ProMobile Conference 2013 ~ Part 1

ProMobile 2013 Last Sunday and Monday was the first ProMobile Conference for UK mobile DJ’s. When the event was first announced I signed up immediately and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since – I wasn’t disappointed.

The event was held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park, just north west of Oxford. I travelled up with my colleague Gary, from The Party Hosts and another of our DJ friends – DJ Joe. Hampshire was probably the best represented county with a very good turn-out of DJ’s looking to improve their skills and network with other professionals. On the way up the A34 we suddenly noticed it was snowing and when we arrived at the conference centre it was like entering a winter wonderland.

Everything about the event was top drawer, the venue, the arrival packs, the food and drink, I can’t speak highly enough of the standard that the organisers set. About 80 delegates were booked onto the two day event and it was great to catch up with many old friends and make new connections.

Networking at the ProMobile Conference 2013

After our arrival drinks and networking brunch we made our way into the lecture theatre for the opening address by the conference curator Eddie Short, the Editor of ProMobile magazine who put the event together.

Then it was time for the Conference keynote speaker, Jim Cerone.

Jim Cerone at the ProMobile Conference 2013

I’ve been reading Jim’s articles and listening to his podcasts for the last 3 years and I can honestly say he has been a huge influence in the direction I’ve taken in that time. His message is that DJ’s should stop “doing gigs” and start “hosting parties”, that we should take responsibility for the success of every event we perform at.

He actually joined us at the earlier brunch and I was delighted to shake his hand as he welcomed us to the conference. Everything about Jim just enforces his image and his mantra of the Perfect Host.

His presentation was brilliantly adapted to fit the British style of wedding and he had obviously taken considerable care to understand how things work over here. My other Party Host colleague, Alan, had been showing Jim and his family around during their UK visit and had passed on some information, but it was clear that Jim had done plenty of homework before his plane had touched down at Heathrow.

The Perfect Host Keynote was really inspirational and although I’d heard and studied the basics of Jim concept for several years it was fantastic to hear it in the flesh. Can you imagine my surprise when Jim was talking about how we present our equipment and the care we should take to make it tidy that he showed the picture below … from my New Years Eve wedding!

More to follow soon …

Mood Lighting

Tiaras by Claudia

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A couple of weeks ago, when we did the Hampshire Wedding Show at Southampton University,we met the lovely Claudia. She had an absolutely amazing selection of tiaras, accessories and sparkly things which had many of the show visitors transfixed.

Based in the New Forest, Claudia offers a lovely range of handcrafted tiaras, hair accessories and jewellery for Brides, Bridesmaids, Proms and special occasions. She is also happy to undertake bespoke Designs, so why not contact her for something really special.

For more information visit http://www.tiarasbyclaudia.com/

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Kyrah & James @ Wick Barn

I was delighted to act as MC and DJ for Kyrah and James at their fabulous wedding back in February. This video is made up of photo’s and video footage snapped by my Party Host colleague Gary Evans ~ please note we are not film makers, we are Party Hosts who haven’t been to a boring wedding in years! We’d like to thank Kyrah, James, their family and friends for allowing us to play our part in an amazing day.

Wick Barn and Strawberry Field Catering were absolutely brilliant.

www.wickfarmbath.co.uk
www.strawberryfieldcatering.co.uk

The weekend starts here …

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Thursday evening
I’m just off to meet a new couple for a chat about their wedding day – fingers crossed!

Friday Evening
I’m doing a 175th Birthday Party ~ it’s a joint party for three lovely ladies ~ it’s going to be a blast.

Saturday
This is another interesting one, Alan, Gary and I are doing a special lighting install for an event on Sunday ~ a chance to get creative.

Sunday
It’s the Hampshire Wedding Show at Southampton University Ce and I will be there and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of our favourite suppliers and meeting lots of new couples planning their special day.

The 1st 100 brides through the door will get a luxury goodie bags, completely FREE!
There’s a FREE copy of the latest Eternity Bridal Magazine for every bride attending.
Plus it’s FREE entry for everyone
… so come and say hello!

and then …
It’s off to London first thing on Monday with Alan and Gary for a day of social media training.

I think I’ll have a rest on Tuesday 🙂

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“Resident” Mobile DJs – is it good news for the client?

An interesting read from my friend and coach Derek Pengelly …

"Resident" Mobile DJs – is it good news for the client?.

Wicked!

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Just a very quick post about yesterday’s wedding at the lovely Wick Barn

First I must thank my friend, and Party Hosts colleague, Gary Evans for his help throughout the day. I’ve had some vehicle issues and Gary very kindly offered to act as driver, roadie, support team and photographer – what a legend.

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This was my first time performing at Wick Barn. I visited with the clients last year and was really looking forward to playing there – I wasn’t disappointed. The Barn is a lovely setting and under the expert supervision of Hannah from Strawberry Field Catering the day went really well. For more information about Wick Barn CLICK HERE.

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Sunday 10th ~ Lovely and Vintage Wedding Fayre

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It’s been a very very busy week, especially considering that I don’t have a booking this weekend. I’ve had meetings with two couples whose weddings are fast approaching and two more with couples who have now booked me to play at their weddings.

Gary, my colleague from The Party Hosts and I also had a very exciting meeting with a very prestigious venue to talk about mood lighting and entertainment. Meanwhile Alan, the other Party Host, has been in Vegas at the annual DJ convention and training with the amazing Mark and Rebecca Ferrell – Gary and I have to wait until May for our next sessions with mark and Rebecca when they visit the UK again.

I’m eally looking forward to my first wedding fayre with Lovely and Vintage on Sunday at Victoria House in Hamble. I was over that way yesterday visiting one of my new couples and it was great to see some nice big yellow signs directing people to the event. Gary’s at the Southend Barn’s wedding fayre So come and say hello ~ bonus points if you come and see BOTH of us!

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Wedding Fair Today … in Oxfordshire

Yes that’s right, today Gary and I are off to the lovely DeVere Milton Hill House which is south of Abingdon on the way to Wantage (I think).

Gary recently played at their tremendous Burn’s Night celebration and Alan has known several of the management team there for many years, Fore more information about today’s event and Milton Hill House PLEASE CLICK HERE

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Wedding Fair ~ THIS Thursday

For FREE entry please email me on paul@thepartydj.co.uk or phone/text 07973 617153

Southampton Wedding Fair

Siân, Natalie and Jordan’s “Just Going Down Under ~ BRB” Party

It’s always great to be asked to do something a bit different, it’s even better to get asked by people who have seen me work and want me to DJ for them!

Siân and Natalie saw me DJ at the two weddings I played for at Marwell Hall last year – they have been working on the functions team there. When I got an email that said “I have seen you a few times this year – providing some fantastic entertainment for some of our wedding couples” how could I say no to playing at their leaving party. Along with their friend Jordan they are off travelling around the Southern Hemisphere.

The venue was the Goals Soccer Centre in Southampton – a very good and affordable party venue with excellent bar prices and really lovely staff. More information about GOALS HERE

SN&J Room

The room has two parts a lounge/bar area linked to a dancefloor area. As well as the booth, speakers and regular lighting I supplied a single TV screen to run a photomontage of pictures of the 3 hosts. They had also decorated the room with flags, bunting and some excellent road signs.

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Once everyone had arrived and the buffet had been served Siân, Natalie and Jordan took a brief moment in the spotlight with Siân thanking everyone for coming. I did try and get a Q&A session going but the only question that came up was “is there any room in your bag for me?”.

SN&J Gobo

So then it was on with the party. I also supplied a couple of “Good Luck” gobo’s which you can see in this picture.

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Op op op op oppan Gangnam Style 😉

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The party finished at midnight but Siân, Natalie and Jordan had already made plans to head on into town afterwards and I was able to let everyone know where to go for the “after party”. The next day I received this message on FaceBook …

Afternoon Paul, just wanted to say I’m so sorry I didn’t catch you before I left last night but thanks for a wonderful evening! Everyone has said what a great night they had & that you were fantastic!! Thanks for everything beforehand too & for making it so personal to us I thoroughly enjoyed myself & I know Natalie & Jordan did too!

It was my absolute pleasure.

Siân, Natalie and Jordan have a great time, take care, enjoy every minute and stay in touch 🙂

For more information about weddings at Marwell Hall PLEASE CLICK HERE or give me a call.