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Armistice Ball 2018 – Praising what is lost, makes remembrance dear

On Saturday 10th November 2018, The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall was dressed for the occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary milestone of Armistice.  The amazing charity event raised an incredible £27,000 for ABF soldiers charity during Armistice Ball 2018.

Dreamwave Events’ Part to Play

Being fabulous friends with the Milsoms Group, we had to be involved in Armistice Ball 2018!  As well as donating our Evening DJ Service as a charity Auction Prize; one of our show stopping Dreamwave DJ’s delivered a party to remember along with the Band of the Army Air Corps during the evening’s escapades.

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Preparation for Armistice Ball 2018

Preparations began days before with all the suppliers working together to make it a night to remember with stunning aesthetics! Our Dreamwave lighting technicians produced a jaw-dropping geometric hanging pendant lamp arrangement creating a key focal point during the event.

Dreamwave Events also provided full sound production for the event along with poignant gobo projections and a masterful illumination of the First World War bi-plane from Stow Maries Airfield creating a key central feature using our high quality up-lighting.

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The Evening Event of Armistice Ball 2018

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Armistice Ball 2018, Poppies, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Charity Event

We joined director, Paul Milsom and all the guests for a 2 minute silence during dinner.  Whilst eating, guests were entertained by the acapella group The Testostertones and the Downton Abbey Dancers, before a charity auction.

 

 

The leading donation was the replica of the Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 motorbike the Flying Flea that made up £10,000 of the total of contributions

A fantastic evening was had by all and we look forward to the next event at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

 

Dave Drane – Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow

No business should be without a Dave Drane:  A cool cat with a head packed with invention and imagination! Dreamwave Events could not be where it is today and it still rapidly moving on up.  The sky’s the limit!

 Dave Drane Dreamwave DJ Lighting Co-Director

Our Co-Director – Dave Drane

Dave keeps Dreamwave ahead of the game.  He is well and truly our ideas man.  His confidence in his own ability and that of the team, keep Dreamwave DJ’s and Dreamwave Lighting leading the way in innovation.

Like any creative individual, Dave Drane can be a slightly left of the middle.  Fixated on his photographic pose (yes there was much debate on which photos to include in this blog post), chiseled features and receding hairline (😱) he is still a complete teddy bear! But make no mistake his professionalism and focus provides the motive power required for success; and nothing succeeds like success!

Dave Drane Guest Speaker Sponsor GeeWizz Dreamwave Events Co-Director DJ Lighting Hire

Image Credit Lucy Taylor photography.  All copyright remains with the photographer
Dave Drane Speaking at GeeWizz Midsummer Ball

Dave Drane – What you are will show in what you do (Thomas Edison)

A young Dave begun his career as DJ, “Dave Dreamer.”  He also gained a wealth of sound and lighting production knowledge working successfully for Highlite International, a Dutch based audio and visual equipment supplier.  Whilst working for Highlite, Dave joined forces with DJ Paul Pollard (our other Co-director) at “Making Waves” to form Dreamwave Events!

I think I have made it quite clear that Dave is our ideas man.   I caught up with Dave to get his insight into his perspective on Dreamwave and his role in the mechanics of the business:

When Paul and I started out together almost ten years ago, we never dreamt we would be where we are now within the industry and with such a strong team beside us.  

As with any business; roles change, as well as direction. I don’t personally get to DJ as much these days as I’d like but am very happy to hand over the ‘platters’ to our good skilled team of guys. More is required to be done on a day to day basis but we like to stay true to our routes providing a service to clients that is of the highest standard and quality.

Looking ahead Dreamwave is moving in to new areas of the sound and lighting industry with developments in to rental and installations that is proving very exciting and productive.

 

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Dave Drane with Sister Sax providing our DJ Sax combo

 

In a nutshell, Dreamwave Events would not be in the fantastic position it is in now, if it wasn’t for this complete diamond!

New Dreamwave DJ – Welcome James Langton!

Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking.  James Langton approached us, after moving into the area, looking for potential work.   We were so impressed that he soon joined the ranks of the Dreamwave Events team.

Why James Langton?

James is the perfect catch…don’t get excited now ladies; I meant for Dreamwave Events (though I have to admit he is easy on the eyes, don’t you think?).  He oozes natural confidence, professionalism and approach-ability.  This, accompanied by exceptional DJ skills nurtured from a young age results in the entire Dreamwave DJ package.

James Langton has already ventured out on a few events representing our well respected Dreamwave DJ Brand.  We had every confidence that James would swim and meet the high expectation of ourselves and our clients to provide the awesome and personalised evening’s entertainment Dreamwave Events has become nationally renowned for.  He has already received his first review from Amy and Chris, who had our Complete Evening DJ Service at Maison Talbooth in Essex on 7th September 2018:

“He was incredible and had a great personality whilst being professional. I was very worried about having a DJ as I have been to some weddings where the music is cheesy and the DJ talks more than plays the music. I can not speak highly enough of our DJ.  Please do pass on my huge thanks for making our evening entertainment a memorable one.”

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James Langton; As a DJ

James has always had one hand to the DJ decks throughout his career in events.  He has performed at a wide variety of parties from small personalised weddings to large corporate galas.  His music vocabulary is immense but his preference is ultimately the 90’s era of dance and hip-hop.  However, James’ fluidity in his performance repertoire means that he can comfortably play pretty much anything and is happy to be guided by what clients want to hear and keep the dance floor full!

I asked James what his favourite floor filler filler was.  After much deliberation (lets face it it’s not an easy question, especially as we all play for the crowd at the time), he came up with a few tunes:

My favourite floorfiller of all time bar none is “Superstylin’ by Groove Armada.”  I Saw them a few times on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, back in the day.  I never get to play that anywhere now, though. It’s gone.

 

Some songs that James most likes to play (and can still get away with!):

90’s dance: Robin S, Show Me Love

Hip Hop: Wu-Tang Clan, Gravel Pit – “Judged right, this is an absolute floorkiller!”

There are sooooo many to choose from and, you know, I just want to play what people want to listen to.

Moving forward……..

It is the moments of decision that your destiny is shaped;  moving forward, for both Dreamwave and James, the decision has definitely come out trumps.  The future is looking pretty bright!

Happy Birthday Dreamwave Events!

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 Paul joined 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 lighting equipment producing first rate installations that will knock your socks off!

 

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What our clients think

It has taken this time to build up our name as a source of quality and professionalism.  The support from our clients 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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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Christmas Lighting Hire – Fairy Lights

Festive Fairy Lights – Bring Festive Brilliance and Animation to your Christmas Party or Wedding.

Chirstmas Fairy Lights

 

As we are entering the season of everything sparkly, I thought it would be appropriate to write up about our twinkly fairy lights that will glisten and glow bringing a festive flare to any Christmas themed wedding or party.

Whether you are aiming to bring subtle brightening outside or a warm ambient glow to the indoor furnishings; nestling fairy lights into the any party venues fixtures will radiate refinement adding the shimmer and shine and enriching the festive mood.

 

Indoor Fairy Lighting

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You can ignite the Christmas Party cheer with warm illumination and merry sparkle. Decorate your windowsills with our Fairy Lighting and LED Candles bringing a hearty feel to the room.

Furthermore, you could enhance features by draping in fireplaces or wrapping beams aspects (pictured right)

Rather than having a vivid affect, you may wish the fairy lighting to command the room with  Fairy Light Backdrops or Canopies.

 

Fairy Lighting Canopy - BarnBackdrops look fantastic behind you evening entertainment and wedding cake or it makes a perfect accompaniment that brings that additional finesse to your weddings top table décor.

My personal favourite is the effect of Canopy Lights.   This lighting décor looks amazing in barn structures and marquees completing the room with the perfect incandescence they generate.

 

 

Outdoor Fairy Lighting

A solution to providing outdoor lights for wedding and party guests is to ignite outdoor features with the addition of Fairy Lights.  This will give your guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the evening.  Options for this include illuminating garden borders such as foliage, trees or fencing.  Another may be path walkways to distinguish an approach or entrance.

Picture (below) illustrates our outdoor fairy lighting at Hengrave Hall.

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Further Christmas lighting Ideas / Contact Us

 

To further your Christmas  vision, we have Gobo templates in stock that project festive snowflakes to complement your Christmas affair.

You can find our DJ’s performing and lighting for the Christmas season at Wivenhoe House, The Hangar at Kesgrave, Le Talbooth and Suffolk Food Hall.

 

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We have various décor options in our hire stock from white Christmas trees and further lighting choices. To find out more, please contact us and we will be help bring your ideas to fruition

Questions about Gobo Projection Hire?

The Curious Case of the Gobo Projection

 Gobo Projection

Ever wondered what a Gobo Projection is?

I had no idea until I started working at Dreamwave Events.  I found a Gobo Projection is a stencil placed in front of a light that controls the shape emitted.  The shape can be pretty much anything!

This remarkable idea is simple, yet unforgettable and positively effective. A Gobo projection will make an impressive and immediate impact on your guests at any wedding, party or corporate event.

 

What choices of Gobo can Dreamwave Events Provide?

Generic Gobo Projection Templates in stock

At Dreamwave we have Gobo Projection Templates in stock of basic images to enhance a theme.  Templates include snowflakes (perfect for your Christmas wedding or party) or stars along with my personal favourite, woodland.  We used the woodland template a short time ago  in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” themed wedding.

For your wedding party we also have a “Mr and Mrs” template to project to introduce yourselves as the newlyweds to begin your lives together as husband and wife. Alternatively how about:

 

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Our design team can also produce a customised and meaningful Gobo projection that can truly personalise your party or event.

You could illuminate your initials and date onto the wall for your wedding’s evening party.  You then get to keep the template as wedding memorabilia.

Or alternatively perhaps a business logo for a corporate event to give your conference or party further impact!

 

So the options of Gobo design are limitless and can be either simple and impressionable or significantly intricate. Each option results in an impressive memorable projection that is visually entertaining and revives the most uninteresting surface.

 

Gobo Projection

The price is dependent on the design intricacy and the materials need to produce the overall arrangement. Metal Gobos cost less and are generally used for basic designs.  Glass is more expensive  as it is required to support the more complicated gobo composition.  This material allows the image to be projected clearly.

Contact Us

To find out more about our Gobo Projections, please contact Dreamwave Events.  We will be happy to answer any questions you have.  I hope you found my blog post useful!

 

 

Your Wedding – First Dance Ideas

First Dance Ideas

First Dance – The Ultimate Conundrum!

Dreamwave Events has put together some of the best and most popular first dance tracks for weddings to help you decide the perfect start for your evening party.  From classic, alternative to modern there is something in this list to appeal to everyone’s musical tastes.

Your opening dance of the evening as is something you want to remember and choosing the right tune can be daunting. With millions of potential tracks to choose from, finding the perfect song to celebrate your first dance together as husband and wife can be an overwhelming task.  I am here to help

 

We understand how important your first dance is

We cater for your personal preference when is comes down to your debut performance as a couple! We find some couples have every second accounted for.  We don’t only ask which song you would like played.  We also ask the questions:

  • What time is your first dance?
  • When would you like guests to join is (leave enough time for the photographer to capture your moment!)
  • What song would you like to follow?

Alternatively, we also appreciate that some couples just don’t want the focus on them. Whatever your choice we will make sure we provide the service you envision.

 

How to follow on from your First Dance:

The song choice to follow on from your wedding days first dance can be just as important.   This could be a father/daughter dance, a dance with your close family or you may just want to raise the roof and get straight into the party!

Whichever way you wish your evening wedding party to proceed, your Dreamwave DJ will implement your requests to provide the personal service we pride ourselves on.

 

Contact us:

For further details of our DJ Services, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Dreamwave DJ’s – Behind the Scenes

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 Read more about our recent film shoot promoting our Dreamwave DJ Services provided in Essex, Suffolk and surrounding areas for weddings as well as both personal and corporate parties.

 

Our team of Dreamwave DJ’s and crew all had a bit of fun in the warehouse a short while ago. We prepared for our new, behind the scenes promotional film.  Laughter and friendly banter was prolific whilst on the road to creating our visionary masterpiece.  Even I had the opportunity to show my budding DJ skills and gave a cracking performance on the decks; but I think I will be sticking to my desk job for at least the near future!

 

 

Spike Grimsey was on form with his exceptional camera techniques to generate artistic snapshots of the guys performing and prepping equipment.  These reflect the great place that Dreamwave Events is to work which truly echoes in the guy’s performances during our Evening DJ Service.

 

If you are looking for experienced DJ’s that emanate confidence and fun whilst maintaining competent professionalism for your Evening Party; these are your guys!

 

Dreamwave DJ Martin Cooper on set DJ photo shoot

Our team of Dreamwave DJ’s: Paul, Dave, Spike, Martin, George and Darren are all accomplished performers that bring the party! Our Evening Service offers their experience as well as a choice of set up options with different style booths and lighting colour to match the theme of your party.

Dreamwave DJ’s do not only offer DJ Services for the evening. My personal favourite is our Cocktail DJ Service, offering a tasteful alternative for an afternoon drinks reception.  Our DJ’s adjust their performance to mirror the relaxed atmosphere.  This is accompanied by a small discreet set up with appropriate music played.

Get in Touch….

For further details of our DJ services, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.

 

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Bound for Lanterns – Lantern Hire

Lets talk Lanterns…Over the years Lighting and Décor has grown to play a huge part in the company and included in our stock is our stunning lantern range.  We can provide anything from your traditional looking and old fashioned rustic feel to original modern designs emanating sleek clear lighting.

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I feel our extensive range means we will have a lantern design to complement your venue and create your desired styling. Recently we used our rustic lanterns during a woodland ceremony at Kenton Hall which made the perfect accompaniment to the simple and picturesque scenery.

Have you thought about using lanterns as your table centrepiece? These alongside with our choice of realistic Flickering LED candles will illuminate the room during your wedding breakfast or corporate dinner with a natural warm glow.

When being used in both various indoor and outdoor areas for use as decoration, these additions can enable us to generate the right styling for your event or wedding décor vision.

If you would like to ask us about out lanterns or other lighting and décor ideas, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions.

I’ve added some pictures below of our recent lantern catalogue shoot showing off the scope Lantern choice. Happy lantern hunting!

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