More than just a DJ

Wedding DJ Kent, with Irish Dancing!

June 20, 2015

The day before the longest day was a very joyous one as Tom and Rachael celebrated their marriage with friends and family with an intimate get together on Kent's 'Riviera' north coast!  Tom and Rachael had explicitly selected me as they didn't want the stereotypical 'wedding DJ'. Together we put programmed the day's entertainment to include:

 

  • myself as MC for all announcements

  • mood lighting for the whole of the function room

  • welcoming music for a short drinks reception

  • grand entrance for the bridal couple to the wedding breakfast

  • background music to the wedding breakfast

  • staging of cake cutting and first dance

  • other special dances - family and Irish dancing

  • reception party

The function room was a great layout but a little drab with all grey walls and a low white ceiling.  A complete room installation of #moodlighting totally changed the feel.  The room now had a warm ambience and looked great as the colours matched throughout, including the cake.

For their celebratory music the majority was delegated to me whilst Tom and Rachael supplied their important and meaningful tracks that carried an emotional significance for them, their family and some of their guests.  For the full playlist go to the bottom below the images.  It was a great day and it's always rewarding when members of the family, and more importantly the bride and groom, come up at the end of the evening to shake your hand and thank you for a job well done.

 

The evening's entertainment was spiced up with some Irish dancing in which the bridal couple got fully involved, and then Tom rounded off with a surprise solo display - much enjoyed by all.

Thereafter it was a great evening's dancing and I was pleased to play the guests' requests in addition to my selected tracks - see the full playlist below.

The full playlist for the day was as follows:

 

Drinks Reception

 

Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

Matt Monro - Real Live Girl

Quincy Jones & Vanya Borges - Ai No Corrida

Pink Martini - No Hay Problema

Dean Martin - Sway

Peter Grant - The More I See You

Michael Bublé - Everything

Natalie Cole - This Will Be

Aretha Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al

Fleetwood Mac - You Make Loving Fun

Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling

Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata

The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Third Finger, Left Hand

 

Entrance of Bride and Groom to the Wedding Breakfast

 

Bruno Mars - Marry You

 

Background Music for the Wedding Breakfast

 

Jack Johnson - Good People

Donald Byrd - Blackbyrd

Nina Simone  - The Look of Love (Madison Park vs. Lenny B Remix)

Beatrice Simpson - Moods

Coldplay - Clocks

Alle Farben Featuring Graham Candy - She Moves

Temples - Keep In the Dark

Elbow - One Day Like This

David Gray - Babylon

Chaka Khan, Nickolas Ashford, Quincy Jones & Valerie Simpson - Stuff Like That

Peggy Lee - The Boy From Ipanema

Julie London - Fly Me To The Moon

Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea

Nat 'King' Cole - Let's Face The Music And Dance

Ronnie Love - Chills and Fever

Percy Milem - I Slipped A Little

Etta James - Blowing In The Wind

Natalie Cole - Orange Colored Sky

Louis Prima - Just A Gigolo - I Ain't Got Nobody

Gina Sicilia - Pushover

James Hunter - Watch and Chain

Michelle Wilson - Ay La Bas

Dave Specter - Party Girl

Earl Thomas - The Way She Shakes That Thang

Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are

 

Room Turnaround and Kids Dancing

 

Ed Sheeran - Sing

Jessie J - Price Tag

OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP - We No Speak Americano

Idina Menzel - Let It Go

Psy - Gangnam Style

Katy Perry - Roar

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Lady Gaga - Poker Face

 

Adult Dancing

 

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Jocelyn Brown & Incognito - Always There

James Brown - Living In America

 

Cake Cutting

 

Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

 

First Dance

 

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

 

Bride and Father of the Bride Dance

 

Special Irish track supplied by B&G, details unknown

 

Brides’ Parents Dance

 

Bruce Springsteen - If I Should Fall Behind

 

Reception Party

 

The Supremes - Baby Love

Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman

Deee Lite - Groove Is In The Heart

Tom Jones & Mousse T - Sex Bomb

 

Irish Dancing and Tom’s Irish Solo

 

Music supplied via client's Iphone

 

Back to Dancing

 

Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive

Four Tops - It's The Same Old Song

Sam & Dave - Soul Man

Aretha Franklin - Respect

Jackie Wilson - Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl

The Beatles - Twist and Shout

The B52's - Love Shack

Wham! - Freedom

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Wilson Phillips - Hold On

Steps - Tragedy

Various Artists - Dirty Dancing Hit Mix

Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers - Shake A Tail Feather

Lulu - Shout

Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk

OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful

Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger

Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)

Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Mark Ronson Feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie

Madness - One Step Beyond

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Could You Be Loved

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass

Fuse ODG - Azonto

Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afropack and Nayer - Give Me Everything

Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield - Special request for the bride and bridesmaids

Marvin Gaye And Tammi Terrell - Aint No Mountain High Enough

Rolling Stones - Brown sugar

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John - Grease Megamix

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

The Killers - Mr. Brightside

K-Ci & Jo Jo - All My life

The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

 

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