Monday, 25 March 2013

Uplighting @ Wynyard Hall

I had an enquiry in for mood lighting at Wynyard Hall in blue which I hadn't done before.
I arranged a meeting with the client to meet up @ Wynyard and gave the lights a blast.


Imagine the full room dressed in blue LED lights, stunning.
It was worth the drive as the clients happy.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Why Pay More Than £100 For A DJ In The North East

When two people get engaged and then begin planning a wedding it can at first seem extremely daunting, faced with the enormity of organising such a huge event, and very often without any experience of organising anything this big, it is very easy for it to get quite overwhelming especially with all the advice, much of it conflicting, that is offered by so many people. A multitude of things have to be done and what to do first? It can quickly get quite stressful.
With so much to do, the entertainment can easily get overlooked in the early stages. Additionally as most people will never have booked entertainment before, that can be another reason to put it off because of being unsure how to go about finding the right entertainment.
From my experience the groom is given this responsibility as this is perceived as a non bridal thing - i disagree, do it together guys.
In most cases the first decision will come down to choosing between having a band or a DJ for the wedding entertainment, and once that has been decided how do you then go about finding the right DJ or band? What questions would you ask? How much will it cost? What things are standard?!… if you haven’t experience of booking this before you often won’t know where to start, or on what to base a decision? Is it just a case of plucking a figure from the air with regards to what to spend? And how should you decide what percentage of the total budget should be allocated to the entertainment? So much to think about!
For those thinking of having a disco, the following is a post from Mark Ferrell, a respected advocate of mobile DJs, on the subject of wedding DJs and the perception of them by the public.

“The public thinks that many wedding DJs all do the same thing and at the same level of proficiency. Based on what they’ve seen, they don’t expect much. That’s why they want to pay the average price or “going rate”. And for that reason, most wedding DJ services charge about the same price, varying by only a few hundred pounds.

In many instances, brides and grooms don’t think the entertainment is very important because they haven’t seen a DJ that can really deliver quality entertainment. So they get the cheapest DJ that can play the best music. Sometimes they forgo having a DJ and instead use an iPod or no entertainment whatsoever.”

If you’ve never hired a DJ before it’s easy to think of them as a commodity and all much of a muchness, after-all, they just play music right?! so not much to think about. But as with most things in life there can be a huge diversity in what is available, ranging from kids just starting out trying to get a bit of DJ experience and charging a couple of hundred pounds through to the seasoned professionals charging ten times that amount.
I must point out at this stage that although i regard myself as a seasoned professional my rates are not extortionate. 

“The only reason to pay more for something – anything – is because you are getting more/better. Dinner, cars, real estate, entertainment, anything.

People will buy a BMW over a Hyundai because of quality – they are getting a better car. Not everyone will afford a BMW, granted, but they still recognize it as a better car that they would prefer to have. Generally speaking, people want better stuff.”

There is a service for all budgets. From the guy that you book but never meet until they turn up on the night and they play music for 3 or 4 hours, to the other end of the scale, where they will meet with you or at the very least have several in depth conversatiions as to how you perceive the night going. . They’ll really get to know you, and ensure they have a thorough understanding of the vision you want to create for your day, and will assist you throughout the wedding day, from the ceremony onwards,  ensuring that the whole day is completely personalised and very unique.

I am not going to say how much you need to spend to get a Good DJ everyone has a budget but if you are reading this now then you must have grasped the fact that 'you get what you pay for'
i believe in a fair price for a professional service.

Think about this the cake costs i dont know £500 you can get a cake or £100
A DJ can cost £100 or you can get a DJ for £500 you need to decide cake or DJ.
Dont get me wrong i'm not attacking cake people it's only an example but if the DJ is pants and the cake is fantastic or the DJ is fantastic and the cake is OK what are more people likely to remember a pants DJ and a good cake OR a Good DJ and an OK cake.
You decide !

To finish with, some stats from a magazine called Bride and Groom.
Bridal magazine research has found wedding guests remember the entertainment more than anything else. Surprising then, the happy couple sometimes spend more on a sweetie cart and skimp on entertainment. When the wedding favours cost more than the DJ, it’s no surprise the party is average!

·       The vast majority say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
·       During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities.
·       Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
·       72% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
·       When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
·       65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen a DJ.

Stats dont you love them!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

There's Always One - If Your Lucky

Ok your stood there behind the decks, trying to mix it up on the dancefloor. 

Could be a Disco @ Wynyard Hall  Guyzance Hall or anywhere in-between.

It doesn't really matter where it is you can guarantee without exception someone at some stage during the night will come and request a song.

Well whats unusual or strange about that i hear you cry after all I am theWedding DJ at a North East venue isn't that supposed to happen.

Well yes it is but for whatever reason ( probably due to mucho champers ) the lady requestor as inevitably it will be a lady will try and remember the name and title of a song but it's totally gone and they cant remember.

Then it happens they burst into some form of tune that resembles nothing you have ever heard before thinking that you are immediately going to say oh well of course i'll put it on next !

Yes the singing requestor its just a classic part of the night that i have a chuckle about on the drive home.