Wedding Day Secrets ~ The Book!

Wedding Day Secrets

Wedding Day Secrets ~ Facts the Industry would prefer Brides didn’t know.

My friend and colleague Derek Pengelly has just had a new book published on Kindle which I think you might find interesting. Within its pages Derek is painting a broad picture of what often goes unseen in the preparation for a wedding. The facts he shares are sometimes surprising and some of the suggestions will not appeal to everyone’s tastes. However, armed with this new knowledge you will be better informed when deciding what takes priority in the planning process and which services represent best value.

You can buy the kindle version of this book on Amazon CLICK HERE

Contact me if you’d like a sample.

You’ll find the Wedding Day Secrets website HERE and a FaceBook page HERE

Wedding Day Secrets

Vision Productions

Vision Productions

Here’s a showreel for Vision Productions. John is the guy who’s been shooting the Wedding Entertainment Show for The Party Hosts and as you’ll see he’s got a great eye for film making.

If you’d like a video shot of your wedding, or of any event, give me a shout and I’ll put you in touch with John. He only started his business this year and his rates are very reasonable, any of my couples who are interested in having a video should let me know as soon as possible 🙂

By the way, The Wedding Entertainment Show will be back soon, we are just having a break while we get some more footage shot.


PS and The Party DJ

I recently had the pleasure of playing alongside local band P.S. at “The Build Me Up Buttercup 60’s Music Supper” fundraiser for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice which was held at the Haskins Garden Centre in West End.
Martin, Lou and Tony, who make up P.S., were joined by special guests Sid and Beau and the results were both beautiful and great fun – but that’s pretty standard for any P.S. show.

This is just a taster of the evening, unfortunately I didn’t really capture Martin singing – next time I’ll make sure I do.

The event was organised by Pam Bates with Southampton Ambassadors.

For more information about PS contact Martin via or call me for Martin’s contact details

For more information about the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity …

For more information about the Southampton Ambassadors

I’m really looking forward to working with the guys again.

Beau Dinnage and The Party DJ

Katie and Andrew

Sorry, yet again I’ve neglected this blog – I have loads to catch up on so please keep an eye out for more posts very soon!

Kings Court DJ

Last Saturday was Katie and Andrew’s wedding and I was their evening party DJ. They used the FaceBook group method for collecting music ideas from their friends and, once I’d added in their choices, I had about 7 hours of requests to fit into about two and a half hours.

We had a LOT of fun and I’ll post more about it soon … I promise … honestly … you just wait 😉

Chandlers Ford wedding DJ

A Thank you from Saturday …

Eastleigh Wedding Master of Ceremony

“We would like to say a very special and big thank you to Paul Taylor who was not only a fantastic DJ, but a wonderful Master of Ceremonies. Paul helped us organise a fantastic wedding – we didnt have to worry about anything. It all went off without a hitch thanks to you, so again we cant say it enough, THANK YOU x x”

Thank you Charlotte and Simon, it was an honour to play a part in helping you create such a special day.

Eastleigh Wedding DJ


Love Story

Tomorrow it will my be great honour to play a part in the wedding of Charlotte and Simon. It’s going to be another beautiful day and I’m sure it will be an amazing wedding. It’s made even more special for me because Charlotte is my niece, and 29 years ago I was the DJ for Kath & Martyn her mum and dad’s wedding.


Kath & Martyn

Dolly’s Vintage Dance Night

Lipstick On Your Collar

Saturday night found us back in Basingstoke, well Old Basing Village Hall to be accurate, for Dolly’s Vintage Dance Night. The evening was put together by two lovely ladies, Genevieve and Sharon, as a fundraiser for the Tommy’s, a charity that funds medical research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. CLICK HERE for more info about Tommy’s.

Dolly's Vintage Dance Night

The plan for the evening was music from the 1950’s and end in the 1980’s with live music from duo Fred Coole and Oscar Middleton and the fantastic Band “Lipstick on your Collar” with me filling in the gaps and rounding off the party.

DJ Old Basing

There was a fully licenced bar and some great food available with waitress service. Alastair from Ideal Imaging providing a photo booth with all the proceeds going to Tommy’s and most of the party-goers came dressed from their favourite decade.

Party DJ Basingstoke

Thank you for the booking and many congratulations to Genevieve and Sharon for organising a very successful fund-raiser that really was toe tapping good fun!

Disco Basingstoke

An interesting article …

Here’s a very interesting article by Blake Kritzberg, the editor at, with Paul Arnett who is Chairman of the National Association of DJ’s (NADJ), of which I am a proud member.

It’s entitled “What Wedding DJs Wish You Knew About Choosing One”

CLICK HERE to read the article

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Prom Fun

Travellers Rest

Today we played a lunchtime Prom for the leavers from Oak Lodge School at The Traveller’s Rest in Hythe. Oak Lodge is a specialist arts college catering for children aged 11 to 16 with special needs. This was the second time we’d been asked to play for the leavers party and it was lovely to share this special celebration again.

The Party DJ's

Once again Joe came along and did most of the hard work while I snapped a few pictures. It was great to see the sun shining as last year the weather wasn’t quite as nice.

prom limo

Two fabulous limo’s brought the VIP’s from school to the pub and a photographer from the Echo was on hand to take some pictures.


The team at Traveller’s Rest did a great job and transformed one of the bars where the children and their teachers enjoyed a lovely three course meal.

School Prom

Because it was a small party we just took the Bose Compact speaker which gave us more than enough volume. We also only used minimal lighting set to a slow fade across the colours as some of the guests don’t like flashing lights. Music played ranged from current hits like Robin Thicke and Daft Punk, to classic party dance tunes Cha Cha Slide and The Macarena, right through to Linkin Park and AC/DC! It was a great party and a lovely way to spend a Wednesday lunchtime.

Hythe DJ


A few weeks ago (in fact it was at the end of April) you may remember I posted about a secret project CLICK HERE

Well I can finally reveal our Supplier-OKE!

Supplier-Oke comes from Marry-Oke which comes from Karaoke – you’ll get the idea once you’ve viewed it.

The “stars” are all members of a wedding suppliers networking group that I’ve been part of for over a year now run by the amazing Marie from Isabella Weddings. The film was made by the very talented Matthew Willshire of Teardrop Films who makes brilliant Wedding films and Marry-Oke.

See below for a list of the suppliers involved with lickable clinks (clickable links) to their website.

If you’d like help finding any suppliers for your big day please ask me – I have some amazing friends who would love to help you.

Kay from Pomp & Petals … bespoke flowers, created with you, for you
Sera from Paper Magpie … Quirky, Unique and bespoke stationery
Miriam King ~ Make up artist … make up with Style.
Mia from Mia Photography (Congratulations on the birth of Theodore!)
Jan from Holistic Hideaway … natural therapy and pamper parties
Martin from MH Photography … capturing a moment in time.
Vicky & Ang from Vaabar colour customised mobile bar
Debbie from Serendipity Sweets ‘the sweetest ‘lil candy cart in the south’
and finally the two people who made it all happen ~
Marie from Isabella Weddings ~ Wedding & Event Planning
Matthew from Teardrop Films … capture the laughter as well as the smile

… oh and me!