Client: Ciara & Duncan Metcalfe

Event: Wedding

Venue: Rhinewood House, New Forest, Hampshire

Date: 16/02/2012

Package: Creative Mood Lighting

Music Requested: 60s, 70s, 80s, Rock, Party Classics, Latest Charts



The end of January/start of February is a time I regularly take 2-3 weeks off work as its generally the only opportunity throughout the year to take a break, so with my batteries fully recharged again it was time again to kick start a new wedding season. With 4 weddings coming up over the next 7 days we started the new season with a 5 hour round trip down to south Hampshire for Ciara and Duncans wedding reception. Rhinefield House sits deep in the New Forest National Park and is regarded as one of the grandest New Forest Hotels and one of the finest hotels in Hampshire. It boasts 50 bedrooms, an outdoor pool, leisure facilities and regularly host Spa experiences, I had been there once before, coincidently it was last February and one of the first weddings of 2012.

awaiting access outside the grill room entrance

Ciara & Duncan had booked exclusive use of the entire hotel for this wedding, on my arrival there was a short delay accessing the disco room as the wedding was running 30-60 mins late so I made the most of the time and unloaded the equipment. Once the wedding party had moved through the disco room into the room hosting the meal I was able to get in and set up the equipment.

Its a good room for a disco, there is a bar next to the dancefloor (provided by the venue) and some comfy furnishings. The bride and groom had booked 5 uplighters, 4 set to red in each corner of the room and one yellow uplighter to be situated behind the bar to give that a nice ambient feel. For DJ’s knowledge, you park/unload outside the Grill Room entrance then you have to move your vehicle into the nearby car park. The walk through to the disco room is fairly short, there is no sound limiter at this venue and haze in small doses doesn’t affect the detector as it is quite a high ceiling, all the wall lights and chandelier are controllable by dimmer switch which is located at the rear of the room, in my opinion if you have some good light coming from your set up then you will probably want them all switched off, especially if you are providing uplighting.

bar lit with yellow uplighter

Interestingly this weekend see’s back to back playlists dominated by Rock, 60s and Party Classics and the first dance got under way just after 9, which was around an hour later than scheduled. The bride & groom had also laid on a casino for friends and family so initially guests were scattered amongst several different rooms but from 10pm onwards the dancefloor was packed and consisting of a few lively characters which helped contributed toward a fantastic last couple of hours including a memorable lively Irish contingent (complete with a male guest who insisted on showing me his nipple everytime I played a favourable song – much to the annoyance of his wife/girlfriend) …and “ex RAF Dave” who had a particular liking for The Doors, ACDC and Iggy Pop, all of which I managed to get played for him at appropriate times throughout the evening. He did insist they were for the bride and groom but I think there was a bit of self indulgence going on there  🙂

Unfortunately our regular photographer Julia (of Remember That Photo ?) was in demand elsewhere covering a Masonic function so there are no photos from this particular wedding, but she will be back for tomorrows wedding in Faversham. Next Friday see’s us make another trip back to Hampshire followed by a castle wedding back in Kent next Saturday on the 23rd …keep an eye out for the blog/playlist of that one …it’s a Choice Entertainment first !

Here’s the set list from Saturday, if you were at the wedding how about leaving us a comment.

21:00 : Lonestar – Amazed
21:04 : Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
21:07 : Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
21:11 : Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
21:15 : Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
21:18 : BeyoncÈ – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
21:21 : The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
21:23 : Flo Rida – Good Feeling
21:25 : JLS – She Makes Me Wanna (feat. Dev)
21:26 : PSY – Gangnam Style
21:28 : Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom (Radio Edit)
21:32 : – Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears) [Radio Edit]
21:34 : LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
21:38 : Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
21:42 : Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack
21:44 : Bill Haley and his Comets – Rock Around the Clock
21:46 : Jerry Lee Lewis – Shake, rattle and roll
21:49 : Chubby Checker – The Twist
21:51 : Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
21:54 : Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes
21:56 : Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire
21:58 : Beatles – Twist and Shout
22:01 : Eddie Cochrane – C’mon Everybody
22:02 : Buddy Holly – That’ll Be the Day
22:05 : Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
22:07 : Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
22:10 : Frankie Valli – December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
22:13 : Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
22:16 : Bryan Ferry – Let’S Stick Together
22:19 : Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
22:22 : ACDC – Back In Black
22:25 : Kenny Loggins – Footloose
22:29 : The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Mono Version)
22:32 : B52s – Love Shack
22:38 : Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters Theme
22:41 : Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
22:45 : ERASURE – A Little Respect
22:48 : Bee Gees – Staying Alive
22:53 : Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
22:57 : Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
23:01 : Billy Idol – White Wedding
23:03 : Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child (Wild One)
23:07 : Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
23:11 : Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
23:11 : The Killers – Mr. Brightside
23:18 : Bon Jovi – Living On a Prayer
23:18 : The Doors – L.A. Woman
23:21 : Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child of Mine
23:27 : ACDC – you shook me all night long
23:30 : Nirvana – Smells Like Teens Spirit
23:34 : The Doors – L.A. Woman
23:39 : Madness – Baggy Trousers
23:41 : Madness – One Step Beyond
23:44 : OutKast – Hey Ya!
23:48 : House of Pain – Jump Around
23:51 : Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
23:55 : The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
23:58 : Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
00:02 : Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love