We are at the beginning of the wedding fair season 2019! I know how intimidating these events can be. All those suppliers waiting to pounce on you, ready to tell you how perfect their products will be for your day. This is all very daunting and Brides and Grooms need to go in prepared. So I have prepped this blog post to help you make the most out of wedding fairs and extract what you need from suppliers prior to stepping foot into the gauntlet!
Plan what you want included in your day
Planning a wedding? – if your anything like me, the list of services available leaves me dumbfounded. Everyone is different and each couple needs to decide what they want from their day. I recommend a brainstorm. Forget budget at first just smash a list out of what will make your day about you. After all, it’s your wedding and every inch of it needs to scream that it is!
Always bear in mind the season your getting married in and plan appropriately for this. There is no point having a barbecue for winter wedding!
So, you have written down everything you want. Now its time to out them in order of what is realistically doable and affordable for you. After all, you don’t want to be paying for your wedding for the rest of your time on this earth. If your in a position that you have enough for everything you want, that’s great! But make sure you don’t have any regrets of what you have spent your hard earned cash on.
Set a Budget
This will be a guide to what you can achieve for your day and will help keep you reined in. It is so easy to over spend and at the same time important to have an clear idea of your wedding day dream so you can get as close to its reality without over stretching. Remember stay grounded!
Personal Recommendation, is in my opinion, the best way to find a good supplier. It gives you re-assurance that they are competent in what they do and deliver a great service! But on top of this, do your own research online, in wedding magazines and look at reviews. Prepare questions you wish to ask the wedding experts.
Know the Wedding Suppliers who are Attending the Wedding Fair
Prior to going to a wedding fair, make sure you know what suppliers are attending. You know what you want on your wedding day and have completed your research and now know who you wish to speak to. The next step is to ask the suppliers at the wedding fairs how to achieve your goals. Remember only attend the wedding fairs that suit your style.
You are now prepared to enter a wedding fair. What is great about wedding fairs is that you will get some great ideas that supports your wedding vision, which is awesome. Don’t rush, this is your opportunity to speak to the experts in their field and determine if they are the right supplier for your wedding day. The temptation is to get carried away. Take away the information and contact details that is relevant to you.
Look for the supplier who is on the same wavelength as you. Immediately discard the tacky quintessential services and find the companies who “think outside the box”, who is fresh and inspirational. They need to listen, gauge your personality and find your quirks that will make your day that little bit different and more importantly “yours”. … A company like Dreamwave Events for artistic, stimulatinglighting and décoroptions.
Remember when speaking to wedding suppliers there is always room for negotiation. But beware – don’t always go for the cheapest price. In my experience you nearly always find there is a reason why they are cheaper. Make sure you read the fine print and make sure there are no hidden costs and everything is included that you need.
But do you know what makes a cracking wedding (and what every wedding needs) is the best entertainment you can find. Of course, I am biased in what I consider the best wedding entertainment available in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk (basically East Anglia!) Read more about fantasticevening entertainment for your wedding here.
A life saver for me when organising my wedding, was setting up our own wedding email. Myself and my now husband both had access and information about our day did not get lost in translation amongst our other online commitments. This truly helped with keeping everything separate and clear making the whole planning process far less stressful.
Another tip is to create a methodical wedding day spread sheet of services, suppliers, costs, when balances are due, details required etc. It can all become over-bearing, especially in the couple of months leading up to your day. You will be thankful of this. Trust me!
Want to find out more……
Dreamwave Events are the experts in DJ wedding entertainment, lighting and décor in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Drop us a lineto discuss your ideas in more detail. Alternatively, you can find us at the following wedding fairs this year:
Coming together is just the beginning; 2019 is the start of our relationship as exclusive recommended supplier providing lighting and decor rental services as well as highly skilled Dreamwave DJ’s at Easton Grange wedding and events venue. I feel that with our new business union, working together, can only lead to success.
Easton Grange Wedding and Event Venue
Easton Grange in Suffolk is a luxurious barn wedding venue available for exclusive hire for the day or whole weekend. Complete with on-site accommodation, knowledgeable and friendly staff along with the combination of stunning grounds and spacial functionality. It’s specifically designed in mind to welcome a fantastic wedding, no matter the weather. An Easton Grange wedding can only mean an incredible day is to be had.
Dreamwave Events and Easton Grange Wedding Venue Working Together
We were approached by owners, Ali and Sian Kerr in late 2018. Their aim is to not only provide a luxury barn wedding setting that stands out as one of the best, but also to unite with suppliers that share their vision. Having heard of Dreamwave Events through our professional reputation and high level of service, they contacted us see what we could do. We jumped at the chance of working with this amazing wedding venue and the team, knowing that we can do great things there. We are excited to be in partnership sharing the same goals.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to work closely in partnership with Easton Grange, sharing their passion in offering professionalism and quality to brides and grooms in the year we embark celebrating a decade in the Wedding Sound and Lighting business”
Lighting Hire Rental Services we can Offer at Easton Grange Wedding and Events Venue
We plan to offer bespoke lighting concepts at Easton Grange with full planning, consultation and design services available on request. Our expert team will be liaising closely with the team to create custom lighting hire packages. These will be specifically devised to complement the venue, working to produce our new brochure that is to be expected in 2019. Our brochure will be showcasing popular lighting concepts; including feature festoon lightingto modern hanging lamps alongside in demand fairy lighting arrangements. We plan to produce both indoor and outdoor lighting hire packages, making sure clients make the most of the stunning grounds available.
DJ Entertainment Services at Easton Grange Wedding and Events Venue
Easton Grange lends itself as an awesome wedding entertainment space. Dreamwave DJ’s will be exclusively recommended and every client can expect a top-end service from the start of the booking process through to having an experienced DJ on the night with the skill to connect with the audience and give a personalised entertainment experience.
Whether you’re looking for an evening DJ for a cracking party or a Cocktail DJ for your drinks reception period, we know we can provide a bespoke first-class service at Easton Grange.
Dreamwave Events are close to celebrating our 10th year working within the wedding industry. We are committed to be providing a client focused service for both lighting hires and DJ entertainment. Through the passion and drive of our dedicated team we are able to deliver the vision and desired overall look of the clients. We are so looking forward to working with Easton Grange and going far, together.
See Bruisyard Halldressed 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
Hanging Pendant Lamps at Bruisyard Hall
Dreamwave Lighting Hire – Exclusive Recommended Supplier – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fairy 2019
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.
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.
The team at All Saints Hotelin Bury St Edmunds, Suffolkare hosting The Wedding Showcase 2018. Their aim is design an event to create opportunities for you that create interactions! This is the time to start planning your wedding. The Wedding Showcase 2018 is a great place begin. Grasp the chance to discuss your ideas with wedding suppliers face to face and take advantage of their expertise.
Wedding Showcase 2018 at All Saints Hotel
The Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am until 3pm. An array of professional wedding suppliers, including us, will be ready to greet you with a universal smile and armed with ideas, expertise and advice in their craft.
Where and and How do I begin Planning!
Remember no communication will be your arch enemy when planning your special day! Be prepared for information overload and be organised! My post on Wedding Fair Preparation is a good place to kickoff!
Relax, you have plenty of time
Why not make the most of the stunning wedding venue and ground of All Saints Hotel? Take your time at the Wedding Showcase 2018 and book afternoon tea with your Bridal Party, on offer for the day at £16pp)
Dreamwave will be there
We, the Dreamwave Events team, look forward to welcoming you at The Wedding Show to chat all about the DJ Services we can offer and inspiring Lighting Design ideas we can install for your wedding day.
Of course, of you have questions prior to your visit (or after), feel free to give us a shout.
Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018 – Dressed to Impress
If you are planning to get married in Essex/Suffolk you wont regret seeing Wivenhoe House in Colchester all dressed up for a wedding day. It looks absolutely stunning! The drawing room will be dressed for a Civil Cermony and the Garden Suite and Garden Gazebo will be fully dressed as you would expect on your wedding day.
The team at Wivenhoe House are great. They will be on hand to give you a tour of the grounds and answer any questions you have.
Where can we be found at the Wivenhoe House Wedding Open Morning 2018?
Team Dreamwave will be found in the Garden Suite where your evening party is held. We offer highly skilled DJ entertainment and a comprehensive and striking lighting and decor services. Our drapingof the Garden Suite is particularly popular. We will be able to answer any questions you have.
Attention all engaged couples. This is the one you have been waiting for: Pencil Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day in your diaries for Sunday 2nd September.
Where and when is Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?
Le Talboothis set in the beautiful Essex Countryside on the Suffolk border, nestled by the river Stour.. The Marquee will be open to view in all it’s glory from 10.30am until 3pm on Sunday 2nd September 2018 set up the the amazingMilsoms Wedding Team who will be on hand to answer any of your questions.
What Suppliers will be Attending Le Talbooth Wedding Open Day?
Of course, as the solely recommended company for DJ and Lighting Hire for the Milsom’s group, we will be attending and showcasing our lighting flare and DJ set up in Dreamwave style. We have a multitude of choice ofLightingstyle, DJ servicesand Set up options to suit every wedding theme. Our Cocktail DJ Service for your Drinks Reception music is particularity popular on the lawn in the sun!
When love and skill work together, expect a master piece. This is the way I would describe Emma and Gavin. They made the decision to drop anchor and get hitched on the 10th June 2017 at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk with just 10 months to plan! With Gavin working in Monaco, Emma had her hands full taking the reins organising their special day alongside caring for her two children. Boy, did she do a smashing job! This couple managed to achieve the perfect recipe of razzle dazzle along with romantic family intimacy.
“I considered hiring a wedding planner but I knew that I would want to look back and know that I planned it all myself. Around 4 weeks before the big day, it all suddenly became real! There were lots of last minute changes. With the help of all our amazing suppliers these were all dealt with swiftly! I went to Hengrave the day before the wedding and started to feel more excited as I was so confident in every company we had hired. Waking up at All Saints the morning of the wedding I felt nervous. But upon meeting the amazing Hannah Bibby at Hengrave I immediately felt at ease….she was amazing!”
In the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall with our LOVE Letters and Festoons (Image Source: Martin Beard Photography)
Intrigued to find our more about Emma and Gavin’s Wedding Hengrave Hall? Read on……
Why did you choose to have your wedding at Hengrave Hall?
“I found a youtube video (UK’s Top 10 Wedding Venues – Bloomsbury Films) and watched it with my Dad on a rainy Sunday afternoon. As soon as we saw the church in the grounds, I called to enquire. Within literally five minutes of the tour I knew… this is the venue! I compare pulling up to Hengrave with pulling up to the first viewing of our house…..I had exactly the same feeling…..you just know it’s the place for you. I called Gavin once home and after hearing how excited we all were he said if thats where you want to get married then let’s get it booked!”
The ceremony took place in Hengrave’s own chapel found in the charming grounds. The finishing touches provided by Tudor Rose Florist alongside the mesmerising vocals of Revelation Avenue resulted in a truly whimsical setting.
“As I sat during the ceremony listening to Revelation singing so beautifully, looking at all the proud, emotional faces in front of us the feeling was just amazing. We both felt very special. The Long Gallery, Courtyard, West Terrace and of course the Minstrels Gallery all looked perfect….every little element was included and it surpassed our every hope and expectation.”
Just Married! Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“People told me that I wouldn’t even notice the decorations/little touches on the day but I noticed everything as it all looked so shiny and new but so tasteful and classy at the same time. I was so busy in the Bridal Suite looking out at the view, watching Safe & Sound entertaining our children, getting ready and laughing with my special ladies that I totally forgot to put in my bridal earrings. After leaving for the church I remembered and got in a panic! Hannah overheard and literally within minutes the earring box was there and I was putting them in…..like MAGIC!”
“My Mum, Sister and my friend Helen and I chose my dress together. I loved all the lace dresses but they seemed to be missing that something extra. So when I saw the Allure gown with it’s beautiful embellishment, my family told me this dress was very much me. That made my mind up! I’m so pleased I chose this dress. Even though I would have liked to be the size I was before having children; I think it suited ,not only me, but also Hengrave and the whole day perfectly!”
Allure Dress. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
The Grooms Attire
Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography
“Gavin, Zak & Sam’s wore bespoke made to match suits by Philip Alexander and we couldn’t have been happier…worth every penny! I was very pleased with our choice for the back of the waistcoats as music brings emotion and joy to everyone so the navy and coloured guitars complimented the day perfectly . The Groomsmen also wore Philip Alexander bespoke hire suits. I am so glad that we decided Gavin and the boys should look different to the groomsmen as it is after all as much the Grooms day as it is the brides. Itwas important for him to stand out too and our boys were obviously a huge part of our big day.”
Phillip Alexander Suits. Image source Martin Beard Photography
Décor, Sound and Lighting
Emma and Gavin took full advantage of having Dreamwave expertise to hand. From sound production for their Ceremony and Drinks Reception, a complete array of lighting hire throughout the day and a Dreamwave DJ for their evening. This couple had the full Dreamwave Package!
“The decor was simply stunning. I had seen many photos from various sites including your site but they just do not do them justice. The West Terrace and courtyard looked amazing!! The flooring in the Minstrels Gallery looked perfect and just added that something extra without taking away the historical elements of the room. Dreamwave used the template from our wedding invites for the E&G for our gobo design and we used that theme throughout. We saw so many pics on social media of the gobo so were made up it was something everyone wanted to take a picture of. Every little detail I had requested was met and the candles along with a simple floral arrangement next to two picture frames of my Grandparents received so many compliments. I adored the window sills and the gift table, they lit up the venue inside and was exactly what I had requested, not one thing was missed.”
Emma and Gavin with our Path Festoon Walkway. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“We had hired Revelation and they made our day so special. However, they did come with lots of extra and last minute organisation including sound equipment and a last minute request for a keyboard! Dreamwave Events really did prove themselves to be a company that go above and beyond as they helped with every single requirement including the last minute keyboard search. The sound, both in the Church and during the drinks reception on the West Terrace was spot on and the choir received so many compliments. That said, you can have the best singers in the world but without the right equipment it wouldn’t have the same impact. Thank you guys!”
“I thought the lighting outside may be a wasted element as it was 10th June so longest days of the year but this was my absolute stand out favourite and even when the sky was still blue but evening had come the lighting looked gorgeous and lit up to show the venue off! One of my favourite photos is of us both walking along with the lights at our sides!”
Why choose Dreamwave Events
“I originally called and booked for DJ services as wasn’t aware of the other services. We were sent the options for Hengrave and fell in love with them all. I took time to meet with all the wedding suppliers but my meeting with Dreamwave stood out the most. The guys were so friendly and patient and went through every single option. I left the meeting feeling extremely confident in your knowledge of the venue and how good it would look.”
“We heard in the Bridal Suite that one of the Dreamwave staff had cut his head whilst setting up. One of my Bridesmaids is a doctor so she went straight down to check he was ok. He politely declined and said he was fine and continued his work! What a true professional! That on top of taking on the task of potentially sourcing a keyboard for our Choir at very short notice so goes to prove what a truly professional and bespoke service you offer. We honestly could not recommend Dreamwaves highly enough. Thank you!”
“I added 2 picture frames with photos of my Grandparents (who were too frail to attend) and both were placed on the piano with some flowers and a candle. Family means so much to me and it looked beautiful. So many of my family members came up and commented on what a lovely touch this was. “
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“The framed caricature of the four of us (sketched by the amazing John Roberts) on our gift table was something I first requested immediately after booking the date. I didn’t want photos of the four of us around the venue that everyone had seen 100 times over on social media. But I did include a little framed picture of our boys on one of windows close to the bar as it’s our favourite photo of them both together.”
Image source Martin Beard Photography
“We used Angel creations for our Invitations with the E&G emblem and thought it would be nice to continue this throughout. We used the same E&G symbol for all our stable stationary, table plan, Gobo design for the evening, our welcome mirror, ring box and a hanging door accessory.”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“Gavin bought some cigars last minute so I decided to add in the personalised matches which we put in a cognac style vase with a little personalised sign from Mr & Mrs Collins. This went down a storm with all of our guests and two weeks later some cheeky guests were posting pics on social medial of them smoking them in their gardens….but did include the hashtag so we let them off!”
“Although I didn’t see them as was still outside the church I was so proud of our two boys walking down the aisle. Our eldest son Zak is 6 and so he understood what was happening and was so looking forward to it. He was so proud to be Ring bearer (or ringmaster as he told all his friends|)! His face in the church…he was so excited, happy, proud and at the same time a little nervous as he wanted to do his best for his Mummy & Daddy. He made us the proudest parents alive….they both did.”
The Collins Family. Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“The ceremony itself was beautiful. My friend wrote a poem about our long 13 year courtship which included many comical but also heartfelt moments. Lots of tears but also a few good laughs when we both had to state Gavin’s middle name ‘Wesley’ a couple of times during the ceremony. Revelation sung beautifully and I think I will have to ask them to record “over and over again’ (a song they learnt and rehearsed especially for us) as I prefer their version now!”
“The whole day, although a blur was simply the best day of our lives but the most memorable moment was watching the fireworks. Zak & Sam running up in their PJ’s and then holding them both in our arms, just the four of us as the ‘Collins Family’ is a memory we will cherish forever.”
“Darren was our kind of DJ! He was so friendly and people have asked if Gav or me we knew him! I asked for a Justin Bieber song to be played especially for my eldest son Zak. Darren made sure we were all in the room and did a shout out to him put then proceeded to put him in the booth with him and let him be DJ. He stood on a stall so all the guests could see him, wore the headphones, picked the next track over the mic and danced away. He was made to feel like the most important person there and weeks after the wedding and if anybody asks what was his favourite part of the day he says ‘being the DJ'”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“I also asked for a song be played for Gavin as it was his 40th birthday 5 days after the wedding day. I must say every single thing I requested was done but putting my son in the booth just went above and beyond our expectations and made a little 6 year old very happy.”
Image Source Martin Beard Photography
“Music choices were amazing and he managed to get even the dance shy guests up and boogying. Thank you so much Darren and we hope he enjoyed DJ’ing for us all.”
Advice for Future Bride and Grooms
“Gavin and I do not like to be centre of attention. With my shyness around the camera the whole idea of a ‘big white wedding’ was daunting. Because Gavin has so many friends and I am such a family orientated person we felt we couldn’t just fly away so decided on a wedding in the UK so that everyone could come. I think, without saying it out loud, we booked Revelation Academy, Nick Einhorn the magician and requested a round table apposed to top table so that we would not be ‘centre of attention’! “
“Our advice would be do not spend time worrying about silly stuff like that…..enjoy the planning with family, friends, the stags, hens and all the fuss. You never know you might surprise yourselves and ‘LOVE’ all the fuss on the day just as we did.”
“The day will fly by and you won’t have long with every guest to stand and chat but do take a moment to take it all in. Most of all take time to find your new Husband and tell him how much you love him!”
Like the look of Emma and Gavin’s Wedding?
Here is a list of their suppliers to help you on your way. If you have any questions about the DJ, Sound and Lighting Production – Give us a shout!
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.
LED Candles are a fantastic and not too costly addition to a wedding or party. They honestly do add to that romantic ambience sought after during a wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast. Or think about using them in those dark areas in the evening to ass a bit of glow.
Guess what – we have loads of LED Candles available for hire! A huge amount of sizes and shapes to suit your styling needs. With so many alternatives in design and arrangement, these are a must accessory to your wedding day.
Available for both indoor and outdoor use in various heights, LED candles generate a warm smouldering kindle ideal for use down walkways to complement Carpet or Aisle Runnerseither stand alone or inside our Lanterns. Alternatively, the candles can be used in a dense formation at the base of a stairway. They emit a perfect ambience on otherwise devoid areas such as windowsills and mantelpieces.
Our premium alternative to the hire of our standard LED Candles. It will not be until further inspection that you will discover that these candles are not the real thing! These candle are made from real wax and release a genuine representative glare of an actual flame. Luminara Candles are the idyllic replacement of the authentic blaze
To find out more about the difference between the Luminara and Standard LED Candles, click here.
LED Tea Lights
Our smallest in our LED Candle range is our LED Tea Lights. Usually incorporated into an arrangement for a table centre-piece. Or the candles can be found flickering in our Hanging Glassware, such as from trees at Maison Talbooth or from the central well in the Courtyard at Hengrave Hall.
Most commonly used to warmly enhance a centre-piece in candelabras, Taper Candles have been used by Dreamwave to radiate their warm subtle flare by the visually stunning concept of hanging them from the ceiling off beams in barn or attached to the upper area of marquees.