Sunday, 24 November 2013

Reasons to find a good DJ

Finding a good DJ can be a real nightmare, especially with so many that pop up on directories or that can be found on facebook. Choosing a good DJ is often crucial to the atmosphere of your overall wedding or party. With budgets tight it often comes down to money but is it wise to just go for the cheapest you can find? 
So how much would you pay? for a DJ
A better question to ask a bride after a bargain-basement DJ ruined her wedding or party is, “How much would you have paid?”
Here are just a few comments below that have come from brides feedback about their DJs .....
- “He showed up an hour late, and wearing a t-shirt and jeans to our formal wedding reception.”
- “He must have ordered a dozen or more beers at the bar, and he appeared very drunk by the end of the night.”
- “We were promised a specific DJ, but a total stranger showed up instead. He didn’t have our reception information, or the music we specifically requested.”
- “He ignored our music request list and the requests by our guests, and played his favorite music instead.”
- “He mispronounced several names while introducing the wedding party.”
- “He played the music too loudly, and refused our repeated pleas to turn it down.”
- “Our wedding venue refused to let the DJ perform because he didn’t have the required liability insurance; so we ended up with no DJ and no music.”
- “He announced the Father-Daughter dance without checking to see that my father was in the room, then stopped the party for 5 minutes while we all searched for my dad.”
- “He started our First Dance without checking to see that our photographer was in the room (he wasn’t); so we have no pictures of our First Dance.”
- “He had the nerve to say: What do you EXPECT for such a cheap price?
- “We tried to reach him several times during the planning stage, but he took days or even weeks to respond.”
- “I just assumed that all DJs were alike, and the cheapest one was the best value.”
Too many brides who choose their wedding suppliers by price alone learn too late that there’s a reason the cheap ones are cheap: they simply don’t provide the level of service professionals provide.

So how do you avoid a DJ disaster?

Check their website and for reviews . Bad DJs get bad reviews – or no reviews at all. Ask around for personal recommendations from friends or relatives, or ask your local wedding/event planner
Take the time to actually meet with the DJ. Yes, it’s one more thing you have to do on top of a thousand other things as you plan your wedding, but you’ll feel a lot more confident knowing that gotten to know the man who holds the fate of your reception in his hands.
You get only one chance to have a great wedding reception. Make it count. Do your homework. And don’t get cheap when it comes to your entertainment. It’s the one thing your guests will remember most and they’ll remember whether you cared enough about them to hire a professional.

Christmas Decor Blog - Trees

 With Christmas fast approaching I thought it would be fun to turn our attention to Christmas decorations. Are you someone who likes the traditional look, or someone who loves bold mish mash of colours?

Because I love christmas I always have two trees and dress them differently, one with a classic traditional look usually in reds and golds, then the other I use a more modern approach. I would love to hear how you decorate your trees and maybe drop me a photo to my email and we will feature them on our blog!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Real Brides - Natasha & Russell

Kent Couple Natasha & Russell had such a stressful lead up to their big day, with a series of let downs from their venue to caterers! 

Their reception was originally going to be held at Fleet Leisure in Northfleet Kent, but the venue went into administration a month ago. The original make up artist withdrew after a disagreement over a contract which has now been referred to trading standards. Then their catering company that had been hired for their wedding let them down at the last minute.

The Caterer notified the couple on facebook that they would be unable to provide food for the wedding despite having been paid in full. The news was a big blow for couple who were trying to plan their big day on a £4000 budget.
They were however promised a refund of £300 just days before the event. A relationship breakdown between the partners of the company was given the reason for the now show.

I am pleased to say with a lot of help from family and friends they did not let it spoil their special day

The Ceremony took place at The Manor Gatehouse
 Registry Office Dartford

The Elite Venue, Gravesend

Beautiful cupcakes that were made by a friend of the couple

First dance

So We would like to pass on our congratulations and best wishes to the new Mr & Mrs Griggs