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10 Years Old!

It seems like yesterday we walked into what was our new office and warehouse looking at the huge empty space thinking, “How on earth are we going to fill this!”  But once we had the coffee machine in place, it started to feel like we had been here forever. 10 years on, the coffee machine upgraded, many new faces later and warehouse space now heaving – we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary of the birth of Dreamwave Events tomorrow!

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Paul and Dave are awesome bosses.  This makes the team feel more like family rather than a workplace we must go to to earn our keep.   I feel the in-house atmosphere and the fact that we all know what we are doing (this helps greatly!) combined with the professionalism of the company mean that 10 years on Dreamwave Events is a force to be reckoned with in the sound and lighting industry.  We have separated the business into two sides;  Dreamwave Lighting and Dreamwave DJ’s.

Like all companies, our journey started at the beginning being a small company but with high aspirations.  Fully aware that most companies collapse within their first two years of trading, 10 years is an amazing achievement.  Never to rest on ones laurels though, the guys are always looking at ways to move forward with new ideas to lead the market into the next trend.

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Plans for the Next 10 Years

There are exciting times ahead that I’m literally bursting to tell you about.  Unfortunately, these will have to come later in a big reveal as and when they happen.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  In short, there a big things happening at Dreamwave HQ.  The future looks pretty bright.  We have many projects simmering on the back-boil.  I think that some of these will blow you away!

I really, really, REALLY want to be more specific.  But I guess you’re going to have to watch this space for future announcements.  For now, this blog post is to literally say “Happy Birthday to us!” and pat ourselves on the back for reaching this mega milestone.

 

Milsom Wedding Show 2019 – Kesgrave Hall Suffolk

Milsom Weddings at Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk in partnership with The Wedding Planners and Dreamwave Events are hosting the ultimate Wedding Show 2019.  Showcasing beautiful dresses and delicious tastings, expert guests and wedding suppliers galore!

We, like previous years, have loved being involved in the organisation of this fabulous and informative event.  This time there are big features on neon and stunning displays with Tudor Rose Florist and Pom Pom Studio. 

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Be Inspired at Milsom Wedding Show 2019

Knowledge is power.  The Wedding Show 2019 is about planning your day and helping you make decisions to spend good money on the elements that are most important to you and your partner.   The Milsom wedding team will tick all your boxes with their ideas and inspiration. This will be a show to remember, with an array of suppliers and lots of inspirational ideas during the “Inspo Lab”.  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.

 

INSPO LAB PROGRAMME

10.15am DIY Tassel Garland Workshop with The Wedding Planner

10.45am Bridal Makeup from Day to Night with The Treatment Rooms

11.15am Make your Own Button Hole with Tudor Rose Florist

11.45am Cocktail Tasting Masterclass with MArk from Bottleproof Cocktails

12.15pm Wedding Dress and Accessories Q&A with Abigail’s Collection

12.45pm How to Dress Your Cake Table with Apple Tree Cake Design and Amnesia Flowers

1.15pm Cocktail Tasting Masterclass with Mark from Bottleproof Cocktails

1.45pm Make your Own Button Hole with Tudor Rose Florist

2.15pm Bridal Makeup from Day to Night with The Treatment Rooms

2.45pm Wedding Dress and Accessories Q&A with Abigail’s Collection

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Come on Down to Milsom Wedding Show 2019 and Chat to Dreamwave Events!

Milsoms Wedding Show 2019 has a lot to offer.  If you are looking for highly-skilled DJ entertainment (also showing their mixing skills on the stage) or striking lighting elements, come and chat to our guys about all things festoons, fairy lights, decor and other specialist lighting.

There is a great deal on to keep you buzzing about your wedding.  Come and see for yourself , starting at 10am on 17th March 2019.  We look forward to chatting to you there!

The Perks of Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019

See Bruisyard Hall dressed in all it’s wedding day glory on 27th January for Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019.  The opportunity doesn’t often arrive to view this breathtaking venue at the weekend.  It quickly gets snatched up by prospective Brides and Grooms.

The day begins at 11am and ends at 3pm and if you would like to attend, you need to pre-register online.

Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019 – The Wedding Venue

Bruisyard Hall is a magnificent 14th century country house nestled in 700 acres of Suffolk countryside.  A small intimate wedding is perfect within the idyllic setting of the house, holding up 24 people.  The venue is also set up for larger scale affairs at the impressive refurbished barn.  Nearest and dearest can then retreat back to the luxurious accommodation within the house after enjoying tantalizing cuisine and dancing the night away to tunes played by one of our elite Dreamwave DJ’s.

“Our wedding fair provides an opportunity for us to share the warmth and character that resonates from this magnificent estate as our guests mingle with suppliers and enjoy making plans for their special day.”

Alan Sabol, General Manager

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Dreamwave Lighting Hire – Exclusive Recommended Supplier – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fairy 2019

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We have a close working relationship with the team at Bruisyard Hall.  A selection of our lighting services will be installed for Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019.  As the exclusive recommended supplier for lighting design installations, our professional and experienced organisation can install our pre-devised lighting arrangements.  These can be selected from our specially designed lighting brochure for Bruisyard Hall.  Alternatively we can compose custom layouts if preferred.

 

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Dreamwave DJ’s – Recommended Supplier – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019

Everyone wants their evening party to be a huge hit.  Whether you want a classic wedding party; a modern, funky alternative; or your own twist, we will make this happen! Our DJ’s will make sure you have a fab party by using their wealth of experience to read the dance floor and keep it full whilst playing the style of music you want.

Before you come and speak to us, take a look at our specially designed brochure of our DJ Services for Bruisyard Hall.

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

replica First World War bi-plane from Stow Maries airfield auction charity event

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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!

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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!

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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!

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018 Kesgrave Hall

We do not need magic to change the world; we need people like Gina Long, MBE and founder of GeeWIzz Foundation, to raise funds for charity by organising events like the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball.  Her success is from championing a cause greater than herself.  GeeWizz was created to help children, young adults and their families, living with disability and those affected by cancer in Suffolk and Norfolk.

GeeWizz Midsummer Ball 2018

The first ever GeeWizz Midsummer Ball was held this year at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk.   We, at Dreamwave Events, are proud to have offered our support.  I’m please to say the event was a more than a sound success raising nearly £50,000!

Hundreds of guests attended a glorious evening of fantastic food and exceptional entertainment.  There was music, dancing and a grand auction to be enjoyed by the all in a sunny summer setting.

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How did Dreamwave support the GeeWizz Midsummer Ball?

We were sooooo pleased that Gina approached us again for our help following our previous pairings at the Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show in 2018 and Secret Garden Charity Ball in 2016.  Gina asked us to provide our top quality DJ equipment for Guest DJ; PA Sound Systems; our skilled Dreamwave DJ’s and insatllation of our exquisite Lighting concepts. We gladly obliged as one of their main sponsors.

 

Gina said: “We just wanted to say the BIGGEST THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL support in helping us raise £48,797  for our very special GeeWizz Charity at our Midsummer Party, on what was the most perfect Friday evening at Milsom’s Kesgrave Hall.  To say you so went above the call of duty, would be an understatement.  I am indebted to you, you really are SUPERSTARS, thank you, thank you, thank you.  The Hangar and Kesgrave Hall Gardens, looked so absolutely beautiful. It really was the best, most memorable, magical evening, one that everybody loved being at.  Ali LOVED working with you all, we can’t wait to work with you again and again.”

Outside – DJ and Concept Lighting at Kesgrave Hall

Our Festoons were positioned outside in Festival style lighting hanging from tree to tree, decorated with foliage from Figa & Co, leading guests down steps to The Hangar entrance.  Selected trees were also wrapped in our Fairy Lights to further enhance the festival feel.

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Outside – The Hangar Entrance – BBQ Area

The festival feel event lighting continued down the steps leading to our Dreamwave designed outdoor stage wood pallet composition with a hessian backdrop.  This was additionally complemented by hanging lamps, our Wooden DJ Booth , large Vintage Blaze retro lights to add to the vibe and a stunning enrichment of foliage.  The composition of this set up completely blew me away!  On top of this, our Dreamwave DJ performed our renowned Cocktail DJ Set whilst guests arrived to upbeat festival music in the mix.

 

The Hangar,  Marquee Entrance

We supplied and installed lose hanging festoons in the entrance marquee and further greenery was added by Figa & Co to continue the theme.

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The Main Hangar Area

The festival vibe progressed into the main Hangar area by hanging pendant lamps and foliage around the wall areas.  A simple Fairy Light design was hung to a central point.

Our specialist Dreamwave Lighting Technician controlled the lighting from our own control desk to create the inspired festive effect.

The guest DJ’s, Brandon Block and Alex P, performed their stupendous sets on our supplied DJ Equipment and Dreamwave designed Pallet Booth with one of our Dreamwave DJ’s filling the gaps.

 

All in all it was a pretty awesome day.  Judging by the amount raised the event was obviously a huge success that was enjoyed by all who attended.  We had a great time.  Thank you to Gina Long and GeeWizz for asking us to be part of the day!

All photos by Lucy Taylor Photography

Wivenhoe House 2018 Wedding Open Morning

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.

Top Image Photo Credit: Ross Dean Photography

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Inspired! – Real Wedding at Layer Marney Tower

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!…………

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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 at Layer 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.”

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What Drew you to your Choice of Wedding Attire?

“With the help of the excellent Abigail’s Collection and Grooms Room in 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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

 

 

The Evening Party at Layer Marney Tower

“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 using Exportify.

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!

Contact Us

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 Us to find out more!

 

Supplier Credits for Ali and Jim’s Wedding at Layer Marney Tower:

 

Venue – Layer Marney Tower http://www.layermarneytower.co.uk

DJs, Lighting – Dreamwave Events http://www.dreamwaveevents.co.uk

Caterers – Bouquet Garni Caterers https://www.bouquetgarni.co.uk

Flowers – W Flowers http://www.wflowers.co.uk

Wedding Dress and Attire – Abigail’s Collection & The Groom’s Room http://www.abigailscollection.co.uk

Photography – EPS Photography http://www.eps-photography.co.uk

EPS Blog: http://www.eps-photography.co.uk/single-post/2018/01/12/Alison-Jim—21st-October-2017—Layer-Marney-Tower

Stationery – Dreams to Reality Wedding Stationery http://www.dreams-to-reality.co.uk

Pianist – Phillip Keith http://www.phillipkeithpianist.com

Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks https://dynamicfireworks.co.uk

Magician and MC: Spencer Wood http://spencerwoodmagic.co.uk

Bridal Hair and Makeup: The Uber Salon http://www.theubersalon.com

Alterations: Tas’s Alterations

Photo Booth: Strictly Photobooth http://strictlyphotobooth.co.uk

Chocolate Fountain: Choc-o-Lush https://www.choc-o-lush.co.uk

Wedding Favours: Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics

Order of the Day Board: Paper Fudge www.paperfudge.co.uk

Total Recall – Happenings of 2017

What can I say about the year 2017 for Dreamwave Events DJ’s and Lighting that hasn’t already been said about the wheel, penicillin or the iPhone!  In a nutshell, 2017 has been an incredible year which you will see as I rewind time, look back in wonder and flash on my favourite memorialised moments.

The best place to start is always at the beginning…..

Relationships, Ventures and Features of 2017

Install Division Expands

The Wünderbar at Milsoms Restaurant in Dedham

The terrace at Milsoms in Dedham, Essex has been enclosed so that private parties can exclusively enjoy their own bar and lounging area.   Dreamwave Events were asked by Geraldine Milsom to incorporate feature mood lighting and design aspects to set the scene for guests to relax in the unique Wünderbar area.    This unique setting available for exclusive hire is the ideal venue small parties; with a bar, leather sofas and then completed with our vintage filament lamps on festoon droplet pendants; this setting is fantastic for cosy dining during those winter months.

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image source www.milsoms.com

Kesgrave Hall. Lighting Installations

We have been busy bees in and out of Kesgrave Hall with various lighting installation and production features throughout 2017.  From Gobo Projections, Haze Machine fitting and Large Mirror Ball accession – The Hangar is now kitted out with a legion of popular party effects!

Jamming with Sister Sax

The way to do great work, is to love what you do.  In February 2017, we joined forces with Sister Sax to form the ultimate DJ and Sax combo jamming session that you wish would never end!  See us in action.

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Feature Pod Cast

One of our Co-Directors, Dave Drane, loves to chat.  You can often find him gossiping away on insta-stories.  In 2017 he featured on a Get Wed Pod-Cast to yabber about wedding evening entertainment.

Snappety Snap! – Photo Shoots at Wedding Venues in 2017

A selection of fortunate wedding venues got the Dreamwave treatment in 2017 with our lighting and decor with a feature photo shoot complementing each venues attributes perfectly.  These lucky ducky’s were Glemham Hall, All Saints Hotel, Bruisyard Hall and Abbots Hall; all based in Suffolk.

The Beginning of Anything you Want – New Looks, New Style, New DJ Booth

Our design team are always busy bees, thinking of new innovative ideas to express our look and adapt to suit individual weddings and parties.  We have recently released a new range of DJ Booths to suit the vast themings available.

New lighting products have also been invested in this year, ever keeping ahead of the game.  Available to hire now are LED Filament Lamps and Pendant Drops (on display at Wunderbar!) and neat Vintage Blaze Lights; both bringing that extra “wow” factor.

Wooden DJ Booth Barn Wedding Rustic Vintage Look

Say who your are without having to speak – Showing off Dreamwaves’s Style

We don’t worry about others using our ideas; we only worry when they stop!  There have been a couple of events this year that as really shown off what we feel is Dreamwave’s look and style:

Osea Island, Essex

We got to show what we were about on this Wedding Day at Osea Island.  The focal lighting installation looked awesome.  Planned by long-established bridal specialists, London Bride, this wedding was so captivating and on trend it featured in “Bride” magazine.

Wedding Lighting Hire Essex Osea Island 2017

Osea Island. Credits: Photography – The Kitcheners; Style and Planning – London Bride; Vervain Flowers; Anthology Vintage Hire

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk

Working with the gifted wedding planner, Lisa,Carmel we were able to show off our passion and style of lighting at the quintessential multi-acreage venue, The Wilderness Reserve.

Wedding Lighting Hire Wilderness Reserve Suffolk 2017

Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk.  Florist: Emma Soulsby Flowers

Gift yourself a Gift – Wedding Planners

Don’t come untied before tying the knot.  We have worked with some truly awesome professional wedding planners that know how to take the pressure off so you can sit back and enjoy assured that your day is in good hands.

This year we have continued our relationships and worked alongside the talent of Katrina Otter, Bernadette Chapman, London Bride and Carmela Weddings.

 

 

Events of 2017

Real Weddings of 2017

We have had an array of super duper weddings this year oozing personal style and trending lighting,  If you want to read more about them, my focused blog pages show off their inspiring ideas.  My favourites of 2017 were Rebecca and Sam at Le TalboothEmma and Gavin at Hengrave Hall and James and Grace at Houchins.

University of Essex Graduation

For the second year running we have been involved in the lighting, decor and production at the University of Essex’ Graduation event.   Providing atmospheric dim-able Festoon lighting in the lakeside and woodland marquees accompanied by our signature magical floating candles; the effects left the students awestruck!  A fantastic time was had by all.

Charitable Cheer in 2017

Wear Your Wedding Dress Again 2017

Our DJ’s and Lighting Team once again we got stuck in to this unique Charity Event hosted by our friend Abigail’s Collection in Colchester.  This successful feature was held at Prested Hall, Essex and this year raised an amazing £4200 for Help for Heroes.  Click here to read more.  If you missed it this year, there is always next years shin-dig to look forward to! Look at some of the photo’s in our Gallery above by D&A Photography.

Take a look at the evening’s happenings in the clip by R J Films.

 

 

Fenwick and Milsoms Fashion Show

In September 2017, The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall hosted its first charity fashion show on behalf of the GeeWizz Foundation to raise funds for young people in Suffolk.   Fenwick in Colchester joined the party supplying a gorgeous array of Autumn and Winter wear.  This fabulous fashion feature raised more than £6300.  Dreamwave Events were proud to be part of deliverance supplying sound and lighting for this charitable event.

Fire and Ice Ball

Dazzling displays of fire and ice themed shenanigans were the focus of St James’ Place Charity Dinner Event. Entering the Hangar through a fiery flare of festivities into a glittering frozen world.  This glamorous affair offered fantastic entertainment from atmospheric music mixed by our Dreamwave DJ’s to live beats from  Hype Delux.  With climatic scenery during an exquisite three course dinner and fantastic entertainment giving the opportunity to dance the night away – this event had very aspect covered for a successful evening.

The Fire Room – Guests arrived along a red carpet with commanding flambos to a firey reception with high tempo inferno music played from our DJ and a greeted with a blazing cocktail.

The Ice Room – A chilled and frozen atmosphere was created to give the vision of ice.  Ice sculptures we enhanced by our frosty lighting effects with accompanying chilly musical notes. Brrrrrr.

Beertopia

Beertopia’s ethanol enthused event has been an annual success for Le Talbooth.  With live entertainment and barrels of ale to hand along with our Festoon lighting loosely draping under the marquee ceiling, this event is always a guaranteed success.  It’s so good that the whole Dreamwave team went together for a night out!

Sound and Lighting Events at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall.

We have spent so much time at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall this year being part of all there fabulous events.  Their first function was in February for the fanciful annual Valentines Ball leading to further exciting activities throughout the year.  The sizzling Summer Ball is always a successful affair and their Summer BBQ , along with Le Talbooth’s, equates to a guaranteed evening of delicious cuisine and fabulous entertainment (provided by us of course!).

Another spine-chilling event held by Milsoms in the Hangar section of Kesgrave Hall.  Spooky lighting effects and ghoulish music were provided by Dreamwave for their Halloween Night of 2017.  We did not disappoint!  Read more by clicking here.  This was a fast sell out, so look out for this one next year!

Christmas 2017

The 2017 Festive Season saw Dreamwave DJ’s at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, Le Talbooth, Wivenhoe House and Suffolk Food Hall, bringing their perfect combination of Dreamwave suave and Christmas beats!

Moving into 2018

We have looked back on 2017 to see how far we have come; now we are full steam ahead, looking forward into 2018.   At Dreamwave Events we like to see things in the present, even if they are in the future (Larry Ellison, Oracel Co-Founder).  I’m saving you a seat.  Watch this space in  the New Year for lighting and decor trends of 2018 and be part of the journey.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.  That’s all folks – Carina, signing off for 2017!

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