Sonya & Mark Cassell

Client: Sonya & Mark Cassell

Event: Wedding

Venue: The Alexander Centre

Date: 17/02/2012

Package: Creative Mood Lighting

Music Requested: 60s, 70s, 80s, Jive, Rock, Indie, Party Classics

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After Saturday’s long drive back from The New Forest we moved onto the market town of Faversham, first time I think I’ve DJ’d there actually. There’s not an abundance of wedding venues in Faversham but if you are in that area then check out The Alexander Centre because we believe it offers tremendous value for your money. The venue are just starting to tap into the wedding scene and your contact there for events is Rosina who we found to be charming and helpful throughout the day, The Alexander Centre have also just secured a license to host Civil Ceremonies so can now stage your entire wedding.

set up on the main hall stage

The venue is situated in the high street, although there is no street parking there is a huge car park just a 2 minute walk away. As guests arrive at the venue there is a decent bar area with some nice modern seating and cocktail tables, Sonya and Mark married elsewhere so this was used for the drinks arrival prior to the guests going through to the main hall for the meal. The main hall is vast and could probably accommodate upto 200 guests easily I would guess. It has recently undergone a huge transformation and from an entertainment perspective it has an impressive stage area with a good quality blue curtain backdrop, which we chose to uplight in purple giving the hall a lovely ambient feel. The ceiling is very high and the acoustics are excellent.

stunning arch and lighting effects from the stage

Sonya & Mark also booked us to provide wedding breakfast background music so were arrived mid afternoon and as the guests entered the main hall there was a backdrop of Jazz for the meal. Mark is a huge fan of The Beatles, Oasis and Tom Petty, so we also incorporated a few of their more mellow tracks just before the first dance which got underway just after 8pm. The newleyweds music tastes were mainly based around Rock n Roll, Jive, Indie and Party Classics so we dug deep into the older genres to provide a vintage set of tunes throughout the evening to ensure that their family & friends enjoyed a set of music that reflected their music loves. There were one or two requests for chart music but on this occasion it was very much the family favourites from yesteryear that kept the floor full and the partygoers happy.

Just after midnight we grabbed a brief word with the bride who thanked us for everything and said she was delighted that we had chosen to finish with their favourite Queen track “Don’t Stop Me Now”. Sonya said “I thought you wern’t going to play it then when you said goodnight and started playing it was a great end to the night”. I then had a quick chat with Mark who thanked me for incorporating all his favourite songs into the set before rewarding me with a couple of bottles of “Honeymoon Mead” which I had spotted on the tables earlier in the day. It was brewed by Cassells, curiously the bride and grooms surname …I’m not familiar with Mead at all but clearly the groom has a passion for producing an alternative form of alcohol to Shepherd Neame, Britains oldest brewer situated just around the corner in Faversham.

cassells infamous honeymoon mead

So I took my honeymoon mead home with me to enjoy in the comfort of my office whilst unwinding on my playstation and strangely the rest is a blur …although some of the gaps were filled in the following morning when I was told that I had clanked into a bin several times, then spent a minute swaying from side to side before spinning my hat through the air like a cowboy and dropping like a stone into bed …the hat wasn’t the only thing still spinning on Monday morning !



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

20:03 : Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
20:06 : Eddie Cochrane – C’mon Everybody
20:09 : Buddy Holly – That’ll be the day
20:13 : Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Do You Wanna Dance
20:15 : Jerry Lee Lewis – Shake, rattle and roll
20:17 : Bill Haley and his Comets – Rock Around the Clock
20:19 : Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
20:22 : Little Richard – Tutti Frutti
20:22 : Dion & The Belmonts – Run Around Sue
20:26 : Frankie Valli – December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
20:30 : Jackson 5 – ABC
20:32 : Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
20:35 : Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Jimmy Mack
20:38 : Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
20:41 : Bee Gees – Staying Alive
20:45 : Chic – Le Freak
20:49 : Earth, Wind and Fire – September
20:53 : The Jacksons – Blame It On the Boogie
20:56 : Kool & the Gang – Celebration
20:59 : Arrow – Hot, Hot, Hot
21:03 : B52s – Love Shack
21:08 : Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (2003 Edit)
21:12 : BeyoncÈ – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
21:15 : Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
21:17 : – Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears)
21:19 : PSY – Gangnam Style
21:24 : Wham – Wake me up before you go
21:28 : ABBA – Dancing Queen
21:31 : Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
21:35 : T-Rex – I Love To Boogie
21:37 : Bryan Ferry – Let’S Stick Together
21:40 : Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Remastered)
21:42 : The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Mono Version)
21:46 : The Beatles – Twist and Shout
21:48 : Beatles – I saw her standing there
21:51 : Beatles – She loves you
21:53 : Beatles – I wanna hold your hand
21:56 : Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
21:59 : Madonna – Holiday
22:02 : Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
22:06 : Bad Manners – Special Brew
22:09 : Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
22:12 : UB40 – Red Red Wine
22:17 : Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
22:19 : Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
22:25 : Village People – Y.M.C.A.
22:29 : John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – The Grease Mega-Mix
22:32 : The Jam – A Town Called Malice
22:35 : Sweet – Wig Wam Bam
22:38 : Mud – Tiger Feet
22:42 : Kenny Loggins – Footloose
22:45 : Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
22:49 : Chesney Hawkes – The One and Only
22:52 : Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
22:56 : Megamix – Dirty Dancing Mix
23:08 : Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
23:10 : Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
23:13 : ERASURE – A Little Respect
23:16 : Communards – Don’t leave me this way
23:17 : New Order – Blue Monday
23:24 : Madness – Baggy Trousers
23:25 : Madness – One Step Beyond
23:29 : Blues Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
23:32 : Blur – Parklife
23:36 : Oasis – Wonderwall
23:39 : Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
23:44 : Beatles – She loves you
23:46 : The Beatles – Hippy Hippy Shake
23:48 : Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
23:52 : Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
23:56 : OutKast – Hey Ya!
00:00 : Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
00:04 : Coldplay – Paradise