Vanessa & Anthony

Client: Vanessa & Anthony Calvino

Event: Wedding

Venue: South Lodge Hotel – website

Date: April, 27 2013

Package: Plug & Play Package

Music Requested: RnB, Hip Hop, 90s, Soul, Garage, Party Classics, Latest Charts & Guest Requests


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When a bride comes up to you with an hour of a wedding gig left and declares “It’s been brilliant, all your reviews are fully deserved” …it’s got to be one of the best feelings of satisfaction a DJ can ever experience.

I’ve always stressed to brides that it’s important to stamp their music tastes on a reception, so it’s a unique experience in keeping with all the effort that goes into every other part of the day. If the bride and groom are happy and on the floor then that’s the place family and friends want to be on the big night. Vanessa had already emailed me earlier in the week and mentioned that it was the bit of the day that they were both looking forward to most and when I arrived and introduced myself to the couple I immediately got a good feel about the evening.

I arrived at the venue at 6.30 coinciding with the end of the wedding breakfast, the South Lodge Hotel is a 5 star hotel in Horsham and the room the reception takes place in is a superb environment sound and size wise, the room is actually on the ground floor but because of the sloping lie of the land access is via a large flight of stairs at the rear of the building. Once your into the room the set up point is immediately in front of the entrance doors which is a great spot opposite the entrance to the room. The venue lay a nice chequered dance floor as well which looks really cool and once set up is completed the dj booth has a curtained backdrop. That was one of the things that’s great about this venue …the curtains are heavy and lined and shut out all the light perfectly when drawn, so if your getting married there in the summer there is no issue with daylight once the reception gets under way. There was no mood lighting on this occasion, the room is great as it is but consider adding Creative Mood Lighting as it would definately look stunning.

We set up the PA, lighting,booth and arch in about 40 mins and dipped the lighting and put on a Trevor Nelson Soul mix to set the mood as the guests returned to the room just before 8pm for the cutting of the cake which took place on the dance floor, once the toastmaster had completed his duties the show was under way with the first dance, a lovely 90s R&B smooth groove (see playlist below).

It was quite an intimate reception of around 80 people, average guest age was around the 30-40 mark I’d guess which is always really good as they appreciate some of the older R&B, Soul tunes as well as the latest stuff, there was quite also a fair contingent of older children present so at the outset we played some more recent chart tunes to get it going, although as the evening flowed I was quite impressed with some of their older kids requests 90’s Hip Hop requests later on in the evening…unless they were running errands from their parents lol 😀

‘garage girls’

As the buffet cleared and the core of the dancing adults, bride and groom returned to the floor I started to drop some guest requests …the night never looked back from there, it really was a top top night with something for everyone, it just flowed very naturally with a noticeably happy atmosphere on and around the floor to match. A few of the guests came up at the end and we exchanged memories of the songs that I’d played in the last couple of hours and that is when you really know you have put on a bespoke show for the crowd, it’s a genuinely great feeling knowing you have gone back in time and reminded partygoers of times in their lives through the power of music. I think its realistic to say that this one could of easily gone another couple of hours but this good thing had to come to an end at midnight.

We are back out on the road this Saturday looking forward to Anna & Chris’s reception in Hertfordshire, in the meantime we wish Vanessa & Anthony all the very best for their honeymoon and the future together, thanks for letting us be a part of your special day !

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First Dance Every Time I Close My Eyes Babyface

Return of the Mack Mark Morrison
I Love Your Smile Shanice
Never Too Much Luther Vandross
Love On Top Beyoncé
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyoncé
I Want You Back The Jackson 5
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears) [Radio Edit]
Sexy Chick (feat. Akon) David Guetta
Sexy and I Know It LMFAO
Gangnam Style PSY
We No Speak Americano (UK Radio Edit) Yolanda B Cool
Locked Out of Heaven Bruno Mars
She Makes Me Wanna (feat. Dev) JLS
Forget You Cee Lo Green
Dance With Me Tonight Olly Murs
Crazy In Love Beyoncé
December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Frankie Valli
Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse) Mark Ronson
I Don’t Feel Like Dancing Scissor sisters
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder
ABC Jackson 5
You Can’t Hurry Love (Single Version – Mono) The Supremes
Your love is Lifting Me Higher jackie Wilson
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Le Freak Chic
Celebration Kool & The Gang
Midas Touch Midnight Star
Love Come Down Evelyn “Champagne” King
I Found Lovin’ The Fatback Band
Treat Her Like a Lady Temptations
Feel so Real Steve Arrington
Candy Cameo
Funky Cold Medina Tone Loc
Push It (Radio Version) Salt N Pepa
Poison Bell Biv DeVoe
Here Comes the Hotstepper Ini Kamoze
I Wish Skee-Lo
Miami Will Smith
Forgot About Dre Dr. Dre
California love Tupac & Dr Dre
Hypnotize Notorious B.I.G.
Macarena Los Del Rio
Show me the way to amarillo Tony Christie
Dancing Queen ABBA
Let Me Be Your Fantasy Baby D
Break of Dawn Rhythm On the Loose
Charly (Alley Cat Remix) Prodigy
Sweet Harmony Liquid
The Bouncer Kicks Like a Mule
Your Love Prodigy
Firestarter The Prodigy
Ebeneezer Goode (Beat Edit) Shamen
Moving Too Fast Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson
Imagine (Club Asylum Remix) Shola Ama
My Love (feat. Kele Le Roc) [Original Mix] 10 Below
Flowers (Sunship Edit) Sweet Female Attitude
Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta) Artful Dodger & Craig David
21 Seconds So Solid Crew
Straight from the Heart (Radio Edit) Doolally
Love Come Down (Original Vocal Mix) Double Take & MC Kie
Billie Jean (Single Version) Michael Jackson
Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson
Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners
One Step Beyond Madness
Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon
Mr. Brightside The Killers
All You Need Is Love Beatles
Believe In Me (12″ Mix) Utah Saints
I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly