In the beginning…

My first venture into the stormy waters of blogdom and hoping that I make it out alive!
Time definitely seems to be my enemy so we’ll see how regularly this will be updated.

This time of year is very much wedding season and thus most of the events that I’m doing are wedding receptions.

In the beginning... Tony Winyard EntertainmentLast weekend I did two events. On Saturday a wedding at The London Golf Club near Brands Hatch in Kent for Victoria and Aaron. I’ve now done about 8 or 9 events at the London Golf Club and it’s a superb venue with great views but unfortunately the weather was pretty overcast. It didn’t dampen the guests enthusiasm though and they were up for a good time from the moment they entered the room.
The first dance was Frank Sinatra-The Way You Look Tonight which the couple did a specially choreographed routine to which went down a storm.
There were very few young children and most people were probably between mid 20’s and late 30’s with a few elder relatives as well. Indie music was particularly popular with this crowd especially The Killers and Fratelli’s and also The Jam.
It was a great night and the dancefloor was virtually packed from the word go right up until the midnight finish. Special thanks to Julie and James as Victoria and Aaron had seen me performing at their wedding in August 2008.

In the beginning... Tony Winyard EntertainmentAnd then last sunday I did a wedding at Great Fosters in Egham, Surrey for Edwina and Adrian. It’s a beautiful venue and a grade 1 listed building. The second time I have performed there and from a DJ point of view it’s great as it has very easy access.
It was an early setup for me as they wanted me to play background music during the meal.
Adrian and Edwina very kindly provided me with a delicious meal and I had a good chat with the photographers David Ward and the videographer Paul Daly. Paul in fact gave me a very good tip for a course in SEO which I’ve just booked on with the hope of improving search engine rankings for my website.
Onto the actual wedding disco, the first dance was Barry White-Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love which led the way for generally more uptempo beats. One problem though; no one had informed me that Edwina was from New Zealand and that quite a few people had come over from NZ and were all asking for NZ artists! Edwina had provided me with quite a lengthy request list, which only mentioned one NZ artist (Crowded House) but even that was only specified for the background music! Oh well, still managed to have most of them dancing anyway.

Am now preparing for tomorrows event which is another wedding, this time at Bisham Abbey which has great history. It was built in 1260 and has been used by many members of the Royal family ever since.

In the beginning... Tony Winyard EntertainmentOn Friday just gone I DJ’ed at a wedding for Annie and Giles at Bisham Abbey which is near Marlow on the banks of the Thames in Buckinghamshire. This twelth century Abbey certainly has some history and on a nice day looks fabulous especially with the many Swans that are always in this stretch of the Thames, however on Friday it poured down the whole day which was a real shame for the bride and groom, however they didn’t let it spoil their fun and it was a very relaxed affair.
I had to arrive at 1pm to set up some background music (mainly classical music) for the cocktail reception and also background music for the wedding breakfast in the main room which was mainly Ratpack plus some smooth Motown and Jazz.
It was an extremely mature audience. Many of the guests were well into retirement and I’d guess that there were at least 10 Octogenarians! The music was pretty laid back.
Music-wise we rarely strayed from the 50’s to the 80’s with probably only a couple of tracks from this decade in the whole night!
It was a very nice crowd and very touching when the bride had a special dance with her very frail father who also must have been well into his eighties and they danced to “Annie’s Song” by John Denver which meant a great deal to both of them.

No event on Saturday! The only Saturday free in the whole summer, so took it easy with my fiance Tracy and our 4 month old daughter Bonnie after having walked around Camden for a few hours in the afternoon.

Next event is on Thursday which is another wedding at Stock Brook manor in Essex.