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Make Your Wedding Unique To You

When I have conversations with wedding couples I will always try and make their special day as personal as possible. To me every wedding should be different because every couple is unique. No two weddings are the same and no I don’t play the same music at every wedding as that would be extremely boring.

Paul and Hannah who had seen me at a previous wedding had already planned their day wanting it to be quite laid back but with lot’s of fun bits for everybody to talk about. It was held at Lychett Minster School and you will see plenty of photos on the FB page including the excellent video that was created by the Best Man Steve as part of his wedding speech. The wedding was Dinosaur themed especially for the children including a request if I could do some Dinosaur Balloon models which was a first for me. There were lots of special touches including a ” Bake Off ” style fun cake competition.

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It was a memorable day with lots of laughter and yes my first attempts at balloon modelling went down very well with the little ones.


Hi Richard and Cheryl.

Please find our responses below.

But in addition we wanted to express the many compliments from our guests about the attention to detail for the requested (and somewhat obscure) jazz requests during the afternoon tea, the professional approach and flexibility towards our own individual and slightly crazy style! Hannah loved that it sounded like her own playlist. So much so that personal musical memories between people made for extra moments of happiness.

We chose PARTY NIGHTS OUT because you provided a clear description of what was included, the price was in our budget, and when we met Richard he was enthusiastic about our slightly wacky ideas and was keen to embrace our personal style and theme.

In addition we also had the benefit of a personal recommendation from my best man Steve. Richard was smart and professional throughout. He’s also a funny guy but not as funny as me and Steve!!!
Thank you for learning to make balloon dinosaurs!!
In particular I noticed (as was discussed), a relaxed attitude towards having an ebb and flow onto the dance floor and acceptance that it would be full and then empty.

Encouragement in leading a few dances was great and balanced in equal measure by quiet discretion.

I was impressed with Richard’s ability to announce the various things that we wanted people to participate in. Especially the background music for the Bake Off!

Richard was top notch from start to finish and cleared away promptly too which was noticed and appreciated.

Our day was perfect and thank you for being central to its success.

Paul and Hannah



Finding The Right Wedding DJ / Entertainer

Finding the right DJ is essential to having a great wedding reception.

You will find a few DJ’s in your area and they will range in experience from casual DJ’s to professional wedding and corporate DJ’s.

The question is would you leave this special day in the hands of an amateur. A professional wedding DJ will know how a wedding reception proceeds along.

During Wedding Planning, brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterers – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities. Within a week after their reception, 78% of brides say they would have made the wedding entertainment their highest priority.

The cost of entertainment at your reception is only a small portion of your overall budget. According to Modern Bride Magazine, only 5% of your overall budget will be spent on entertainment, yet over twice as many guests will remember the performance of your DJ or entertainer, over any other aspect of your reception. When you’re spending thousands of pounds on a once-in-a-lifetime dream event, does it make sense to save a few pounds by hiring second-rate entertainment?

Price is what many couples initially focus on and this is entirely understandable as your wedding budget must have some limitation. The main consideration must be priority; you need to ask yourself how important is the entertainment and how much of your budget you will allocate.

When compared to other party related expenses, a mobile dj is a bargain. The national estimated cost of a wedding reception is well over £15,000. Photographers can cost as much as £4,000; high-quality digital video £800-£3,000; your wedding cake £500-£1,200, basic meal service (chicken) for 150 guests £5,000. Don’t forget flowers, invitations, dresses and tuxedo rentals, limos and even postage

Ask yourself this question; is the entertainment less than 5% responsible for the success of your reception? The feedback from bride & grooms state that a quality DJ contributed up to 70% to the success of their reception. Wedding DJ’s prices range from as little as £100 to £1500!

There are many part time DJ’s and entertainers with sound systems and a collection of music but they can lack the knowledge and experience necessary to take charge of entertainment that needs to be specifically tailored to your requirements.

‘I realise how important it is to you and how much you want everything to be perfect. So, I will work with you to help make your day a celebration never to be forgotten’.

Richard Welsh

Professional Wedding DJ based in Dorset