Although overlooked the DJ at your wedding plays just as important role as any other professional on your big day. It’s important to look into a few things before you go ahead and hire. In this blog we have rounded up the top 5 questions that you should be asking every wedding DJ.
1. Can we meet to discuss my wedding? You should find that a good DJ will have no problem with this request. You’ll probably discover when you do meet for a chat that you actually have lot more questions than you thought you had at first. Remember that people can be very different when you meet them face to face so meeting them will help you decide on whether you actually like the DJ or not. After all, they play a massive part on what is one of the biggest days of your life!
2. Are you PAT tested and do you have PLI? This is not the most exciting thing to talk about but it is however vitally important.PAT testing or Portable Appliance Testing is the testing of all electrical equipment to prove it is safe. The DJ should have a certificate to prove that it has taken place. Something that’s equally important is PLI or Public Liability Insurance. The venue should have their own but so should your wedding DJ. If he or she doesn’t then your venue is within their rights to turn he or she away.
3. When will you arrive to set up? Some DJs carry a lot of kit so it’s best to work out a time that gives the DJ enough time to set up. A good DJ will also factor in unforeseen events like traffic delays and plan to arrive early.
4. What music do you have? A good DJ will keep the dance floor busy for the duration of the night by reading the crowd and mixing different styles of music together to please all ages. It’s important to discuss with the DJ what music you want to hear so all of your guests are catered for. Give him or her some guidelines or choose 10 or 15 tracks so the DJ can get a good idea of what audience he or she is dealing with.
5. What song should our first dance be? The first dance is usually a song that means something special for both of you. Here the DJ should help guide you in your choice and not tell you what to pick. The DJ should be able to offer some suggestions and find out what kind of mood you are trying to set. Do you want a song that’s classy or do you want something that’s all out fun?
Thanks to www.northernweddingdj.co.ukfor providing this guest post.
Here is some SUPERB advice here from Ella Rose Cakes, on what to ask Wedding Cake Designers. Grab a cup of tea and get yourself in the mood for plenty of cake chat...
You’re engaged, yay!
You’ve got the big things booked, double yay!
And now you’ve got some epic wedding cake goalsyou want to achieve and want to find a wedding cake designer to make your cake dreams come true?
The chances are you’ve not ordered a wedding cake before, and maybe never used a cake designer, so it’s perfectly normal to not really know what to ask when you find one. Whether you meet your wedding cake maker in person or you just discuss your wedding cake design via email, it is important to ask the right questions! So here is my quick guide on the questions you should be asking your cake maker…
What to Ask at a Wedding Fair
Can you make the cake of my dreams – in design and flavour?
You will notice from a wedding cake stand at a fair, the signature style, range of designs and decoration abilities. They will be showcasing their best cakes. If your dream cake is a little off piste then it is definitely worth asking if they could accommodate your particular wedding cake design. Hopefully there will be taster portions too, so it’s a great time to discuss potential flavours and ask if they have a full menuyou can tantalise your taste buds with. If you are known for having expensive taste (literally), you should also ask if any of the flavours come with an additional cost, so you aren’t shocked when you are sent a quote!
Can you create a cake that fits with dietary requirements?
This is a really important questions if you or your guests have any allergies to certain ingredients such as gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts. Most wedding cake makers will be able to accommodate a range of dietary requirements but you’ll need to note that there still might be traces of allergens unless they are a pure allergen free baker.
What to Ask When You Request a Quote
Are you available on our wedding date, and able to travel to the venue?
Suppliers can get booked up well in advance, so ensure, as early as possible, that your dream cake maker has availability on your wedding date before you get too far down the booking process. To avoid disappointment book at least 6 months in advance. It’s also worth mentioning where your wedding venue is in order to check their ability to travel and deliver your wedding cake - they may be delivering multiple cakes on the day of your wedding so the location will really impact their availability.
Who will set up my cake on the day, and is there an additional charge?
Most wedding cake makers will personally deliver wedding cakes to ensure their safe arrival and set up is complete in accordance with your design, however it’s still worth asking. Check how long will they be at the venue for on the day and what time they will need access from?
What to Ask When You Are About To Book
How much deposit do you take and when are the payments due?
It’s a great idea to get really clear on any payment plans on offer and the dates for each of the payment you will need to make. Understand before you sign the contract, what is payable and when. It’s also worth asking what is refundable (if anything) in case your plans change.
My decoration includes fresh flowers, will you work with the florist directly?
Presumably by this point you have agreed on your wedding cake design and decoration. As is a popular trend, the use of fresh flowers will mean they might be working with your florist or sourcing them directly. Either way fresh flowers should be properly prepared to be placed on your wedding cake to avoid contamination. You want to be reassured your wedding cake designer will liaise with your florist directly about the preparation and set up on the day.
What to Ask the Week of Your Wedding
Have the cake topper and additional decorations arrived?
If you have sourced your own cake topper or any non-edible decorations and posted them to your wedding cake designer in advance of your big day, check they are arrived safely. Alternatively you should confirm where (or with whom) you’ll be leaving these items at the venue the morning of your wedding so they can be located and added to your wedding cake without issue.
Do you provide a cake stand and cake knife for the official cutting?
You will likely have discussed these elements before and many cake makers don’t rent stands or knives, but they can often be hired from your wedding venue. If your cake maker is providing them then ask about any additional deposit and the process for returning items. If your venue is providing them, then you should check the size of the stand is sufficient for your wedding cake.
You may have more questions for your wedding cake designer than the ones I’ve listed above which is great! Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking, your wedding cake maker is the expert and should be happy to help.
I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Corrina Lowe, from Chambers Farm Flowers.
I'll be honest, I had to try my hardest to be all grown up and sensible, because Corrina is one of those people that I really admire. She knows her stuff!!! and boy, is she passionate about it.
Corrina has shared some fantastic tips with us, to help you find your perfect flowers for your wedding day:
Most flowers sold in the UK are grown and imported from all over the globe, in fact less than 10% of them are grown here in Britain. Increasingly Brides are asking where their flowers have come from and requesting British flowers in their bouquets.
A rise in environmental awareness has played its part in this change but also British flowers have received some really good press in recent years. A team of British flower growers ‘Flowers From The Farm’won Gold medal with their first Chelsea garden in 2018 and the Royal wedding of Harry and Meghan certainly helped to showcase what British flowers can do, with most of their blooms having been grown in the Royal parks.
If you are considering British flowers for your wedding or want to know more here’s my handy guide to choosing British:
Here at Chambers Farm Flowerswe work throughout Kent and the South East for weddings and events. Where ever you are in the UK you can find your local flower farmer by visiting www.flowersfromthefarm.co.ukand using the map feature to search near you.
Chambers Farm Flowers specialise in seasonal, and sustainable floristry, and using flowers grown on their own farm, create wedding flowers full of character, fragrance, and joy.
Looking back on a successful, happy wedding day is always a joy for any happy couple! But you'll know that organising the biggest party of your life takes planning and entertainment will be on your tick list! The options for entertainment at weddings is wide ranging, but for some guaranteed fun during drinks, between courses or before the speeches, give your guests a real treat with a Wedding Magician! It's the perfect low key, fun fuelled entertainment that has everyone beaming with surprise and open mouthed with amazement!
A Wedding Magician has a simple remit - to put a little extra added value into your wedding party! If you've not had the pleasure of seeing close-up magician live in action, they mix and mingle to engage with your guests or visit individual tables where your guests are seated. They are highly adept at performing sleight of hand tricks, close up magic which defies explanation, mind reading and more - it's usually impossible to explain away the tricks that are performed right in front of your guests. It creates a real sense of wonder and is ideal for an ice breaker. They don't rush, but work the room or tables in such a way that everyone has chance to witness their skills during their time at your party.
Experienced magicians are used to working in complex spaces and with their incredible memory skills will know who has yet to experience some close up magic. A Wedding Magician often has exceptional personal skills too, so anyone who might not been keen on being in the lime-light will be able to enjoy the show from the sidelines.
Magicians offer the perfect entertainment choice - they are undemanding, polite, engaging and utterly magical - so add a touch of brilliance to your special day with a touch of Magic!
Finding the right Magician has been made easy with this unique and comprehensive guide from Entertainers Worldwide. Bursting with essential tips and answers to all your questions, it help you book with confidence, so that you and your guests can relax and enjoy a truly fantastic and memorable event!
So, you just got engaged? My huge congratulations to you and your fiancé!
After the initial excitement of telling everyone, and having romantic, snuggly cuddles, talking about your dream wedding day, reality then kicks in.
Your budget (obviously) plays a big part in the decisions you'll make, but sometimes there is an influence, or expectations from others, for what your day should look like.
Let's just STOP RIGHT THERE. In an ideal world, we'd like everyone to be happy, but ultimately what really matters, is that you both have the day YOU want. Perhaps there are compromises to be made, but please promise me you'll stick with what makes your hearts sing.
Make a list of your 'if money were no object' choices, and then work from there.
If you'd love a destination wedding, but feel really you should have your wedding at home so your nearest and dearest can be there, start thinking how to tick both boxes. Perhaps you could talk with those you care about, and ask how they'd feel if you married abroad but had a huge celebration when you got home instead - or what about a theme for your wedding? including as many elements of a destination wedding as possible through your choice of venue, styling, your wedding breakfast menu and cocktail list.
There are so many resources available, to give you ideas and inspiration. There are chat rooms and facebook groups where you can ask for suggestions and advice (or watch quietly from the sidelines and pick up tips). Online supplier directories can also be a fantastic resource, and you'll find that each online directory has it's own style or vibe, so you'll know if you're talking to the right people.
There are SUPERB National wedding magazines, such as Rock'n'Roll Bride, Confetti, and Wedding Venues & Fashion- each offering their own style, as well as quality magazines for your area - which have the benefit of featuring local suppliers and venues.
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to meet your suppliers, and this is where wedding fairs are such a great resource for finding ideas and people help make your day magical. Your suppliers have a key role in your wedding, so knowing they 'get' you, can be really reassuring.
We're hosting our next wedding fair at Westgate Hall, on 23rd March. Fancy a free VIP Bridal Bag and glass of Prosecco? (er, yes!!!) then make sure you preregister before you come.
Enjoy the planning! xx
Christmas and New Years are a busy time for Engagements. I'd bet my morning coffee (that's a BIG deal!) that there are some very excited people heading back to work, ready to tell everyone some special news.
This got me wondering... has anyone got an unusual proposal story to share? Tell us your story (with pictures) and we'll feature it :)
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
This wonderful inspiration comes from @braidedandblonde on Instagram
Creative Brides was the first directory I listed with when I started Chic’n’Cheerful, and they hosted the first wedding fair I exhibited at. Ever since, I’ve been a big fan! When I had an idea for a photoshoot, I knew I wanted to work with as many Creative Brides suppliers as I could.
I was careful not to be prescriptive when I invited the other professionals to join in on this shoot, but trusted their instinct and direction. I imagined myself back in the shoes of a bride, and felt pretty sure I’d be determined to do my own thing, so that’s exactly what we all did, and it worked perfectly.
The basis of the shoot was to have some fun with our mobile bar “Pixie” – a vintage caravan we fully restored and converted ourselves. She really is unique, and we get such amazing compliments whenever we go anywhere, so I wanted to set something up to show her off, in all her quirky, unique glory.
Bars like this seem to be quite popular in Australia, and are slowly making their way over here, but don’t seem to be used to their potential, in terms of really being part of the look and feel of a wedding, so I hoped to create a setting that might help people imagine something a little different.
As well as Pixie, we also cater for weddings, hire out some funky vintage items (just look at the incredible blankets and deck chair in the shoot), and make bespoke handmade paper flower walls. We’re all about colour, and having fun! Our ethos is very much to use homemade, recycled, up-cycled, local and artisan produce wherever we can.
The exceptionally lovely Amanda, from Distinctly Floral, knows how important this is to me, so she created some truly stunning arrangements, using home grown flowers and foliage from her own cutting garden in Kent. The scent from the peonies was sublime! I really do encourage people to think a little further with their flower arrangements than the ceremony room and tables – for example, the addition of flowers to Pixie really do take it to the next level.
Without a hesitation, I invited Emma of Epic Love Story as our photographer, as her style is relaxed, natural, fun and most definitely colourful. I knew Emma would have some unusual and interesting ideas, and she certainly didn’t disappoint – the images are incredible, full of movement and life.
Our stunning ‘Bride’ is Toni-Marie Langham. When I first met Toni, who works with our friends at Joe’s Bows, she spent pretty much a whole weekend with a bird of prey on her arm, chatting to couples at a huge wedding fair, so I knew she’d love to run around in a field with us. We dressed Toni in a beautifully simple dress from ASOS, who have their own bridal range, because I wanted the dress to be relaxed so our ‘bride’ felt carefree… we took that one step further with glitter pumps!
Terri, from Kent Bridal Hair, created a beautiful lose festival braid, and added some of the gorgeous flowers from the bouquet, which just looked incredible. It gave a feeling that was less formal than a flower crown, but also meant that our bride was relaxed and carefree. Makeup by Kings Hill Nails Beauty Lounge completed the look perfectly.
The final detail, was from Emily Ashborn, of Make.E, a talented designer and maker who likes to work in crochet. I specifically asked her to create something with fibre, because it gives such a great and edgy look, and she delivered! We had a crazy chevron and Pom Pom creation that looked incredible against the simplicity of the dress, and then a beautiful but subtle rose-pink necklace in contrast.
The people that made it all happen:
Styling, props and vintage mobile bar: Chic’n’Cheerful http://www.chicncheerful.co.uk or http://www.pixiethevintagecaravan.co.uk
Flowers: Distinctly Floral http://www.distinctlyfloral.co.uk
Photography: Epic Love Story http://www.epiclovestory.co.uk/
Necklaces: Make.E http://www.facebook.com/make.e
Dress: ASOS http://www.asos.com
Shoes: models own
Hair: Kent Bridal Hair http://www.kentbridalhair.com
Makeup: Kings Hill Nails Beauty Lounge http://www.kingshillnails.com
Model: Toni-Marie Langham http://www.Facebook.com/Toni-marie-langham
Tell us about Denys & Fielding: Denys & Fielding is an independent company creating home & garden wares designed for indoor/outdoor living. With a love of the garden, a passion for sustainable, ethical product development and serious crush on colourful design, we blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living with a range of considered, stylish British made homewares. All of which are equally at home on the sofa, city balcony or in the summerhouse.
Why did you start Denys & Fielding? The ideas and work behind Denys & Fielding began in 2014, but we officially started trading in 2016.
What’s unique services do you offer couples? We offer a deckchair hire service for wedding receptions and parties. Our chairs are unique – couples are able to choose the design of the fabric slings from our own collection or have a colourful mix!
Do you have a favourite wedding that’s used your services? We were part of a festival themed wedding last year, which was wonderful. It had a real sense of joy about it – live music, immaculate, beautiful vintage vans serving guests ice cream and drinks. Really lovely.
What exciting things do Denys & Fielding have planned for 2018? We’re stretching our wings! We’ve been lucky enough to become preferred suppliers to a number of venues in Kent and this is expanding across Sussex too.
What areas do you cover? Kent, Sussex, London and Essex.
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These beautiful handmade flowers are a lovely detail to signs or boards dotted around your wedding. They are made from 100% wool felt, come in several colours and each item is individually made with care in the Netherlands. Lily Razz ship to the UK and you can find their range via their website and Etsy.
LilyRazz also sell the flowers as a set with a letter board. Foliage/flower garlands are also available.