Wedding DJ on a Tight Budget

Device-MP3-Player-iconAre you considering being a DIY Wedding DJ? Hiring all of the disco equipment yourself? Do you have an MP3 player and are thinking of doing a wedding party playlist yourself?

Thinking you can save money by doing your own wedding reception disco?

Well, I’ve been a wedding DJ for a number of years and the one thing that is apparent to me that there is real skill in getting the right balance for your wedding reception and you’ll be surprised about how much Essex Wedding DJ actually costs.

With the massive popularity of MP3 players out there more and more couples are considering the DJ yourself route. Hiring the equipment from a local disco shop and building the play lists for the night setting the gear up and pressing play.

Well that can work, I’ll not deny it, but the last thing you want to worry about is whether the sound is too loud, or not quite loud enough;

You may like that 15 minute Prog-Rock track you planned half way into the playlist, but everyone is dancing and it’s not really a song you can dance to and you’re stuck speaking to your long lost Aunt;

Or you didn’t realise the lights you hired have a strobe, your second cousin has photo sensitive epilepsy and you can’t find the off switch.

These are all very real issues that can come up during a wedding reception, not just a DIY one. The advantage of a professional wedding DJ like Essex Wedding DJ is that I take care of all of that for you and for not much more that hiring a good disco setup.

That’s not all there is to being a Wedding DJ either… I take the worry out of your evening, starting from the moment you book Essex Wedding DJ, weeks or months before your big day.

Read on to find out why when you book Essex Wedding DJ your worries and concerns disappear. Or just give me a call on 07976 785 211 and we can have a chat about it

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Russ and Clem Curtis

A Wedding on a Wednesday

Not had time to blog for a while so in the quiet before the storm of the new year I’d thought I’d tell you about a wedding I had in December now I have had a couple of weddings in December both noteworthy so I thought I start with this one.

I’ve mentioned this before a mid-week wedding well this one was a little different from the normal.

On the 12/12/12 I DJ’d for a lovely couple Dave and Jackie Ward. As they sat quite early for their wedding breakfast, they had booked casino tables from 5:30 to 7:30 for their guest to enjoy as normal there was a prize for the most won for both male and female and of course the wooden spoon for the fastest lose on the tables.

Russ and Clem Curtis

Then there was a little background music from yours truly and then on with the main event in this case it was a live act in the form of Clem Curtis.

Most of you will know Clem’s music as it is currently a favourite with a lot of DJ’s when breaking out the party set. Clem is the lead singer of The Foundations with two number ones to their name with “Baby now that I’ve found you” and of course the DJ’s favourite “Build Me Up Buttercup” it was truly a great experience to hear the live vocal version with his son backing him as well.

What was presented on the night was truly great entertainment with a female vocalist belting out such tracks as ”Young Hearts Run Free” and “Ain’t Nobody”, another great male vocalist paying tribute to greats such as Luther Van Dross, George Benson and Stevie Wonder and Clem brought it altogether with his hits and other such brilliant track as “You’re My First My Last My Everything” and a reggae set in the
Unlike some acts who stay very separate from their audience these singers where in the middle of the dance floor and getting the audience to sing along.. indeed even I was encouraged to sing backing for a couple of numbers. There are entertainers and there are ENTERTAINERS and Clem and his singers knew how to WOW the crowd.middle to pack the dance floor to the rafters.

Now the purest among you will scream Karaoke singers and whilst yes its true they were using backing tracks this didn’t detract from the fact that these “guys” knew how to work an audience and shared their love of the music with all of us.

It was a privilege to see the man work and for those of you who are interested Clem Curtis and Co are available for selected dates you will need to contact this team directly via the web site ( and as one last note Clem is not frightened to tell you he is 72 with a brilliant voice.. a great night a great crowd and a fantastic performer.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Christmas Discos and New Equipment

Christmas for many DJ’s is the busiest time of the year and when many of us look to renew some of our gear, buying better or brighter lights, new sound systems and generally create the next look for the new year.


For myself this is no different, having recently purchased a DSB V2 DJ booth, I’ve ordered the Starcloth front as well for that added extra “sparkle”.

I am now looking at retiring the overhead lighting look and will be looking into putting my American DJ (ADJ) X-Moves on to trilite plinths about a metre high, my ADJ Starlight’s on to my speaker stands and continue using my par-cans to wash the walls with colour.

I now have 8 par-can 4 are the more traditional style of par-can although they are LEDS they still have a big housing that was designed to take a traditional spot light bulb. I have recently purchased 4 new flat Par-cans the ADJ Flat Par5 they have a very low profile but still give that big wash effect and light the room beautifully.




Music – A new Denon DN HD2500

Essex Wedding DJ GearThey stopped making these some time ago but you can still get them new every now and then when people dig over the back of a shop. Not very popular wh

en it was made as they have a small screen and you can only view 5 tracks at a time when searching, but I have had one for 5 years now and it’s a lovely piece of equipment.  It has Denon quality coming out of every button a solid build with some great features and until Denon bring out another rack Mount MP3 player I will stick with the 2500 even though its design is 7-8 years old it’s still more innovative than a lot of new machines that are being released now.


Well having attended BPM at the NEC this October (2012) I was blown away (literally) by the new Yamaha, Nexo collaboration. Yamaha acquired Nexo about 4 years ago and this is there first move into the active speaker market.

Introducing the new Yamaha DXR range all rated at 1100watts and starting in size at 8” driver going up to a meaty 15” not the lightest of speakers there size belies a massive sound output with very impressive SPL at 133bp at 1 metre… figures mean little to the layman needless to say they are loud and are very clear….

Here is the Rub I have the JBL active system at the moment the visually stunning JBL515’s. The coolest looking mass produced mobile disco speaker on the market (well I think so Smile) coupled with the 518s sub-woofer producing a very impressive 1400 watts RMS. I’m having a fight with my conscience at the moment as to whether to retire the JBL’s for the DXR15’s both have their pros and cons  I will keep thinking on it and let you all know when I decide.

All of this new look will soon be premiered at the Orsett Hall and as soon as I have done that I will get pictures on line for everyone to see.

Merry Christmas and Happy New YearI may get a chance to blog again before but in case I don’t  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my clients, friends and family a Very Merry Christmas and a safe happy and prosperous new year.

Photo Booth’s at Weddings

Here is something I’ve known about for a while but it was a first for me on Saturday. Now for those of you planning a wedding or a party you will be all too aware of added extras to make your evening that little bit more memorable, things like the sweet trolley/table, fire work displays, paper lanterns, ice cream trolley (or even Van), bouncy castles, Hog roasts and of course the forever popular Chocolate fountains (now with fruit, white chocolate and caramel options) even wine and champagne fountains. But this is something I have seen at a couple of wedding fares but the first time I’ve had it at a wedding reception. The Photo Booth!

Most photographers will willingly offer you a photo studio for the evening, this where the photographer will setup a back drop and you can have photos taken in the evening with guests and family with a backdrop behind and then you can purchase the photos or view online and buy later (or in some cases the photos are part of the package). However with more and more couples taking advantage of cheap airfares and wedding packages abroad the wedding reception “back home” has become more of a party with less of the formality and sometimes a more formal style of evening reception is not wanted.

The photo booth offers a different and fun idea on having your photo taken. Just like the photo booths in train stations you have a camera, a printer, and a computer to control it all, generally a touch screen interface and on screen instructions to get you to the point where you have a photo taken BUT, and this is a great idea the photo booth that was at the reception on Saturday, this had fun hats (fireman, policeman etc), feather boa’s, blow up instruments and enough room in the booth to fit 4 in or more at a squeeze.

What really impressed me and got me to writing was this photo booth came with an attendant and every photo taken there where two copies produced, one for the people in the booth and the second went into a photo album and went to, in this case, the bride and groom and of course the more the dancing juice flows the sillier the photos become. A different idea for an evening if it’s a wedding or just a party something a little novel that caught my eye.

Essex Wedding DJ Now Accepts PayPal

Essex Wedding DJ Now Accepting PayPal for Deposits

Additional OptionsSo after a little thought and setting the account up, EssexWeddingDJ can now take deposits via PayPal.

At the moment I am just taking deposits, I will see how that goes and if it works I’ll start taking complete payments through it as well.

This will enable people that book Essex Wedding DJ to pay their deposits there and then (once the date has been confirmed of course) it will also enable you to pay safely and securely and also use your credit and debit cards as well.

By now if you use eBay or any number of online retailers the option is credit/debit card or PayPal, Cheques seem to be being consigned to the history books now and used less and less.

After having a couple of near misses using my credit card online I like the safety and the security that PayPal offer and feel it would be beneficial to people that book the EssexWeddingDJ as well.

So Essex Wedding DJ is proud to announce that we take PayPal, credit and debit cards for your deposits.