Without a shadow of a doubt one of the events I’ll remember most from 2013 is one from back in May at the Broadlands Academy down in Bristol for their year 11 prom.

The event itself was carefully organised by Stephanie from http://www.sweetandpretty.co.uk/ with a James Bond theme.

We were given a standard sports hall and charged with the task of transforming it to a vibrant party area. I’ll let the photos below do the talking,

What we started with...

What we started with…

One starcloth, blue uplighting, blue LED glow furniture and gobo projection later....

One starcloth, blue uplighting, blue LED glow furniture and gobo projection later….

Now just add some students....

Now just add some students….

LED cubes set to a range of available colours

LED cubes set to a range of available colours

You could add that glitz and glamour look to the entrance with our rope and post systems

You could add that glitz and glamour look to the entrance with our rope and post systems

If you’re having a event where guests are having a sit down meal then this is a perfect way to help create that James Bond look. I know our good friends over at Event Style¬†do fantastic work. I’m thinking a combination of black and white linen with chair covers and thin and tall centrepieces with white and black feathers! (I’m sure Becky has some better suggestions).

Hope this has helped, natural feel free to fire over your comments, suggestions and feedback ūüôā

Neil

http://www.ddwes.co.uk


Becoming more a common theme recently is “Fire & Ice” when ideas can be hard to come by but for us with our LED products this is actually one of the easiest to do. Sadly at present we haven’t got any photos from a full on “Fire & Ice” theme as setup has been early in the day, forgotten the camera etc…. So I’m really keen to get some taken soon as it’s an awesome idea.

Today I’m going to suggest just a few ways of helping your theme come to life, for surprisingly very little outlay.

First off the easiest thing for us to do is use uplighting (or moodlighting) to create reds and blues or a combination of both. If your event space is fairly large then maybe a nice cool blue for a “chill out” area while leaving a devilish red around the dancefloor to encourage dancers up to “shake what their mamma gave them”.

Red uplighting looks fantastic on stone walls

Red uplighting looks fantastic on stone walls

While our "cool blue" uplighting really gives off that "chilly" feel..

While our “cool blue” uplighting really gives off that “chilly” feel..

What both colours side by side look like....

What both colours side by side look like….

 

Table centrepieces can also be a tricky one to achieve so why not match them up with some LED ice buckets¬†which can be all set to red or blue…or maybe even a use for both…wine in red buckets and beers in another?

Maybe match up the ice buckets with an LED centrepiece (Floral Passion provided this one)

Maybe match up the ice buckets with an LED centrepiece (Floral Passion provided this one)

If you really wanted to go all out on “fire & ice” then maybe even some LED furniture would be suitable which again can be set to a wide range of colours so you could have red uplighting to represent fire and then set down cubes and tables set to a blue to give off a nice contrast. Our range of LED furniture can operate for up to ten hours on a full charge however can be easily changed to suit (in case you wanted to start the event off with a nice cool blue and then fire it up to red later in the evening).

LED cubes set to a range of available colours

LED cubes set to a range of available colours


With so many companies and brands these days active on social media and with pinterest you may of come across some rather interesting products which you may not be aware of what they are called or how to source them.

Having had our starcloth range for a number of years now I’m only fully aware of the range of descriptions I’ve heard for these such as “twinky light cloth”, “starcurtain”, “fairy cloth” and “LED backdrop”. With this in mind I’m aiming to let you know what each ¬†product is called , what it can do and how to decide which one is right for you.

Starcloths are commonly booked for either providing a backdrop to a top table/evening entertainment or as part of a room “blackout” where we might be sectioning off areas. Now for the various types of starcloths

Firstly we provide two main types of black backdrops with LED lights in. We have a budget cloth which houses white LEDs in them and is made from a flame resistant cloth which has a shiny look to it (also it’s impossible to iron or steam so creases are visible). They can be left on static (no fading or “twinkling”) or set to several present “chase patterns” which vary in degree in fading, speed and effect.

Backdrop perfect for the first dance.

Backdrop perfect for the first dance.

Static Light Backdrop

Static Light Backdrop

We also provide a higher standard of black starcloth which houses light blue LEDs and because of the higher grade looks much neater in bright light situations. These are commonly referred to as theatrical grade starcloths. I personally think these are much better cloths than our budget ones and can be set to match what other cloths are doing when sent to a “chase pattern”.

Starcloth DDWES

Starcloth DDWES

Premium Starcloth For A School Performance

Premium Starcloth For A School Performance

If the black cloth doesn’t really fit in with your event, particularly with a wedding then we have some other cloths which are more in keeping with that.

Our “plain white LED starcloth” is rather limited in terms of what you can do with the LEDs however if you’re looking for a static effect then these are perfect for that function.

Twinky White Starcurtain

White LED Starcloth

Ivory starcloths are currently the most popular choice for our current clients and these are slightly different in the fact they are fibre optic lights rather than LED. The high grade of cloth with swags makes this perfect for placing behind the top table at a wedding or again behind your chosen evening entertainment.

Ivory Starcurtain twinkling behind a black LED dancefloor and disco.

Ivory Starcurtain twinkling behind a black LED dancefloor and disco.

With Ivory you can easily match the backdrop with a top table skirt or even the cake table.

With Ivory you can easily match the backdrop with a top table skirt or even the cake table.

Hopefully now you’ll know a bit more about some of the starclothing options out there (which we just happen to provide). We’re constantly adding photos of recent events to our facebook page and also to our website.

Please do let me know your thoughts on this piece be it good or bad ūüôā

Neil

Cheltenham Wedding DJ & Deckstar Deluxe Wedding & Event Services


The First Dance

24Jul13

In a day of formalities the first dance is quite often the last (and most feared) of your big day. I know from experience that some couples dread the thought of having the watchful eyes of their friends and family focused on them for the longest four minutes of their life. 

Well folks, it doesn’t need to be this way. With some proactive thought and discussion this can be overcome quite easily and this is coming from a guy with two left feet.¬†

First and foremost if you are worried about the first dance then I’d strongly suggest discussing your concerns with your DJ. As an experience wedding DJ myself I have catered for shy couples as well as ones that enjoy the limelight. Having this experience means I can offer advice based on similar couples and hopefully provide a solution that ensures piece of mind.

The song choice should ideally be a song that means something to you. Don’t worry about choosing something that nobody else might of heard before, it’s important that it means something to the two of you. If you have several options then I’d suggest practising your first dance to ensure the song tempo suits the time of dancing you wish to do on your wedding day.¬†

Once we have a song choice then we can discuss the length of your dance. If your photographer is booked up to the first dance then I’d suggest at least 90 seconds of dancing to ensure they can get the perfect shot which will the last picture in your wedding album. I also discuss with your photographer the time scale, lighting and even the positioning of your guests. If no photographer is booked then the first dance can be as long as you like. The easiest way to chop the first dance length down is to invite other couples onto the dancefloor so you can continue to enjoy your first dance without being the focus of attention.

I also find a good solid introduction can help wonders as well. I like to announce the first dance is taking place shortly around three to five minutes prior to allow everyone to come into the room and take their position. If you’re having a summer wedding then I’d grab the usher or bridesmaid to go round everyone up. Once we are ready then announcing the first dance in a way that gets everyone chapping and cheering can also be a huge confidence boost as well.

These are just a few nuggets of information that I can provide as each first dance is always different to the last. If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch either on here or directly at http://www.cheltenhamweddingdj.co.uk

Neil


Hi folks,

Hope you’re all keeping well. Noticed I hadn’t blogged for a few weeks so thought I’d share with you some snaps from a gig I did back last year for Rosie’s 21st birthday.

Rosie came to us with a theme of “Disney” and had mentioned they had a barn building which they would like to be used for the disco, trouble was it didn’t really have that party atmosphere feel to it so asked what we could do.

After going through the various options we came up with a solution, a black LED starcloth backdrop with uplighting plus a fantastic lightshow perfect for the size of the barn. We installed red uplighting downstairs where all the dancing would take place and then blue upstairs in the gallery to provide a “chill out area”. I wish I had my LED furniture at this point because that would of really topped it off.

We also provided our wireless PA system for providing music outside as people were arriving which then was moved into the marquee to provide background music while everyone sat down for their meal.

Here are a few snaps anyways of what we started with and what we created for Rosie who from the following feedback I guess was happy ūüôā

Before (Sadly forgot to take one before we setup but you can't see the washing machine behind us)

Before (Sadly forgot to take one before we setup but you can’t see the washing machine behind us)

Crowd shot

Crowd shot

Closeup of Setup

Chill out area

Chill out area

Closeup of the tables

Closeup of the tables

Marquee next door

Marquee next door

Before we let everyone in.

Before we let everyone 

http://www.deckstardeluxe.co.uk

http://www.ddwes.co.uk

dj@deckstardeluxe.co.uk


Prom time!

03Jun13

Proms are something that I remember seeing in tons of movies during the late 90s boom of “teen flicks” where american high school students would put their glad rags on, head over to the school and dance the night away to a themed event.

Now in 2013 proms have certainly made their way into the expectations of most 16/18 year old education student and on the 24th of May we got to work on a fantastic event for the Broadlands Academy for their year 11 prom.

When we arrived we were greeted by Steph from http://www.sweetandpretty.co.uk/ who had already made a start on transforming the plain and simple sports hall into a James Bond themed staging area.

Before

Before

Now it was time for us to work our magic. The students of the school would know this hall as where they had to endure all those P.E lessons through the years, well we needed to totally transform the room so this is how we went about it.

Firstly we installed ten uplighters around the room set to blue to help give some ambient lighting. Then we sent about installing the DJ stage area with disco, haze, starcloth backdrop and also three moving heads (one to project the 007 logo on the back wall). This would be projected alongside the film “skyfall” being played next to it just above the LED bar area.

The one service we were excited about for this event however was the LED cubes we have recently invested in. Throughout the event I had noticed it became very much a conversational piece as much as a chill out area.

The three hours of performing simply flew by and before we knew it the end was upon us. Very exciting event to have been part of and certainly something we hope to be involved in again. I’ll leave you with some sneaky snaps of the services in action.

After

After

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Our services can be booked through http://www.ddwes.co.uk

Sweet buffet and event management was provided by Steph at http://www.sweetandpretty.co.uk/


Hi folks!

Hope you’re all keeping well. Don’t forget to keep those comments and suggestions coming through so I know what information and subjects you want to read about here.

This week we have taken delivery of our latest product……….(drum roll)………..Wireless LED sit down cubes!…..ok well I’ve been like a kid in a candy shop all week ok! ūüėČ

These cubes are 40 x 40 x 40 cm square and when on full charge they can last for up to 12 hours and can be controlled by either the control panel¬†underneath¬†or a IR remote. This allows them to set to various static colours or various fades or chases. We are using these on a prom next week and believe they will be popular with various events with “chill out areas”. They give off a surprising amount of lighting so could even be used to light up dark areas of your function room/venue.

We are also placing an order shortly for the LED ice buckets and the matching LED coffee table as seeing the build and quality of these products we are sure our clients will love them!

So if you’re looking for LED furniture hire in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire or Herefordshire then please do get in touch!

Wireless LED Cubes for hire in Gloucestershire

Wireless LED Cubes for hire in Gloucestershire

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Hi guys,

Sorry its been awhile since my last post, a combination of wedding season (yes its starts earlier and earlier each year) a cheeky few days away at the parents and snowboarding has resulted in me missing my Wednesday blog posting sessions.

Today I wanted to quickly address a question I get asked fairly often by potential brides & grooms which is as you may of guessed already “can we come to see you perform?”.

For myself and I would guess most other DJs pretty much of all their work are private events such as weddings, birthdays etc… which means it would be rather unprofessional to bring a couple of strangers along to what might be a very private and¬†intimate event. I would also say as a DJ it would worry me that this potential couple might come along for 5 minutes early on in the evening when we might be at the stage everyone has just eaten while expecting to see everyone dancing like lunatics.

We then also have the issue of music policies, for example the potential couple might be looking for a heavy influence of soul and motown for their evening music while the couple who I’m working for on that evening might of asked for tons of rock and indie. The worry would naturally be that the potential couple think I don’t personally play any of their preferred genre of music while the reality is I’m very reactive to what is happening in front of me and playing to the guests tastes rather than me pitching up each week and playing the same songs in the same order.

That being said I totally understand why I get asked this question and I’m very keen to help explain why I say it’s not possible, however a quick sit down together and a discussion of the music can pretty much help you decide if feel me (or your potential DJ) has the required knowledge of your preferred genre of music.

I have been very lucky recently in the fact a fantastic videographer was booked all day (and evening) who has very kindly put together a video of me performing in the evening. This is what I’ll be showing to my clients who do ask me this questions in future ūüôā

Videographer is Adam Huckle http://www.adamhuckle.com who of course I highly recommend!

Neil


Chatty Man?

20Feb13

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well, sorry I’ve not posted for a few weeks however its been pretty busy here with the influx of¬†enquiries¬†for 2013/14.

Today I just wanted to throw some thoughts down onto virtual paper regarding the use of the microphone while performing. When talking with clients/couples one common question is about microphone usage and their desire for the DJ to steer clear of the stereotypical type chat and things like introducing a song, giving some information about the record label and how long it was in the charts blah blah blah.

For myself the amount I use the microphone really does depend on what is happening during the evening. If everything is going along “well” then I have little need to “chat” other than to¬†announce¬†things like the buffet being ready, the first dance and of course the grand finale.

That said at some events I have a sense that while the evening is going “ok” but I could do with attracting a few more “chair dancers” onto the floor. One way to do this is to use the microphone to say something along the lines of “hi guys, don’t forget you’re more than welcome to make requests this evening we want to see you all on the dancefloor”. The idea is to get the across the fact guests can request but also to remind them that there is a DJ not a juke box present and to make myself appear approachable.

Having been a moderator on a DJ forum for a while I’ve seen time and time again DJs who say “I let the music do the talking for me” which actually translates into “I’m too shy to use a microphone or have no idea how to use it”. It is important to have confidence when using a microphone as this will translate into the message you are broadcasting to your party guests. I actually think most of the time it doesn’t matter what you say, its how you say it.

Thats all from me today folks, hope you’ve enjoyed todays blog ūüôā

Neil


This may or may not be something that you have come across yet however it more than likely something that you will see appear in wedding marketing/groups/forums sooner rather than later…..

First and foremost a wedding MC will introduce yourself and any wedding guests making speeches at your wedding breakfast (usually father of the bride, best man etc…). From a background of public speaking to wedding parties myself and many counter parts within the industry will feel confident in doing so and can help offer advice to those who haven’t. We can also offer microphones, speaker systems etc.. should it be required at your venue and highly recommended that you do so at marquee weddings.

With a wedding MC as well you’re getting someone with vast experience of weddings so not only can offer help and advice on the timings of your day but will be able to adapt to events on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly. We certainly aren’t wedding planners however in the absence of one we can help ensure people are in the right place at the right time which is a job I know a lot of in house food and¬†beverage managers don’t particularly enjoy.

If you are thinking about employing an MC or maybe you’re worried about how your big day will run then why not just pay for a quality MC but also pay for peace of mind as well.

Naturally any questions then please let me know, I’m here to help ūüôā