Your wedding day is important; there is no doubt about that, but what happens if the process of organising the perfect day is a nightmare? What happens if you get so stressed that when you actually walk down the aisle you are so exhausted and anxious that you forget the whole point of the day in the first place? We know it is easy to become lost in the details but don’t let the small things ruin your big day.
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It doesn’t matter what your music taste is, everyone loves a power ballad, even those that pretend they are too cool! After a few cheeky drinks and the right atmosphere, a good power ballad can have a powerful impact on a party, causing everyone to spontaneously sing in unison and move themselves onto the dance floor. Once you have recognised the need for the power ballad at your event it is wise to prepare in advance to make sure your DJ has the best tunes ready on the decks! Don’t be deceived though not all power ballads were made in the 80’s so here are our favourite power ballads from various decades that will cause a reaction in your guests and subsequently get stuck in their head for days after, making your party impossible to forget!
UK Mobile Discos can provide all the power ballads your party could ever need. Request a free quote today.
Your wedding vows consist of the most important promises you will ever make. You have to stand up in front an audience of your closest family and friends as you make a lifelong commitment to the one you love. Regardless of the flowers, the cake, the menu choices or even the dress, your vows are the words that transform your wedding from just a party into a marriage. They are the verbal contract that you make before you sign the register; a legally binding document. The vows you set the expectations both of you agree upon as you enter into this lifetime contract with each other.
They are therefore worth spending the time on so you can make sure that they mean something significant to you as a couple. This begs the question though, traditional or contemporary.
An extract from the traditional wedding vows is as follows;
“I [Name], take you [Name], for my lawful wife / husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge myself to you.”
Traditional wedding vows are usually chosen when the ceremony is performed inside a church or religious building. God is considered to be part of the wedding, giving his blessing and bringing spirituality to the special day. To many people a wedding is simply not a wedding without the presence of God and so the traditional vows that refer to the religious element are a welcome tradition to uphold.
You can still use the main elements of traditional vows outside of a church, keeping the structure and promises the same without the inclusion of God. People do this when they appreciate the value of traditions and want to say the words they have been visualising long before the big day.
As long as the registrar agrees that the promises you are making are in keeping with the law of marriage then you really can say anything.
Some fun vows used before include;
“You are my husband/wife. My feet shall run because of you. My feet shall dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you. My mind thinks because of you. And I shall love because of you.”
“Let us be friends and lovers, and grow old disgracefully together.”
“I promise to protect you from carbon freezing and promise to protect you from the Dark Side, through hyperspace and into the far reaches of the galaxy.”
People who chose contemporary vows usually have their wedding outside of the church; they are not usually religious or at least they decide not to include the religious element in the ceremony.
It is worth noting though that if you want to get married in a church but would prefer a more personalised version of the vows, most religious institutions are happy to discuss this, although there would be obvious restrictions. Most of them offer marriage guidance and encourage couples to consider carefully the grandeur of the event. As the vows are such an important part of this commitment then a discussion regarding vows with your priest/vicar/religious leader is valuable if you would like to combine both the traditional and the contemporary.
Those who do want to alter the traditional words of a wedding do so because they want to put their own individual stamp on the occasion and say words that represent them personally as a couple.
As you can see from the examples above, some couples take words from favourite songs or films, some share moments and memories, some even sing or chant their vows.
When deciding what promises to make to each other the only things to consider is what is important to you and your partner. Some make decisions based on the expectations from friends or family but remember you are not marrying these people. The only person who you are marrying is the only person that matters when it comes to the vows; your fiancé.
Once the promises have been made and it comes to the party, the food and the music then of course you want your guests to enjoy the special occasion. When booking a wedding DJ, you want to make sure that you have someone who can play tunes to get everyone out of their seats and on to the dance floor. Contact UK Mobile Disco for a free quote and a professional service.
Whether you are throwing a party for a birthday, wedding, anniversary or just because you like to have a freaking good time, then you will want your party to be remembered. You will probably have a list of party essentials that include basics like food, venue and table decorations but have you considered what will make your party stand out? What will uplevel your party to a higher standard and make sure it goes down in history (OK we may be shooting a bit high here, not many parties will make it into the history books but why not aim big eh)?!
So to help you on your mission for party stardom we have identified 5 simple additions to your party that will make sure it becomes legendary!
To be fair, party booths are becoming a party basic, they are so popular that people are starting to expect them. Don’t let this deter you though, it is the exact reason we have included them in this list. A photo booth is an opportunity for fun and self expression, giving your guests an enjoyable and creative activity that keeps them in the party spirit.
A party without a photo booth is quickly becoming the 1970’s version of a party without fondue. What’s more is when your guests enter the photo booth they have the opportunity to leave with a keepsake, pictures of their moment of frivolous fun. This reinforces their likelihood of remembering your party.
Another thing we love about the photo booth is it can be personalised, if you have a specific theme, you can add accessories that are in alignment with it. This makes your party more bespoke which is what will make it stand out.
Retro is in and sugar is addictive. Put these two gems together and hire a sweet cart for your event. People assume that sweet carts would be used only at children’s parties and although they are a great addition to one (after all we all know how much we love being at parties full of kids that are high on sugar), don’t discount the adults though.
Anything that brings back memories of yesteryear is very alluring, as grown up responsible adults with jobs and mortgages, an opportunity to feel 10 again is exciting. Many sweet carts are also really beautiful and can be decorated to fit in with any theme. Just think of the excitement your guests will experience when they mix sugar and alcohol, it will certainly be an event to remember!
As human beings, we love being amazed, to sit back in wonder and awe as we watch someone do what appears to be impossible. The concept of a magician might seem to drab though so we recommend upleveling to an illusionist.
A magician can still be a worthy addition to your event; a magician will often go around and visit your guests providing small table tricks to groups up to 10 at a time. An illusionist on the other hand will put on a stage show and the magic will be bigger and more engaging so the whole room will be fixated at once.
The good illusionist brings a whole new dimension to your party and creates a unique atmosphere.
So while we are on the subject of hiring professional entertainers, have you considered bringing in professional dancers? They can serve two purposes; they can put on a fabulous show, think dirty dancing but without Patrick Swayze *sigh.*
Now we know that it has become a trend over the last few years for wedding couples to use the opportunity of the first dance to put on their own semi-professional show and some of these are incredible. If you are able to do this, go for it! If not however, don’t stress just outsource!
A professional dance routine can get everybody out of their seats and be inspired to follow their own steps, your professional dancers can also stay on the dance floor after their performance, encouraging others to get up and stay up, contributing to a memorable event!
Ok so on the surface this doesn’t sound exciting but think about what it represents… on the side of the dance floor, place a box/bucket/tin of unisex flip flops. The idea is that your guests can ditch their uncomfortable formal shoes and don a pair that will keep them on the dance floor for hours longer.
What makes a party really memorable is not something that is easy to box and buy, it is atmosphere. A party is fun because it gives people a sense of belonging and the chance to relax, let go and make connections with fellow human beings.
As a party host, it is your job to simply provide the environment and tools that allow this atmosphere can grow. Something as simple as flip flops give your guests the physical and phycological chance to ‘let go,’ stop worrying about the blisters on their feet, dance, have fun and connect with the people around them
UK Mobile Discos can provide the soundtrack you need for a history book style party. After all, there is no point encouraging your guests to dance the night away in comfortable shoes if they have nothing to dance to! Contact us today for a quote.
Party planning is not for the faint hearted. You have to book a DJ, a venue, organise food, décor, send invitations – your to-do list is probably longer than your right arm.
So with all this pressure you lie awake at night contemplating what might go wrong when your arrangements don’t go to plan; what if the food makes everyone sick or you accidentally put two cousins who hate each other on the same table!? It is therefore in your own interest and everyone else’s that you take all necessary steps to minimise the risk of disaster.
With this in mind have you considered the possibility that the DJ might not be able to play at your venue? If not don’t worry in this post we will explore why this might happen and also tell you the simple steps to take to stop it from happening.
If your venue is well organised and established then they will have clear rules and regulations in place, most of which will be in line with legislation that governs businesses and events. These rules will include:
All equipment used at venues where the public gather needs to be PAT tested – this stands for Portable Appliance Testing. These tests need to be carried out by a qualified person annually. It is a safety measure to ensure that all equipment used us electronically safe, obviously there is never a complete guarantee but just like an MOT the PAT test is a safeguarding procedure. DJ’s who arrive at a venue without proof that their equipment has passed could potentially be refused entry to set up.
All DJ’s need public liability insurance. Even though a venue has insurance too, this cover will often be void if outside providers do not have their own cover. Public liability insurance protects the venue, the property and the people in case of any injury or damaged which is caused as a direct result of the DJ or the DJ equipment.
When booking a high market venue, you must consider hiring a DJ that would fit well within the setting. Does their equipment meet the right standards? Do they dress for the job? So they use appropriate language? Unprofessional DJ’s get a bad name quickly and if a venue feels that the DJ you have chosen will bring down the tone of the event, they have every right to refuse. Some establishments will only work with specific DJ companies and won’t allow customers to bring in outside providers they don’t know.
A DJ is an essential element to a party that you do not want them to be refused on the night. To avoid this happening we recommend taking the following steps:
Here at UK Mobile Discos all our DJ’s have PAT tested equipment, are fully insured and are guaranteed to work to a high professional standard. Why not take the stress away and book a DJ you can rely on and give us a call for a free no-obligation quote.
The price of a DJ varies a great deal and what seems expensive to one person is completely reasonable to the next but when you have to plan an entire party, with the venue, food and décor is paying the price for a professional DJ really worth the money? In this post we hope to answer this question so you can make the right decision for your event.
OK let’s start with the basics, what makes a DJ professional? Well if they are earning a wage from their DJ work then they are a professional. If they are doing it as a hobby or doing it for a crate of beer, then they are an amateur.
So before you decide if they are actually worth the money, consider what you actually expect a professional DJ to do. Some of the expectations include but are not exclusive to…
So we have already suggested that the alternative to a professional is an amateur but what would this mean for your big event? Would it really be that bad to bring in a friend who has a CD player and big speakers? Or why not just put your favourite playlist on a iPod? What could really go wrong?
Well for a start your ‘friend’ might not even be allowed to set up when they arrive. All electrical equipment should go through a standard test called PAT testing, many venues insist on seeing proof of this testing from external providers and won’t let anyone set up there without it. Never mind that the absence of tests may mean that the ‘DJ’ themselves cannot be insured, leaving you completely vulnerable if anything goes wrong and property is damaged or people get hurt.
Even if you get past that, what quality are you expecting from an amateur?
When you have asked yourself these questions then you will be able to ascertain if a professional DJ is really important to you. If you decide that you don’t need a professional DJ at your event then obviously they are not worth the money to you. On the other hand, if you would prefer to hire someone who’s made a career out of bringing parties alive then you know the answer to your question; professional DJ’s really ARE worth the money.
All our DJ’s at UK Mobile Discos are professional, skilled and insured. They have quality equipment and stacks of eclectic music for your guests to enjoy. For a free no obligation quote, get in contact here.
We all love a good party but what if your favourite tunes are not the ones played at your average get together? What if party music just isn’t your thing? Well don’t give up hope just yet; it’s not just the cheesy songs, there are also some genuinely good tunes out there that will fill the dance floor. So if you are planning a wedding, birthday party, anniversary or just a general knees up and you are looking to put together a playlist that doesn’t resemble cheese on toast, check out our 45 recommendations below.
Of course ‘cool’ is in the eye of the beholder and if you know what cool music means to you and you are planning a party then we suggest making sure you hire a DJ with an extensive music collection so that everyone has the chance to get their groove on!
To find out more about how UK Mobile Disco can fill your dance floor anti cheese on toast tunes then contact us here.
Christmas is fast approaching and if your wedding is too then we imagine you are pretty busy right now. But just because your wedding is in the festive season, it doesn’t mean your wedding has to be themed this way, the idea of Santa, his reindeer and tacky tinsel might not be what you visualised when you decided to say I do! What if it didn’t have to be this way though, what if you could bring the magic of Christmas and do it subtly? In this post we will share with you simple ideas you can implement into your December wedding that can be added last minute but will have maximum magic effect with minimum tack.
Everyone loves a photo booth these days at weddings, they are a great opportunity to give your guests something fun to do and to let go of inhibitions. What makes the photo booth a clever addition for a Christmas wedding is that you can fill it with Christmas props from Santa hats to reindeer antlers, candy canes and elf ears (to name just a few). Doing it this away will give your guests an opportunity to embrace the tacky side of Crimbo without necessarily impacting on your well designed and classic theme.
You may have the outfits all planned out but what about adding a little Christmas fun to the groomsmen’s feet? Getting them all Christmas inspired socks and asking them to pull up their trouser legs for cheeky photo opportunity will be a special moment to remember (of course you could do the same with boxer shorts but this would be a little less subtle)!
There is nothing more classically Christmas than stockings hanging on a fire place. If your venue doesn’t have a fireplace then maybe consider the DJ booth or bar. Stockings come in virtually unlimited designs and colours so you will be able to find something to go with your theme. Additionally you could use stockings in a different way and give your favours in them this way you get to merge two highly established traditions in a Christmas and Wedding marriage made in heaven.
It’s Christmas, there is no escaping that so your venue will already have a Christmas tree up, this is guaranteed. So why not utilise this opportunity and make it feel like part of your wedding design. Ask the venue to decorate your tree in the colours for your wedding. You could always take some of your own before the big day if they don’t seem keen to accommodate. Along with the tree, consider what the rest of the venues Christmas décor will be and how it can be incorporated softly into your theme.
It isn’t just about the bright lights and glitter; Christmas is an attack on all the senses, especially smell. Eggnog, baking, pine cones, a burning fire, chestnuts roasting, cinnamon, mulled wine, gingerbread to name just a few, are all aromas that fill our nostrils and make us instantly warm with nostalgia. They are the same smells we have all experienced ever festive season for our entire lives. They say that smells are a powerful memory aid and what better way to make your guests remember the days when magic was real. So don’t forget the mulled wine, sprinkle subtle pine cones in your table displays and perhaps burn some cinnamon intense or Christmas inspired candles and fill the room with the air of festivities.
Of course your guests will be expecting at least a few Christmas songs to get them into the full spirit of the occasion so having a DJ well stocked with music and able to read a room is essential to create the celebration atmosphere any time of the year. Request a free quote from UK Mobile Discos.
Spring is the season of new beginnings, so what better time to have probably the biggest beginning of your life so far, your marriage, take place in this season.
Spring is already becoming a hugely popular wedding season. Demand is lower than for peak summer and winter, but with every opportunity to have just as memorable a day.
If you’d like to be part of the spring wedding boom, here are a handful of planning tips to help you out. These four essential spring wedding planning tips will guarantee you have the best day of your life!
Since spring weddings are increasing in popularity, don’t leave major decisions to the last minute. Prioritise anything that requires advance booking in your wedding planning and sort it out as soon as possible.
This means focusing your efforts on booking the venue, the catering, the church, the entertainment and the photographer. Once you have the bookings under control, you can peacefully put your mind to sorting other things like the décor and the invitations.
It might sound strange to talk about Christmas in a post about spring weddings, but the festive season can be disruptive in terms of your planning if you haven’t planned your wedding at least 12 months ahead. Christmas happens right when you might be making a lot of decisions and wanting to get things confirmed, but suppliers may be away or tied up dealing with Christmas and New Year with other customers.
If you’re planning a wedding for next spring, be mindful of the festive season and prepare your planning activities accordingly. Sort out bookings early and allow yourself to enjoy Christmas. If you spend Christmas talking about your wedding, you want it to be talking about excitement rather than stress at still having things to sort out.
One advantage if you are planning towards the end of the year is that even the run up to Christmas these days always means massive sales. When it comes to buying suits, bridesmaid dresses, decorations and other wedding related things, you might be able to pick up a bargain and spare yourself some of your wedding budget to spend elsewhere or put towards your honeymoon.
A great way to save money is to go full on with the spring theme. Decorate your venue with spring flowers, use them in your wedding bouquet and treat your guests to spring foods.
It’ll be cheaper as the produce will be abundant and it’ll add a wonderful spring-feel to your wedding day.
Spring might be a time of blooming flowers and warming sunshine but it also has its surprises. Spring showers, pollen, and bugs might all be a part of your wedding day, but being the wedding planning champ you are, you can be prepared.
Always have an indoor option if you’re planning an outdoor wedding. Even if just a part of your wedding entertainment is outdoors, you still want to prepare for the eventuality that the weather is not good. If you’re organising a fireworks display, then have disposable raincoats for guests or have a large see-through tent in the garden of the wedding venue.
Finally, remember to discuss different options with your wedding photographer. An indoor option is essential in case the weather is not as sunny as you’d like. Many couples getting married in the spring simply plan indoor photos and then have additional outdoor ones as a bonus if they’re able to. It’s easy to step outside for 20 minutes if the sun breaks through before heading back in later.
With the above tips in mind, you can plan a fantastic spring wedding and take advantage of all the benefits getting married at this time of year can bring.
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