Afternoon Wedding Blog
Thursday 14th April 2016
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of DJing at an afternoon wedding in south London – and it was a lot of fun.
The bride and groom had been let down by their band at the last minute (not a Tailored Entertainment band, I might add) and the only information they’d given me were the start and finish times (3pm-7pm). I didn’t know what expectations they had for their day, but mostly I was wondering – ‘Will people want to dance at 5pm whilst it’s still light out?’
The bride was from Canada and the groom was Indian. They’d celebrated with a big wedding in India the previous week, so opted for a smaller do for their family and friends in the UK.
The sun was shining, the tables were beautifully decorated with wild flowers and vintage tea sets, and afternoon tea was served. Yum.
Whilst the guests were chatting and eating, I played some 1940’s classics, swing, and jazz standards in-keeping with the theme...and the bridesmaids’ dresses. (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Nina Simone etc…)
At 5 o’clock they had their first dance, ‘(Everything I do) I do it for you’ by the bride’s fellow countryman Bryan Adams. They hadn’t said there would be first dance until I arrived - Cue speedy iTunes purchase on my phone. (Can’t believe I didn’t already have that one!)
The lights were dimmed, the champagne and cups of tea were flowing, and the dance floor filled up. There were lots of requests for Bhangra music, and with a little help from some of the guests and their iPhones, we really got the crowd going. (I now own a large collection of Bhangra hits too!) I played plenty of classic party tunes as well and at 6.30pm when the groom decided they were ready for some ‘Gangnam Style’, he wasn’t lying.
At 7pm the groom requested ‘Song 2’ – by Blur for the last song. Perfect to get everyone jumping up and down and to end the evening on a high.
It has to be one of my favourite weddings ever - relaxed, informal, a lovely crowd, and a packed dance floor.
Who knew you could have so much fun before dark!