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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
16
Sep

Vintage Wedding Fayres – Autumn 2014

Vintage Wedding Fayres – Autumn 2014
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 next few weeks we’ll be at two wedding fayres and we’d be delighted to hear about your plans so far. You can come find us at:

19th October: Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham
26th October: The Mount, Wolverhampton

These wedding fayres are hosted by I Do In Vintage. You can register for free tickets from their website.

16
Aug

DJR @ Boomtown Festival

DJR @ Boomtown Festival

DJR @ Boomtown

Vintage Wedding DJ’s own DJR had the privilege of playing in the Ballroom from 3.00 until 4am at the end of a glorious Saturday night lineup at this years Boomtown Fair. This was the closing set of the evening and so was heavier than a typical wedding set – electro swing, ghetto funk, soul and funk remixes, and drum and bass was the order of the day.

If you would like to hear the music he played you can listen to it below and if you would like to download the mix simply press here.

DJR @ Boomtown

23
Jul

Polly & Matt @ Crazy Bear

Polly & Matt @ Crazy Bear
Vintage Wedding DJ had a great time recently providing the entertainment for the wedding of Polly and Matt Orton.

Polly&Matt-InvitationThe day was extra special because it marked the couple’s 10th anniversary together and they certainly made sure that they celebrated in style at the incredible ‘Crazy Bear Hotel‘ in Stadhampton, near Oxford. There are few venues that look as good as the Crazy Bear and this is one place where more is most definitely more. The team behind this hotel have worked hard to create a unique venue and the attention to detail throughout is stunning.

Dramatic Entrance

Polly and Matt love the glitz and glamour of the big screen so we agreed that their entrance theme should be the oriental track from the opening credits of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. As they arrived and greeted their guests this transitioned into the Pearl and Dean theme tune, before moving seamlessly into their first dance, ‘What A Difference A Day Made’ by Jamie Cullum.

The couple sparkled and glittered in the limelight as their first dance finished and leading by example, they encouraged all their guests to join us on the dance floor for the finest hour of electro-swing classics. During this part we played remixes of many well known tracks, including Fever, Puttin On The Ritz, In The Mood and Cheek To Cheek; everyone joined in and it filled us with delight.

Cake, birthdays and a Thai feast

Polly and Matt shared their wedding day with their niece’s 12th birthday, so they invited Jay up to help them cut the cake, soundtracked by The Beatles singing ‘Birthday’. Next the Thai buffet was announced, appropriately accompanied by ‘Food Glorious Food’ from Oliver.

Polly Matt DancefloorEveryone paused for food and then the evening commenced with a full dance floor, which few people left. We began with more electro-swing and then progressed towards newer choices; hitting 50’s rock & roll, 60’s classics, soul and motown along the way. As the evening drew on we played their personal favorites and those which had special significance for the couple and their friends. Highlights included a number of songs by The Doors, ‘Tequila’ by The Champs and the Back to the Future version of ‘Johnny B Goode’. The movie theme continued throughout as we played a number of movie studio opening theme tunes between songs.

The night was scheduled to finish at midnight, but the venue staff were amazing and allowed us run over until past 1am. At the end of the night just Polly and Matt, plus a hardcore of their closest friends remained on the dance floor; they certainly made the most of it and selected a personalised soundtrack of party tunes.

Vintage wedding setupThe couple’s final request of the night was ‘The End’ by the Doors which went down a treat and felt very moving. I must admit though, I simply couldn’t resist sneaking one more to end the night on a high – one of their favourite tracks and a party anthem – ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain. In the wee small hours the party came to a close and with smiles on their faces and a great night’s dancing under their belts, Polly and Matt’s guests drifted off to their rooms.

Overall we have say that it was an incredible night in a stunning venue. The night perfectly demonstrated how the vintage style can be combined with a huge range of modern and dance floor classics, to keep all the guests happy for the whole celebration.

And in their words…

Polly and Matt were kind enough to include this comment as part of their feedback:

“We were both thrilled to have David as the evening’s entertainment  at our wedding. A great mix of tunes delivered in a unique style that was perfect for our theme!”
Polly and Matt Orton, June 2014
10
Apr

The Electro Swing Ball Gallery

The Electro Swing Ball Gallery

You’ve heard us mention our events as the Electro Swing Ball a few times on this website, but what do these actually look like??! Well a picture tells a thousand words so we’ve put together a gallery of some of our favourite photos from our nights. Go to the Electro Swing Ball Gallery have a look, see what we get up to and maybe get some inspiration for your own special event!

All of the photos have been taken by our wonderful resident photographer Julie Lou Weston. If you would like to know more about her please go to her website at iArtizan.

01
Apr

Proudly introducing… our new website!

Proudly introducing… our new website!

Ready… set… and go!!!

We’re delighted to present to you… (drum roll please) …the new Vintage Wedding DJ website!!!

The main part of the site will show the core services that we offer, and the Further tab will showcase some of the additional options that we can book on your behalf if you would like something extra for your big day.

We’ll be using the Blog section for all round news and information about everything Vintage Wedding DJ. We’ll also be posting music and mixes from our DJ’s as well as giving us a place for anyone who would like to share photos from their beautiful wedding (fully optional of course!).

So dive on in, have a look around and find out about the magic that Vintage Wedding DJ can bring for you!