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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.

Wedding Fair Suffolk 2017

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!

 

 

Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair 2017

Step this way to love, laughter and happily ever after….  Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair is arriving on Sunday 17th September 2017.  Arrive to a welcoming of refreshing bubbly and scrumptious canapés then have a leisurely morning talking all things weddingy with expert suppliers.

 

The Venue

This place will take your breath away.  It is a romantically charming grade II listed country house in the picturesque setting of Wivenhoe Park.  Katie, Sarah and the rest of the team will be at hand between 10am and 1pm to discuss wedding packages and advise on the best suppliers (including us!).

Wivenhoe House Wedding LOVE Letters (Credit Ross Dean)

Wivenhoe House Wedding LOVE Letters (Credit Ross Dean)

 

Love is sweet, so take a treat.  Come and chat to the Dreamwave team at Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair.

Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair

 

When you walk into the room full of people make sure you make a detour to Dreamwave Events’ table.  Chat about specially designed lighting and décor services as well as how our DJ’s will bring you smashing party that you will always remember.

 

 

 Wivenhoe House Wedding DJ disco hire in Colchester festoon lighting hire in essexLighting and Décor at Wivenhoe House

At Wivenhoe House Wedding Fair our Dremwave crew will help bring make your wedding vision a reality.  We have a huge choice of lighting and décor options to suit all styles and themes, just ask us!  From classic chic draping, Fairy Lights, Festoons, LOVE Letter lights to name a few – come and check us out for further info.

The Evening Wedding DJ Wivenhoe House Wedding DJ disco hire in Colchester

Complete your wedding day with a cracking evening party.  Boogie on down and bust some moves to tunes of your musical taste provided by our DJ’s mixing live on the night.

 

 

So, follow your feet to Wivenhoe House Wedding Fayre cos September 17th is not far away.  Believe you are on the right track to a fantastic wedding day!

 

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Real Wedding, Houchins – More magical than a Pinterest Wedding!

I have been looking forward to writing about James and Grace’s wedding day for a while.  An epic day at Houchins last year filled with fun, good food and smiling guests.  Then throw in some serious attention to detail on décor and styling.  You then have yourself a dream wedding!

Real Life Wedding at Houchins, Essex

James and Grace’s Wedding at Houchins in Coggeshall, Essex (Helen Elliott Photography)

The Bride and Groom

James and Grace are couple who emanate happiness and contentment.   Both, like many, are not the type to lap up spotlight a wedding brings, but they seemed so elevated by the throws of the day that this was forgotten.  Grace made a stunning bride and her never ending smile though-out the celebrations completed the visage.  James was the image of warmth and satisfaction.  And lets not forget about their beloved pugs, Hugo and Percy that finish the family picture!

Real Life Wedding at Houchins, Essex

James and Grace with their two beloved pugs, Hugo and Percy (Helen Elliott Photography)

 

Houchins Wedding Venue Essex

Houchins Grade II listed Farmhouse
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The Wedding Venue – Houchins, Essex

This wedding venue is a traditionally styled venue with a modern twist.  The grade II listed farmhouse with a new barn complex invites chic styling and décor with its spacious, contemporary feel with oh so heavenly light.  Houchins offers exclusive use of the whole venue and grounds with overnight accommodation available for the bridal party just 50 metres away.  What I love is the different options available of room usage giving a choice for all possible weather outcomes.   This self contained gem of a venue is easily accessible and found only 15 minutes from Colchester and 10 minutes from Braintree.

 

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The Marquee and Contemporary Barn at Houhins. Image Source.

 

The Lighting and Décor at Houchins

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Festoon Walkway at Houchins Essex, (Helen Elliott Photography)

 

The whole event was completely ethereal.  Houchins lends itself to the opportunity of so many stunning lighting and décor options.

‘We had so many compliments and comments on the amazing ceiling of Kilner jars filled with fairy lights installed by Dreamwave following our wedding at Houchins. We knew the beautiful, rustic high ceiling in the barn needed something to set it off and when Paul came up with this idea it was just perfect! Dreamwave also lit up the pathways with lanterns & festoon lighting which led our guests to our evening food of paella & an ice cream van and fit in with our vintage theme so well. “

 

These amazing images are taken by the talented Helen Elliott.

 

The Evening Party

No wedding is complete without a Dreamwave DJ!  For the Evening Party we had our own Spike Grimsey performing on the decks using our custom Wooden DJ Booth, a perfect complement to a barn wedding.  Here’s what James and Grace had to say:

“Our DJ had everyone up dancing all night, despite the super hot weather & we were so pleased with our non-traditional DJ booth (another idea of Pauls) made from wooden pallets which finished off the dancing room perfectly alongside our ‘love’ letters and other props. We were a bit concerned this room would look like an afterthought after with Houchins having so much space & having put so much attention to detail elsewhere & we needn’t have worried. Thank you!”

Evening Wedding Party Houchins Essex

The Evening Party, Image Source Helen Elliott Photography

Want to know more….

If you like the look styled by James and Grace, contact us to help you re-create the effect and get on the path towards your dream wedding.

Evening Wedding Party Houchins Essex

The Evening Party, Image Source Helen Elliott Photography

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Halloween Party 2017 – Spooky Star DJ’s at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall

Ghosts, Witches and Creatures of Fright, Don’t miss the call of Halloween night.  Come and Join us in the threads of the season, If you miss this bash, tis an act of treason! (shutterfly.com)

Halloween Party 2017 The Hangar Kesgrave Hall Suffolk

Hair-Raising Halloween Party in October, 2017.

Join us if you dare for a Halloween scare at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich, Suffolk for the ultimate spook-tacular party of 2017.  Spine-Chilling lighting effects and ghoulish music will be provided by ourselves at Dreamwave Events.

Halloween Party The Hangar Kesgrave Hall

Dreamwave Events providing our Evening DJ Service and Spooky Lighting at Kesgrave Hall

So don’t sit at home watching horror movies.  Be part of the haunting fun of All Hallows Eve at The Hangars own annual British horror franchise.  Party the night away after devilishly good food on the 27th October 2017.

Halloween Party The Hangar Kesgrave Hall

Dreamwave Events providing our Evening DJ Service and Spooky Lighting at Kesgrave Hall

Doors open at 7.30pm.  Start your evening with a creepy cocktail concoction and then sit down for a three course dinner before dancing in the fresh grave dirt!  After Dinner set your dancing shoes on fire with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s playing creepy classics to complete the evening’s dramatics!

Halloween

Tickets are priced at only £50 per person and can be purchased by clicking here.

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Where to Find Support for your Wedding Ambitions – UKAWP

Lets face it, for most people, the thought of organising a wedding where you are the focal point of the day and you have a multitude of pressures to make it absolutely perfect is kind of, well…….overwhelming! That’s where the UKAWP (UK Alliance of Wedding Planners) steps in.  This well respected top leading body in the wedding industry is co-directed by the organisationally gifted Bernadette Chapman of Dream Occasions and Sandy Moretta of Tern Events.

UKAWP Dreamwave Events

All of us at Dreamwave HQ are proud to have been invited into the UKAWP family as a supporter member supplier for DJ Entertainment and Lighting Hire.   This trusted directory for both wedding planners and couples alike has accumulated talented and ethical professionals.  As a result finding the right specialist for your wedding proves effortless.

As George Orwell said, “Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.”  In the case of UKAWP, its a gold plaited swill bucket!

 

What is UKAWP?

The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners is a highly regarded solid network for wedding suppliers and couples who are looking for knowledgeable trustworthy industry experts.  With the wedding industry being unregulated; the close knit family within the UKAWP provides a solid platform of experts bringing peace of mind to it’s users.  Each provider featured on the site have been vetted by the UKAWP.  They work together and meet the high standards of professionalism.

UKAWP Member Wedding DJ Lighting Hire Essex Suffolk

In Conclusion….

Needless to say that being part of this highly regarded network of exclusive professionals within the wedding and event planning industry is well received by us at Dreamwave Events.  We look forward to our continued working relationship with both the UKAWP, Bernadette and Sandy.

UKAWP Member Wedding DJ Lighting Hire Essex Suffolk

Contact Us

 To find out more about the services we can offer; whether you are looking for DJ Entertainment or Lighting to decorate your venue, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Our Feature with “Festive Lights”

Our co-director Dave Drane loves to talk.  So when an opportunity arises, especially where Lighting is the primary subject matter; he jumps to attention! Yes, he has been at it again, but this time interviewing with our good friends at Festive Lights.

We all know Dave loves a good interview – you can also check him out gassing with the Get Wed Team by clicking here.

Festive Lights, Dreamwave Events

Our relationship with Festive Lights

We like to think we always surpass all expectations when providing our clients ambitions of their with dream lighting for their wedding or party.

Festive Lights have an awesome array of lighting that enables us to fulfil our customers lighting aspirations.  The relationship between our two companies has developed over the years and Dreamwave Events has justified confidence in their product lines.  They are our highly preferred supplier for Fairy Light and Festoon lighting.  We now hold countless stock of their product ranges.

Festoon backdrop, Spike Grimsey, DJ WeddingFestoon Lighting

We were recently approached by Festive Lights and invited to give our feedback on their new dimmable festoon bulbs.  Festive Lights says: “The opportunity to collaborate was welcomed by Dreamwave Events, as the product would offer a multitude of benefits, from cost-saving to the versatility of lighting effects they could create. The new concept was an exciting proposition for the firm, giving them the chance to adjust light levels at the hundreds of events they organise each year.”

Festoon Lighting, Courtyard, Hengrave HallPhoto (above) taken at Hengrave Hall, showing off our Feature Festoon Lighting in the Courtyard

Dave summarised nicely “Lighting is such an important element of the wedding day and the planning has to be spot on from the start.  It’s a privilege to help couples to plan their dream wedding and working with Festive Lights means that we can easily create the looks that are popular on Pinterest right now.”

Have a read of the full spotlight feature

Festive lighting have written a fantastic summary of the interview with Dave.  Interested?… have a read.

 

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Le Talbooth Summer Barbeque 2017

Le Talbooth in Essex is once again hosting its famous Summer Barbeque sizzler.  Personally, I love barbeque.  Its one of my all time favourite food to eat.  It simply screams summer!    Combine the perfect summers evening by the river, a flow of refreshing drinks, comforting barbeque food whilst listening to the Steel Band and one of our Dreamwave DJ’s mixing your favourite beats in the marquee; you  have the unequalled formulae for a smashing evening!  After all, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” (Wayne Dyer)

Le Talbooth Summer Barbeque

You can’t buy happiness – but you can barbeque!

Us and the Milsoms team are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday 27th August to satisfy your urges for delicious and fabulously prepared cuisine in the splendour of Le Talbooth’s mesmerising setting.

Providing our Evening DJ Service will be Spike Grimsey.  He will be bringing the summer tunes to set your dancing shoes on fire!

 

Summer Barbeque Le Talbooth

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One Person I’m Glad I Met – Hannah Bibby!

Introducing a lady who is a Fountain of knowledge and at the top of her game in the wedding and events industry.  She is based in Suffolk and is the Venue Director for the prosperous Hengrave Hall and thriving All Saints Hotel.  She is…… Hannah Bibby!

Hannah has really taken up the reins in her role and is revelling in her sweet smell of success.   It’s a pleasure to know such a lovely lady and accomplished individual.

Hannah Bibby Hengrave Hall Dreamwave Events DJ and Lighting Essex Suffolk

The Interview of Hannah Bibby

Right, I think I have made by feelings on Hannah Bibby crystal clear by now (hope I haven’t made her blush!).  Whilst I was visiting Hengrave Hall, I managed to nab Hannah on a fly by, busy co-ordinating an event.  We arranged a coffee for later at the newly refurbished All Saints Hotel.  This is how it went……

 

Where do we start…. I must say, All Saints Hotel looks absolutely stunning.  How’s it going here?

Thank you – the transformation that the owners have done really does make the hotel unrecognisable from what it was when they purchased it in October 2015.  Having launched the weddings side of the business only eight weeks ago we are thrilled with the response and our books are already filling for next year which is just fabulous.

 

Looking back, it was August 2009 we first met and got involved with you and the team at Hengrave Hall.  How are things at Hengrave going?

Time flies when we you are having fun……. it’s unbelievable to think back to Hengrave eight years ago when I joined with two weddings booked in to where it is now.  Hengrave is an extremely special place for many people and the team has grown hugely in the past years – with Catriona and Shona supporting me day to day.  We are proud to continually offer a very personal service and are there for our brides seven days a week when they need us.  The beauty of Hengrave is every wedding is different; different couples, different colours, different guests, different clients and different requirements and that’s what makes it fun and exciting for every wedding.  You don’t realise how well you to get to know your clients, but working with them (some for over two years in their build up to their day) means we are like friends by the time the wedding comes around.  We all still get very emotional when those doors open to the church or banqueting hall for the entrance of the bride.  It makes you very proud and we do think we have the best job to make peoples dreams come true.

 

For our readers who don’t know, we are your exclusive recommended supplier for DJ and Lighting Hire.  What do we have to offer that you like and your clients want?

You are indeed and have been for the past 8 years!!  We are so lucky to have the Dreamwave Team on board with us and we know our couples absolutely love working with you and the creative things you do!  We hear so much amazing feedback all the time.  I love the way you are ahead of the latest trends and the way lighting has evolved over the last 8 years is crazy.  Hengrave lends itself to such stunning lighting to really show off the amazing architectural features of the Grade 1 * listed mansion.  My firm favourite still has to be the stunning festoon lights hanging in the courtyard.  Of course all of your DJ’s must get a special mention as many a FABULOUS night is had on our dance floor thanks to Dave, Paul, Spikey, Martin, George and Darren!

The guys always say what a great night they have when DJing in your Banqueting Hall with you.  That room has something about it, doesn’t it?

It does, and I just love the way it gets transformed, particularly after people may have had a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall.  Once those doors close (whilst guests sip champagne on the West Terrace) the team come in and transform the room, with the black and white dance floor laid and gorgeous different lighting options. The extremely high vaulted ceiling and stunning stain glass bay window reminds you of the age of the house but with the modern twist of lighting and the dance floor it really does bring the whole room to life! We love it…!

As you know Dreamwave Events Lighting and Décor has completely rocketed and flying high especially at Hengrave. What areas do you like to see lit up?

It has indeed.  I am not surprised.  As I said before its because it compliments the Hall so well. As you know I LOVE the Courtyard, but the West Terrace must get a special mention particularly if our couples opt for fireworks, seeing the shepherds crooks line the path with festoons or fairy lights whilst the fireworks are going off in the distance really is an amazing sight (and great photo!). I do also love the personalised gobos you have done for some of our brides on the wall in the Banqueting Hall.  It just completely personalises it and I think its a stunning touch.

 

And how can we not talk about your wedding.  Eeeeek!  How are your plans going?  Can we give our readers a sneak preview of what we are providing?

Oh, it has come around so fast.  I am so excited and so lucky to be working with many of our recommended suppliers at Hengrave….. Paul and Dave have been absolutely amazing from our first meeting in late January when we had ideas flying around too now seeing it all come together. We have a Whatsapp group where we bat ideas around and they keep me posted on a couple of the surprises they are kindly sorting!! I am desperately trying to keep lots of things a secret and I don’t know who is reading this…. but there is a big focus on the courtyard for the early part of the evening after dinner, before the dancing.   I know the guys have got some brand new bits which are launching then which I am sworn to secrecy about!  As you can tell I am soooo excited!!

 

A big thank you to Hannah for taking the time out of her busy day to chat to me (though I’m sure she needed the caffeine!).  I hope you all enjoyed reading this.  Look out for the spotlight on Hannah’s wedding in September……

 

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Dreaming Big Enough with Dreamwave Events – Reviews

I love hearing back from our clients.  I really feel I get to know some of them and get really involved in their days planning leading up to their wedding or party.  But I never get to see the finale (Boo Hoo!).   It’s so wonderful to hear from them following their day and we get so many cards, gifts, calls and emails.  It really is great to hear that our efforts are appreciated.  We genuinly do like to make each individual event special and hearing the feedback is so gratifying and rewarding.  I think this shines through in some of our most recent reviews and I would like to share these with you…..

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A few Reviews of 2017 so far:

2017’s weddings has bought a whirlwind of busyness our way.  We have been so completely inundated with DJ and Lighting requests in Essex, Suffolk and surrounding areas, but as always look to maintain our high expectation of standards.  These reviews prove it!

 

Emma and Gavin had their wedding at Hengrave Hall in June.  Their wedding was simply awesome.  Actually so much so, that I plan to write a post focused completely on their day.  Watch this space!  They shared these words:

What a fantastic company! We hired Dreamwave for our wedding at Hengrave Hall on 10th June. The service from our very first call, right up to and including the big day itself was first class. They run a very tight but friendly ship with the help of Carina in the office and their efficient systems. All of this helps make the decision making and booking process very straight forward.

The team went above and beyond for us by helping set up the PA system for our choir in the church and then later on the West Terrace. They also helped trying to source a keyboard to hire just ten days before the big day!

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Fern and Alex had our Evening DJ Services.  It was a  cracking party in April, set in the grounds of the stunning Bruisyard Hall.  This is what they wrote:

“We had Paul do our wedding music last Wednesday at Bruisyard hall.  Just incredible! So lovely, friendly and approachable.  All the music was spot on! Couldn’t have asked for a better DJ! We’ve had so many people asking us how we found you guys and tell us how amazing you were. Thankyou so much for everything!!!!”

Cerri and Steve had their wedding celebrations at Hengrave Hall in January and opted for our sound and lighting hire services.   This included a PA system for DJ and a package for their acoustic performer.  For lighting, they had Kilner Jars for their pre-wedding meal filled with tea lights and fairy lights to decorate their tables.  Lighting in the party room saw our Banqueting Hall Lighting Hire Package complemented with our Premium realistic Luminara LED candle range.  They also opted for the addition of warm glow uplighters to create the right ambience whilst eating their wedding breakfast.    They wrote:

“Dreamwave were the perfect choice for light and sound at Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds. They made everything incredibly easy and it all went perfectly. They made the venue look even more spectacular and all our music sounded great. Could not recommend more – they were a dream!”

Michelle and Gary partied the night away in April with our Dreamwave DJ’s at one of my favourite smaller venues, Houchins:

“Dreamwave DJ’d at our wedding on Easter Sunday at Houchins, they were absolutely brilliant!  The music, lights and DJ booth were all great and looked fantastic! The DJ even managed to fix the lights on the dancefloor, which wasn’t even theirs. Thanks for a fab night!”

Joanne and Matthew were the victims of yet another awesome evening by our guys.  This party rocked!

“A HUGE thanks to Carina for organising our evening and Dave for DJ’ing at our wedding in May – we had the best time!
He played all the songs we asked for and had everyone on the dance floor! The party was brilliant & everyone has commented how there was always people dancing away! Everyone loved the music – especially the amazing garage set!
A night full of memories that will last forever!”

 

Lauren and Scott celebrated in style and totally owned the dance floor at the Tudor Barn in Belstead:

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at Dreamwave who contributed to making our wedding so awesome!  The music on the night was spot on and the dance floor was never empty! It was exactly what we wanted and it was such an important aspect of the day for me so thank you thank you THANK YOU! Here’s a pic to sum up how great it was……

 

Dreamwave Reviews Tudor Barn Wedding Evening Party

Find us:

You can check out more of our reviews on our Facebook page or alternatively, follow us on Twitter.  We are always uploading great ideas on our Pinterest page and more importantly, follow us on instagram where we are extremely active!

We are a great team and absolutely love what we do on a day to day basis.  I definitely think that shines through to our clients using our entertainment and lighting.  If you want to have a chat about your wedding or party, you need to give us a tinkle! Contact us for more info….

 

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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!!

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