Steph & Danny’s Wedding Party

New Forest Wedding DJ

Here’s a very quick video from last Saturday’s wedding party for Steph and Danny at the New Forest Lodge Hotel in Lyndhurst. Their whole day was full of fun with casino tables after their wedding breakfast and then a photo-booth and me for their evening party. It was really a fun day for a lovely couple with lots of very special moments.

Make A Christmas Wreath With Kay

Pomp & Petals

My friend Kay, who is a fabulous florist, has been holding a series of workshops making Christmas Wreaths.

CLICK HERE to go to the workshops page on the Pomp & Petals website.

You will be carefully guided through the basic steps of a seasonal floral arrangement within a small group, with as little or as much help as you require. At the end of the session not only will you be taking home your very own masterpiece but you will also have learnt some basic tips and had fun.

The next of these is on next Thursday afternoon, 6th December, at one of my favourite venues, The Woodlands Lodge Hotel, Bartley Road, Woodlands Southampton SO40 7GN. There is another one at the Kimbridge Farm Shop the following Tuesday, 11th December. For more information, or to book, call Kay on 01794 341110, it’s £40 including all materials and refreshments!

To find out more about Kay and her fabulous business Pomp & Petals CLICK HERE

Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants and Importers

I’ve met Del Taylor from Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants on several occasions and am always struck by her knowledge of, and passion for, wines and spirits.

Now I’m certainly no connoisseur, in fact I think my annual intake is probably less than many peoples monthly and some peoples weekly consumption, but I love it when someone can suggest things that I may like. I also love to see independent retailers offering exceptional service and if you are planning a wedding or party and want advice Del would love to help you. You’ll also find some great gift ideas and plenty of other things to treat yourself with.

So, for both fine and inexpensive wines, and an extensive selection of spirits and liqueurs I recommend you investigate Alexander Hadleigh in Locks Heath and online. Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

Click here to vist the Alexander Hadleigh webiste

A Taste Of Glastonbury?

Last night’s party was really great fun! The event was the Autumn party for The Buttercup Ball charity and was staged in a marquee supplied by Michelle and Mark from Finest Marquee Hire. Earlier during the day they staged a very successful open day and I met some great new suppliers, plenty of old friends and lots of lovely couples and people looking at staging marquee parties – more about all that later.

For anyone reading this in the future, I should point out that the weather yesterday was terrible, in fact the weather has been grim all week. Inside the marquee we were totally oblivious to what was happening outside, we were warm and safe and getting towards 200 braved the conditions determined to support the charities and have a party.

I was there to support local band Shuffle Alley who played two 45 minute sets of rockin’ covers with a couple of their own songs. Again more about the band later, but for now I’ll just say Jack, Chris, Justin and John are well worth checking out.


I played a mix of styles across the evening, but my final set after the band had finished was a hands-in-the-air mix of anthems from the 90’s to date.

So I got to play with a rock band in a very muddy field. Not quite Glastonbury, but the muddy walk from the marquee to the car park was fun in the early hours of this morning.

Something Borrowed Magazine

I’m very excited to be working with Sam and Eleanor from Something Borrowed magazine which has just launched in Hampshire.

If you click on the image below you should get a larger version open up on your display.

If you’d like a copy of the magazine please email me at paul@thepartydj.co.uk with your postal address and I’ll send one to you.

Winslowe House

This is a review I posted recently on the For Better For Worse website’s venue pages …

Rachel & Gareth’s wedding at Winslowe House

As a DJ and Master of Ceremonies/Wedding Host I get to visit dozens of venues across the region so I gain a unique behind-the-scenes insight and I’m delighted to offer this review of Winslowe House.

The ceremony table Winslowe House

I’ve performed here twice this year and I can honestly say the service and attention to detail Jane and her team offer is exceptional.

Ceremony at Winslowe House

There are no “conveyor belt” weddings at Winslowe House, every couple receive the individual treatment that their most special of days deserves. The Barford Room which is licensed for civil ceremonies is beautiful, the driveway and grounds are very well maintained and perfect for photos and drinks, and the range of marquee options that can be so cleverly built onto the back of the house means that the reception space is always just right for the number of guests. I love the fact the marquee incorporates the borders around the terrace and so flowers and lavender are growing in the space creating a fragrant atmosphere.

Wedding Breakfast in the Barford Room at Winslowe House

Winslowe House is Jane’s home and she treats every wedding like it’s for a member of her family. Both of the weddings I performed at were totally different from each other, both couples had a fabulous day. Before you book your wedding venue I recommend you check out Winslowe House.

Mandy & Justin’s first dance at Winslowe House

For more information about Winslowe House visit their website CLICK HERE.

Paul acting as Wedding Host for Mandy & Justin’s wedding at Winslowe House

Have You Thought About A Marquee Wedding?

Marquee weddings can be the perfect solution to the reception venue question. You can have any size you want and the range of options and looks available is enormous. I have two very good contacts and one of them is holding an open day this coming Saturday.

I’ll be there all day so why not drop in and have a look. Michelle and Mark will be also be available to answer all your questions about their marquees, you can find out more about their company at www.finestmarqueehire.co.uk

There is also a charity event in one of the marquees the same evening. I’ll post more about this soon.

Ceremony Music

Another of the services I offer is providing the music for the wedding ceremony. Great production of the music for your ceremony can set the tone for the whole day. Before I returned to DJ’ing I’d actually been asked by several friends to play their ceremony music for them at their weddings ~ it was a really nerve-racking thing to do, I was pushing buttons on machines that I didn’t know and although I managed it was far from ideal.

Many venues provide a sound system, usually a domestic portable cd player or iPod doc, and usually expect you to provide the music to play and the person to control it for you. Is this the right way to start the most important ceremony in your life?

Here’s a document one of my colleagues, DJ Terry Lewis, developed. I’ve adapted it slightly and I hope it will give you food for thought.


Here’s a picture another colleague took at a local hotel recently.
You can see a small domestic CD player has been provided

Here’s our system at New Place last Saturday, set up discreetly at the rear of the room using professional sound equipment ~
Pioneer DDJ S1
MacBook Pro
Bose Compact speaker system

For more information about ceremony music please get in touch email paul@thepartydj.co.uk or call 023 8086 1715 or 07973 617 153

Superscrimpers

Food for thought.