Welcome to the Fox and Braces Blog !

Starting in early 2017, Fox and Braces set up primarily as a Wedding DJ company in Essex, however nowadays we provide services to everything from corporate parties, outdoor festivals and more.

Here you will find insights in to all things relating to Weddings & Events in Essex, Kent, London and beyond.

Giglogs, wedding venue recommendations, wedding planning advice, equipment reviews & much more.

Hope you enjoy reading.

Thanks

F&B

 

guests drunk at a Christmas party

The Whitehall Resources Christmas Party

Corporate Christmas Party DJA picture of a cool dj booth

With the wedding season finally starting to slow down a little, and the Christmas Party season in full swing.

This weekend saw us providing our DJ & lighting services for yet another corporate event in Essex.

More specifically, Boreham House in Chelmsford.

And even more specifically, the Whitehall Resources annual Christmas Party.

This was no ordinary run of the mill Christmas Party though.

Firstly, they hired us to be their DJ for the evening, and of course, we are not your standard mobile Essex DJ.

Circus theme

In addition to us on the decks, there were still life statues, a huge fireworks display, a live band, and a  juggler on a unicycle. Not forgetting a whip weilding circus showman and a snake charmer.A picture of a snake charmer

A few months ago we were contacted by the executive assistant to the Managing Director of the company.

She had found us on google, and immediately felt we would be a good fit for the party. We spoke at length about the type of event it was, and how they wanted the night to go.

We met at Boreham House a month before the event, to look at logistics and the structure of the day.

Consequently, after meeting with some employees at the firm, I felt I understood why they had chosen us to provide our highly rated DJ services at their party.

The DJ set

It was a young (ish) firm, and the brief was simply to play bangers from the start.

The DJ would be relatively short (8.15 to 10pm). So there would be no time to waste once we got behind the decks. This was possibly going to be shortest DJ set I had played all year. 

On the day itself, we arrived early (as always) at 3pm.

It was a considerable walk from the van to where would be setting up, through a very narrow corridor, so the trusted trolley was out of the question. It was time to work off some of those excess December calories.

We began by playing our wireless uplighting throughout the venue. We had spoken with the organiser, and the look they wanted to achieve, so knew exactly where to put them, and the colours they wanted.

With uplighting that is controlled wirelessly from our iPad & DMX bridge unit, this proved a breeze.

Nethertheless, we were all set up by 4.30pm and were ready to play the entrance song. (Fairtyale of New York by The Pogues).

Dinner music

This all went perfectly to plan, and once seated, we commenced the Christmas dinner music.

A mixture of old classics (think Bing Crosby) and newer Christmas covers from the likes of Little Mix.

The  dinner music played for about 45 mins before the MD of Whitehall Resources took to the stage in order to hand some much coveted awards, such as “Rookie of the Year”.

The awards ceremony and speeches lasted about 90 mins, during which time.

During this time, I surveyed the room, getting a feel for the type of crowd I would be DJ’ing to.

I surmised that the average age was no more than 25.

As a result, the short time I had to make an impact with my DJ set, would mainly consist of newer chart music, with some Christmas classics thrown in for good measure.

Before long, 8.15 had rolled around. The dinner and formalities were over, and it was time to get some music on.Guests at a Christmas party

The battle of the bar

The opening off the bar directly coincided with the start of my DJ set !

Let’s face it, the bar is a formidable opponent for any mobile DJ in Essex.

I battled hard and managed to get a good amount of people on the dance floor from there get go.

Keeping them there was a little harder with the call of free booze no less than 10 meters away !

The DJ set went in a flash. Before I knew it, it was over.

I felt I’d given a very god account of myself as a DJ, and definitely got the music right for the crowd.people dancing at a Christmas party

Live music

At 10pm sharp, the band took to the stage, and continued on from where I left off.

I believe the lure of live music is definitely something that appeals to people of all ages at any party.

Consequently, the hardcore who had stayed posted at the bar throughout my DJ set, had started to slowly edge closer to the dance floor.electric ocean live band

By the time I’d actually got packed up and had my DJ equipment and venue uplighting gear back in the van, it was almost 11.15pm.

Instead of rushing off, I figured hey, why not stick around, get some more pictures and enjoy a spot of live music.

Great band

The band – Electric Ocean, were absolutely superb.

The band consisted of one singer, 2 guitarists, and a drummer. The typical set up for a small live band.

They had not only kept people on the dance floor, but also finally managed to pull the hardcore away from the bar. The dance floor was rocking. 

I stayed, chatted with a few of the guests, took some snaps and videos. Before saying my goodbyes to the band, congratulating them on a great set, and heading off into the night.

By 11.30pm I was on the a130 in Essex heading home. Listen to some Christmas tunes of my own.

A very early finish indeed, for any DJ in Essex.

DJ for corporate events

Finally, it was a great Christmas Party to DJ at. I loved the the atmosphere that the organisers created. 

The diversity of the suppliers and the pace of the event kept everyone intrigued throughout the day. 

I spoke to the organiser at Whitehall resources and it seems they will be keeping us as the DJ for their corporate parties going forward.

To summarise, a later and slightly longer set for me would definitely let me flex my DJ muscles a little more. And next time, win round 2 of the battle with “The Bar”.

Until next time, guests drunk at a Christmas party
F&B out.

See the full gig log here:

And contact us here !

An amazing classy rustic dj booth

The Night Circus with Twisted Bramble

Party Season has begun !An amazing classy rustic dj booth

Well, party season is definitely upon us. And what better way to kick off December with Fox and Braces providing DJ & Uplighting services at the first Cantium Solutions Christmas Party.

But wait. This was no ordinary Christmas Party. No cold sausage rolls, no paper hats …. And definitely no cheesy DJ shouting down the mic every 2 minutes.

This, ladies and gentlemen. Was “The Night Circus’. Let me explain.

The Night Circus – Kent Guests at The Night Circus

Home Gurr’own are an amazing catering company based in Kent. Run by the lovely Nicci & Sophie. We have bumped into these guys throughout the Wedding season and have always been totally wowed by their food (and fed well …. Always a bonus on a 14hr day).

Holmstead Events are essentially an open air events space, with 3 Tipi’s. Available to hire for almost any occasion. Weddings, Birthdays … and yes, you may have guessed – Corporate Christmas Parties.

So, it goes like this.

Home Gurr’own & Holmstead Events work together throughout December putting on a number of Events (some ticketed, and some pre booked – Like the one we did) – So they decided to join forces and become the very cool “Twisted Bramble” – A combination of exquisite food and spectacular events.

So on the 1st December. We loaded up the van and made the trip over to Kent to DJ at The Night Circus.

Corporate Event DJ

On arrival, I made my way into the Tipi’s, which had been lined with black and white striped interior cloth to recreate a Circus atmosphere.

After setting up, I had a little walk around too meet some of the other performers who would be dong there thing on the night.

I met Dan, from a company called Zenzero Events, who explained that he was proving stilt walkers and fire breathers throughout the evening.

Aerial actsAn aerial act at a Christmas party

Nicci & Sophie had also arranged aerial acts to keep the guests entertained throughout the night. Both of which had short sets in between my DJ set.

I started off my set at 7pm, keeping it chilled and relaxed for the guests, who arrived to Champagne on entry. Many of them headed straight to the Twisted Bramble Bar, situated in a smaller tipi that was joined to the larger main area.

During this initial initial period, I was surprised by Sophie from Home Gurr’own, who handed me the most immense plate of freshly made Malaysian Curry I have ever tasted.

Definitely what I needed to get through the next 5hr DJ set.

Party timeA stilt walker at a corporate party

The drinks flowed, and the fire breathers took to the dance floor. Much to the amazement of the guests, who had by now, started to loosen up a bit.

It was time to start upping the tempo of the DJ set.

8pm rolled around, and at this point, I figured I’d given the guests enough time to get the social chit chat out of the way.

People had started to edge ever so closer to the dance floor. Always a good sign for any DJ.

Current music

By 8.30 the party was in full swing. The crowd was much younger than I anticipated, so I moved onto playing some stuff from the current UK Top 40 a lot sooner than I usually would, the younger guests seemed up for an early dance, so why not give them what they wanted.

Throughout the night, I introduced the aerial acts – One on “The Silks” and the other on “Aerial Hoops” – Both of the performers were excellent and had the crowd staring up in awe.
Firebreathers at a corporate event

Cantium Solutions Giveaway

A quick raffle from one of the Directors at Cantium, giving away golf days, TV’s and even a “days annual leave”.Cantium solution raffle

Then it was back to the party, and this time there was no slowing down.

Some old school R&B, a bit of House, and finishing off strong with some Indie Bangers, the crowd lapped it up and filled the dance floor until the last song.Guests dancing at their corporate Christmas party

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York.

Circus or not – It is still Christmas !!

Find our full giglog from the event here:

A massive shout to all of the other companies that made such a fantastic event:

Cantium Solutions – Hosts

Twisted Bramble – Event organisers

Home Gurr’own – Catering

Holmstead Events – Tipi’s

Zenzero Events – Acts

A female wedding guest dancing

Wedding DJ’ing in London – Badge of honour ? Or an expensive stress test !

DJ’ing in London … Heaven or Headache ?

a picture of 2 wedding djs at a London wedding

Last month we headed to the The Union Club in Soho to rock the Wedding of Vicki and Dan.

Now we will be the first to say, that getting our first proper London DJ booking was somewhat of a cause for celebration.

I mean after all, it’s not every week an enquiry pops up in our inbox asking us to DJ at a private members club in London.

So naturally, we checked the diary, saw we were free, and jumped at the chance to get ourselves booked in.

Here at F&B, we believe in genuine honesty when writing our blogs.

I wouldn’t say we are overly opinionated on most subjects, so these blogs should remain relatively harmless and easy reading.

But honesty is a big party of who we are.

Consequently, we always to throw out the positive side of our business, as well as some of the more difficult situation we find ourselves in.

Firstly, a disclaimer.

A female wedding guest dancing

The venue was amazing, we loved it.

Furthermore, all of the staff and the manager (Gabeen) couldn’t have been more welcoming and helpful in the build up to the event, and on the day itself.

Again, the The Bride & Groom, were an absolute dream to deal with from start to finish.

They provided us a great selection of music to work with, and an even better set of wedding guests to DJ to.

The reality

But the reality of doing a Wedding in London kicked in about 2 weeks before the Wedding itself.

This  is when we start to really get down to the nitty gritty of planning routes, checking with venues about parking and access, and all the other logistical things we take into consideration when planning ahead.

Firstly, what time should we leave ?

Well, I typically I double my journey time when travelling to any event, this is to account for traffic and any unfortunate breakdowns (it has happened).

But this was London, who knows what road closures are going to be in place.

Or what crazy traffic jams would await us. Plus we weren’t just heading into the outskirts, this was deep central London !

Things were getting serious.

I doubled the journey time, and then added another hour for good measure.

The venue

Then we started looking at how we were going to get the equipment into the venue ?

I knew Soho well from my clubbing day (yes I used to actually go “Clubbing”).

As a London native, so already knew parking was scarce.

I rang the venue, and as I totally expected, there was no car park. No quiet area for us to unload.

This was going to be a stop and drop scenario.

But we couldn’t leave the equipment on the street ! So we devised a cunning plan.

Dan drives, he stops, looks for traffic wardens, and I unload and get the equipment just inside the back door of the venue. Then we would head off and find parking.

Parking

So I’ll skip to the bit where all of the above went relatively smoothly.

We made it to London.

Just about got the equipment in the for before being given a £60,000 fine and publicly whipped for stopping in the twilight zone, and then made our way to China town to park.

We threw out a few guesses on how much parking would be for the evening, Dan said £20, I said £30.

It was £50.

Ice cold beer – Nope

For £50 parking we were expecting a ice cold beer to be waiting for us in our parking spot, but this never materialised.

We also found out that they had forgot to spend any of the millions of pounds a year they make on any sort of signage to enable us to actually leave the over priced dungeon of doom.

Things were getting bad.

So we had to use our natural sense of direction to escape (we have none …. which is why it took us so long to get out).

By this point we were both quite hot, bothered and very stressed.

Not exactly what you want before Doing at someone’s wedding, which is stressful enough in it’s own right.

Getting the party startedA dj behind a rustic dark oak DJ booth

A short, but not that short, walk back to the Union Club and it was time to get the equipment up the rather narrow staircase to the upper floor.

Lots of venues have stairs, so this is no issue really, but after the last few hours of traffic and the car park saga, this didn’t feel quite as easy as it usually does.

So with the equipment in place, and the dinner in progress, we were ready to get set up.

Set up

This, as per usual was a breeze. We have this down to a fine art, we both know who is doing what, so we just quietly crack on and are usually set up within 30 to 40 minutes.

After setting up, it was time to reflect in the open air court yard of The Union Club.

I never usually have even one beer before DJ’ing at Weddings, but I’ll be the first to admit, when Gabeen offered me one, the words “that would be amazing” just kind of fell out of my mouth.

And I savoured every drop whilst cooling down in the courtyard.

Amazing weddingPeople dancing at a London wedding

The wedding itself was immense. I personally think it was one of the best sets I have played this year.

This was in large, due to the fact that the crowd were so up for it, and gave me enough feedback to judge where to take the music.

The Bride & Groom seemed over the moon with their day and I for one loved every second of the set.

Reflection time

So on reflection this is what we found.

DJ’ing at Weddings in London is hard.

The restrictions on parking and the cost of it, make for some serious consideration when the next email pops into our inbox.

Instead of jumping at the chance without a second thought, we will be straight on to Google maps to check the road layout, the venue, restrictions, local car parks, and everything else we can possibly think of.

However ….

Dj’ing in London is also absolutely awesome.

We got a brilliant crowd at an amazing venue that treated us like we were members.

So on that front, it was worth every bib of the horn, wrong turn in the car park, and bead of sweat when unloading our equipment.

Would we go back.

An emphatic Yes !!! . In a heartbeat. We loved The Uniion Club, and are now (I believe), being recommended to future clients of theirs, which is amazing for us.

So, to The Union Club and to the Bride & Groom who allowed us to be part of their day. We thank you and we hope to be back soon !

Check out the full video below !!!

The Dreys Sittingbourne

Halloween at The Dreys Wedding Venue in Sittingbourne

Wedding venues in Sittingbourne

Halloween at The Dreys

Last night things got frighteningly good down at The Dreys Wedding Venue in Sittingbourne.

Hosting a family friendly Halloween & Fireworks night. The Dreys got into it’s own fancy dress costume and changed from being a stunning fairytale woodland wedding venue, into spooky outdoor fright fest.

Families from all over Kent descended on the Dreys, which is situated in the middle of the Kent Downs, for this spectacular occasion.

Venue Background

The Dreys is steeped in history and is a family run woodland wedding venue. Sitting in the middle of over 75 acres of beautiful woodland, The Dreys stands alone in it’s unique style and layout.

Making it the ideal wedding venue for couples looking for something extraordinary.

The drive into the venue itself, takes you through a winding forest road, that is lined with exquisite festoon lighting, like something from a Hollywood fairytale movie.

The path finally leads you into the venue and sets the mood for the rest of the experience.

With the ability to host between 50 to 500 guests, The Dreys definitely ticks all of the boxes when it comes to finding a Wedding venue in Sittingbourne.

And with a late license (2am to be exact), you can be assured that if your guests like to party until the early hours, The Dreys can accommodate.

Having provided wedding DJs at the Dreys, we can also comment on their in-house sound system, a QSC setup that blows other speaker systems out of the water.

We usually insist on using our own set of FBT CS1000 speakers when we DJ at wedding venues, but this is one of the the only occasions where would can honestly say that we prefer the venues own system.

Our setup times is drastically reduced and the sound quality and clarity from the in-house system is amazing.

The transformation

Bonfire night at The Dreys

The Dreys is typically decked out with festoon lighting, stunning vintage furniture and a charm unlike any other venue in Sittingbourne.

But this weekend saw the venue transform from cool to cruel with the the addition of spider webs, scary pumpkins, and some clever uplighting from yours truly.

Creating the perfect atmosphere for this ghoulish occasion.

Whilst we usually avoid reds and greens when providing uplighting for wedding venues, this weekend it was more than appropriate to provide a scary atmosphere for the guests.

With our ADJ QA5 wireless uplighters, we were able to light up whole 1ooft trees, making the woodland surroundings a little eerie for the evening.

Easily achievable with the use of our wireless ADJ DMX airstream Bridge and iPad set up.

The food

With the temperature finally dropping, The brilliant staff at The Dreys kicked off the winter season in true British fashion by serving up a selection of heart warming favourites.

Mulled wine, Hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows and our own personal favourite, warm toffee cider !

Wedding venue in Sittingbourne

The food was kept simple, but jaw droopingly good. Home made brain (ahem .. beef) burgers, and mouthwatering hotdogs kept the children and parents fuelled for the fun for the whole evening.

Popcorn was served up in the main tent, much to the delight of my 2 children.

Funnily enough, I never got offered any popcorn by either of mine. They were too quick to eat it !

Kids activities

Having brought my own family to this event, it was only too right that I ask my own 7 years old daughter her thoughts on the evening …..

Her answer, “omg, it was absolutely awesome Dad, can we come back tomorrow”.

The Dreys Sittingbourne

So there you have it, if my 7 year old loved it, then the chances are every other child did too.

With arts and crafts, dancing competitions, children’s entertainers, prizes for the best halloween competition and some Transylvanian tunes pumping through our speakers.

The kids were kept entertained until the giant bonfire and fireworks show.

Giant bonfire

We have all seen bonfires, but have you see a GIANT bonfire ! …. Well, if not, check out the video at the bottom of the page to see what one looks like.

Families stood in awe of the giant ball of flame, that was safely guarded by fire marshals, and soaked up the heat whilst waiting for the fireworks show to begin.

If you haven’t stood in front of a giant bonfire whilst sipping mulled wine with your family, I can highly recommend it.

Fireworks show

Also in attendance with my daughter was my 4 year old son. I had been a little worried about the noise of the fireworks show, but needn’t have been.

The Dreys had all bases covered, and provided a stunning low noise fireworks show, which kept the younger kids focused on the visual elements of the show, rather than the noise.

This was music to my ears, excuse the pun, as he laughed and smiled away, rather than covering his ears in fear.

I asked him what he thought of the show, his response “I LOVED IT !”

Evening disco

Outdoor wedding venue sittingbourne

All that was left to do now was party !

Having worked with The Dreys and providing DJs for Weddings throughout the year, we were delighted when the owner of the venue, Jackie, us asked if we could provide a the disco for the evenings entertainment.

Of course we jumped at the chance, and she kindly invited our families along with us, which was a lovely personal touch.

I often tell my daughter that I am off to DJ at Weddings every weekend, so it was nice for her too see her Dad in action behind my Pioneer XDJ-RX DJ controller.

Now if you were there, it might be the only time you hear me play the Ghostbusters theme tune, so I hope you made the most of it !

But if not, then unless you put it on your “must play” list at your wedding or event, then there is a good chance it was a moment in history that will never be repeated.

Well, until next year of course (cue spooky laugh).

We highly recommend you check out The Dreys Wedding venue for your big day. We absolutely love a woodland wedding and this venue hits all the right notes.

Find them at https://thedreys.co.uk

Check out our full youtube video of the event HERE

A picture of a wedding in Paphos

What would I change about my own Wedding

My Wedding – The good, the bad, and the ugly

After being in the wedding and events industry for time now, we thought it was time to reflect.

Having attended over 100 weddings across Essex, London & Kent, we have seen it all. And it has made us ponder….

If we could go back in time, what we change about or own wedding days !

Well. Read on to find out.

But wait !

Before I get too deep into this article, and in case my beautiful wife decides to read this, do not panic!

Looking back at our special day, there really isn’t a lot that I would have changed.

That said, I will share my experience based on that day, combined with the knowledge I have acquired through the eye of a mobile DJ in Essex.

A wedding abroad

On an extremely warm September afternoon, my wife and I tied the knot in the most beautiful setting, a picturesque Taverna style hotel in Paphos, Cyprus.

The good

Weekday or Weekend.

My wedding was abroad, which meant every single one of the 80+ adult guests was free from work, able to let their hair down and were mostly already a few days into relaxing holiday.

And believe me, this made for an incredible party.

This leads me onto my first point.

Try your best to ensure as many of your guests as possible are able to take the following day off work!

If you are lucky enough to have the funds for a Weekend wedding, then you should have this covered.

But if you are getting married on a week day, please emphasise the fact you want it to be a great party.

Encourage your family and friends to take a day annual leave, and provide themsleves with the opportunity to enjoy the day

Furthermore, to recover from the multiple visits to the bar, and hours of dancing to your DJ.

This will make a huge difference!

 

Evening buffet.

Personally I believe my wife, and I got this spot on.

Served up at 10 pm… meat and cheese platters.

Guests could grab a handful of food, sink it on route to the bar, then head straight back to the dance floor to dance the night away to our wedding DJ.

Whilst observing many a wedding from our rustic DJ booth, we see the buffet arrive, and quite often we announce its imminent arrival.

Believe me, if you have a large or heavy buffet, this will kill your dance floor for up to an hour!

You can not eat fish and chips, or a hamburger whilst dancing.

And when it is sitting in your belly along with a 3 course dinner and eight beers, you will not be dancing the night away.

So OK, maybe this is a little bias, as DJs, all we want to see is a busy dance floor.

Speeches

Mobile wedding DJ’s in Essex see many speeches. Please keep them brief.

Nobody wants to sit through an hour long speech, it’s boring, people sneak out.

On my wedding day, me, my father in law, and the best man (my brother) all kept our speeches to less than 10 minutes each.

Don’t get me wrong, none of us are great public speakers, but everyone enjoyed a warm heartfelt moment from each of us.

Consequntly, before any of our guests began yawning we were done.

And it flowed brilliantly into the next stage of the evening.

Finish time

End your day on a high and do not drag it out.

An 11 pm close meant that every single guest was still in attendance to give us the send off we felt we deserved, and no one struggled to stay to the end.

As a wedding DJ we often see a party go on for a little too long, people sneak out, and the atmosphere can sometimes fade away.

A late finish isn’t always a great finish, and personally I think we got this spot on.

The bad

Photos

For any Photographers reading this, including our own Scott Hammond Photography, please do not be offended.

I know you do an incredible job, as did my photographer.

BUT, please do not make the same mistake that we did.

We spent far too long with our photographer posing for shots that were not so natural, whilst we could have been dancing the afternoon away and enjoying our wedding with our guests.

And guess what pictures are hanging on my wall… the natural ones !

Laughing with friends, hugging family, blissfully unaware of the photograph being taken.

We got it wrong, so please do not make the same mistake we did!

Food

Our circumstances were slightly different, as a wedding abroad meant that we were unable to try our food prior to the day itself.

But I am going to say it… we ended up with the dreaded dry wedding chicken.

As well as hiring an awesome wedding DJ, please make sure you dip a little deeper into that pocket and hire a great caterer.

The alone will make a huge difference to the experience of your friends and family in attendance.

It would be unfair to say our food was bad, but it could have been better.

In summary

We had the most incredible day, and we enjoyed every moment.

We wanted our wedding to be a lively affair with great music and a party atmosphere from start to finish.

With an good mobile DJ, and incredible band, music and dancing was the order of the day.

We had a free bar, and the guests took full advantage.

Our plan paid off, and our guests repeatedly tell us to this day that it was “the best wedding ever”‘.

My final advice (and speaking from experience) would be to think of what you want your day to be.

A party? A quiet celebration? A formal affair, with conversation and good food?

Or maybe a combination of all of those things?

Tailor your wedding to provide you with the day you want. Do not buckle to the pressure of the all too regular wedding routine.

Order good food (but not a huge buffet), pay for the bar bill, do not finish too late, and of course have a great Wedding DJ.

Thank you, and good night

hire a good wedding in essex

Top reasons you need to hire a good Wedding DJ in Essex

Correspondence

Arranging a wedding isn’t simple, and in order to hire a good wedding DJ in Essex, you have to put in the time and effort to find the right person.

Booking a good wedding DJ is regularly juggled with work and other everyday duties, and time unquestionably becomes the enemy.

Response times

With a wide range of suppliers to speak to, it is essential that you get a quick time response from your chosen DJ.

Let’s be realistic, if the response to your initial enquiry has taken 3 weeks, we can guarantee you that once you have paid your deposit, this response time will now be much slower, and this can truly hinder your planning.

signing of the register

Same day responses

We have heard a wide range of accounts of DJs vanishing off the face of the earth, and this isn’t a circumstance that you need to end up in.

At Fox and Braces we endeavour to respond to our messages the same day, and this will continue to be the case through the lead up to your wedding.

Communicating with venues

We totally comprehend that you may just have restricted time to get organised, and we will do whatever we can to enable things to move along pleasantly.

Your DJ is not only responsible for speaking with you and your partner, but also for communicating with your venue.

A good DJ will dependably address the venue ahead of time of the wedding for various reasons.

photos of a wedding gift

Access

Is there access to the DJ area?

Do they require a duplicate of our insurance and PAT certificates?

Do we have to make the manager aware of our arrival?

Will we be able to unload our equipment without intruding on the procedures of your big day?

These are on the whole inquiries that a good wedding DJ will cover with the venue before they arrive.
You will hear this a lot whilst reading this article, but ‘nothing is left to chance!’.

Building a good relationship with your Wedding DJ

A good wedding DJ will build a strong relationship with their client well in advance of the wedding, and that is exactly what we try to do.

We value the importance of understanding each and every bride and groom and take the time to try to get to know them and their personalities, both as individuals and as a couple.

Building a rapport

By the time the wedding day arrives we feel as though we have well and truly ‘broken the ice’, and our arrival is quite often greeted with a warm reception and even the odd hug.

To continue with this point, because of this relationship that has been built over a number of months, we feel that we are not a DJ for a stranger, and we will do all we can not to let someone down that we have come to know so well.

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Punctuality

Being late is not an option! A good wedding DJ will allow huge amounts of time in order to travel to your venue and set up.

Our DJ’s will always arrive either on time, or earlier than expected, and nothing is left to chance!

Accounting for traffic

The day time is often spent continuously checking Google maps, and even when the route is clear they always leave early to allow the that unexpected traffic jam.

Furthermore a quality DJ will always be set up and ready to go in advance of their start time.

Ensuring that the wedding day continues to run smoothly, and if timings are ahead of schedule then rest assured, we are ready to start dropping bangers!

Appearance

Over the years we have all seen many a mobile DJ rock up in a tired old baggy polo shirt, a pair of Hi-Tec trainers, and ill fitting jeans.

And quite frankly it is not what you should come to expect when hiring a high quality wedding DJ nowadays.

Your DJ should match the standards of dress of those around them, so you will never see any of our DJs being anything other than smartly dressed even when setting up their equipment.

Equipment

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Listing the endless equipment used by Fox and Braces would take all day.

BUT, what I we say is that there is a golf in quality between the DJ companies in Essex that are charging more for their services in comparison to those who are being booked for a fraction of the price.

Speakers

A set of speakers can range from £200 – upwards of £10,000, and there is a reason for this….. Sound quality, and more importantly reliability.

And this leads me on to arguably the most important thing when booking a good wedding DJ……. BACKUPS!

A good DJ will always carry 2 of everything. Spare wires, spare speakers, spare microphone, and the list goes on, you name it, we have 2!

And the reason is obvious….. equipment goes wrong!

We all know it, and when it goes wrong it’s usually at the worst possible time.

But a good DJ will pull that spare from their bag and with absolute professionalism they will carry on as if nothing ever happened.

The music

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Planning

A good DJ will plan the music for each and every wedding.

Starting from scratch and tailoring the wedding soundtrack to the tastes of the client and their crowd.

Our highly experienced event and wedding DJs take the time to speak with every couple that book with us.

The playlist

Arming themselves with the knowledge that enables them to plan and prepare a wedding playlist.

With a library of thousands of songs a good wedding DJ will plan the music but also give themselves room to manoeuvre on the night.

To summarise….. Don’t just book a DJ, book a Fox and Braces DJ

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Fox and Braces hit a turning point a week ago, we have a full time Wedding DJ in Essex.

One of the Directors of the organization, Dave, began maintaining the business full time. We have chosen to do a Q&A session with Dave to discover how he made the transition into a full time wedding and occasion DJ.Wedding DJ London and Essex

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Q. So, how does it feel to at long last be running Fox and Braces full time ?

A. In short. Totally stunning. My enthusiasm and passion has been DJing from the age of 14.

It was something I somewhat excelled at in my more youthful days, as I DJ’d at relatively every significant setting and club in London and Essex.

Notwithstanding, I before long began a steady occupation in my mid 20’s and gradually floated away from it all. To be back doing what I adore at 36 years old is an astonishing transformation.

Work life balance

On an individual level it has given me such a superior work life balance, as I currently get the chance to do the school run, and invest some much needed time with family.

Professionally, I have returned to being energetic about what I do, which I believe is so vital, as the greater part of us burn through 75% of our lives at work.

Presently when I wake up, I walk downstairs, hit the start button on the Nespresso Coffee machine and I am for all intents and purposes at work !.

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Q. How would you believe being a full time Director at Fox and Braces will impact the business and how do you feel about your job titel now being Wedding DJ in Essex ?

A. All things considered, our goal has been to be the best wedding and occasions organization in Essex (and Kent, London and Hertfordshire).

Developing the business

I feel like we have developed so rapidly as a business in our first year.

So I am past sure that with the additional hours in the day I have free now, that I can turbo charge the business and keep on developing Fox and Braces into a widely renowned wedding and occasions organization.

Q. Have you changed the manner in which you approach the wedding and occasions you do since going full time ?

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A. Not in any way. Despite everything I invest huge amount of my time arranging music for each and every wedding I DJ at.

I consider it to be the center of our business and the reason we have so many 5 star reviews on Google and Facebook.

Music matters

I really believe that the music we play at weddings and occasions speaks to us as people and as a business and separates us from alternate occasion DJs out there.

I DJ’d at a wedding a week ago and amid the cocktail hour dropped in “Soul Strut” by Lady Daisey, one of the visitors came straight up to me and asked what the tune was.

After I revealed to him he left and remarked, don’t hear many wedding DJ’s playing this kind of stuff, brilliant tune.

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I believe that is the thing that separates us, and that is something that will dependably stay at the center of Fox and Braces, great, quality music.

Q. So what happened with your full time job, before Fox and Braces?

Change of career

A. Indeed, that one is somewhat of a long story, allow us to simply say it was an occupation that I lost my passion for, and my goal was to accomplish something I adored, which was DJ’ing.

So I worked 20hr days for a year with my colleague, Dan, and we succeeded in making the business succesful enough that I was able to leave that job behind.

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Q. So what else do you do throughout the day at that point, most likely arranging wedding music doesn’t take up to 8hrs every day.

A. You’d be astonished, I have been known to spend a week on simply getting the music perfect for 1 wedding, yet no, by and large it doesn’t.

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I deal with the messages that get through our site, alter the photographs from our occasions, deal with our social media accounts, including Instagram and Facebook and make changes to our WordPress site.

I am aways looking into new sound and lighting gear and furthermore deal with our 2 different DJs, Matt and Gary. So trust me, my day is full up each and every day.

Q. Discussing Matt and Gary, how are they, how did they come to join the organization ? 

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A. Well, we met Gary a year ago through a mutual friend, we immediately began discussing music, and soon thereafter I found that Gary had a fundamentally the same as DJing foundation as I had, with involvement with some of the best bars and clubs in London.

By then we were attempting to deal with the influx of enquiries in our inbox, so we had an frank discussion about him going ahead as a full time DJ, and it simply all came together perfectly.

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We got Gary set up with same rustic style DJ booth we have, got him that equivalent FBT CS1000 speaker audio system and Pioneer XDJ-RX Rekordbox controller and he was prepared to go.

We ran through everything, starting from the ground up, the manner in which we treat our customers and approach to each occasion with a new mentality and he totally got it.

Gary has turned into a completely amazing addition to Fox and Braces.

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Matt I have known since I was 12 years of age.

A very skilled DJ and was always on the highest priority on my rundown of DJs I would request to come on board as our 3rd Wedding DJ, and when that point came, Matt gladly accepted the offer.

Serato and Rekordbox

At the time Matt was utilizing Serato music programming and an old Denon DNS3500 MK2, which wasn’t perfect with the way get things done.

(We utilize Rekordbox so our DJs have reinforcement memory stick if there should be an emergency with their laptops).

So subsequent to getting Matt setup with the equivalent Rekordbox programming, which myself and Gary utilize.

We chose to overhaul his speaker system to an arrangement of white RCF Evox 8 V2’s, which believe it or not, we were the principal organization in the UK to recieve an set of the speakers.

Q. So what’s next ?

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A. Next, is more wedding DJ’s, greater occasions, moving into the London wedding scene and beginning to build our reputation in that part of the UK.

We as of late, DJ’d at weddings at The Union Club in London, Soho, and The Rennasaince Hotel in Kings Cross St Pancras.

Both were stunning events and demonstrated that Fox and Braces are now at the level we need to be to begin making waves and building the Fox and Braces DJ brand in London.

Watch this space

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Fox and Braces are a wedding DJ company based in Danbury, Chelmsford, and we have certainly drawn a lot of influence from area in which our company was born.

We cover Essex, Kent and London regions and travel extensively up and down the UK Nationwide, for weddings and large corporate events.

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Rustic DJ Booth Professionally Handmade in Natural Wood

With Danbury being predominantly woodland, it’s no surprise that we have styled our F&B wedding DJ’s in keeping with the surroundings of our company birthplace.
So, it’s only right that a wedding DJ in Danbury has a DJ setup that looks it’s best at woodland themed weddings, barn weddings, and any occasion in which a hint of ‘the country’ has been applied.

For a better idea of how or DJ setups look, please visit our ‘Wedding and Events Gallery Essex‘.

Wedding Music – Modern Dance Tracks. Each Playlist Is Unique

In contrast to the leafy influence that Danbury has had on our style, much of our musical influence has also been drawn from the youthful vibrance of the busy Chelmsford social scene.

Being a wedding DJ in Chelmsford allows us to keep in touch with the younger generation that have grown up listening to grime, hip-hop, and DnB.

It’s always important to remember that todays young bride and grooms have grown up in a new era of music.

Being a wedding DJ in Chelmsford certainly enables us to stay armed with the most current musical knowledge to provide the latest generation of newlyweds with the music that they wish to hear at their wedding.

Use the contact form at the bottom of this page and one of the team will get back to you in order to discuss your requirements

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Looking for the best Wedding DJ in Essex, Kent and London areas?

Well good news, you may have just found us. Call us for an informal chat on 07960 498 184 or send a message via our Contact Form.

Combining a rustic and authentic style with a modern and stylish twist, Fox and Braces are the only company to consider when looking for a DJ to hire for your big day.

For a rough price guide visit our Wedding DJ Hire Price page.

Bespoke DJ Music Set List – What’s Your Music Style?

Fox and Braces never play the same set twice.

Everything is bespoke and each event starts with a clean slate. We cater to YOUR music tastes and ensure out highly skilled DJ’s get it right through our online event planner and careful consultation prior to each and every Wedding or Event.

Gone are the flashy disco lights, over the top speakers and bad polo shirts and in are bowties, vintage tripods and minimal modern PA systems.

Professional Attire To Impress and Handcrafted DJ Booths

Every DJ booth has been handcrafted and finished to the highest of standards and our DJ’ behind them will be dressed to wow and knockout your guests.

If you are looking for a rustic setup that fits with your venue, then look no further.

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Dance, Disco, Retro to Club Beats and Chilled Soundtracks

Whether it’s a sophisticated afternoon, sipping cocktails and eating canapés you want, or an all out club vibe at the end of the night.

Our DJ’s are able to cater to and provide the soundtrack to any occasion. When it comes to Wedding DJs in Essex, Kent and London. Fox and Braces set the standard.

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To guest request … or not to guest request ?

Can guest music requests really work ?

This is a big one. With the ever popular “Wedding Guest Request” trend we are starting to encouter more often, it’s a question that we have pondered on many an occasion (well Weddings to be exact).

Spoiler alert !

We are going to come off the stool swinging on this one and say, personally …. we are against them. “Boooooooooo” we hear you cry ! “They are fun, everyone gets to hear what they want”.

Well, there are lots of reasons why a Wedding DJ would be in the opposing corner to us and we will do our best to expalin why.

But we have our reasons and are more than happy to share them with you … Our future Brides & Grooms !

Imagine you are hosting a dinner party. It’s been planned for months … years even.

You decide on a Chef who is well reviewed, understands your tastes, your likes and dislikes …. and then you tell him that each guest is going to bring along a random ingredient for him to cook with !

Well, it would be a challenge and we are sure the Chef would do his best to knock up a Pasta based Lamb and Fish Ice Cream flavoured Jelly Pie.

Ok, that actually sounds ok … but it will be a far cry from dinner at the Ritz.

On the other hand …. the Chef has just been absolved of ALL responsibility …. I mean hey, he HAD to cook with these ingredients so this was the best he could do right ?

Well we can only think this would be the reason the opposing DJ would be in the “For” corner for guests requests, it’s easy, there is no pressure, if it all goes horribly wrong, then he can simply blame the song choices.

Weddings are hard

It’s no secret Weddings are hard for most DJ’s. There are usually over 100 guests, with different tastes in music, different ages.

Some are in it for the long haul and some have booked a Taxi for 9m as they have work the next day, some parents are letting loose because little Johnny is at the granparents, and some are carrying so many baby utensils that they have forgotten to change out of their PJ’s before arriving at the Church.

We made peace a long time ago that you are never going please every single person. It’s impossible.

But in our view, guest requests make this so much harder.

A complete mish mash of songs, some of which, no matter how hard you try, will never fit nicely anywhere into the evening.

Some so obscure that they weren’t even available to buy.

Some so slow that they absolutely kill the dancefloor no matter when you play them, and some so hardcore that the whole venue stops dead in it’s tracks and wonders why on earth the DJ has just dropped the German techno track.

Of course, we try and explain this to all our Brides and Grooms who have opted for guest requests and usually come to some sort of compromise, whereby if a song REALLY doesn’t fit anywhere, then we can leave it out.

And the above is tongue in cheek for the most part …. I have never dropped a German Techno track at a Wedding (yet).

Compromise

We like the compromise. The middle ground is good ground. We can arrange most requests in a suitable order and add some bangers of our own for good measure to keep the dancefloor moving.

But be warned Brides & Grooms !!!! If you tell your DJ to play ALL guests requests you might be dancing to some hardcore Berlin Techno track sooner than you think !!!

Yours

F&B