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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

In part two of our wedding discount day we’re featuring, My Fayre Favourite, a collection of absolutely gorgeous vintage jewellery and bridal accessories by Maidstone based designer, Charlotte Brown.

Charlotte tells us “I’m obsessed with vintage and love finding old treasures that I can use in my jewellery designs. My pieces aren’t mass produced new items made to look vintage but are true to the genuine article, giving you an individual one-off piece to treasure forever.”

Here’s just some of our favourites but visit the online store for the entire range. And don’t forget to quote WEDDINGDOLLS2013 at the checkout to get your exclusive 10% discount.

Vintage 1950’s Necklace, £24

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Vintage Bridal Hair Comb, £25

Vintage 1950’s Rhinestone Necklace, £20

Silver and White Beaded Hairband £25

Jewellery transformed into a Bridal Hair piece, £25

Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25

Handmade wedding garter vintage lace with vintage brooch £25

bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip

bridal hair grips £4.50 per grip

Ivory flower hair comb with birdcage veil, £15

And if you’re feeling really generous you can even buy these gorgeous cufflinks for the Groom – they are just so cute!

Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10

Coin Cufflinks, British 1961 Lucky Sixpence, £10

Happy Shopping x

If you think your husband-to-be might be struggling with all this wedding malarky then send him over to Staggered. It’s a blog totally dedicated to getting the man in your life on the right road to wedded bliss. Even if you have a regular Groomzilla on your hands who is more involved than you, he might just find out some extra info on stag do’s, speeches and honeymoons, to name just a few topics that the blog covers. It will definitely make his day (oh and yours).

 

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This weekend brings us sunshine! And about time too. With school out for summer and weddings galore over the next few weeks we need the sun to stick to around just for a while. On a selfish note as well I’ve bought loads of maxi dresses for going to weddings and not got to wear them once yet – having to stick to my winter attire made up of tights and a waterproof mac!

So before I run away with the sun celebration let’s look back over the last week on the blog. Our dress of the week was by Alan Hannah, a gorgeous backless dress with stunning detail, that judging from the comments we’ve had is a big hit with all of you too.

 

Then we shared with you a unique venue that we’ve had the pleasure of working at, Nettlestead Place. The house, gardens and stunning views along with it being exclusive to you on the day are just a few of the reasons to check it out.

Next was our fantastic find Little Gems, who make the most gorgeous cakes alongside a vintage ice cream bike with homemade ice creams. We worked with Gemma at a wedding and could see first hand how much the guests loved picking their own ice cream for dessert and comparing flavours  – it was a big hit!

For wedding decor inspiration we looked at the comeback of the humble balloon. With large latex balloons now in the offering you can make simple and stylish backdrops at a really reasonable price. We just love them.

If you’re looking for accessories and decoration for your big day our Saturday Shopping guide is just what you need with beautiful name places, invitations and table settings from one of our favourite online shops, Cox and Cox. It’s our first stop for unique little wedding ideas.

Enjoy the sunshine and happy Sunday everyone!

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Everyone loves a present so choosing your gift list should be a really enjoyable part of your wedding planning. Depending on your own wants and needs as a couple there are loads of options which don’t include a traditional gift list. Here’s five just to get you started.

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For a wedding list that’s a little bit different take a look at Notonthehighstreet.com which has loads of quirky and unique gifts that guests will be dying to buy you and that you and your home will love forever.

Make a request to the wedding team and you will be sent a beautiful pack, that includes a free wedding style book, a wedding list brochure and everything you need to know about the service, as well as an example of the invitation inserts (that are available free upon request).

Louise Boothe from Not on the High Street wedding team says “we also now have a great new feature within our gift list service which allows your friends and family to contribute money towards your gift list, giving you the choice and freedom to purchase higher-priced items or gifts of your choice after your wedding day”.

If you don’t need anymore ‘stuff’ then how about getting guests to ‘buy’ part of your honeymoon? Buy Our Honeymoon is the UK’s top online wedding list for dream honeymoons, who charge a one-off fee of £55 to manage your honeymoon experience gift list.

Your guests select any of the honeymoon experiences and activities you’ve listed, and leave you a personal message. They then pay the value of their gift to you directly, either into your own PayPal account, by cheque, or in person on the day of your wedding.

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We caught up with Shelley Green from Buy Our Honeymoon, who told us that “couples can add absolutely anything from room upgrades and a romantic dinner to a day’s scuba diving or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, whatever you want.  You don’t have to have made any of your actual honeymoon arrangements prior to building your wedding list though— you can be as general or as specific as you wish. And if you get stuck, we’re happy to help with lots of suggestions”. You can try their website free for a week to see how it works and decide if it’s for you.

Smartbox is a unique gift concept which gives you the choice of up to 200 amazing different experiences. Inside a Smartbox there’s an illustrated guidebook with details of the options available and a voucher from your guests. All you have to do is book the experience and hand over the voucher as payment.

Bottom Drawer gives your guests the chance to add money to your online fund which you can then turn into a dream present. There’s loads to choose from including holidays, house and garden redesign or just receive vouchers for your favourite stores.

The Beyond Weddings Ltd gift service has a whole new take on wedding gift lists. Here you get the chance to work with an interior designer to improve your home on any scale or budget. Which means your guests can contribute to anything from your kitchen renovation to the re-upholstering of your much loved sofa!

Whatever you choose it’s like all your birthdays and Christmas’s have come at once – enjoy!

Everyone loves a present (none more so than me) so choosing your gift list should be a really enjoyable part of your wedding planning.  Skipping round the shop floor of John Lewis shouting ‘I want one of those’ and beeping it into your handheld never fails to raise a smile.

Most guests are more than happy to buy you something from the gift list as it takes away any stress of choosing and wrapping a present, and has the added bonus of being sent directly to you.

However there are some unwritten rules that you might want to follow so as not to cheese off your guests. Firstly, the list should include gifts of differing values so guests can pick to suit their budget (anything from £50 – £150) and secondly, don’t even think about including a Playstation 3 or personal gifts like the latest GHD’s. Guests do not really want to spend their hard-earned cash keeping you entertained on Call of Duty (despite what the best man says).

Not on the High Street.com

For a wedding list that’s a little bit different take a look at Notonthehighstreet.com which has loads of quirky and unique gifts that guests will be dying to buy you, and that you and your home will love forever.

Make a request to the wedding team and you will be sent a beautiful pack, that includes a free wedding style book, a wedding list brochure and everything you need to know about the service, as well as an example of the invitation inserts (that are available free upon request).

Louise Boothe from Not on the High Street wedding team says “we also now have a great new feature within our gift list service which allows your friends and family to contribute money towards your gift list, giving you the choice and freedom to purchase higher-priced items or gifts of your choice after your wedding day”.

If you don’t need anymore ‘stuff’ and the gift list really isn’t for you, then how about getting guests to ‘buy’ part of your honeymoon? Buy Our Honeymoon is the UK’s top online wedding list for dream honeymoons, who charge a one-off fee of £55 to manage your honeymoon experience gift list.

Your guests select any of the honeymoon experiences and activities you’ve listed, and leave you a personal message. They then pay the value of their gift to you directly, either into your own PayPal account, by cheque, or in person on the day of your wedding.

Buy Our Honeymoon

We caught up with Shelley Green from Buy Our Honeymoon, who told us that “couples can add absolutely anything from room upgrades and a romantic dinner to a day’s scuba diving or a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, whatever you want.  You don’t have to have made any of your actual honeymoon arrangements prior to building your wedding list though— you can be as general or as specific as you wish. And if you get stuck, we’re happy to help with lots of suggestions”.

You can try their website free for a week to see how it works and decide if it’s for you.

It’s like all your birthdays and Christmas’s have come at once – enjoy!

Emma x

No two brides are alike and so neither should their wedding days.  Whilst you may not want to be the most ‘out there’ bride you will want your day to be as unique and memorable as possible and this is where our blog can help.

The blog will give you loads of ideas to help you get ready to plan your wedding day including brides to share their day with you as well as guest bloggers with expert tips and advice.  Nearly all of our weddings, suppliers and brides are in and around Kent, the area in which we work. So if you’re planning a wedding in Kent and want a completely independent opinion on the best Kent has to offer, you are in the right place.

We also include links to other national and international blogs where you can get up to the minute trends and information on the best weddings out there.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!

Love Emma & Jo (aka the Weddings Dolls) xxx

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