I was Libby and Glenn’s Engagement Party DJ

I was Libby and Glenn’s Engagement Party DJ last Saturday just down the road from The Party DJ HQ at the Colbury Hall.

I was delighted when I got a FaceBook message from Libby enquiring about my availability, I scheduled a meeting with them both and explained how I felt they could make the most of the party.

Glenn and Libby love a photo opportunity and had a huge collection of photos I turned into a photo montage with my big screen on the stage. They had over 400 pictures including many with their family and friends which kept everybody entertained for the early part of the evening.

We had talked about how the evening should run and after a meet and greet we opened the buffet at about 8:30, then Libby’s dad and Glenn made short speeches before we kicked off the dancing – everything flowed really well and a good time was had by all.

I haven’t always been a fan of engagement parties but over the last couple of years I feel the advice I’ve been able to share with my couples has helped them create great parties. Often this is the first time the two families have met and it’s good to bring everybody together ahead of the wedding. I also offer a special deal on wedding bookings to couples who get me to do an engagement party for them!

I was Libby and Glenn’s Engagement Party DJ last Saturday and I’m hoping I’ll be their wedding DJ too!

2017 Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards

I’m delighted to confirm that I’ve entered the 2017 Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards.

You may remember I won in two categories at last years awards, ‘DJ’ and ‘Contribution to the Wedding Industry’ (you can see me left back row in the picture below). I wasn’t sure about entering again. However, having spoken to a few of my colleagues from the Hampshire Wedding Group, I decided to give it a go again. The reviews and testimonials I received from my couples and colleagues were fantastic (thank you so much) and I’ll probably share them here in the coming weeks.

I’ve blogged before about why I enter awards (CLICK HERE) and I don’t really want to go over the same ground again but suffice it to say I strive to be the best I can for my couples and other clients.

You can find out more about The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards by CLICKING HERE.

The judging process for these awards depends on a ‘blind judging’ process. Here’s how they explain it …

Each application is judged on its content alone, along with any photos and videos submitted. The decision to have this process in place was to allow applicants to use their passion and evidence of their commitment to their job to persuade judges, rather than outside factors such as websites and blogs, which can be paid for. Blog entries can be submitted, so long as they do not mention the company name or details which can allude to a specific company.
Each judge is given the entries to read and mark according to the judging criteria, they will award marks for each answer and tally these up for an overall score. The sum total of the judges scores are averaged and that is the final score for a business. This determines who is a finalist.

The judges this year are …

Naomi Thomas the founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, a charity dedicated to organising and funding weddings for couples affected by terminal or life-limiting illnesses. CLICK HERE

Victoria Southern, Events Manager with Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry. CLICK HERE

Sofie Scott, Managing Director of ASH Elite Limited a local specialist Legal Recruitment Consultancy. CLICK HERE

Meghan Keates, t founder of The Wedding Emporium, an award winning events company. CLICK HERE

and, last but not least …

Tim Birkett, Managing Director at Birkett & Co Ltd, accountants and tax advisors. CLICK HERE

Tim has over 40 years experience in a variety of environments involving finance and accountancy. He began his career in banking after which he moved into industry, working for large companies, dealing with credit control, purchasing, costing, budgeting, wages, financial accounts and group consolidation.

The Hampshire Wedding Industry Awards Finalists will be announced on Friday 13th October with the 2017 Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards Gala being held on Friday 10th November – keep your fingers crossed 😉

Previous clients, please help me!

So, here’s a request for previous clients, please help me!

I’m particularly looking for couples, clients, you know who you are, who are on FaceBook and have Google to pop a review on for me. It will really help with my SEO and lots of things that I really don’t understand.

On FaceBook I have eleven so far and haven’t had any new ones since February this year and I know lots of people who use FB haven’t posted a review yet. I have ten 5 stars and one 4 Star (gutted). Thank you Gemma, Karen, Sarah, Charmaiine, Varun and Dik (who I don’t think I know at all and have no connection with), Fatma, Michelle, Jenny, Colin, Sarah, Jill, Emma, Sue, Hannah, Wendy and Lauren.

It only takes a second to click on the Star rating and a minute to post a comment AND it would be great if you could please make sure you have “liked” the page too, thanks x 😉

CLICK HERE to go to The Party DJ FaceBook page

On Google I only have five and the most recent one was four years ago, but they are all 5 star. Thank you Fern, Jason and the three “A Google User”‘s – Hayley and Stuart, Craig and Karen, and the last one from 5 years ago which I can’t remember who posted it. 🙁

If you search DJ Southampton in Google you should find a window a bit like this and (if you have a Google ID) you can then post a review – I hope that makes sense, if you’re having problems please let me know.

Oh and one last thing (I don’t ask for much do I), if you have any friends planning their wedding, please put them in touch with me – even if they already have their DJ sorted, because I’m running more WOW events soon to help plan great weddings!

So, previous clients please help me! It should only take a few minutes and I’d really REALLY appreciate it.

Meet the Hampshire Wedding Group at Winchester Guildhall

You can meet the Hampshire Wedding Group at Winchester Guildhall this Sunday and make planning your perfect wedding easy … well easier!

This is the first of three,free to enter, wedding fayres this Autumn organised by the Hampshire Wedding Group. Winchester Guildhall became a member of the group earlier this year and we are delighted to be holding our first wedding fair at this iconic landmark building.

Our hand-picked wedding experts know a thing or two about weddings. Experience has taught us that a wonderful wedding depends on having a team who work well together and upon whom you can rely. Hampshire Wedding Group is a non-profit organisation of hand-picked wedding suppliers based in Hampshire.

The group is compiled solely by recommendation, accepting only the very best, highly experienced suppliers. We are a team of like-minded, professional, trusted suppliers that have worked together on numerous occasions and can recommend each other without hesitation, to help you create your perfect day.
Exclusive Wedding Discount Giveaway, worth over £2000.

As a demonstration of our dedicated teamwork we are giving away exclusive wedding discount vouchers to spend with our recommended suppliers, with a combined value of over £2000.
For your chance to win and enter the free prize draw, pre-register for our next wedding fayre dated below. To complete your entry to the prize draw, come along to one of our free to enter wedding fayres and leave your name with our staff member at the door.
We all look forward to seeing you at one of the wonderful venues below between 11am & 3pm. With Free Entry and parking at some of the venues, complimentary canapés and a glass of bubbly upon arrival.

Winchester Guildhall is a beautiful setting for a wedding with many options of ceremony and reception rooms. For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE
The Hampshire Wedding Group really do look forward to welcoming you between 11am and 3pm this Sunday.

Meet the Hampshire Wedding Group at Winchester Guildhall and make sure you say hello to me too 😀

Hampshire Wedding DJ Entertainment

Have you got to make a speech at a wedding?

Have you got to make a speech at a wedding? Is that a worry? Would you like to make a speech that is remembered for all the right reasons?

Have you got to make a speech at a wedding? Don’t panic, help is at hand! As part of my mission to stamp out boring weddings, I’m launching a series of evenings when I’ll be explaining how to make the most of those few minutes and why you shouldn’t worry about it, indeed why you should really look forward to it!

I’m delighted to announce the WOW Wedding Speakers Club will be held across Thursday’s 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October at Le Chanteclerc, SO40 2NX, just off junction 1 of the M27, at Cadnam.

The course is to be run over four weeks which is quite a commitment but well worth the investment in time. Each week we’ll look at the opportunities making a speech offers and how you can make the most of your few minutes in the spotlight. We’ll meet at Le Chanteclerc from 7pm to be ready to start by 7:30 and will be finished by 9pm, so a total of six hours across the four weeks that will help you understand, focus and deliver a great speech. I promise there will be lots to think about, but nothing to worry about.

The WOW Wedding Speakers Club is open to anyone who has to give a wedding speech – Bridegrooms, Best Men, Fathers of the Bride, etc. It is open to anyone, not just people involved in weddings I’m booked to play at.

Because this is the first WOW Wedding Speakers Club I’ve decided to offer the first ten places at no charge to get things started. After that places will cost £25 (for the whole course of four weeks) with all the proceeds going to charity AND a full money-back guarantee if you are not happy after the first session.

Spaces are limited, I’d like to get between ten and sixteen speakers in the WOW Wedding Speakers Club. So, if YOU have got to make a speech at a wedding, get in touch and get booked onto the course today.

One of my vehicles is a VW and when I saw this video it seemed appropriate to share here. It’s a great example of how being underprepared can mean things don’t go according to plan even when the speech is to be given by someone who really cares. Not everyone gets a second chance, in fact it’s very rare.

Have you got to make a speech at a wedding? My advice is definitely be prepared, don’t just try and blag it – at best you might get away with it but you’ll certainly think of things afterwards that you would have liked to say, at worse … well, let’s not go there, just complete the form above and book your seats today!

WOW Wedding Speakers Club

It’s Magic with Paul Newton

I’ll start this post with a confession, magicians make me nervous… after all they do “tricks”. One I do trust (I think 😉 ) is my Hampshire Wedding Group colleague and friend Paul Newton.

I’ve known Paul for a few years now and been fortunate to work alongside him a few times and I think he must be an actual wizard because I can’t see how he does what he does. I’ve even been next to him at wedding fairs for hours and watched him do the same trick multiple times and I still can’t work it out!

So when Tarik and Amina asked a while ago for my suggestions for an entertainer at their wedding which was held last weekend I had no hesitation in recommending Paul Newton ~ Magician, Mind Reader, Hypnotist (and all round lovely bloke).

Paul arrived while Tarik and Amina’s guests were enjoying their wedding breakfast and was soon going from table to table amazing their friends and family with his close up magic. After the speeches Paul took a few moments with the newly weds to show everybody that … you know what, I’m not going to tell you. What I will say is that it was magic, it was romantic and Tarik and Amina absolutely loved it and so did their guests!

For more information about Paul Newton PLEASE CLICK HERE

You can meet Paul at this Sunday’s wedding fayre at Winchester Guildhall AND you could win a discount on Paul’s services – it’s one of the prizes in the FREE prize draw. For more information and to preregister and get an extra entry PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Mad times at The Party DJ Hampshire HQ

The last few weeks really have been mad times at The Party DJ Hampshire HQ!

It’s funny how some things take much longer than you expect and others just happen. I just wanted to get a quick post to tell you about a few things

First, my new brochure is now finished and back from the printers. You can see it on my Bookcase page CLICK HERE or on the Unique page CLICK HERE The picture below is just the cover and won’t work as a browser 😉

I’ve also been planning my Autumn Wedding Fair campaign and I’m delighted to say you can see me at there events organised by The Hampshire Wedding Group. These are FREE to enter wedding fayres and there is also a FREE draw at each one with loads of discounts to be won with great suppliers (including me!). If you preregister and then attend you’ll get two entires into the draw – For details and to register CLICK HERE.

Finally, I’m delighted to say I was nominated again for The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards. You may remember I won in two categories last year – ‘Best Wedding DJ’ and ‘Contribution to the Wedding Industry’. This finalists will be announced in October with the awards being held on 10th November. Please keep your fingers crossed for me.

More details on all kinds of stuff very soon when I get a moment … did I mention these are mad times at The Party DJ Hampshire HQ?

Take care

Paul x

Fantastic new Courtyard Events venue at Moor Court Farm

Last Saturday I was one of the suppliers invited to take part in a showcase at the new Courtyard Events venue at Moor Court Farm, it’s absolutely fabulous!

I’ve known Michelle and Mark for a good few years now and have worked at many very successful weddings and events with them and their Finest Marquee Hire business. So I’m delighted to have been selected as one of their preferred suppliers at their beautiful new venue.

Everything looked fantastic on Saturday and there is still more to come as they continue with their plans to create, what I believe will be, one of the best wedding venues in the area. Among the other suppliers exhibiting on Saturday were my good friends, and fellow Hampshire Wedding Group members Toni from SpeedyPix and Antony from ABC Wedding Photography / Lightbox Studios.

Earlier this year Finest Marquee Hire provided the marquee for Bex and Alex wedding reception and this weekend I’m working with them again for a black tie dinner and party.

I’ve always loved marquee weddings with that outside/inside feel but this new venture offers so much more. This exciting new venue is located close to junction 2 of the M27 it’s well worth a look for anyone planning their wedding.

If you are interested in marquee hire or you’d like to know more about this fantastic new Courtyard Events venue at Moor Court Farm please let me know and I’ll arrange a viewing for you.

This photomontage video gives you just a glimpse of what happened last Saturday 😉

Martin made my day

Martin made my day!

Martin made my day last Friday! As the weather was looking good, Ce and I decided to take a morning off and headed down to Boscombe to walk along the front to Bournemouth and back. We had just parked the car and were on our way down to the beach when I heard a message “ping” from my phone.

Hampshire wedding DJ

The message was from Martin who married Jen five years ago. I knew it was their anniversary and it was always intention to send them a message at some point in the day – we are still friends on FaceBook, but this was totally unexpected and it really made my day. In his message Martin mentioned a video I cobbled together for them. I had forgotten all about the video, I don’t do them now because the little recorder I used to use no longer works – having watched this I think I had better replace it. I always try and snap a few photos, some that I only share with the Bride and Bridegroom.

What a great day we had, full of amazing memories. I think it’s fair to say I have come a long way since then and spent thousands of pounds on training, but looking back it certainly proves to me that I have always strived to offer more.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that many couples book a photographer who leaves after the first dance – the ones I recommend often stay much later to capture the fun of the evening party!

I’m not sure if you can still get married at Marwell, I don’t think you can have your reception there any more which is a great shame. The Marwell Hotel is next door which is a another great wedding and reception venue.

For my original blog post about Jen and Martin’s Wedding PLEASE CLICK HERE

Jen and Martin have recommended me to many of their friends and their wedding also resulted in other bookings too – PLEASE CLICK HERE

Martin made my day, mug of tea raised to Jen, Martin, Jasmine, Daisy and all their family and friends ~ cheers!

Don’t Tell The Bride

Don’t Tell The Bride is back! The series where the Bridegroom must choose every detail of his wedding, from venue to cake to wedding dress is back on a different channel.

OK, I know it’s ridiculous and you’ve got to remember that are making it for TV so it would be really boring if the Bridegroom knew what his Bride would like and gave her exactly that.

E4 is now the home of Don’t Tell The Bride and I believe they have done an 18 episode series! In fact they all seem to be viewable NOW, and not just the new ones – ALL the episodes ever made! So if you want to binge watch you can! CLICK HERE to go to 4 Catch Up

The first episode, this Carl & Rebecca, was screened last week and you can see it on All 4 whenever you want.

Here’s a taste of the new Don’t Tell The Bride

If you do The Twitters you can also go here

Here’s details of how you could take part from their Twitter feed …

Would you trust your partner to plan the biggest day of your life?

Don’t Tell the Bride has eloped to E4 and is looking for couples who want to tie the knot!

Could you plan a surprise wedding with £14,000 in 3 weeks? Or would you trust your partner to plan the biggest day of your life?

TO APPLY, click on this link: https://www.renegadepictures.co.uk/castings.aspx (opens in a new window)

Don’t forget to attach a picture and a quick video of yourselves!

Your application will be received by a member of Renegade Pictures and they will contact you directly if successful. Renegade Pictures will process and hold your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act and their privacy policy.

Programmes like this are a great way to get you thinking about ideas that are totally about YOU and what you both want. Sometimes they might inspire you, sometimes they might scare you and sometimes they’ll just make you laugh (or cry!). Just remember that are making it for TV and they don’t let the truth get in the way of a crazy story.

If you’d like help creating a wedding that is unique email me for a link to my “Your WOW Wedding” booklet and look out for my “Creating Your WOW Wedding” evenings coming up this Autumn. Email paul@thepartydj.co.uk