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01
Dec

San Lorenzo New Years Eve!

San Lorenzo New Years Eve!

Bringing in 2019 with a swing!

Vintage Wedding DJ is delighted to teaming up with the incredible San Lorenzo Bar & Restaurant in Warrington to welcome the New Year in Great Gatsby style! We’ve put together an evening of entertainment with the same glitz and glamour as our event The Electro Swing Ball and we will featuring a range of acts to amaze and inspire throughout the evening.

Our very own King of electro-swing DJR will be rocking the dancefloor and once again we’re working with our absolute favourite jazz singer and compere extraordinaire Liberty Pink! We’ll also be wowing our guests with cabaret, circus and burlesque acts courtesy of Kitty Campari and The Glitter Kittens, plus there are some extra surprises at midnight! What a night it’s going to be.

San Lorenzo NYE invitation

04
Aug

Positive Best Man’s Speech

Positive Best Man’s Speech

The best wedding present ever?

Here’s an idea to suggest to your best man / maid of honour. Recently I was at a wedding and the best man gave the most refreshing and heartfelt speech ever. Instead of trying to come up with funny stories to embarrass the groom, he simply recounted all the great things he had done with his best friend over the years. He told everyone why he’s such a great guy and how proud and thankful he is for all the good times they’ve shared together.

It was so wonderful to watch and was a truly lovely way to honour his friend. His speech demonstrated beautifully that the best man doesn’t need to be negative or tell outrageous tales; instead he can celebrate all the positive things that he and the groom have done for one another and in doing so he gave the couple the best present he possibly could!

04
Apr

Should you ask for Requests..?

Should you ask for Requests..?

Is it a good idea to ask for music requests with your RSVP?

On the face of it you may think so, because it allows everyone to feel included, however in reality it often doesn’t work. As the most important people on the day the music selection should represent your tastes and as such I will spend lots of time planning this together with you before the day. It’s my job to include of all your favourites with my experience of music into a coherent playlist that makes sense and creates a busy dancefloor. If I have to combine your carefully selected tracks with an unpredictable mix of tunes chosen by your guests then the music will no longer represent you and can become disjointed. Also if I know their choices aren’t going to work on the dancefloor then the chances are it won’t get played and so some guests may feel disappointed.

Your wedding day is the one day in your life when it’s all about you and your partner so don’t surrender this power! Think about music you enjoy for a party, let me help you with my expertise and experience, and together we can create memories that will last a lifetime!

17
Nov

We’ve won Wedding DJ 2018

We’ve won Wedding DJ 2018

We are delighted to have won the West Midlands Wedding DJ of the Year 2018 at The Wedding Industry Awards.

26
Sep

Vintage Summer Of 2017!

Vintage Summer Of 2017!

Well what a fantastic season it has been! Everyone here at Vintage Wedding DJ is delighted to have been involved in so many stunning weddings and events throughout the summer. These have ranged from big formal celebrations at famous and historic venues to smaller more intimate affairs in beautiful settings. Huge love and thanks to all the fabulous couples that have celebrated their big day; I can honestly say that I’m extremely proud of every single event that we’ve been part of. We have had some incredible parties, with hilarious guests and so many poignant family moments and we’ve come away feeling that we’ve made lots of good friends along the way. So may we raise a glass to each and everyone of you and wish you a lifetime of love, happiness and adventure!

So here’s a little taste of what we’ve been up to ………

Victoria & Iain – Wistanstow Village Hall, Shropshire

We had an absolutely fabulous time with Victoria and Iain in May. They worked so hard to turn the village hall into a stunning wedding location and it was truly up there with all the best venues I’ve ever been to. All their guests fully embraced the party theme and had so much fun! The music varied from vintage jazz and swing throughout the day to lots of funk, soul and party tunes in the evening. It’s not one that I usually play, but one of the highlights was definitely playing S Club 7’s ‘Reach’ for the ever so enthusiastic derby uni girls!

The wedding room

I was particularly pleased with how beautiful the stage looked:

Shropshire Wedding Party

And they said…
“Throughout the day we had nothing but compliments about David and his music selection, and when the evening came, at no point was the dance floor empty – the best testament to any good DJ I think!”

You can read Victoria’s full review on google here.

Susan & Mike – Liver Building, Liverpool

It’s impossible to find a more iconic building in Liverpool than the world famous Liver Building and so it was a real pleasure to help Susan & Mike celebrate their wedding day there in July. They treated their family and friends to a wonderful vintage themed day, with a sophisticated vintage afternoon tea accompanied by a jazz & swing soundtrack and they completed the day with an enjoyable evening for all afterwards.

Liver Building Wedding DJLiver Building Wedding DJ

And they said…
“My new wife and I are so happy we found David and booked him for our vintage style wedding, we could not have chosen a more perfect, professional or nicer person to help us through our big day.”

You can read Mike’s full review on facebook here.

Anna & Andrew Farish – Hampton Court Palace, London

It would be impossible to do a roundup of the summer without mentioning another historic location that I played at in August; with it’s illustrious history going right back to Cardinal Wolsey and King Henry VIII, it was a great honour to be involved with a wedding at Hampton Court Palace. Anna and Andrew celebrated their day with entertainment from a live pianist and then I delivered an upbeat mix of electro-swing and up to date hits to keep the party going until midnight.

Hampton Court Palace

Jessica & Steve Ruscoe – Sweeney Hall, Oswestry

We had an absolutely fabulous day with Jessica and Steve in May. They had perfect weather throughout the day and I was delighted to see that they and their loved ones certainly know how to party come the evening!

I was very pleased with how my speakers complimented their outdoor ceremony:
Oswestry Wedding Party

This was the dancefloor ready for the evening:

Wedding at Sweeney Hall, OswestryAnd here was the dancefloor in full swing. I particularly enjoyed the section where I was playing upbeat house music accompanied by their guest saxphonist Sophia Sax. Great fun for everyone!

Sweeney Hall Oswestry Wedding DJ

 

Here’s a selection of some of the other fabulous events from over the year…

Katie & Stephen Mason – Midland Hotel, Morecombe

Morecombe-Wedding-DJ

Telford Mayor’s Vintage Ball

Telford Vintage Ball

Lucinda & Simon Adlington – Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Avoncroft Museum Wedding Disco

Paul & Rachel – Sweeney Hall Oswestry

Shropshire Wedding Party

Rebecca & Dale Foster – Pendrell Hall, Wolverhampton

Pendrell Hall Wolverhampton Wedding Party

Sammi & Andrew Tucker – Meon Valley Hotel, Southampton

Southampton Wedding DJ

Swan & Paul – Longdon Village Hall

Longdon Village Hall Party, Shropshire

Amy & Joe Croft – Bromwich Park

Bromwich Park Shropshire Disco

 

15
Sep

Wedding Fairs – Autumn 2017

Wedding Fairs – Autumn 2017
How about coming to meet Vintage Wedding DJ and talking to us about the plans for your big day?

We would love to meet you and we’re always happy to chat! There’s simply no better way to find out about the services we offer than to come meet us in person. Over the coming months we will be out and about and showing off our unique style at:

Sunday 24th September:
Worcester Vintage Wedding Fayre,
The Guildhall,
High Street,
Worcester, WR1 2EY
From 11-00 until 3-00
Sunday 15th October:
Manchester Magpie Wedding Show,
Victoria Baths,
Hathersage Road,
Manchester, M13 0FE
From 11-00 until 3-30
Sunday  22nd October:
Inspired Brides Wedding Fair,
Bordesley Park Farm Wedding Venue,
Dagnell End Road,
Beoley, Worcestershire, B98 9BH
From 11-00 until 3-00
Sunday 5th November:
Leamington Spa Magpie Wedding Show,
The Assembly, Spencer Street, Victoria Baths,
Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF
From 11-00 until 3-30
Sunday  19th November:
Chester Magpie Wedding Show,
33 Northgate Street,
Chester CH1 2HQ
From 11-00 until 3-00

Can’t make these dates? No problem! If you give us a call or email then we can arrange a time to meet; we’ll happily come to you or you are most welcome to visit us in Shrewsbury.

Even if you’re not local to the West Midlands then we can still have a face-to-face meeting using Skype or Facetime instead.

25
Jan

Wedding Fairs 2017

Wedding Fairs 2017
Would you like to come meet Vintage Wedding DJ?

There’s no better way to find out about what we offer than to come meet us in person. Over the spring you can find us out and about at:

Sunday 5th February:
Bosworth Hall Hotel,
The Park, Market Bosworth, Warwickshire, CV13 0LP
From 11-00 until 3-00
Sunday 19th March:
Vintage Wedding Fair,
Priory Hall, The Bullring, Much Wenlock, TF13 6HS
From 10-00 until 4-00
Sunday  23rd April:
National Vintage Wedding Fair,
The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NF
From 11-00 until 3-30

Alternatively give us a call and we’ll happily come to you or you can visit us in Shrewsbury.

Not local to the West Midlands? That’s fine, we can have a meeting using Skype or Facetime instead.

04
Oct

Musings of a Vintage Wedding DJ…

Musings of a Vintage Wedding DJ…

Well it’s a been a stunning ride; today is my birthday and I thought it was the perfect time to take stock of how Vintage Wedding DJ has grown over the last 3 years.

The Beginning

The concept for creating bespoke wedding entertainment with a vintage twist grew from our successful Electro-Swing Ball events where we realised that vintage music could unite all age groups within an audience. Combining a wide knowledge of music of all genres from old to new with an eagerness to give each couple the best experience that I possibly could, has led to many very successful and hugely enjoyable weddings. It’s easy to say how good you are at doing your job, however I hope that this is borne out by the positive reviews I’ve received on Google and Facebook.

Development

It has taken time and a lot of hard work to get to where the business is today; I’ve invested in good looking, high quality equipment that is a compliment to any wedding, plus I’m willing to work hard every time to make sure that each event is as good as it possibly can be. Sometimes vintage music goes down well all night; sometimes I start off playing old music and then end up playing party classics to keep everyone happy. Every wedding is very different and each couple wants and needs vary widely. What doesn’t vary is that my own wedding was the best day of my life and I want every couple to share in this feeling.

Personalise

To me, the very best weddings are the ones where the couple have lots of good ideas and I can make them happen. Having someone jump out of a cake halfway through the night, or playing a sentimental song to make the mother of the bride happy; these are the moments that will be remembered for a lifetime, and these are the moments I’m keen to make happen. Some careful planning beforehand can go a very long way and create a memory that will last forever.

Confidence

I know that my own skills for running a wedding have improved immensely during this time. I’m very confident in helping each couple plan the timeline for their day and help them to implement it. My confidence on the microphone to announce and introduce each part of the day has improved immeasureably and I’m happy to act as Master of Ceremonies whenever needed; I’m finally at the point where I can freestyle and make jokes!

The Future

This is what has made Vintage Wedding DJ successful so far, and I hope that these skills will grow and develop in years to come. I can honestly say that I love my job; I get to plan and then spend the day with the most beautiful couples and their friends and families. I frequently come away from weddings feeling valued and loved having made new friends, I feel blessed and I am excited about the future. Huge love and thanks to all the couples I have worked with over the past 3 years, it’s been a blast and I have loved every single event.

Credits: Thank-you to the brilliant Kevin at Potters Instinct Photography for the fabulous photo, and to Claire and Carl for letting me share in their a truly exceptional wedding.

10
Jan

Wedding Fairs 2016

Wedding Fairs 2016
Would you like to come meet Vintage Wedding DJ?

There’s no better way to find out about what we offer than to come meet us in person. Over the spring you can find us out and about at:

Sunday 31st January:
The Barn at The Haughmond
Upton Magna, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TZ
10.00-4.00
Sunday 28th February:
Vintage Chic Wedding Fair
The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA
11.30-4.00
Sunday 13th March:
The Vintage Wedding Fayre
Morris Hall, Shrewsbury, SY1 1JB
11.00-3.00
Sunday 17th April:
Unique Wedding Fair
Town Hall, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6EF
11.30-3.30
04
Sep

Fabulous Summer of 2015!

Fabulous Summer of 2015!

It’s been a great summer for Vintage Wedding DJ and our busiest ever. We’ve had the honour of being invited to a whole range of beautiful events, ranging from stunning days at exclusive venues to festival style weddings in hidden locations. Here’s a couple of examples to show what we’ve been up to…

Esther & Justin — Lydbury North

Esther and Justin asked for a wide selection of older classics for their wedding in south Shropshire. Therefore soul, funk, rock & roll and disco was the order of the day.

Here’s a snippet of how the dancefloor and setup looked:

And they said…
“Very very happy with David and his vintage wedding service. Liked the style and vintage theme,  was very professional and helpful, price was right. Would recommend to others!”

Amanda & Alice — Custard Factory, Birmingham

Birmingham wedding

Birmingham-weddingWe were delighted to join the lovely Amanda & Alice for their stunning wedding at the Old Library which is part of the Custard Factory complex. They made the day truly all about them with an eclectic and fun playlist, and they walked down the aisle to a beautiful piece of music written specifically for them by one of the family.

Over the course of the evening we played a diverse mix including electro-swing, rock & roll, 70s, 80s, ska, show tunes and a few current hits. We even got the bar staff dancing with the guests and a whole range of ages on the dancefloor. Great fun for all!

And they said…
“David was really friendly and professional, great communication and listened to our needs. Great range of music and the style really suited us. Lots of our guests said they enjoyed the music too.”

And here’s some other events we’ve been at:

Tower Hill Barns, Powys

Tower Hill Barns

Tring Performing Arts College, Hertfordshire

Warwickshire Wedding

Shooters Hill Hall, Shropshire

Shooters Hill Hall Shropshire

Ormskirk MotorFest Vintage Car Rally

Vintage Event

15
May

New for 2015… stunning all-white slimline speakers!

New for 2015… stunning all-white slimline speakers!

Now much as we like talking as if it’s only about the music, at Vintage Wedding DJ we are also very concious about style. On a wedding day so much effort goes into making sure that everything looks perfect, from the venue, to the dress, the flowers, the decor and all your guests… why should your entertainment be any different?

As such, we are delighted to announce that we have a new, all-white slimline speaker system to use at all events from now on!

Looks great

No, it looks really great. Did you even notice it in the photo above? What about this one here?

Vintage Wedding DJ Setup

Sounds great

We’ve already used the system at a couple of large style events and we are absolutely delighted with the sound quality. It sounds really clean, with a nice rounded bass sound and is perfect for events of up to 200 people.

Versatile

The speakers are self contained, and so can be easily moved during an event. Would you like to have music and a microphone for speeches during the wedding breakfast and then for the speakers to be moved into another room for the evenings dancing? This is now a simple change which can be achieved easily and quickly.

11
May

The Setup Process

The Setup Process

It’s always an involved process getting setup for an event and so we’ve made a stop-motion video to demonstrate how much work goes in behind the scenes. Strangely this makes it look very quick!!

 

16
Mar

Venue Uplighters Gallery

Venue Uplighters Gallery

Light your room in style!

The optional extra that we love using the most is our venue uplighters. They stylishly transform any room they’re used in and allow you to match the room colour perfectly to your colour scheme. Later in the evening when the party starts properly the whole room changes colour perfectly in sync with the dancefloor lights and creates a stunning effect.

Still it’s easy to say this, but in this case pictures tell a much better story and so before a recent event we took a selection of photos demonstrating some of the different ways you can use them. Go to Venue Uplighters Gallery and take a look.

16
Feb

Wedding Fairs 2015

Would you like to come meet Vintage Wedding DJ?

There’s no better way to find out about what we offer than to come meet us in person. We’re out and about over the next few weeks at a number of wedding fairs in the West Midlands. You can find us at:

Sunday 22nd February: Blakelands Country House, near Stourbridge, Staffordshire
Sunday 8th March: Alrewas Hayes, near Lichfield, Staffordshire
Saturday 18th April: Shrewsbury Vintage Wedding Fair, Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sunday 26th April: St Nicholas Wedding Fair, St Nicholas Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire