We are turning into a bit of a Bollywood / Bhangra Specialist these days with the ever increasing number of English / Indian weddings we are playing at across London & the South East.
Indian weddings are also an extremely big business at one of our partner venues, Addington Palace in Surrey …where we had a big part to play in the huge wedding of Deepali & Chris last November …as a result of the media captured at that event we have gone on to play at many mixed weddings throughout 2015.
Kerrie & Hardeep
Our recent run of events saw us at Kerrie & Hardeep’s wedding at Offley Place in Hertfordshire (Oct 31), the couple booked our Uplighting Package + First Dance Cam Upgrade (Option 2) …then last Saturday (Nov 7) we were at Houchins Farm in Colchester for Jennie & Ricky’s wedding. We conclude our recent run with a Bollywood Themed Parents Event at Saint Ronan’s School in Hawkhurst, Kent this Saturday (Nov 14).
– What Kerrie Said
Hardeep and I booked Phil to DJ our wedding at Offley Place, Hertfordshire for 31/10/15. We originally chose the up-lighting package but later on upgraded to the first dance cam package. Booking was straight forward and easy with all our queries answered promptly. The DJ portal is a fantastic tool which you can log in to anytime and literately plan your event. Everything from what music to you played to the timings of speeches etc. we found it so easy to use and a great help in planning our day. On the wedding day, he had arrived and set up without us evening noticing. The up lighting was stunning and we received lots of compliments from the guests and even the venue staff. We were so pleased with the results and to be honest, we were not expecting it to be as spectacular as it was! We had a mix English/Indian wedding and originally had concerns over the types of music to play in order to keep all the guests happy and on the dance floor. We needn’t have worried as Phil did a brilliant job of mixing the 2 cultures together. One of the main reasons we wanted to hire Phil was down to the impressive and extensive music library! If he did not have what you are after, he will download your music choice or provide him with a CD/USB stick containing the tracks. He had our guests dancing all night, in fact I think he actually wore a few people out! The energy was fantastic and he mixed between the Western and Asian styles seamlessly. Our fears of no one dancing were certainly squashed. The first dance cam was available to download and watch roughly a week later is contains over 20 minutes of all the fun from the dance floor. We were also able to share this via social media so that those who couldn’t make the wedding got to see it. I would definitely recommend this option to anyone that is thinking of hiring a videographer for their wedding but are worried of it being a bit too intrusive to their guests. We found this was the perfect way of capturing the randomness of the night and people’s reactions without them even noticing, even those that are camera shy. The majority of ours guests didn’t even notice it was there so great dancing has now been documented forever, much too some dismay! We found Phil extremely professional and an expert at what he does. It is refreshing to see someone taking music and presentation seriously and working with passion rather than sticking on the same cheesy songs with a few balloons and hoping for the best. If you want something fun, cutting edge and modern then this is the DJ for you! Hardeep and I would like to say a massive thank you to Phil for all of his hard work and for making out night come to life. You were key in making our night a success and we couldn’t have done this without you. Our only regret was not having the chance to thank you in person on the night. Thank you so much and we wish you every success in the future! 🙂
Sometimes during the planning process it is a concern for brides planning English / Indian Weddings as to how it will all work with the music. We have a lot of experience bringing these events together and my advice would be not to try and stage things too much and just let the evening unfold naturally …having said that I would give you the following tips.
In our experience if your Indian guests make up a large percentage of the crowd and particularly if they have travelled over for the wedding I would highly recommend that a large amount of Bhangra and Bollywood style music is in the music library (even if it isn’t all played its good to have it). We do already stock a large amount of Bhangra, however you are also more than welcome to provide your own tracks.
Indian Weddings are full of colour and extremely vibrant, go for our Uplighting package and colour theme your event for the maximum experience …add even more wow factor by adding a Starlit Dance Floor.
Make the Indian guests feel extra welcome …do this by incorporating a set of music quite close to the first dance and get the Bhangra out there early on, its important to get any event off to a roaring start and this will drive your Indian guests straight to the floor, don’t worry too much about the English guests …the majority are always more than happy to get involved and experience something new.
The success of any mixed race wedding is determined by playing the correct fusion of music at the correct time …like every event in the wedding industry, you need to know your crowd and when to please them.