The sign written DJ is such a popular add on. The total cost for the sign writing on the DJ booth is £30. This particular picture was taken at the Deanwater Hotel in Wilmslow in the Balmoral suit, a wonderful winter wedding and such a fantastic day with fantastic people. A big congratulations to Mr and Mrs Lawman. It might be worth mentioning if you are considering hosting your event at the Deanwater Hotel that the Balmoral suit is a fairly large space and acoustically this room seems to absorb the volume like a sponge, To get around this issue I used extra speakers. If you have booked another DJ, this might be well worth mentioning.
There's only so many weekends in a year, Saturdays remain the most popular night for weddings and the obvious peak demand is spring to autumn. Looking back through my diary, August is certainly the most popular month year on year, if only I could sell every Saturday in August over and over again! I never take advantage of this data, my prices remain consistent throughout the year, however this data may prove very useful to you if you are planning on getting married during this peak time. Book well in advance all your wedding suppliers and if you have a preferred wedding venue, it pays to get your date booked well in advance to avoid disappointment of your preferred date has already been taken. (Sundays are also very popular on bank holiday weekends) Out of the wedding season, I tend to fill my diary with birthday parties and corporate events. Incidentally, December has slight increase in weddings, but there’s also a high demand for Christmas parties too. Perhaps one of the biggest worries for winter weddings is the unpredictability of the weather. The best wedding suppliers and most desirable venues tend to be in big demand, so my simple advise is book well in advance if you can.
This brings me onto wisely choosing a wedding venue, having spent many years of being a wedding and party DJ in the North West, and working at most of the regions 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
Dave Jones (DJ)
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