Should you provide refreshments to your wedding suppliers? A DJ fills us in…

 An article written by Anthony Winyard, published on 5 Star Weddings Directory on 10/11/15 (This is the unabridged version. The abridged version features on the following link) http://www.5starweddingdirectory.com/blog/99561/should-you-provide-refreshments-to-your-suppliers/ This is a tricky question and the answer isn’t black and white. Let’s start with food. How long will they be at the venue for? If it’s just for a few hours in the evening, such as the majority of DJs who will perform from 7pm to midnight then food is maybe not necessary, however if they are there for over 10 hours such as a DJ who also acts as an MC or is supplying background music and/or mood lighting then it does make sense to provide them a meal. When they will be entertaining your guests in the evening it won’t enhance their performance if they are starving. You want their minds on your guest’s enjoyment not on their stomach. […]

107 tips from a Top Wedding DJ – Save The Date Podcast

Want to hear some great tips on entertainment for your wedding? Check out the new issue of the Save The Date wedding podcast by Aleisha McCormack on which I’m interviewed. Aleisha asks me about subjects such as: Music that should and shouldn’t be played at weddings When to play certain tracks The image of wedding DJs How a new band of DJs in the UK are trying to raise the standard of wedding DJs and getting far more creative What does a master of ceremonies do Music for the wedding ceremony What is a wedding host Why you should meet your DJ Questions you should ask a DJ you’re interested in booking Ice breaking between the two families and friends Creating energy and laughter during the wedding day […]

How To Make The Most Of Your Wedding Entertainment

An article written by Anthony Winyard for the “Wedding Ideas” magazine on 22/9/15 http://www.weddingideasmag.com/make-the-most-of-your-entertainment/ Think of all the weddings and other events you’ve attended over the past few years and take a minute to see what are the first few things about each of those occasions that comes to mind? Maybe repeat this exercise with your friends and ask them the same question. For many people the thing they will remember most is whether they enjoyed it, and that is very often dictated by the quality of the entertainment that was on offer. Great entertainment makes the flowers smell sweeter the room look brighter and the food taste better. Poor entertainment turns a wedding into an expensive dinner party when the guests leave early and the ending of a beautiful day turns into a damp squib. Communicate! One way to help ensure you have a great night is to work with your entertainment rather than have them working for you. What I mean by that is, that the better they know you and you know them, the more reassured you’ll be, and the better informed they’ll be, which all aids in creating an exceptional occasion. […]

A dozen tips for a great wedding speech

An article written by Tony Winyard for “Perfect Wedding” on 4/9/15 http://www.planyourperfectwedding.com/article/readings-speeches/12-tips-awesome-wedding-speech? Did you hear about the best man that made the brides mother cry during his speech? Unfortunately they weren’t tears of laughter. Or the groom that spoke for 75 minutes during his speech, yes he spoke for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and he didn’t even notice that half the room were in the bar by the time he finished, ordering the free drinks the groom had laid on to escape the boredom. As a DJ, Wedding Host & Master of Ceremonies, I have heard hundreds of speeches and have witnessed the good, the bad and the very, very ugly Here are a dozen tips to ensure that you’re the cool person remembered for delivering a fantastic speech rather than the loser that put no effort in and told embarrassing stories! […]

How Do You Choose The Entertainment?

An article written by Anthony Winyard for Hitched on 4/9/15 http://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/entertainment/how-do-you-choose-the-entertainment_118.htm Most couples have never had a reason to book a DJ or a band before, so they may be unaware that the best entertainers can often be booked up 18 months in advance. So don’t do what many couples do, which is leaving searching for the entertainment until a few months before the wedding, only to then discover that many of their first choices are already booked. Here are a few things to be aware of when seeking the entertainment for your wedding. Meet Face to Face Planning a wedding can be extremely time consuming and hard to fit around your work schedules, but meeting with your potential entertainers is as important as having a fitting for your dress and looking at the venue before booking it. […]

Questions you should ask your prospective DJ

An article written by Anthony Winyard published in Ultimate Wedding magazine on 29/10/15 http://www.ultimateweddingmagazine.co.uk/2015/10/questions-you-should-ask-your-prospective-dj/ For most weddings entertainment is a big factor as it is what the guests will remember from the wedding in years to come. If you think back to weddings you’ve attended from years gone by you might not remember the cake from that wedding 5 years ago, or the favours from the wedding 7 years ago, but it’s quite likely that you’ll remember whether you had a good time from every wedding you’ve attended and much of that is down to what entertainment they had. Unless you’re a fan of taking big chances you’re going to want some reassurance that the entertainer you book is going to deliver what you want, and the only way to do this is by meeting them in person. Even if you were at a wedding a few years ago where there was a great band or DJ you should still meet with them for many reasons. Some of which are covered further in this article. […]