Know the Wedding Suppliers who are Attending the Wedding Fair
Prior to going to a wedding fair, make sure you know what suppliers are attending. You know what you want on your wedding day and have completed your research and now know who you wish to speak to. The next step is to ask the suppliers at the wedding fairs how to achieve your goals. Remember only attend the wedding fairs that suit your style.
You are now prepared to enter a wedding fair. What is great about wedding fairs is that you will get some great ideas that supports your wedding vision, which is awesome. Don’t rush, this is your opportunity to speak to the experts in their field and determine if they are the right supplier for your wedding day. The temptation is to get carried away. Take away the information and contact details that is relevant to you.
Look for the supplier who is on the same wavelength as you. Immediately discard the tacky quintessential services and find the companies who “think outside the box”, who is fresh and inspirational. They need to listen, gauge your personality and find your quirks that will make your day that little bit different and more importantly “yours”. … A company like Dreamwave Events for artistic, stimulating lighting and décoroptions.
Remember when speaking to wedding suppliers there is always room for negotiation. But beware – don’t always go for the cheapest price. In my experience you nearly always find there is a reason why they are cheaper. Make sure you read the fine print and make sure there are no hidden costs and everything is included that you need.
But do you know what makes a cracking wedding (and what every wedding needs) is the best entertainment you can find. Of course, I am biased in what I consider the best wedding entertainment available in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk (basically East Anglia!) Read more about fantasticevening entertainment for your wedding here.
A life saver for me when organising my wedding, was setting up our own wedding email. Myself and my now husband both had access and information about our day did not get lost in translation amongst our other online commitments. This truly helped with keeping everything separate and clear making the whole planning process far less stressful.
Another tip is to create a methodical wedding day spread sheet of services, suppliers, costs, when balances are due, details required etc. It can all become over-bearing, especially in the couple of months leading up to your day. You will be thankful of this. Trust me!
Want to find out more……
Dreamwave Events are the experts in DJ wedding entertainment, lighting and décor in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Drop us a lineto discuss your ideas in more detail. Alternatively, you can find us at the following wedding fairs this year: