The latest in the irregular blog entries! I have been doing a lot of events recently at venues such as Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Harrow School, Haughley Park Barn in Suffolk, Crews Hill Golf Club in Enfield, Mitcham Golf club, Lutyens restaurant in The City, Ham House in Richmond, London Wetland centre in Barnes, Kingston university, Naval & Military club in Piccadilly. Albury Park in Guildford, Radisson Edwardian Heathrow, The Marriott County Hall central London, Great Fosters in Egham and The Rivervale Barn in Yately Hants. Which were a mixture of weddings, corporate events and birthday parties.
Some of them were pretty interesting such as a wedding at The Radisson Edwardian Heathrow with a Pakastani/Turkish bride and groom from Oman and consisted of music from Turkey, India, Pakistan, Arabic and western stuff such as R&B, latest dance and pop and there was also an Ethiopian dance group. It was certainly a challenge but was a good night and the end result was a happy bride and groom. The Arabic and music from the middle east went down a treat and within a few days there was a more far eastern theme, which is mentioned in a couple of paragraphs time!
Another wedding was at the Haughley Park Barn in Suffolk which is an amazing venue and one that really undersells itself on it’s website as it looks far better than is shown on the site and they’ve really paid great attention to tiny details. I was very very impressed with this fabulous venue.
I also did a wedding at The Naval & Military club in Piccadilly, also known as the In & Out club and the crowd there were eager to boogie with a packed dance floor from the very first song through to the last track. The song chosen for the first dance was a cover of You Sexy Thing by The Stereophonics which made a pleasant change from some of the usual first dance selections. On the subject of the first dance though last week at a wedding in Great Fosters in Egham, the couple had asked for a track by Jason Mraz, called I’m Yours and the bride and groom did a superbly choreographed dance to an impeccable standard. This wedding was very different musically as the Chinese bride and groom wanted predominantly R&B and I ended up playing some tracks that are very rarely played at any weddings, nevermind a Chinese wedding, such as KRS1 – Sound Of Da Police and Dr Dre – Nuthin’ But A G Thang!
This weekend I did a 40th birthday party at St Stephens in Hampstead which is a huge Victorian Gothic church and was a little strange with only 60 or so guests in a room that could hold over six times that, yet the guests didn’t mind and danced the night away through to midnight.
Aside from actual events I have attended some interesting meetings and seminars over the past few weeks including a very good seminar on Social Media given by David Hughes which certainly gave me some food for thought.
I’ll be making entries on a more regular basis from this week, many of which will be articles on various topics such as wedding entertainment, the public perception of Wedding DJs, music requests and many others.