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!”

For more information, or to enquire about booking Essex Wedding DJ, send me an email or text, message me on Facebook

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.