Save The Dates!

Here are a couple of “Save The Dates” for February. I guess they aren’t just “save the dates”, they are really “please come and join me”.

Save The Dates!First, on Friday 16th, The Hampshire Wedding Group are organising a Valentine’s Charity Dinner Dance at Ampfield Golf Club in aid of Marie Curie & The Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology. I’m delighted, like many of the group members, to be donating my services to the evening.

Tickets are £45 per person, however I’m putting together a table of guests and would like to offer all previous and current couples and their guests a £10 contribution per ticket – so they will pay £35 per ticket, or £45 if they wish with an extra £10 going straight to the charities. If you are interested just email me or there is a contact form below.

Save The Dates!Then, on Tuesday 20th, it’s my next ‘Creating Your WOW Wedding’ evening when I run through the typical wedding day timeline to explain how to incorporate the principles in the ‘Your WOW Wedding’ booklet into your big day.

I’ll share tips on how your wedding can become a ‘WOW Wedding’, things like …
* How to set the tone for your wedding day before you even enter the ceremony
* Sharing your Love Story
* How to make sure the dance floor is packed


Tickets are FREE this time but a donation to the charities would be welcomed on the night.

So please save the dates and please come and join me.

Save The Dates!

DJ Training

Here’s one I prepared earlier … Mark and Rebecca Ferrell

I was going through my files earlier this week and found this video I made a year ago, it’s about Mark and Rebecca Ferrell. Now I’ve decided to post it because the content is still relevant and, I’ll be honest, I’m too lazy to make it again!

So this post is really for DJs who might be considering training options and also for couples who want to find DJ’s who really want to give their clients more than just music.

I first became aware of Mark and Rebecca around 2009 when I started to look for training opportunities and people offering something more to their clients. I found their Marbecca website (CLICK HERE) and was very taken with their ideals, but they were based in the States and it was unlikely (for numerous reasons) that I would be able to travel to train with them.

A few years later when I was on my first training course with Derek Pengelly and I met Alan Marshall who told me all about his Marbecca experiences. Alan was then responsible for bringing Mark and Rebecca to the UK and so I got the opportunity to train and develop my skills using the Marbecca Method. They visited the UK twice and I was so lucky to train with them at five of their Marbecca workshops, as well as hear Mark speak to gatherings of DJs and just spend time with them.

Mark & Rebecca Ferrell

I love working on my performance and Mark and Rebecca helped me enormously but my time with them has meant so much more to me. To have the opportunity to help couples create WOW Weddings is a real blessing and so much of what I do, how I do it and why I do it is down to Marbecca.

I see many people on social media criticising Mark and Rebecca Ferrell and questioning their motives and ability – I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that these are two of the kindest and most honourable people I have ever met. I also see many arguments from DJ’s as to why this isn’t for them and that’s fine, BUT if you are a DJ looking to improve your skills I would 100% recommend you consider Marbecca, AND if you are a couple looking for a DJ I’d 100% recommend you look for one who has been trained by Mark and Rebecca Ferrell – and the more training they’ve done with them the better!

I’ve blogged about Mark and Rebecca several times before …
Mark Says (CLICK HERE)
Marbecca 2013 (CLICK HERE)
and Keeping Focused (CLICK HERE)

This is my video, as I say I made it a year ago. If you would like to find out more about them CLICK HERE or just give me a call.

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Getting Married In June

So, what about getting married in June? Traditionally June is one of the most popular months as Spring really turns into Summer.

June for me has been a big month for outdoor ceremonies and marquee weddings. Of course this is England so you always need to have a “Plan B” because it could rain. Just take a look at the picture below, a very hot day with stormy skies and you can see from the grass it hadn’t rained for quite some time.

Married in flaming june

What’s the weather likely to be for weddings in June? MyWeather2.com

Temperature ~ Throughout the month of June daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 19°C that’s about 66°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 11°C, that’s 53°F. Recently the highest recorded temperature in June has been 31°C that’s 88°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 2°C, about 36°F.

Rain ~ The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 51 mm, that’s 2 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 15 days of the month.

Sunshine ~ For June expect the sun to shine for an average of 10 hours per day.

I’ve seen amazing sunny days and some not so wonderful, as I say, this is England. If you can’t get your head around this think Wimbledon and Glastonbury.

Elmers Court wedding DJ

The pictures in this blog post are taken from June weddings held at Elmers Court, The Domus at Beaulieu and The Langtree Manor in Bournemouth as well as the beautiful marquee wedding which was at Plaitford.

If you are thinking about getting married in June remember (as mentioned above) Wimbledon and Glastonbury are also around that time which might mean some of your guests may be away. This year The World Cup starts in June and runs into July (it’s always worth looking at what big events might clash with your proposed date). Obviously this kind of problem can arise at any time of the year – so always try and let people know as soon as you set your date.

Married in June

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Married In May

Married In May is the latest of my series looking at weddings in each month of the year.

May in Hampshire, and particularly the New Forest, is a wonderful time of year. Spring has truly sprung and the rhododendrons look amazing (even though they are considered a weed by The Forestry Commission because they are not originally from the area (CLICK HERE for more information)).

The first and last Mondays of May are Bank Holidays ~ May Day and Whit Monday (now sometimes referred to as Late May Bank Holiday). It is a popular month for weddings and so dates at some venues might already be booked – but there are always alternative venues and dates!

What will the weather be like if you chose to get Married In May? Once again I turn to MyWeather2 (click here to see the full page). Here are the best bits …

Temperature ~ daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 17°C that’s about 62°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 9°C, that’s 47°F. Recent highest recorded temperatures in May have been 29°C that’s 83°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 0°C, about 32°F.

Rain ~ The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 45 mm, that’s 2 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 15 days of the month.

Sunshine ~ For May expect the sun to shine for an average of 9 hours per day.

Married In May

One May phenomenon that has emerged in recent times is “May the fourth” also known as Star Wars day. When a couple with the surname May who love Star Wars got married it wasn’t a surprise when they picked the fourth. I was able to hook them up with Darth Vadar and a couple of Storm Troopers who arrived during the wedding breakfast and dragged the groom outside – an amazing moment from a truly memorable day.

Married In May

The pictures in this blog post come from couples who got Married In May at Skylark Country Club, Winslowe House, Bartley Lodge and The Kings Arms – click on the venue names to get more information.

Looking For Recommendations

Looking For Recommendations should be a staple element of early wedding planning ~ FACT

BUT how should you be looking for recommendations? The thing I want to highlight here is something that became more and more apparent in 2017, and that is the “Looking For Recommendations” facility on FaceBook – what a brilliant idea … NOT! Well “not” if you don’t use it correctly.

The thing is people are lazy, and that includes me. We ask for advice and …
1) we don’t really ask the right people and then …
2) we don’t follow it up properly

Let me explain. Somebody is getting married and they are looking for a great DJ to play at their wedding or a brilliant photographer to capture the memories of this once in a lifetime event. So, they go onto a FaceBook Group like Southampton or Hampshire Weddings and type in “Looking For Recommendations for a great wedding DJ”. This is seen by lots of DJ’s who the reply “Hi I’m a DJ please take a look at my site”. They are also seen by lots of other suppliers who have DJ friends who reply with “check out DJ so-and-so”, the post frequently attracts dozens, sometimes hundreds, of replies. Let’s be honest, it all looks a bit desperate and at that this point the original poster has a huge list to look at and they often haven’t said what date and venue they are holding their wedding so many of the DJ’s may already be booked.

They have recommendations, but from who? People who they know nothing about – so what use are these recommendations?

As I said right at the start, looking for recommendations should be a staple element of early wedding planning but get them from people you know – initially your family, your friends and then talk to the suppliers you’ve already chosen ask them. There’s a video on my last blog post that covers this topic so PLEASE CLICK HERE to see it.

So, when you go looking for recommendations make sure they are credible and relevant, ask the people you know who have real experience and can make real recommendations.

2018 Time To Make A Plan

2018 Time To Make A Plan

Did you get engaged over the Christmas and New Year holidays, or are you getting married this year? If so, it’s 2018 Time To Make A Plan!

You’ll find all kinds of help here on my website and blog. I’ve got videos and free booklets that will really help too. I even have a weekly newsletter that you can subscribe to. Use this form to register today and I’ll send you links to my “Your WOW Wedding” booklet and add you to the newsletter list.

If there’s something specific that you’d like help with or a particular question please get in touch – paul@thepartydj.co.uk Even if you are not my client and already have another DJ/MC booked – I just like to help people as much as I can! Here’s a video I made a couple of years ago to get you started …

If 2018 is time to make a plan a great way to get ideas and expert advice is by visiting a wedding fayre and The Hampshire Wedding Group have one this coming Sunday at Ampfield Golf & Country Club.

The members of Hampshire Wedding Group are experts who care about their clients, take the time to talk to all of them and ask questions – please don’t just walk around afraid to stop and talk, nobody there is going to give you the “hard sell”! CLICK HERE to find out more about Sunday’s wedding fayre.

It’s a new year and things can get busy in the wedding industry ~ 2018 Time To Make A Plan ~ don’t get left behind! Complete the form above and get in touch and let me help you create Your WOW Wedding!

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Thank You 2017

Thank You 2017, you’ve been amazing!

OK, maybe it’s a bit silly to say thank you 2017 but it has been a fun year and looking back I’m happy with how things worked out. I was thrilled to be ask to play for two of my previous brides as they celebrated “significant” birthdays, perform at a couple of great engagement parties and, of course, play a part in many wonderful WOW weddings! I also got to work at many of my favourite venues alongside many of my favourite suppliers. I continued with study, training and even did a couple of events as a speaker to help other DJ’s. It was a year full of “stuff” and another year where many unexpected changes and opportunities have brought me to a new place and a new plan for 2018… but more about that next year 😉

The year started with lots of wedding fairs/fayres/showcases and WOW events and a couple of birthday parties. There was Maxine’s 40th, then I was back at my Christmas venue The Port House for Sam’s 30th party.

In the Spring I was delighted to DJ for Vickie and Gemma’s engagement party and am looking forward to their wedding in 2018. It was great to see Karen and Ian, their friends and family again (I did their wedding in 2013) as Karen celebrated her 60th. Then it was Charlotte and Sam’s wedding and reception at The Marwell Hotel. They wrote a wonderful testimonial for me CLICK HERE.

In June there was Hannah and Alex’s stunning reception at Norton Park following their church wedding.

July started with Bex and Alex’s beautiful wedding with a church ceremony followed by a marquee reception set in the beautiful English countryside. They did another great testimonial for me CLICK HERE.

Highlights in August included Katherine and Sinbad’s wedding at The Tithe Barn CLICK HERE to see my blog post and their feedback It was also really great to be invited to the first showcase at Manor Court Farm – this venue is AMAZING! For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE Angie and Dean finally tied the knot at The Master Builders and Lucas celebrated his 21st with a huge black tie diner and dance in a marquee party at home.

September highlights included Amina and Tarik at the magnificent Tylney Hall Then there was another engagement party, this time for Libby and Glenn – I wonder if I’ll get there wedding?

October saw two brilliant weddings. Rachael and Remi at Woodland’s Lodge. It was another day full of different World traditions. The second was very special as I’ve known the bridegroom Matt literally all his life! Anna and Matt were married at their church in Southampton and then had their reception at East Horton

I decided not to “do” Christmas parties this year, instead Ce and I took another trip to Fuerteventura – and we are already planning our next visit there.

So many great parties, lovely people and amazing love stories … Thank You 2017 and bring on the New Year!

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April Weddings

What can I tell you about April Weddings …
The second month of Spring and, as I mentioned last time, it’s another month when the schools might be on holiday. Easter can fall any time between March 22 and April 25.

So what’s the weather likely to be like at April Weddings? Here’s a link to myweather2.com CLICK HERE. In summary it says …

Temperature ~ generally reach highs of around 14°C that’s about 57°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 5°C, that’s 42°F. Recently the highest recorded temperature in April has been 24°C that’s 75°F, with the lowest recorded temperature -4°C, about 25°F.

Rainfall ~ The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 51 mm, that’s 2 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 17 days of the month, with snow falling on 1 days.

Sunshine ~ For April expect the sun to shine for an average of 9 hours per day.

Traditionally April is known for “April Showers” and in one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet and snow. So perhaps the question shouldn’t be “what’s the weather likely to be like at April Weddings?” but actually “what ISN’T the weather likely to be like at April Weddings?”! I guess the important this is to lease with your photographer and venue to explore all the possibilities for photos.

The first of April is April Fools Day, a date which has been popular with couples who wanted a fun-filled wedding day.

I’ve done some wonderful April weddings. The ones featured in the pictures here are from The Marwell Hotel, New Place and Bartley Lodge. (Click the hotel names to find out more about getting married at these three excellent venues).

My daughter is getting married in April next year (2018) so I’ve got my fingers crossed for a great month!

What comes after April Weddings? That’ll be May Weddings – see you next time 😉

Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ

Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ

Well we’re back from our break in Feuerteventura and so it’s finally time to get in the Christmas spirit… Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ.

As you may have seen on my FaceBook page my friend Stephen created the must-have Christmas decoration for 2017. Surely everyone will want to put this grumpy Hampshire Wedding DJ on top of their tree to wish all their families;y and friends a Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ! Move over Elf you are so last year 😉

Stephen says … “Now be careful with sharp scissors – you might want to ask a grownup to help you…
Cut all around it carefully, then cut along the two sets of dotted lines on the back so that you can wrap it around and slot the two pieces together.
Enjoy!”

I wonder if anyone will make one and send me a picture – I’ve got a bottle of prosecco for the best picture I receive c/o paul@thepartydj.co.uk

Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ

Here’s a few Christmas tunes from me with absolutely no Michael Bublé, Pogues or Mariah!

Let’s start with the last person I saw in concert, the amazing talent that is Jacob Collier
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ~ Jacob Collier & Tori Kelly

This next one was used by Apple for their Christmas campaign a few year back
Stevie Wonder and Andra Day ~ Someday At Christmas

I have a Fast Food Rockers story, but I’m not going to tell you 😛
This is a brilliant Christmas song …
Fast Food Rockers ~ I Love Christmas

As a long-time Chris Moyles listener, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this one
Lou Monte ~ Dominick the Donkey

I think this is my favourite Christmas song
Dean Martin ~ Let it Snow!

Once again, Merry Christmas from Paul The Party DJ.

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Married In March

Why, you may ask, would anyone get married in March? Well actually it’s been fairly constant for me as a month for weddings as is illustrated by the four pictures here. Potentially it’s another month when the schools might be on holiday. Easter can fall any time between March 22 and April 25, the Easter weekend in 2018 takes place from Good Friday on March 30 until Easter Monday on April 2 – making Easter Sunday also April Fool’s day!

March Wedding

So, what will the weather be like if you get married In March? Here’s a link to MyWeather2.com and here’s a summary of their thoughts …

Temperature ~ March daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 11°C that’s about 52°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 4°C, that’s 40°F. In recent times the highest recorded temperature in March has been 21°C that’s 69°F, with the lowest recorded temperature -8°C, about 18°F.

Rainfall ~ The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 40 mm, that’s 2 inches. Throughout the month you can expect to see rain or drizzle falling on 18 days of the month, with snow falling on 1 days.

Sunshine ~ For March expect the sun to shine for an average of 6 hours per day.

Pretty damp then, but with the possibility of some good days as Spring starts to … well, Spring 2018 in Northern Hemisphere will begin on Tuesday, March 20and ends on Thursday, June 21.

Wedding DJ Winchester

These pictures are from some of my couples weddings who got married In March, they are from weddings at The Tithe Barn near Petersfield, Winchester Guildhall, Audley’s Wood near Basingstoke and Rhinefield House in the heart of the New Forest. All four of them were wonderful and the photographers were able to get some outside pictures.

Many people like to pick a month when there is nothing else happening – for example one when neither of them celebrate their birthdays. Some pick the anniversary of their first meeting or when they got engaged – people certainly seem to be getting married all the time these days. Next up April weddings – see you next week.

March Wedding