Wedding DJ hire services in Essex

How to Choose Your Ideal Wedding DJ

Taking the time to do your research can really pay off when it comes to choosing your wedding DJ.

Music is key to your big day, and can almost dictate how the evening celebration will go.

This means that finding the right wedding DJ to suit the mood you want to create is key.

There are a few things to consider when it comes to booking your wedding DJ.

Read on to find out what to look into and what you should consider to find the ideal DJ for your big day…

Reviews…

The easiest way to check out if a DJ might work for you is to read online reviews. You’ve probably got a pretty good idea of the kind of Wedding DJ that you would go for.

Consequently, the best place to start is their website and reading reviews.

Be smart when it comes to reviews though – some businesses will setup various email addresses to be able to submit reviews for themselves.

This can help make their service appear more genuine if they haven’t received any real reviews or positive reviews.

Short one line reviews are unlikely to be genuine.

Look for detailed reviews from previous bookings and make notes of the key points so that you can compare your options later.

Examples of real testimonials can be found here.

Equipment…

The quality of the sound, the mixing and the music options can all be limited if the DJ has basic equipment.

DJs that are serious about what they do, and serious about providing the ultimate experience will be well kitted out.

Pricing

When it comes to comparing prices, look into why one DJ might be cheaper than the other, to ensure you’re getting the best service.

If you can’t find any info about their equipment on their website, just ask the question.

Presentation…

 

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Look at photos of DJs at work, check out what they are wearing to be sure you’ll be happy with how they fit in with your theme.

Most DJs will appreciate that wedding attire requires a certain standard.

However, some DJs may take a bit more of a relaxed approach to their appearance, so do your research here.

At Fox and Braces we always turn up suited and booted.

Music…

A picture of a really bad Steven Segal songOf course this is key, and it’s vital that you make sure your expectations align with what your DJ will be able to provide in advance.

Find out if your shortlist are on the same page as you.

Having a conversation about the different music you would like to hear on your big day is always a good start.

If you start mentioning different genres, bands and artists and are met with a blank expression, it’s likely that DJ isn’t right for you.

Understanding your needs

It’s important to find someone that understands exactly what you want to achieve and that doesn’t take over with their own ideas.

Choose something bespoke, that works for you and creates the vibe you want to achieve.

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Some wedding DJs will provide lighting for the dance floor, others won’t. Don’t assume that this will be included, ask the question.

In addition, checkout the type of lighting that will be provided.

At Fox and Braces we provide uplighting that is versatile – with different settings and colour options to suit your style.

Ease of service…

When you’ve got so much to plan you need all of the services that you book.

At Fox and Braces, we have invested in an online system to make things as simple as possible for you.

You receive your own unique account and login, so that you can build your music collection for your big day in your own time.

Make planning your wedding as straight forward as possible by choosing a wedding DJ that makes everything easy for you.

When it comes to our wedding DJ service, we invest a lot into what we do, and aim to make the music for your wedding memorable for each and every wedding that we DJ at.

We take a bespoke approach, creating a set that’s been designed just for you.

We invest in our business, from our equipment and appearance to our website and customer experience, to us it is key to provide you with the ultimate wedding DJ service.

The Old Kent Barn Wedding venue

Top Three Wedding Venues in Kent

Our top 3 venues to tie the knot in Kent

While we love every venue we work in, we have gained a lot of experience when it comes to what works well for a wedding venue.

Working in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and the surrounding areas, we have first hand experience of the local wedding venues.

While we’ve been to many amazing wedding venues in Kent. There are a few that really standout to us.

Read on to discover our top three wedding venues in Kent…

The Old Kent Barn

The Old Kent Barn Wedding venue

Awarded the Kent Wedding Venue of the Year in 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It’s clear to see why The Old Kent Barn is so in demand.

Picturesque

Surrounded by the picturesque Kent countryside, the barns are set in the beautiful 2.5 acre gardens.

The beautiful barn is ideal for holding both your wedding ceremony and reception.

In addition there is a paved seating area alongside a canopy, which can be used for an outdoor ceremony for up to 150 guests.

Find out more about The Old Kent Barn here: https://www.theoldkentbarn.co.uk

East Quay Venue

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Choose a venue that is unique and full of character

Proudly standing as one of, Whitstable’s oldest buildings, East Quay Venue is set within can be found perfectly situated at the end of the harbour.

Originally the home of the Seasalter and Ham Oyster Fishery Company.

Tthe venue faces the shore and provides a beautiful setting with a ‘shabby-chic’ style.

The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for the ceremony and drinks reception, and up to 120 guests for the wedding breakfast.

Truly unique

The rustic charm of the venue makes for a truly unique setting.

with fantastic photo opportunities throughout the day, and endless options when it comes to setup and décor.

Find out more about the East Quay Venue in Whitstable here: http://www.eqvenue.com

The Night Yard

The Nightyard Wedding VenueJust a short distance from the historic city of Canterbury, The Night Yard forms part of the Highland Court Farm family estate.

The unique venue provides a variety of opportunities and enables you to hold your ceremony indoors or outdoors.

With space for up to 140 guests for your ceremony and sit down meal, The Night Yard has enough space for an additional 100 guests in the evening.

The unique barn-like building is wonderfully historic, and the vast grounds enable you to capture unique photos in a variety of settings throughout the day.

To discover more about The Night Yard click here: http://www.thenightyard.com

Once you start looking at venues, you’ll quickly find one that’s ideal for you big day, especially when there are so many wonderful venues to choose from.

If you’re interested in booking Fox and Braces for your wedding DJs, simply get in touch.

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The Wedding Square

Our top tips for the perfect wedding day

A diagram showing how tp plan the perfect WeddingWhile the details and everything you choose for your big day all add up to the look and feel.

There are a few key areas that have a big impact on your wedding.

Having these bigger details in place well in advance means you can build upon a strong foundation, arranging everything else that makes your day unique and special.

At Fox and Braces, we believe that there are four key pillars that form the foundation of a fantastic wedding, and we call this …

‘The Wedding Square’.

Once you have the elements of your wedding square in place, you are already well on your way to creating the dream setting for your big day.

Read on to discover the four key elements, which make the ideal place to start when it comes to planning your wedding…

Venue

Finding your dream wedding venue is the obvious place to start.

But many brides and grooms actually end up booking their venue before they have even sat down to look at the number of people that they need to cater for.

Don’t rush

This is a big decision, and so many people rush to book to get it out of the way, or because they have found a venue that they have fallen in love with.

It can be tempting to go big, lavish and bold, but something we see frequently is a wedding venue designed for 500 people, with just 200 guests attending.

Booking your venue early is great, and should be the first thing you organise.

But think about your guest list, and how having a bigger venue than you need might impact on your day.

For example, you wouldn’t want your venue to appear half full, as if half the guest list haven’t turned up, and equally the money you might save on a smaller venue could be better used elsewhere.

Music

Of course this is a big one for us, but music really does play a massive role in your wedding day.

Imagine your big day without music, , and you’ll quickly see what we mean.

In addition, it’s likely you’ve been to an event or a wedding where the music really hasn’t hit the mark, and it just changes the whole vibe.

Your wedding is a celebration, not only of your marriage, but also of your relationship, and it should feel that way!

It should feel like a celebration, but it should also feel personal to you as a couple, setting the perfect mood to suit you and your big day.

When it comes to choosing your wedding DJ, make sure you choose someone that suits your style, understands you as a couple and the mood you want to create.

Lighting

Just like music is key to setting the mood, lighting is too.

Lighting can have a huge impact on how your guests feel, which in turn influences how they behave.

In addition, lighting can also effect your wedding photos, so choosing lighting that strikes the right balance is key.

Choose lighting that can be altered – avoid anything that cannot be dimmed.

Instead choose lighting that can be changed to enhance the setting.

Brighter lights might be needed for your sit down meal and speeches, and dimmer lighting for your first dance.

At Fox and Braces we provide uplighting for the dance floor in a variety of colours.

Layout

When it comes to the layout of your venue, think about how people will use and interact with the space.

The location of the dance floor in relation to the bar is key.

Avoid separate rooms that will split your guests up.

Furthermore, try to avoid having the bar in a different room to the dance floor where possible.

Instead make a large room work for everyone – with a dance floor, bar and seating all in one room.

Get these four elements in place and you are well on your way to creating your dream wedding.

Of course the finer details count too, but in getting these four areas spot on, the rest of your wedding will simply fall into place.