The Venue – Here in the South West of England, we have some of the finest and most beautiful Wedding Venues in the country. As a full time Wedding DJ, I visit 50 or 60 venues every year and if you want a great Party, here are 3 of my Golden Rules –
Rule 1 – Many venues offer what looks like a similar service – but I believe the staff can make a huge difference – try to get a feel of the quality, competence and attitude from the whole team – they should be genuinely friendly, positive and professional from top to bottom.
Rule 2 – Choose a venue where everybody is entertained in one room – this room should include a bar, dance-floor and a seating area. Gorgeous venues with a multitude of rooms, lounges and sitting rooms will split your party into little groups, with the result you can never get people together… With Richards Time Machine Mobile Disco I will entertain all your guests, whatever their ages – joining together to create an atmosphere of real celebration which marks the Great Party – inclusive is the word!
Rule 3 – Consider the weather… obviously you are hoping for the perfect sunny day – but how will the venue work in the wind and rain – or even snow?! Is there space for guests to relax and enjoy the day if the weather keeps people indoors? Are there good paths and walkways, and what about a back-up location for your precious Wedding Photos?
The Entertainment – As “Richards Time Machine” I specialise in Discos for Weddings and Family Parties, and have developed a life-time of experience and understanding of Wedding Entertainment. I am also a musician, spending many years as leader of a top 5-piece function band – I have performed hundreds if not thousands of shows all around the UK.
This in-depth experience leads me to three more Golden Rules –
Rule 4 – A Live Band can be fabulous, but may not have the style or material to appeal to everybody. Also, to book a good one can cost a great deal of money! They normally only play for part of the night, typically 2 x 1 hour sets or 3 x 45 minutes – this can leave a big gap in the flow and atmosphere of your Party.
Rule 5 – A good Disco can be just as entertaining as a Band – if your DJ knows his stuff and is a genuine entertainer, he should know how to get any room moving, and this may well be a better option – but don’t try to cut corners! All Discos are not the same, and I have witnessed far too many who should never have been booked… An experienced professional DJ should have the same status as your Chef – he has the responsibility of entertaining you, your family and guests at one of the most important occasions of your life!
I also act as MC for my clients, giving clear announcements and organising your First Dance and the cutting of the Cake, so everyone is in the right place at the right time.
Rule 6 – Your Wedding DJ will be much more flexible than a Band – I carry over 10,000 songs to every booking, and I expect to have suitable music for every age, taste and occasion. Naturally, part of my service will be to discuss music with you well in advance, inviting you to supply lists of your favourites so I am guaranteed to have all the right music on the night – I will play all your requests!!
Rule 7 – So if budget is an issue, you are likely to have a better night with an “up-market” DJ than with a “down-market” Band – and save yourself some money…
BUT – if the budget will allow, why not go for both… the combination of a good Live Band and a Professional DJ / Presenter can lead to the best of all worlds, and I firmly believe that the Entertainment and your Wedding Party should be the perfect Grand Finale to your Special Day.
For more information and some great free advice – go to my website www.richardstimemachine.co.uk