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.
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.
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.”
Photo (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.
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)
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.
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.
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……
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…..
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!
Book these guys…we promise you will not regret it �
“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!!!!”
“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……
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….
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!
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.
“Twinkle twinkle little star, point me to the nearest bar!”. Yes, we have popped the champagne cork and celebrating in style here at Dreamwave Events HQ. Join our beanfeast as we mark the occasion with wine and sweet words, well, truth be told just sweet words (wine will come later) – by reading my latest post on how we have featured in ROCK MY WEDDING!
Truly exciting times for our team of misfits. Sonia and Amr’s day was absolutely amazing! A huge shout out to Katrina Otter, their gifted wedding planner, who organised the whole day with pigeonhole perfection. The venue; the elegant Hengrave Hall where you see the perfect blend of a multicultural wedding in a classic English setting nestled in the Suffolk Countryside. There were so many amazing aspects of the wedding, contributed by an array of talented suppliers that resulted in a wondrous wedding that will blow you away! Of course, I am going to focus on our side of the coin but would like to give a loud applause to everyone that made the day a success.
Photo (above) courtesy of Modern Vintage Weddings. Sonia and Amr’s reaction when they first see their Custom Gobo Projection translated from their Monogram illuminated on the wall at Hengrave Hall.
Rock my Wedding focuses on our Custom Gobo Projection / Monogram
Sonia and Amr wrote: “We had a bespoke monogram created for our stationery which was then incorporated into various elements of our day, including a projection above our dance floor (courtesy of Dreamwave Events who also provided outdoor lighting throughout the grounds of Hengrave Hall). ” (Rock My Wedding).
The image (courtesy on Modern Vintage Weddings) above is taken in the Banqueting Hall at Hengrave Hall. This illustrates Sonia and Amr’s initials in illumination with their custom made Gobo Projection during their ceremony. The Gobo projection was also admired during their wedding’s evening party. We also provided our Ivory Carpet/Aisle Runner.
Further Lighting Provided around the Grounds at Hengrave Hall
Everyone loves a cracking firework display and I am no different! If you add a bit of Dreamwave Events expert radiation with the pyrotechnic display by Fully Fused Fireworks; This can only result scenic wonderment and a fantastic photo opportunity.
Another photo (above) provided by Modern Vintage Weddings. This beautifully shows our Hanging Votive Walkway on the West Terrace at Hengrave Hall.
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It was a pleasure to be part of such an awesome day and I particularly loved the continuity and personalisation of the monogram used throughout the day. To find out more what we have to offer Contact us. We also have a dedicated lighting brochure for Hengrave Hall.
Again, I would like to say a humongous thank you to Rock My Wedding for featuring our services and to Katrina Otter for her recommendation.
If you love the look of Sonia and Amr’s wedding day, check our their list of suppliers below:
Get Wed meets one of our very own teddy bear co-directors Dave Drane to have a yabber focusing on DJing, wedding music and wedding lighting. Listen or watch one of our smartly presented debonair leaders give his expert advice. He charms both ladies, Kerrie and Katie with his dashing smile and chiselled features (what you wont be able to view is Dave unable to fit through the doorframe with his inflated ego after reading this blog post!).
Have a butchers at the Get Wed Interview
Intrigued…. Check him out by clicking here to have a listen or watch below:
Katie at “Get Wed” Wedding Music
Further to this, it was great to hear from Katie and we were flattered at the invitation to interview. Dreamwave clearly made a fab impression as our DJ’s provided the evening entertainment at her Wedding!
In addition to Katie’s music, in the not too distant future we are providing lighting for Kerrie’s wedding. Kerries awesome Rustic Pallet Backdrop with Hanging Pendent Lamps will be set up at Dedham Vale Vineyard, featured in breath taking Constable Country. In addition to this, the marquee will be decorated with our stunning Hanging Lamps to complete the look.
Adding to their Wedding Interview Talents
Besides the Get Wed Podcasts, both Kerrie and Katie are also fantastic wedding photographers. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, follow the links to see the Get Wed ladies shots.
How can you use Draping for your wedding or party?
Have you found the mac to your cheese or the gravy for your mash and are you’re now planning your wedding? I am going to plant the seed of my wisdom in this blog post…. My wedding was in a standard village hall and without draping, the whole place would have been downright daggy! A big shout out to mummy for making them as this was very time consuming and stressful for her – but if you plan draping allowance within your budget, you wont have to put the parent unit through the same turmoil!
Venue draping is so utterly versatile and in my opinion one of the most effective ways to make a venue completely transform. By adding layer and texture to your venue you can completely revamp your space. Whether you’re looking to support a rustic vintage theme, establish classic elegance or give your venue vibrant intensity; draping décor can achieve this. Here are my thoughts on the best ways to use draping……….
If you don’t like the naked walls of the room, you can totally transform your venue by embellishing it with fabric making it more intimate with white or pastel draping. Alternatively use energetic colour for a modern, lounge room feel.
Ceiling and Wall
If you have a venue that brings a lot of its own character, like a barn, by placing swoops of fabric from beams across the ceiling you are focusing attention on these unique features.
Cover un-appealing wall décor or simply change the ambience by covering the room borders.
Visitors always give pleasure – if not the arrival, the departure. Your may as well give them a stylish entrance and exit by defining the areas. These spaces give the option of classic arrangements but also allow opportunity to use a-typical styling.
A key Wedding Trend of 2017 is the use of feature areas. Venue draping is the perfect way to characterize an area you wish to designate.
You can represent a space with a scenery of fabric behind a top table, Band/DJ Performance area (Our Dreamwave DJ’slove focus on the party area!) or enhance a simple ceremony area. Backdrops are a both totally gorgeous and versatile.
How to enrich draping décor
So, you have decided on the fabulous draping, but you now need to complete the look. Fairy lights are an ideal candidate to add that bit of sparkle. I personally love the use of intense Fairy Lighting on a target area placed behind a focal backdrop. These radiate streams of light and so add to the party feel.
The flexibility of Up-Lighters make them optimal candidate for a party or wedding. Situated behind the draping yielding a natural warm glow (a favourite for weddings) or glaring a vibrant hue of colour to party the night away. These simple and affordable units are perfect to complete your sought after atmosphere.
I LOVEthe idea of having the warm glow during your wedding breakfast and then changing the setting by altering the colour and vibe for your evening party. Signify day to night with the impact of a bright colour to boogie the night away!
Where Draping can be used
Dreamwave Events has installed draping in barns, conference rooms, marquees, private homes and even castles to create impressive focal points. Check out our Pinterest page for further inspiration.
Don’t Worry About the Fixings
We use a pipe and drape system for our wall coverage and backdrops, so no fixings are required. Where fixings are required, we would get express permission from the venue and will adhere to their specifications to produce the draping look required.
What Dreamwave Events Do
Our team will keep those wedding stress levels under control. They come armed with buckets of experience and professionalism. Where required we will provide a design consultation to give a customized quotation to achieve the gorgeous look envisioned.
To set up, we arrive at the venue in good time prior to an event and guarantee our draping is in excellent condition upon installation.
I know that everyone wants their wedding venue to look and be perfect. Just remember perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence!
So how much is this going to cost????
I’m not going to beat around the bush; Draping takes a lot of preparation time and labour but honestly, the effect is worth it. I cannot give a set price as there are so many variables to consider. Obviously the less draping used and ease of installation will be the cheapest option. If you want to find out more……
Go on…Give us a call!
Contact usto discuss your requirements. We want to help you achieve your lighting and décor image.
You have just got married and can now officially change your Facebook status!… It’s now time for the your Drinks Reception. I think most people want their Drinks Reception to be chilled and fun. After all, t’s the first informal part of the wedding day where the wedding party can have a drink and a good natter post ceremony. Guests can take a sip of their prosecco, enjoy their surroundings whilst chilling out to fabulous Drinks Reception Entertainment.
How to choose the perfect Drinks Reception Entertainment to reflect your afternoon vision
What is going to keep your guest engaged whilst the wedding party are off modelling for your perfect wedding shots? Who will be able to play the right style of music your looking for and generate the desired atmosphere?
So, the classic option are Harpists, acoustic guitarists, jazz singers, saxophonists and string quartets. But what if you want Drinks Reception Entertainment that’s a little bit different? Our Cocktail DJ Service offers just that. Have a DJ play your choice of music at suitable background level using a small, discreet and clean set up that wont distract whilst your guests mingle. Your Dreamwave DJ can play anything you choose including Acoustic, Hed Kandi, Blues, Ibiza chilled and Jazz to name a few. I myself like the sound and tempo of acoustic versions of popular songs. Personally, I think the musical flexibility of the Cocktail DJ Service is an absolute gem as it allows you to play any genre you fancy at a reasonable price. You could even up the level further by having him perform alongside a live saxophonist!
See us in action on the lawn in the sun at Le Talbooth:
Drinks Reception Music on a Budget?
I always wish my purse had free refills! Weddings can certainly prove expensive and not every Bride and Groom can afford live entertainment for the whole day. To me, an obvious saving can be made by putting together your own play list and plug it into either the venue’s PA system or hire one. The disadvantage of this is that you wont have a live entertainer to captivate the Drinks Reception audience. But this is a great option for those on a stricter monetary allocation.
Another option is to look at extending your entertainment from the Wedding Ceremony for a couple of hours. This will most likely prove far cheaper than hiring separate musicians.
I am so excited to show you this film clip! I think styling using lampshades is going to be a hugely popular for weddings in 2017. This is actually not a new thing and are ideal for weddings; particularly wedding breakfasts/drinks receptions. But I had to announce that we have just had a mega influx and now have A LOT available for hire now in Essex and Suffolk! (when I say a lot, I mean close to 200 in all shapes, styles and sizes). When clustered and hung correctly together creates an inspiring effect.
I have absolutely fallen in love with these lampshades! Forgo the traditional and use these beauties! They can be used either indoors or outside and with Spring nearly upon us; imagine being out in the fresh open space or an airy marquee with these hanging overhead. The refreshing, quirky styling will complete the bohemian and inspirational feel you are after.
With various choices available like hanging from festoon belts or individually from wire, build the design layout that you imagine.
Photos (above)taken during a photo-shoot at Kenton Hall.
DIY Lampshade Décor
Like this styling, but prefer the DIY approach? Trawling the internet (ebay/gumtree/pre-loved), boot sales and charity for vintage lampshades it certainly an option. But nowadays it can prove quite time consuming to find decent, good quality lampshades at a bargain. If your prepared to put in the hours and have the patience, you will eventually find a few at a good price.
Check out Pinterest. It is a great place to look for unique and do-able DIY lampshade arrangements for your wedding and help get those creative juices flowing!
Before proceeding down the DIY route, it is definitely worth balancing the cost of your time, labour, stress and actual purchase against the peace of mind of hiring the service from the professionals and not having to worry about installation, removal and dealing with glitches pre, post and during wedding. I’m pretty certain you will have enough on your plate prior to your day!
Lampshades not your thing? Further Inspiration:
If Lampshades don’t appeal to your wedding vision and you want your day to be even more edgy and individual? Why not try hanging umbrellas upside down instead!
photo (above) taken a the talented wedding of photographer and friend to Dreamwave, Emily Fae
Want to know more or do you have other ideas you want to discuss. Contact us and we will be thrilled to discuss your plans.