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I secretly always fancied being a DJ during my early event management days. Then a DJ I was working with let me have a little go of mixing some tunes during his sound check. My imagination in full swing I pictured myself spending my nights DJ’ing at Mambo, then recovering during the day basking in the Spanish sun. Then I discovered just how difficult it really was and quietly retreated back behind my comfort blanket clipboard.

So to find out what life is really like under the bright lights we quizzed one of our favourite wedding entertainment DJ’s and all round top bloke, Richard Dannaher, from Discologic. Let’s find out more ……

How would you describe your DJ’ing style?

As a wedding DJ now in my 30’s I grew up listening to the same kind of music that a lot of my couples did! I specialise in a number of styles including; Motown, 80’s & 90’s, Old skool dance & garage plus Modern day RnB. In fact I just love any music. It’s my passion and I am very proud to have a job that I love.

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How did you become a wedding DJ?

My career started when I 17 years old and I got a job at a London radio station. I started learning the ins and outs of DJ’ing and within 2 years I was DJ’ing at some of London’s biggest club venues. I decided to become a wedding DJ just over 10 years ago when I noticed there was a massive gap in the market for professional, quality, DJ entertainment. I hate the term “mobile DJ” as it doesn’t really explain what we do. At Discologic we want to offer an unbeatable service from the 1st point of contact and help create the best night of my clients life!

What makes a good DJ?

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I really like meeting new people and connecting with my clients. It’s really important to understand musical tastes and quickly assess what your couples really want to achieve. You need to be ready to work hard as you will only get out what you put in!

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

Getting to play the music I love and performing all over the country, and beyond! It’s fantastic being able to make a wedding day complete with amazing entertainment and leave the guests buzzing from a brilliant evening.

The worst is definitely the long hours, both in the office and at events. I’m usually working until the early hours of the morning having had a really early start. It means I don’t get to see my family quite as much as I would like!

What tips would you give couples to help their day run more smoothly?

Make sure you completely trust your suppliers and then use their advice. The best and most experienced suppliers will know how to make your big day perfect for you and your wedding plans.

What is the best piece of advise you would give an aspiring wedding DJ?

It takes a long time to really get to know music and DJ’ing is very hard work. Success doesn’t come overnight – you’ll need to gain lots of experience at small events before you can move on to the larger events and weddings.

What’s been the best part of your job so far?

There have been so many brilliant times but I have to say DJ’ing at the Champions League Final has to be a real high. Then winning wedding DJ of the Year at the Kent Wedding Awards was fantastic.

 

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Richie collecting his award (on the left)

 

Thanks Richard for sharing your DJ life with us! For more info about Richard and the services he offers click here.

Have a great day!

Emma x

It’s not often that our blog posts are filled with some rather easy-on-the-eye popstars but today it’s all for charity and so we’re making the most of it!

It’s now just over a month to go until the Music on the Hill festival where from 19th to 21st July at Kings Hill, West Malling, you can enjoy a weekend full of fantastic music. There’s four shows packed into three days with entertainment to appeal to all age groups. See Peter Andre, Jools Holland, McFly, Stooshe, Joe McElderry, Gareth Gates, The Counterfeit Stones, Killer Queen and many more in a very special atmosphere…plus it’s all for a great cause.

100% of profits from the weekend go to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Teens Unite Fighting Cancer and The Children’s Development Trust.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets online at the Music on the Hill and we’ll see you there!

Emma x

Special Note for Kent Wedding Suppliers! If you’re a wedding supplier and would like to help do your part for a local charity then you can by donating small gifts, samples or discount vouchers for the Festival VIP guest bags. Email us at hello@theweddingdolls.co.uk for more info.

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The old saying “it’s the little things that mean most” could not be truer for your wedding day. You can spend hours thinking up outlandish ways to wow your guests but going back to basics is always a winning formula. Here’s six ideas to wow your guests without getting your planning pants in a right old twist.

1. It’s a Wonderful Welcome

Make sure your Groomsmen are well up to the task of welcoming your guests and creating a buzz at the very start of your big day. Choose Groomsmen whose personality shines through and are enthusiastic about their role. Then you can be sure your guests will share their excitement and anticipation whilst waiting for their gorgeous Bride to arrive.

2. Sweets for My Sweet

If your budget stretches far enough give everyone a little gift as they wait for the ceremony to start. Little bags with humbugs are great for a winter warmer and sherbet pips for some summer fizz. Don’t’ go all Willy Wonka though with a massive sweet cart – you don’t want your guests crunching their way through your wedding vowels.

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3. Signature Cocktail

Mixing your own wedding cocktail is a great way to bring personality into your wedding day and give guests something other than the usual Pimms or Champagne offering. It doesn’t have to be  worthy of any mixology awards, just think about serving a drink that matches your colour scheme or add a simple cordial to cava (or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version). Give it a unique name and claim it for your own.

4. Picture Perfect

Photo booths are a great way to add a bit of fun to the evening and a great way to bridge the gap between the end of the wedding breakfast and the arrival of evening guests. As well as a good giggle on the night you’ll have some great guest snaps as the perfect reminder of the day. Check to see if your photographer offers this service as part of a wedding package or book a purpose built booth complete with funny outfits and comic hats galore.

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You Beauty Photobooths

5. The Old Speech Sweepstake

Wedding speeches are a highly anticipated part of the day; “Who’s going to say what, will the Best Man embarrass the Groom, who’s gonna cry”. Don’t even think about not doing them. You’ll regret it. Forever. One way to bring in a bit of audience participation is doing a speech sweepstake. Everyone takes a guess on how long the speeches will last and puts in £2 to play. Whoever is the closest to the right time wins the pot of cash. Get your Ushers to do the sweepstake whilst the tables are being cleared from the main course.

6. Bring me the Barista

One thing we always hear guests asking for later into the evening is the availability of tea and coffee. Most weddings simply serve one after dinner and sometimes it’s just not enough. Guests who are driving, those who don’t drink or those who need to lay off the free bar will really appreciate something other than a Diet Coke…again. A really fun idea is to have a Barista available to mix different coffees and add a Baileys where necessary. They always go down well with a mini donut (or two) for a late night treat.

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What are you planning to do to wow your guests? We’d love to know!

Happy Planning

Emma x

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Love the camera? Check. Friends and family complete show offs? Check. Want some fun entertainment at your wedding? Check. Then a photobooth could be just what you’re after! Today we’ve got a great offer for you from the lovely George Palmer of You Beauty Photobooths who is offering a fantastic deal that will give you a fabulously fun element to your wedding day.

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Prices for a complete photobooth service start from £495 for a 3 hour package which includes:

Unlimited Photos with double prints

Set up, delivery and take down costs as well as a fully trained staff member present throughout the course of the event.

Fully stocked prop box packed with hats, glasses, wigs and much more.

All photos uploaded to the You Beauty Photo booths Facebook page as well as the website gallery post.

 

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For The Wedding Dolls readers there is a special deal available if you book before the end of June 2013. Simply quote “The Wedding Dolls” when enquiring and you will receive an additional extra package (worth over £100) completely FREE which includes:

HD video allowing guests to record personal messages which are supplied on DVD or USB stick

Greenscreen option allowing you to choose the background of your photos

A Guest Book which allows guests to leave a personal message as a great memento of your day

A USB stick of all the images and photo’s

 

For more information and images of the photobooth and the different themes you can book visit You Beauty Photobooths.

Happy Planning!

Emma x

Now I don’t mean to be all miserable and moany but it’s bank holiday weekend and it’s NOT sunny, again. So you might as well look on the bright side and get some of those wedding jobs done and dusted while you’ve got the time. It’s not all bad news there’s shopping involved!

1. Wedding Day Music

Those nice people at Apple have made it all easy now to organise your music but I still haven’t got the hang of Genius or arranging my playlists. If like me you just rely on the shuffle button now is the time to get organised. If you’re using your iPod for background music during your wedding reception then sorting your playlists will be time well spent, especially if you don’t want your Best Man selecting the Grease Megamix to accompany you on your walk down the aisle.

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Josh Spencer Photography

2. Thank You Cards

Now this is very Grown Up. Your lovely guests will have come to your wedding, made your day perfect and very generously given you a gift. You need to say thank you and within a reasonable amount of time, i.e. before your first anniversary, for you to seem like polite and caring newlyweds. Ordering your Thank You cards and then writing the envelopes might seem overly organised but when you’re back to work and still trying to show everyone in the IT team your honeymoon tan you’ll be glad you did.

3. Your Wedding Seating Plan

Oooh this one is stressful! Nothing makes you want to go “arrggghhh” more than organising your table seating plan. If you’re at that stage and doing some wedding procrastinating then stop right there and just dive right in! Have a look at our previous post on hints and tips to make it easier. One.Less.Job.To.Do.Tick.

4. Wet Weather Contingency Plan

Now this might seem obvious given the reason you’re reading this but don’t let it escape your attention. Working out what will happen on your big day should the heavens open is a good way to spend half an hour. Things like buying Bridal party umbrellas, asking your venue where your garden drinks will be held if the lawn is soggy and can the hog-roast be cooked in the rain will need to be answered. Most wedding suppliers will be ready with the perfect solution but flag it up early to make sure you are happy with the response. Check out our hints and tips on rainy day wedding photography.

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5. Shoe Shopping

I promised you shopping and shopping I will give you. Herein lies permission to spend all weekend hunting for the perfect Bridal shoe. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and do your shoe research as there is lots to consider; colour, shape, vintage or modern, heel size, peep toe or slingback and that’s just for starters. Buying your shoes in advance means you can wear them around the house to rid yourself of nasty wedding day blisters and you’ll need them for your last dress fitting to get your gown length right. Buying in advance makes you a shoe smart cookie.

Happy Planning Everyone!

Emma x

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Coming up with ideas to get your guests involved in your wedding can cause sleepless nights but we’ve found the perfect solution. How about getting them DJing at your wedding? Yes really.

Stick It On is an entertainment company with a difference. They provide the DJ equipment all you need to do is provide the DJ’s. Wedding guests are actively encouraged to make their way to the decks and do their best Rizzle Kicks or Mark Ronson impression for a 15 minutes slot. No experience necessary. It’s novices all the way and the only mission is to get everyone up on the dance floor.

So if your mates are reliving Pacha but Auntie Joan’s style is more Agadoo than Ministry of Sound you’ll be mixing it up all ways and getting everyone involved. The perfect recipe for a wedding your guests won’t forget.


What would be in your 15 minute set? Let us know!

Happy Planning

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Today on the blog is home-grown Kent talent, Adam Chandler, who we saw singing in style last weekend.

With his cool Rat Pack style Adam has been a wedding singer in Kent for over 8 years in the county where he was born and raised. Adam says “Weddings here are often the most beautiful as there’s so many picturesque venues and locations that only Kent can offer.”

If you think you’ve seen Adam somewhere before you probably have. He made it through to the last eight in the X-Factor finals with band Futureproof. Adam has also sang with the likes of Westlife, Shayne Ward, The Sugar Babes, Leona Lewis and Tom Jones to name just a few!

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Find out more about Adam and details of his prices and wedding packages here.

Happy Planning!

wedding planner Kent

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Today on the blog our fantastic find is an entertainment company with over 15 years experience in the industry. We got to see Discologic in action at a wedding a few weeks ago and watch the packed dance floor enjoying the tunes played on the latest computer controlled sound and lighting equipment.

If you fancy adding something a bit extra on top of brilliant music they can also provide special effects such as Smoke, Dry Ice and Computer Controlled Moving Head & Laser systems, as well as colour theming your venue with unique lighting. There’s also an LED light up dance floor to help create the ultimate “wow” factor!

We spoke to Richard who says “our DJ’s are more than happy to play all your requests which we can take at the time of booking but also love requests on the night to make sure you and your guests get the music you want”.

Discologic have got a brand new website which showcases all their services so take a look now for more info and be ready to get your wedding party started in style!

Happy Planning!

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Hurrah it’s my birthday tomorrow! I’ll be celebrating with a glass (or two) of my favourite tipple, Hendricks with a splash of tonic and a slice of cucumber. But no G&T is complete without plenty of ice so big it up for Especially Cool who take their love of ice to the next level!

Especially Cool offers all things Ice for any occasion, from table pieces and sculptures to full ice bars and even live sculpting shows. We love their sculptured vodka luge that would really give your wedding guests a night to remember!

 

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Based in Maidstone the team work all over the Kent and provide a tailor made, professional ice experience. They’ll be showing you exactly what they can do at Bleak House in Broadstairs this Sunday (14th April) so if you fancy making your wedding Especially Cool (sorry couldn’t resist) go see them.

Cheers!

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Today we’re welcoming Urban Soul Orchestra to the Wedding Dolls blog. If you love your music and want to make it a big part of your wedding day then this is the band you’ll need. With a funky, fresh and modern sound they take a contemporary string ensemble and give it a unique twist.

Mixing classic strings with percussion, bass, DJ and vocals, their talented musicians can play anything from chilled background music to floor filling big beats that’ll have your wedding guests up on their feet like a shot. From when the guests arrive to when they leave this band will definitely make a big impression.

Orchestra Manager, Natasha Beckman says “we have a 4 piece Chill Out Set, 6 piece Acoustic Ensemble, a 7 piece “Little” Big Band, Big Band, Swing Band and DJ Set that can be mixed and matched to give you music totally bespoke to your wedding requirements.”

The Orchestra have worked for 20 years in the UK music industry with famous names such as Leona Lewis, Take That, Keane and The Script to name just a few.

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If you really want to give your wedding the added WOW factor then give them a listen or check out their wedding blog for more info.

Happy Planning!

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