This part of our blog is dedicated to giving our thoughts on the 100’s of wedding venues we play at across the season.

Covering Essex, Kent, London and more. We give the inside scoop on what it’s really like to DJ at some of the best venues around.

The Dreys Sittingbourne

Halloween at The Dreys Wedding Venue in Sittingbourne

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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 !

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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

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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

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

A picture of East Quay Wedding Venue

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.