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How To Make Your Wedding A Lot Of Fun

Wedding Party Introductions

To be asked to be a bridesmaid or usher at a good friends wedding can be a real privilege and yet at many weddings guests can go through the whole day and not know anything about members of the wedding party.

One suggestion I make to some of the couples I work with that overcomes this issue also results in more fun as well, is by having personalised humorous introductions for each person in the wedding party. It means that all the guests get to know the name of each person in the wedding party plus something about them and usually results in laughter, which creates a great energy in the room and there is no better method of icebreaking than laughter.

The Love Story

When done correctly the telling of The Love Story about the married couple can be one of the highlights of any wedding and to deliver this properly it requires skill in a few different areas and many DJs/MCs have discovered the hard way that just simply adding this to what they offer without undertaking the necessary training can result in terrible consequences.

I have trained extensively to sharpen my skills in order to deliver this in a way that is touching, informative and hilarious, which includes courses with Mark Ferrell the original creator of delivering The Love Story at weddings, as well as many workshops in storytelling, scriptwriting, comedy, improv and delivering over a hundred speeches at Toastmasters International over the past five years. I also did over 20 gigs as a stand-up comedian on the London comedy open mic circuit, all to improve my ability to deliver a great Love Story for the couples I work with.

I find out information from the bride and then from the groom separately so neither one are sure what the other has told me and then from that information create a script. Every story is different and for some it may concentrate on how the couple met, another story may have more focus on the proposal and another might concentrate on a breakup and getting back together that was pivotal in the relationship. The things they all have in common is that great attention is paid to the words used and to make it personal to each couple so that the story has many sentimental touching moments that moves the audience as well as hilarious moments that get some real belly laughs.

The Mr & Mrs game

Another method of generating some fun into a wedding is with some games and one game that often goes down well is the Mr & Mrs game, which is also known as The Shoe game and tests how well the newlyweds know each other. Traditionally it is done by the couple sitting back to back and each holding one of their own shoes and one shoe from the other person. They then answer questions by holding up the shoe of the person they feel the question is most applicable to. For example if the question is “who is the best driver?” the bride may hold up her shoe while the groom holds up his own shoe. This of course results in much laughter and comment from the audience.

A twist I sometimes do on this game is to have not just the bride and groom but also a few other couples such as the best man and his partner, the bridesmaid(s) and partner(s), maybe the parents and so on also involved in the game and as you’ll see in this video which has six couples playing the game!

Video Testimonials

Social proof is ever more important and one of the most effective ways of achieving this is with video testimonials, because you don’t have to interpret what someone may have meant with a written comment or even wonder if the testimonial you’re reading is genuine.

Here are some Video testimonials from couples I have worked with:

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There's so much to say about Tony. If you are thinking about a wedding DJ. Simply, book him. He is worth every penny and really made our wedding. Not only is he a great DJ, he is a fantastic master of ceremonies and all his ideas, hints and tips went a long way to making our day special. Thankyou, Tony.
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Matt Jolley
2017-11-26T19:15:25+0000
Amazing man- totally gets what you want and delivers! Thank you so much Tony!! We all had a great day and night!! Such a nice guy too�
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Rebecca Grace
2016-10-21T21:46:28+0000
Awesome wedding DJ. Plenty of communication beforehand and loads of little touches that make him stand out. On the day he was the model professional and kept the dance floor packed all night. Could not recommend him more highly. Thanks Tony
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Timothy Bulteel
2016-09-16T16:21:05+0000
Tony is very personable and professional. I would highly recommend him! He leaves no stone unturned and goes that extra mile to make you happy.
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Gemma Watson
2016-06-26T21:31:09+0000
Excellent throughout can not fault tony one bit. He made our day that extra bit special
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Iain P-j
2016-06-18T17:13:56+0000
We’ve worked with Tony several times on weddings and parties and highly recommend him. Tony is so professional, charming and entirely reliable, not just as a brilliant DJ but as Master of Ceremonies too. He combines an approachable, calm and gentle persona with the ability to get a party in full swing on the the dance floor and a fabulous musical repertoire (and we have some fussy clients!). We love offering his additional services like the Love Story intro and will always recommend him to our clients. J&J Occasions, Wedding Planning & Design.
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Jo Hooper
2016-05-05T21:06:54+0000
Congratulations on your richly deserved win
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Gary Trotman
2016-01-16T02:31:06+0000
Tony Winyard is an absolutely legendary wedding DJ!Those words are from the heart. When we hired Tony for our wedding we knew from the first meeting that Tony would bring so much to our wedding that we would never have considered. Those initial impressions - Tony's professionalism, personality, knowledge and experience - really shone throughout our wedding experience and he really delivered on the day.Tony will have so many ideas for your wedding - not just for the disco but for the whole day - speeches, entertainment, ice-breakers, props, photography, and so much more.We are SO proud to have had Wedding DJ of the year 2015 - Tony Winyard - as the most excellent host, entertainer and DJ at our wedding. We learned so much from Tony; he put us at ease, gave all our speakers so many tips and great guidance, and made the whole day (a long day!) absolutely fantastic. Tony thank you so much.Tony's skills go beyond just being a wedding DJ. He helped us so much with our organisation, gave us confidence, lit our venue beautifully, liaised with suppliers, and gave us the party of a lifetime. Highly recommended!!
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Steve Griffiths
2016-01-15T23:55:40+0000
Tony was great! Super organised and everyone had a great time dancing to the perfect mix of songs selected- I would highly recommend!
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Lucy Hibberd
2016-01-12T10:43:49+0000
I worked a Wedding earlier this year with Tony and he was a joy to work alongside. I would highly reccomend him if youre looking for a Master of Ceremony or DJ. His Love Story to introduce the Bride and Groom was really inventive and a touch of class. A smashing guy and I hope to work alongside him soon.
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Phil Smith
2015-12-09T16:49:10+0000
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2015-08-24T18:45:37+0000
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2015-08-24T10:02:18+0000
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2015-08-23T19:44:35+0000
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Michelle Antoniou
2015-08-23T19:23:14+0000
I would highly recommend Tony to anybody who is planning a wedding or any other event that requires a Master of Ceremony and/or DJ. Tony delivered an outstanding and first class service throughout our wedding reception. The time Tony invested before our wedding to meet us, the range of packages he offers, his easy to use on-line system, his calm temperament and his professionalism all accounted for us feeling 100% confident that we was working with the best in his field.Tony DJ set was inclusive to all our guests - with people aged from 2 to 75 years old dancing long after 10pm on our wedding day (which for many was a long day)! Our wedding was two weeks ago but many of our guests are still commenting how great the DJ set was on our wedding. Tony is a professional, friendly, approachable and a very humble guy and he played a big part of why many of our guests have said it was the best wedding they have ever attended. It goes without question that any of our friends or family who get married in the future, my wife and I will be highly recommending Tony to them.
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Andrew Widders
2015-08-18T19:07:36+0000
Tony was the perfect D.J and master of ceremonies. He coordinated the day brilliantly and his welcome speeches for the bridal party were fantastic. Tony also provided excellent evening entertainment. Every song choice was perfect and he kept the dance floor filled all night.
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Amy Douglas
2015-08-14T17:53:45+0000
The care & attention to detail Tony put into our wedding day was invaluable which contributed to our amazing wedding day from beginning to end. One of the main reasons we booked Tony was because he showed how capable & knowledge he was right from the start.He covers every aspect of the day with you before hand and even gives you tips and advice in the weeks leading up to it. He took time out to meet up with us to go through everything and put our mind at ease. On the day he was professional yet approachable & friendly for our guests. He created an great atmosphere which resulted in the majority of our guests never leaving the dance floor.We were very happy with Tony & would highly recommend him to all of our family & friends.Tony, thank you so much for everything! 10 out of 10 from us! Mr & Mrs Dodd 🙂
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Kayla Dodd
2015-07-27T11:22:20+0000
The care and attention Tony put into our wedding party was second to none! Many of the guests complimented us on our choice and his ability to read the room. Tony created a great atmosphere and timed everything perfectly.
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James Earls
2015-06-29T11:45:37+0000
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Amy Cutler-Andrews
2015-01-05T15:39:32+0000
We can't thank Tony highly enough. As well as being an excellent DJ (we had lots of comments about how good the music was and how well mixed the songs were) what we liked was how he tailors your wedding music to suit you. For us, Tony provided our ceremony, reception, wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. Everything was done perfectly. Tony also did our master of ceremonies role. we wanted a low key approach and that's exactly what we got. However if you wanted something more interactive then he is happy to do that as well. We had meeting with Tony and he was always accessible throughout the whole process. He has plenty of ideas for the wedding, things we had never thought about. I will be reccomending him to all my friends and family. If you are unsure, arrange to meet him. As soon as we did, we knew he was the right person for us. 10/10read more
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Matt Jolley
09:10 27 Nov 17
Tony was recommended to us by a family member and we were told he has years of experience and had won awards for being the best wedding DJ. When we met Tony, he was very friendly and very professional. He had prepared a presentation for us with lots of ideas on how to make our wedding truly special, different games, themes, entertainment and music. We were sold. On the lead up to the wedding, things were made very easy by the client portal, we could log in and select our songs for different moments. We also got lots of tips and suggestions to help with the wedding planning, which were very helpful. Even when I had my doubtful bridal moments, Tony put me at ease on the phone by going through the plan for the day. Our wedding day couldn’t have been better. Tony did our ceremony music, then through to cocktail hour. Everything was seamless, the music choices were perfect. We had the wedding party introductions and our love story which everyone loved, it was such a good idea. Tony made sure our speeches ran smoothly and then our evening party was just epic. The best music, a chest full of inflatables, a busy dancefloor. We couldn’t have hoped for a better day. We want to thank Tony so much for everything he did for us. We would highly recommend!read more
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D Cas
15:33 20 Oct 17
When everything goes perfectly it is difficult to remember all the finite details. Leading up to our wedding Tony was always available at the end of the phone or responded by email and we felt anything asked for was dealt with without issue. The face to face meetings we held before our event really gave us a chance to realise Tony was more than capable of providing the perfect day for us. Tony's attention to detail pays off; the set up, the co-ordination of speakers and ability to adapt our planned playlist to our 100 guests' music requests on the night was faultless. Tony's photographer captured plenty of 'natural' poses throughout the evening and we have been able to include these within our final wedding photos. We would highly recommend Tony for his professionalism, courtesy, quality of sound, vast range of music choice and overall delivery. Natasha & Janeread more
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07:58 06 Oct 17
We wanted to make our big day something to remember, something different that would get all the guests talking about it even after the wedding had been and gone. Tony helped us do just that! From the start the communication from Tony was excellent, especially with the emails he would send giving us hints and tips that he has picked up along the way from other weddings, he made sure we weren't missing anything out. Choosing our songs and style of music for the day couldn't be easier with Tony's website. And on the day Tony turned up looking smart and professional. He was friendly and very good at entertaining the guests. He made sure everything ran smoothly and helped make our day perfect. Tony knew just how to keep everyone on the dance floor which made for an amazing end to the best day ever. I can't recommend him highly enough, 5 Stars from us!!read more
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Ryan Corcoran
09:46 12 Sep 17
Tony came highly recommended too us, and were glad that we listened.From initial meeting we knew we were in good hands Tony was extremely knowledgeable and knows his audience.During the day we were asked how we found Tony as they loved his MC as well as knowing just the right song to play to get the party going. Thank you TonyAlex and Hannahread more
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Alexander Forrester Charles
17:41 10 Sep 17
Tony was our MC and DJ for our wedding in May. Without a doubt it was one of the best things we did to make our wedding stress free and fun!From the initial meeting with Tony we knew we had to have him involved in our special day.He has a mountain of experience and his professionalism really showed on the day. Having a 'master of ceromonies' wasn't something we had thought of having, but we're so glad we did! It just helped to narrate the whole day and we were never worried about our guests not knowing where to be ensuring that we just got to relax and and enjoy the day too.I would highly recommend doing the wedding party introductions.... it stole the show at our wedding!As a DJ Tony again has so much experience that he can work with you to make your evening entertainment absolutely amazing! For example he arranged for me to have a 'dance off' with one of the guests which was lots of fun!To sum it up, you can't go wrong with Tony. Excellent service, wonderful public speaker, top DJ! 10/10!Helen & Ian Hodgesread more
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Helen Glendinning
13:54 07 Sep 17
Tony was excellent from start to finish, willing to present ideas but never pushy with anything we didn't fancy. Our guests commented that the music kept them on the dance floor all night - which was a long time (5 hours in all), including hits as cheesy as we fancied. Very good interface for setting up songs as I really like creating my own playlists this was a brilliant method to ensure particular songs would definitely be played. Would highly recommend to all.read more
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James Hughes
14:24 06 Sep 17
Tony justified his Wedding DJ of the year award from the very first he was full of ideas on how to make the day better from simple MC to games and the Love Story although it wasn't really for us it would appeal to first timers I am sure. He interfaced very well with the band and he did his job diligently and unobtrusively. At all times he sought to please and do the best for us to make our special day work. Job done!Highly recommended.read more
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Brian Marcel
17:22 23 Sep 16
Excellent DJ providing fantastic entertainment for our wedding reception. Bespoke, online service for music playlist and requests, very accommodating. Highly recommended!read more
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Glam Cherie Fashion
10:30 18 Aug 16
We cannot recommend Tony highly enough, from our first meeting with him we knew we had found the best DJ and to top it all he also won the award for UK Wedding DJ of the year 2015/16! Tony has literally thought of everything when it comes to wedding entertainment. From the icebreakers for the guests to games for the bride and groom. Tony is also a toastmaster and his love story is a great touch, he is professional behind the mic and behind the decks. Everybody was dancing all night and he provided us with some great Bollywood tunes for our Asian guests! He is amazing and will plan everything with you in detail, his online system is simple to use as well. Thanks again for a great day!read more
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Floating Point Float Centre
07:41 12 Jul 16
Tony is a diff kind of wedding DJ. From the moment we met with him to discuss our day to the day itself, Tony had tips and tricks to help us think about and plan out our day to make it memorable. We opted for the DJ and Master of Ceremonies package as we wanted our wedding party to enjoy the day and not have to run around and do things for us. We couldn't have chosen a better person for the job!! As part of Tony's service you have access to an online account where you can start to plan your music for the various parts of the day and he has a fab list of automated emails scheduled for the right times leading up to your wedding to ensure no stone goes unturned. We used a few of his ideas from the introductions of the wedding party for the wedding breakfast to the Facebook group for song requests for the evenings disco. Both these in particular were a huge hit with our guests and the atmosphere never dipped once during the day. As a bride i never felt pestered - Tony made it his mission to get to know all the key people in the wedding party and other vendors and leading up to the day we had a Skype call to go over the final details.I would recommend Tony to anyone getting married and likes to through in fun ideas to help their day go perfectly.read more
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Louise Bird
15:01 11 Jul 16
Tony was Master Of Ceremonies and DJ for our beautiful wedding at the Mayfair Hotel last week.Tony's production values, from the lighting, wedding party intro speeches (you have to do this if you are planning a wedding, they were amazing!), music during the ceremony and throughout dinner and the party were absolutely first-class.Tony is a goldmine of information for couples planning their marriage, not least from a musical point of view but also with tips and coaching for speeches, decor, the party (the dancefloor props were a real winner, everyone loved them). Everything surpassed our expectations and really, I have never known better service, value and reliability from an entertainer and host.Thoroughly recommended!read more
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Steve Griffiths
23:26 18 Dec 15