Essex Wedding DJ at Blake Hall Weddings

Essex Wedding DJ at Blake HallSo following on from my previous post I DJ’d a wedding reception this weekend just past at the fabulous Blake Hall, my first time there and what a beautiful venue. The couple in question were Nicola and Marc, I dealt with Nicola the whole time in the run up to the big day. You can imagine my surprise when i turned up and found I had known the groom for years, indeed I had DJ’d his 18th birthday and his sisters wedding as well. The playlist was great, the dance floor was busy all night, the guests were well up for a dance and the bride hardly left the floor. It was a brilliant night! my congratulations to Nicola and Marc enjoy your honeymoon.

Essex Wedding DJ lays down great tunes, and 18 years on…

18 years on...This was published on Facebook today, Paul and Emma today celebrate 18 years of marriage, I Dj’d there wedding reception and had an absolute blast of a night, my thanks to Paul for allowing me to put this on my Facebook page. Congratulations again guys. X

“18yrs ago today – I had the pleasure to be at one of the best parties. Russell Frost was laying down some great tunes, whilst people came and boogied, i spent the day surrounded by friends, family and laughter – even a very young Holly Curran was there in her best frock, and an even younger Terry Louise was there in her nannies arms….. Oh – and some fit bird turned up, with great……… attitude, and agreed to be my wife!
What an 18years it’s been.”

Awkward DJ moments from the history of the Essex Wedding DJ

With some 20 plus years under my belt as a DJ, I have had a few awkward moments, some too X-rated to put into print and others make me cringe even today.

I have seen wedding cakes thrown across dance floors and drinks tipped over quests; I’ve advised brides to tip white wine over their red wine stained wedding dress to remove the stain and even had to wait until 10pm for a groom who was so worried about his speech that he had too much ‘Dutch Courage’ and fell asleep in his room when he went to freshen up!

But the one that eclipses them all for me is one I DJ’d over 10 years ago, in a marquee, in the grounds of a country hotel. It was a hot August day (and I mean HOT!! 37 degrees inside the marquee) I had to bring fans in because the CD players (that’s how long ago it was) and amps were overheating and cutting out.

I’d set up and had to change (I had brought extra shirts as I was going to need them it was that hot). It was the time that Steps had just released tragedy and it was high in the charts (wow 1999 almost 16 years ago as I write this). The Bride had requested this as one of the dances to follow their first dances.

I had noticed that over to one side of the marquee an elderly gentleman (an Uncle I believe) was having fans and cold compresses applied to him. I had assumed he had had a funny turn because of the heat and needed to be cooled down.

My focus as always was on the dance floor and getting the first dances done and to get the party under way; I had just announced that the first dance would be in a few minutes when the hotel manager tapped me on the shoulder and said the gentleman had been taken very ill and paramedics where on the way. The bride was informed and, at the request of the elderly uncle, was told just to carry on
and it would be fine.

I got the first dances done and much to my delight the dance floor stayed very full for the next set of songs (even in the heat). The Bride sent a brides maid up to request Tragedy, I queued the record up for the next song and hit the play button.

Well, as I said, I’d been paying attention to the dance floor and the elderly uncle had now had screens placed round him for some privacy. At the opening notes to Tragedy the paramedic took the screens down and wheeled the uncle on a gurney through the dance floor and through to the exit.

I still turn a little pink today when I think back on it now and it certainly slowed the party down somewhat! After an hour we received a call from someone at the hospital to state that it was heat stroke and nothing more and he would be fine with a few days’ rest. The rest of the night was warm and the party was great, but still a little awkward at the beginning of the evening.

Top 10 of Wedding First Dances

ewdj-head1I’ve been doing this of a while now and while some music becomes dated very quickly some tracks are instant classics.

So below is a list of my top ten first dances, these are the most requested first dances over the last few years.

10.Lonestar – Amazed
9.  Heatwave – always and forever
8.  Luther van dross – always and forever
7.  Lionel richie and Diana Ross – Endless love
6.  Shinia Twain – Still the one
5.  KCi & Jo Jo – all my life
4.  Westlife – Unbreakable
3.  Take that – Rule the World
2.  Boyzone (ronan Keating) – when you say nothing at all
1.  Michael Buble – the way you look tonight.

When do I need to book a Wedding DJ?

When do I need to book a wedding DJ?
The short answer is: As soon as possible!

ewdj-photo3When friends and family get married, I’m amazed at how many of them call me and ask my advice for “what are the best wedding venues to look at?” or “do I know a great wedding photographer and videographer?”;  “Who does the best wedding cakes?” “Where’s the best place to hire suits? And even down to “Where do I hire the best wedding cars”.

Normally all of this is done months and sometime years in advance, and then a month or two before the wedding I get the inevitable phone call of “Russ do you know any good Wedding DJ’s?” (this is because I’m invited to the wedding honest!).

A good wedding DJ is like everything else you book for your wedding and those in the know book everything early.

I take weddings on anywhere up to three years in advance and lots of my work is on recommendation. Iindeed, recently I was DJing a wedding and three young ladies came over and asked if I remembered them. It was in fact three brides I had DJ’d for over recent years each one had seen me at a previous wedding and the first wedding I did for them was a recommendation.

If you book well in advance you’re getting a good reliable DJ that will turn up! They will know their way round a wedding reception, the proper etiquette for first dances etc. As opposed to booking one last minute! The panic booking! The ‘he will do DJ’ that will hopefully turn up.

You would be stunned at the number of calls myself and fellow DJ’s get over the year from panicked venues or brides and grooms where their DJ hasn’t turned up and no one is answering the phone!

When you book with, I take just one booking for that day, if it’s a provisional booking I will confirm in the conversation or via email how long I will hold the date for before I will take another booking. If it’s a confirmed booking then that is it, your in booked and confirmed. I then confirm the booking, either by post or via a PDF packet included in an email. This pack will have a letter of confirmation; a booking request form asking for information like your first dance, music requests, names of bride and groom, full contact details etc; my terms and conditions and a booking confirmation form confirming dates times and price clearly. Equally it will have my email address my phone number 07976785211 and my address.

As the adverts say: “Book early to avoid disappointment!”

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