Fairfield Golf and Sailing Club is a great venue for any celebration, friendly and professional staff, well kept venue and it has great acoustics. In the picture above I am using 4 podiums at the request of the client, it’s a good job I have a big van! From my point of view, the only downside is that the function room is on the first floor, but it does has a lift.
Are you looking to book a wedding venue in Manchester for your event? Well, I have some advice for your consideration.
having spent many years of being a wedding and party DJ in Manchester, and working at most of Manchester’s different venues, I have developed a fantastic sense of what can only be described as ‘venue feng shui’ From a clients prospective some venues have a striking visual aesthetics which certainly contributes towards the overall feel and the decision to actually booking the venue. However, there are other aspects of a venue that can only be gained by the wisdom, insight and experience from playing at so many venues. Acoustics, room layout and sound limiters are three important considerations that probably wouldn’t even cross the clients mind when viewing venues, but these important considerations can help make or even quash the evening celebrations and party atmosphere.
The ideal room layout would contain all the guest in one main space as opposed to a few separate rooms. It’s very difficult for DJ’s to create a party atmosphere when guest are distributed between two or more rooms. In order for a DJ to know they are playing right kind of music and build a rapport with the audience, it’s essential the DJ can see most of the audience. (Awkward shaped rooms can sometimes be a challenge, but this can be overcome by adding extra wireless speakers)
The acoustics are extremely important, sound bouncing and echoing around a room most certainly is not pleasant experience for your guest. As the Tesco catch phrase states, every little helps, and good acoustics means an enjoyable musical experience for everyone. Bad acoustics can also make it difficult to gain guests full attention when making important announcements, for example, the announcement of the first dance at a wedding or guests not being able to hear clearly when the speeches are in progress. It can be difficult to decipher what room has good acoustics without actually testing it with a PA system, but as a rule of thumb, if it’s a large hall, stone walls, or very high ceiling and not much soft furnishing, the chances are the room may suffer from bad acoustics. However, some of these issues can be improved slightly by distributing extra speakers around the venue.
These pesky nuisances are often installed where venues have residential neighbours. Some venues have them set extremely low and as people absorb sound, the more guest you have, the quieter the music will sound. Most venues will not be forth coming in volunteering the fact that they have a sound limiter installed. It’s always a good idea to ask the venues co-ordinator if they have one before making your decision to book. For those who are not sure what a sound limiter does……if the volume goes beyond the set limit, the mains power is cut to the DJ or band!
I hope the above is helpful, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
DJ Dave Jones
The The White Hart Inn at Lydgate Weddings
The The White Hart Inn at Lydgate is one of my favourite wedding venues, However, with all the dense wooden beams it certainly needs a decent sound system. It's surprising how the sound gets absorbed in this particular venue by the thick wooden beams. In this particular picture there are six speakers around the DJ booth, but if it's a full house I resort to distributing the speakers around the room to give a more balanced audio. I achieve this using a wireless system, so no long cables to worry about. The LOVE letters are my 5ft tall versions with a dimmer attached so I can turn the brightness down once the party is in full swing, If you are looking for a wedding DJ in Saddleworth, or indeed a wedding DJ for any venue in the North West of England, I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions in relation to my services.
I have recently worked at the Berni inn for a wedding DJ, and there are a few things that make this venue a fantastic choice for your event. Firstly, Bernie the owner and manager is very hands on and really cares about every small detail, it’s rare that a venue owner takes such a hands on approach and effort. Secondly, the acoustics in the room are great, perhaps how the music will sound in a venue is not always at the forefront of someone’s mind when booking a venue, but great acoustics really does make a difference, it simply means people will enjoy clarity of the music and this in turn adds to the overall experience, especially if you love music. Finally, the place is kept very clean and tidy, lots of parking, easy access, the food in amazing and the staff, just like Bernie, are extremely professional, flexible and very friendly.
I'm very happy playing music from all the different decades, from the golden oldies to the latest charts, but sometimes I get asked by clients if I can mix music! So to demonstrate my mixing skills I have included a few mix examples below, from RnB and club classics to the 1980's, simply click on the play button on any or all of the mix examples below if you have the time, enjoy!
As the summer of 2017 starts to fade and the days regrettably get shorter, I look back on the many new and wonderful people I have met this year, and previous years, with a great fondness. It's about this time of year that I start to encourage bookings and promote my services for next year. Please feel free to share this post or indeed contact me directly if you would like to discuss any of my services for your big day or event. Although weddings are my favorite, I can cater for all events, from corporate to private party's, themed 80's to the latest chart busting hits and cover all decades and genres of music.
It's an unusual venue, but if you love trains, or would like a venue with a difference, you can now get married at Bolton Street Train station in Bury.
The Manchester Monastery is one of those venues that needs some serious sound output, so I usually add extra speakers when playing here.
Apart from meeting so many amazing people over the years, the wedding season also gets me in to some amazing wedding venues. Peckforton Castle is one of my favs and it's such a fantastic wedding venue, beautiful inside and out!
Dave Jones (DJ)
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