Essex Wedding DJ - Not So Cheesy Disco

Not So Cheesy Wedding Disco – More of a 80’s and 90’s Disco

Well after Fridays disco it was nowhere near as cheesy as I thought it was going to be!

I came out the gate strong with the S Club’s “Reach For The Stars” after the first two dances, then sticking with the party theme I played “Jump For My Love” (Girls Aloud) and then “Love Shack” (B52’s), at this point the dance floor is still full and your not getting your usual first dance drift off.

From there I moved up to date with Oly Murs and “Dance With Me Tonight” and Rizzle Kicks “Mama Do The Hump“. Lost a few of the dancers but these were replaced fairly quickly with more dancers.

After a small stint in the present I moved into dance (house) with Robin S “Show Me Love” and “Dreamer” (Livin Joy) with some choice club classics that kept the party going.

On time, as always with the Orsett Hall, the buffet was delivered and duly announced, unlike some DJ’s I don’t tend to slow down or change the tempo during the buffet unless I’m asked. I did suffer dance floor wise as people had the buffet and refilled there glasses, I still had a dance floor of people but it does dwindle somewhat at buffet time.

Moving from the club classics I hit the 70’s and 80’s soul and disco this refilled the dance floor nicely. At this point the cheesiest I had got was the first part of the evening as we were rapidly approaching 10 o’clock I thought it was time to break out one of the brides requests and played “Opps Upside Your Head” (The Gap Band) for the right crowd this will literally get them sitting down…. In rows across the dance floor and it didn’t disappoint with the odd squeal of delight being heard from the dance floor the bride lead the way and sat down, quickly accompanied by the majority of guest forming three lines across the dance floor for the duration of the song.

So we are now heading for the last part of the night and with two hours left I gave in and broke out Arrow’s “Hot Hot Hot“, the guests limbo-ing for the whole of the songs I decided to play another of the brides requests the CONGA! Yes a true party classic from yester year that either works or falls horribly on its face, true to the brides words a train across the floor formed and we had a conga round the room by now the dancing juice had done its job and the majority of the room was singing and dancing this is the time I tend to break out party music across the decades from the 60’s to the 00’s if it’s a party track and it works I’ll use it.

Having played the normal fare of 60’s pop and soul and time rapidly disappearing the last of the brides requests was played Aggado, now to be honest this completes my hat trick of cheese played a weddings having played the Birdie Dance for a bride as her third dance as she appeared in the original video (no I have never bothered to check is was a number of years ago now),   the conga at this and a couple of other weddings at the bride and grooms request (Only) and now Aggado! Again the bride was on the money with a few guests looking confused as they didn’t know the dance but quickly followed the rest of the crowd to get the dance moves down.

Coming up to the very last part of the night and I like to whip the crowd up for the very last part, this crowd I used “Living On A Prayer” (classic Bon Jovi) “Sex On Fire” (Kings of Leon) “Mr Brightside” (The Killers) and to start getting the crowd in a circle The Proclaimers “500 Miles” (Original version) this had the desired effect and I quickly invited the remainder of the crowd on to the dance floor to say good night to the bride and groom and finished on their first dance.

Whilst some of the songs where not what I would normally play ie. The Conga, Oops Upside Your Head and Aggado, it just goes to prove that a few well-placed requests from the bride and groom (or the party principles) can really make the night. I would have never of played these tracks unless they were requested by the bride and groom and then I like to have some notice. More importantly the guests were up for good old fashioned knees up and the dance floor was well occupied for the majority of the night.

So cheesy nights will always work but I think I have learnt that there are different levels of cheese, and if we are honest with ourselves we all like a little cheese with our parties they can really make them spectacular.

Wedding Cheese

Essex Wedding DJ First – A Cheesy Disco for a Wedding

Wedding CheeseAs a Wedding DJ, every now and again I’m asked to do something a little different. It may be organising the cutting of the cake or to take on more of a toast masters role during the meal (If they have booked me for the day). I’ve worked with singers or bands, themed the disco for something specific, maybe a James Bond theme or play regional music for a specific nationality.

This week brings something I have not done at a wedding before a really cheesy disco.

I’ve DJ’d for a number of years working in Pubs and Clubs occasionally doing fancy dress, soul nights, rock n roll nights, 70,s 80’s and 90’s themed evenings but this is a wedding and the bride and the groom have asked for Party Cheese!

Now I’m not talking Wham, Tiffany and music of that ilk (although they are on the play list), I’m talking proper cheese the things that DJ’s tend to avoid as they were played to death when they were first released. Things like the Greatest Hits of Black Lace, ie The Conga and Agga Do! Other tunes like Opps Upside Your Head and the forever cringe worthy YMCA

 This type of music is not my usual fare and to be honest I play a little cheese at every wedding it makes it fun,  people know the music because it’s a family favourite or one of those tracks that always tend to get played at family get togethers.

A little ABBA or a bit of Barry White played at the right time at the right party generally fills the floor. BUT! This is a full on cheesy disco!

They have even requested I DJ in the style of Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer”, which I sat down and watched for the first time last night (6/11/12)wedding singer - adam sandler, a great film and the showman in me is looking forward to being more of an old style DJ geeing the crowd up and pointing out people etc..

For those who have seen the film you know what I mean. However I will admit I’m a little nervous of breaking from the normal mould of the established style of wedding DJ and getting out and doing something different but this is what the bride and groom want.

The Bride was more than happy to tell me that she loves that type of music and wants everyone at her wedding reception to have a brilliant time (don’t we all) so this is the challenge for the weekend.


I’m really looking forward to it I have sorted the play list, cheese across the decades, I have the bride and grooms first dances sorted the only thing I have to work out is my approach to the personality style I’m going to employ.

Well if it all goes well I may publish the playlist as I can see this novelty approach of wedding disco taking off in some quarters, keep them pealed I will let you know soon.Cool

Wedding Fayres in Thurrock

Essex Wedding DJ at Orsett Hall Wedding Fayre

Traditionally autumn is the quiet time of year for weddings. Lots of venues start opening their doors to the public for wedding fayres. Ideal if you are planning a wedding and need to see the people you are trusting to make your special day spectacular.

This Sunday 22nd October 2012 I will be at the Orsett Hall along with the other resident DJ’s so if you’re looking for a wedding DJ or anything wedding related the Orsett Hall is the place to be.
The wedding fare has now been running for twenty years but every exhibitor has a wealth of fresh ideas to make your special day, perfect.Free Entry on the day and the Halls wedding team will be on hand to answer any of your questions regarding weddings at the Orsett Hall.

There will also be up to 50 other wedding vendors to help you with all your wedding day needs. So if you still need to order a cake, find a photographer, still need those bespoke wedding rings, looking for that perfect dress, fancy a video of your big day and looking for some of Essex’s best DJ’s, including of course Essex Wedding DJ, and much much more you will find them all under one roof this Sunday at the Orsett Hall.

Orsett Hall is set in 12 acres of lovely landscaped gardens. The venue can hold from 20-350 guests with easy access from the A13.

More details are available at doors open at 11am look forward to seeing you there.

Orsett Hall Gold Room

Essex Wedding DJ Reviews – The Gold and Blue Rooms at the Orsett Hall

This is the last of my Orsett Hall room reviews but by no means the least.
Orsett Hall Gold Room

Whilst it’s the smallest of the main function rooms, the Gold room can seat up to 100 for a meal and can accommodate twice that many for an evening function. It looks out over the majority of the Orsett hall grounds and with two exits out to the garden areas guest can take full advantage of these grounds during the warmer months.

For a wedding the Gold room generally comes with the Blue room as well, this smaller room is ideal for meeting guests or having a few drinks whilst the main gold room is turned round for your evening function. It is also where the buffet is put during the evening.

From a DJ perspective there are options of setting up in two locations, both have doors very close to where you set up.

The first setup location is in the middle of the room which has the added advantage of having the tables surround the dance floor giving a more intimate feel.

The second location is at the end of the Gold room and opposite the Blue room, this allows the lights and the music the full length of the room giving a more clubby feel but equally as intimate as the first.

Essex Wedding DJ Rating

  • 5 out of 5 for usability I think this suite is great for any function from a wedding to a formal dinner dance to a birthday party this room like all the rooms in the hall is versatile enough to cope with it all.
  • 5 out of 5 for access there are no stairs and if you use a trolley to get your gear in and out you’re in luck with great access in whatever location you set your disco up in.

To book the Gold Room or any of the Suites at the Orssett Hall call or go online

Tel. 01375 891402


Orsett Hall Hotel,
Prince Charles Avenue,
RM16 3HS

Whitmore Suite at the Orsett Hall

Essex Wedding DJ Reviews – The Whitmore Suite at the Orsett Hall

Whitmore Suite at the Orsett HallWith the Orsett Hall’s wedding fare looming large on the horizon (21/10/2012) I will finish up on my room reviews for the hotel. I have already covered the Pavilion and the Jaguar Bar and in this one, I will cover the Whitmore Suite.

The Whitmore can seat 150 for a meal and have 250 for an evening. Decorated in black and gold the Whitmore gives a lavishly opulent feel. It’s a great suite for all types of parties with a separate reception / bar area which means the bar can open after your meal, whilst the main room is being ‘turned round’ for the evening you can meet and greet your guests in some comfort.

Essex Wedding DJ with a Starlight Dancefloor

The main window in the Whitmore suite is a bay window and this is ideal for your DJ to set up in and the removable dance floor is placed directly in front of the DJ. Not having a permanent dance floor is an advantage as on a few occasions I have had the new style LED dance floors in front of me notably this is a picture of a starlight floor in the Whitmore with yours truly DJing (well ok you can see one of my lights and a corner of my speaker)  Starlight Dance Floor.

But even if you go with the more traditional style of wooden dance floor the Whitmore will not disappoint you as a function suite.

DJ access is via a fire escape to the left as you face the bay window this means very easy access and you don’t have to go through guests to get your gear in.

Essex wedding DJ Rating

  • 5 out of 5 for usability from 80 to 250 people this is a brilliant suite.
  • 5 out of 5 for access with double doors to the left and my preferred door to the right getting your gear in and out is very easy in the Whitmore no matter what size your rig.

To book the Whitmore Suite or any of the Suites at the Orssett Hall call or go online

Tel. 01375 891402


Orsett Hall Hotel,
Prince Charles Avenue,
RM16 3HS