Then of course there was Primo Parties and Primo Prints, With our newest item, the 4ft rustic LOVE letters, the Magic Photo Mirror and our gold DJ Set-up we have such a good time with many of the brides who came to see us - we are looking forward to lots of weddings at the Yenton and throughout Dorset in the next few months and years!
Finally, Primo Parties' very own Donna, entertained the visitors with her vocal entertainment - available to hire individually (www.sammiemusic.co.uk) and as part of a yet unnamed acoustic duo, Donna was one of the stars of the day!
With over 25 brides coming through the doors and bookings for many of our exhibitors - we don't think this will be the last Yenton wedding fair - and watch this space, as we might have another fair to announce in the coming weeks!
All photographs courtesy of Donna Samways - available to book for event style photography from Primo Parties
With almost a whole month gone of 2017, it is probably a little late to say Happy New Year but we are going to do it anyway!
January has been quite a month so far, the first outing for out Magic Photo Mirror, 3 events, 2 wedding fairs, masses of enquiries and bookings and the opportunity to chat to other wedding suppliers at a local get-together. We thought January was supposed to be quiet!
So I was driving along today and a song came on the radio, a song which I really shouldn’t know all the words too, I certainly shouldn’t be able to sing along to and I DEFINITELY shouldn’t be disappointed when it had finished. I realised it was clearly my ‘guilty pleasure’ song, the song which you love but never really want to admit to loving.
Now, what is worse about my situation is that hearing that song meant I had to go home, search through my CD collection (it isn’t an album which we have digital versions of!) and listen to the whole album, an album which is full of songs I seemingly knew the words to. So my guilty pleasure song has now become my guilty pleasure band….a whole new level!
Now before you ask, It’s not the worst guilty pleasure song in the world – in fact, a quick google search brings up a variety of playlists which are described as guilty pleasure. Bands such as One Direction, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys feature regularly in these lists but my song and band doesn’t…not sure if this is a good thing or a bad one?!
Ok, so here goes, my guilty pleasure band is…..
Scouting for Girls
And the song which I found myself singing at the top of my voice is…..
Elvis Isn’t Dead
(worrying for me is that George, my 3 year old son, now sings, “I wish it was mmmmmeeeee you chose” which is a sign I obviously listened more than once!)
So, I’ve admitted it – I love Scouting for Girls, great pop music that makes me smile.
So, your turn…..what is your guilty pleasure band and song?
One of the best things we've ever done at a wedding was organise 'the shoe game' for the bride and groom. The game involves the bride and groom sitting back to back with one of each shoe on each hand. We read the questions below and they hold up the shoe of the person they think it is. Easy!
(Until they start disagreeing - then we have fun!)
And so today we have requested our tickets for the Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards 2016 and we are attending with a chance of actually winning one...
Last year we provided the entertainment for the event and spent most of the evening applauding the winners and thinking 'if only...' but this time, unbelievably, we will be sitting and hoping our name is called out.
The awards are fantastic, they celebrate those individuals who hand over their lives to their business. Weddings are 24/7, 365 days a year. There is no longer a distinct wedding season and we have bookings for weddings throughout the year. This means weddings take over the lives of the individuals representing their businesses but also their families.
Many of the businesses nominated, not just in the entertainment category, are sole traders or small companies who have to work long hours prior to and after the weddings. Although we are only visible for a few hours on a wedding day that is just the tip of the iceberg!
With most of our events happening at weekends it means that our family time is limited and so our families have to be very accommodating - time with our children is very precious and it is always hard to leave them when they are too young to understand why 'daddy' or 'Mummy' has to go. We have to call on partners, parents, brothers, sisters and friends to provide support when we need it, pre-wedding meetings, set-up evenings and wedding receptions all require co-ordination within our families
I guess what we are saying is these awards are as much for the families and friends of the businesses involved as they are for the individuals or staff involved. Primo Parties have amazing support from our partners, family and friends and we thank them for that.
We hope we can come home with an award to make all your efforts worthwhile!
With many years’ experience in wedding and event planning, we have acquired a substantial list of suppliers of other items which work alongside our own. We believe these suppliers provide a service which is of a quality we would expect. If you do contact them, please mention us as we’d like them to know we sent you (we don’t benefit in any other way!)
Wedding Dresses and Accessories
Isobels Bridal and Groom
www.isobelsbridalandgroom.co.uk 01202 721821
The shop which sold us our own wedding dress and accessories – need we say more? Lovely people, beautiful dresses and fantastic alteration service. Situated on Ashley Road in Parkstone, Poole, with plenty of parking outside too!
www.ismile.co.uk 01202 252942
There are a number of photobooth suppliers in Dorset but we have found ismile to be the best to work alongside. smartly dressed with a good selection of props and a variety of professional set-ups we believe they offer a fantastic service for weddings and events.
Venue Styling / Vintage decorations
Based in Cheltenham (but regularly and happily working throughout the South West), Daisy Says I Do is an event styling company specialising in bespoke vintage events. Not happy with just styling your venue they also sell a variety of handmade original items online to complement your big day (and even your hen party!)
After attending their first ever wedding (which happened to be their own!) we were blown away by the quality of their venue styling service - We love Daisy Says I Do!
www.darrenlovellphotography.co.uk 07792 000325
We meet lots of photographers at our events but very rarely to we meet someone like Darren, a thoroughly nice bloke who clearly takes pride in not just every event, but every photograph. His website speaks for itself with so many amazing shots from all over Dorset.
We have been asked for first dance suggestions a few times in recent months so we've picked out just a small selection of songs we've played for our couples in the last few months.
Just the way you are - Boyce avenue
The One - Kodaline
Only you can love me this way - Keith Urban
Grow old with you - Tom Odell
Everything - Michael Buble
At last - by Beyonce
I don't want to miss a thing - Aerosmith
You got the love - Candi Staton
Latch - Sam Smith
Rollin - Limp Bizkit's (A very unusual choice!)
A thousand years – Christina Perry
Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Best Friend - Queen
Amazed - Lonestar
Stand inside your love - Smashing Pumpkins
This Years Love - David Gray
Parachute - Train
Never going to be alone - Nickleback -
Endless Love - Lionel Richie ft Shania twain
Over and over again : Nathan Sykes
All of me - John legend
I wanna grow old with you – Westlife
So close – Enchanted
When a man loves a woman – Percy Sledge
Moonriver – Eddi Reader
Our own first dance was 'Love is Easy' by Mcfly. It's not a typical first dance song, and we've never played it since. However, it was hugely significant to our own relationship (It was the soundtrack to Adam's proposal) and the journey we had taken to that point. It isn't a slow dance song, and we had to do more than just move from side to side but it was OUR song.
Sometimes it is best to choose a song in which the lyrics are significant, sometimes it might just be a song which seems to have accompanied you throughout your relationship, sometimes its a completely random song which you just like!
You'll find a song which is perfect for you - you might just need a helping hand!
Recently, we've had a couple of prospective clients ask to see our 'standard wedding playlist', this confused us because we aren't sure such a thing actually exists!
All of our packages offer our clients to create a playlist with us, meaning we are sure we will play some of the key songs which have significance to them and also meaning we can choose songs which fit perfectly around those they have chosen.
Without a doubt, there are popular songs which will feature at many of the weddings we play at but, in the last year, we have played Metal, UK Garage, 80s and 90s themed parties and weddings which haven't featured any at all!
At weddings, it is very rare for us to have any idea what we are going to play 2 or 3 songs ahead - the crowd can change so quickly and we are skilled at quickly adapting to the needs/wants of them! Not only that, but as we actively encourage requests (both verbally and through our 'request cards') it can be these that guide the course of the musical journey. Of course, should someone request 'Darude - Sandstorm' at 9pm it is highly likely we might well 'save'; that one for a later time! But, if we have a glut of requests for cheesy 90's classics like 'B*witched' then that is where the music takes us!
When you write your playlist if you have lots of classic 90's dance, it is safe for us to say that you are a particular fan of 90's dance and we'll continue to play some of those classics until the mood of the night takes us in a different direction. However, when a smaller playlist is received we will 'test the waters' and play a selection of different music to see what the crowd want - sticking with those genres which get people on the floor. Remember - playlists are guides for your DJ. They aren't going to play your list and then play something completely different. Give us the soundtrack to your relationship and your lives, let us fill in the blanks!
We are so lucky to play in some of Dorset’s most amazing wedding venues and it got us thinking…
What is the perfect wedding venue? We don’t mean a beautiful view, or the flawless ceremony but the perfect venue for the perfect evening reception. We obviously have our DJ hats on here!
Now recently we have been lucky enough to play at some fantastic venues in 2016 but they are all different and it does affect the general atmosphere of the evening reception. Clearly we know that the guest-list, the weather and the food provided also make a difference (let’s not forget alcohol consumption either!) but if all these were the same what would we look for?
1.Dancefloor – The perfect dancefloor is big enough to house your guests on comfortably but small enough that they don’t have too much room to bust those moves! Small dancefloors discourage people from dancing and can lead to frustration when ‘THAT’ dancer (you know the one) bashes into you whilst they are showing their friends their latest move! Large dancefloors on the other hand can have the same effect; some dancers want to ‘blend in’ making sure they aren’t being watched by people sitting down. A large dancefloor means everyone is in space and can be seen (it also means people can dance as far away from the DJ as possible!)
2.Space for the DJ/Entertainment – The ideal venue has a space to the side of the dancefloor for the DJ, somewhere they can position themselves so they can interact with the crowd whilst not being in danger of getting covered in champagne. A stage is good, however, if too big it can make your DJ look a little inadequate! Recently, we played on a mezzanine area and although we were a little concerned about being ‘out of’ the reception it turned out to be a fantastic gig and a super viewpoint for photos too!
3. The Bar – In or out? – Having a bar in the same room as your reception means that people are not encouraged to leave the room at all. They cannot shy away from the dancefloor as much and tend to dance to more of the music because of this. A bar outside of the room means that people can sometimes deliberately spend their evening outside of the room so they can ‘chat’ – The flip side of this is that, with the bar outside, you end up with a group of people dancing who REALLY WANT to dance in the room and so the atmosphere can be fantastic!
4. The buffet – Simple really, Cutlery means sitting down. With a fork buffet, many of your guests will spend 45 minutes eating and then enjoy their chair so much that they struggle to get up – even to their favourite song! Finger buffets are perfect as people eat them quicker and then get back on the dancefloor (often dancing and eating at the same time!)
5.Outdoor Space – Sunshine is a killer for a DJ! If the weather is good outside then clearly, your guests will enjoy the early evening sunshine rather than being inside (as we would do!) This means that your DJ will endeavour to play ‘background music’ to a near empty room until the sun goes in and people get a little chilly. From a DJ perspective, a little outdoor space is good but can mean that your party does take a lot longer to get started (sometimes as late as 10pm!)
So, what have we come up with?
Well, after writing this, we aren’t really sure!
Consider all these options when you look at your evening venue. Do your guests like to dance? If they do then you will find they might dance anywhere. If they need a little bit of encouragement then maybe this list will help you.
We love our business because every event we play at is different. It means we are never sure what night we are going to end up with and that makes life more interesting! Chose the venue that feels right. The venue that makes you take a deep breath when you walk in. Your DJ will work their magic and everything else will just fit into place!
So, as we are just beginning the wedding season 2016, we had a thought.
Why do some people choose not to have a first dance?
The picture above is from our last wedding, the Kimbers, who chose to have a first dance (and a beautiful one it was too!) but what about those people who decline the option to have a few minutes where every person in the room is looking at them, after all, hasn't that been happening all day anyway?
The first dance is a traditional element of the wedding reception, but in our experience around 20% of our couples choose not to have one. They explain that for many of them, having all their friends looking at them doing sometime out of their comfort zone is too much for them to deal with. Even if you are ok with everyone looking at you, many are conscious of a perceived inability to dance - what do you do then? the 'dad' shuffle from side to side? the choreographed routine? or just stand still and wait for the music to finish?
Remember - many photographers will request a first dance with just the bride and groom - it makes for great photos, many of which are quality shots which feature on the wall for years to come. We always encourage the bride and groom to at least start a first dance - then we invite their friends and family to join them to make them feel less awkward. Most of our couples go for this option - we pick a suitable point in their song, give a quick announcement and very soon, a packed dancefloor of guests are shuffling to the remainder of their special track.
We really don't mind what our special couples do - as long as they are happy and comfortable with the evening!
What do you think?
So, after a quiet couple of months, we got back on the wagon and attended the Wedding Daze wedding fair at Poole Lighthouse in mid February. With experience at a couple of wedding fairs we decided that we would leave our kit behind and sell the business in the best way possible...using US and how passionate we are about providing the perfect soundtrack to every event we play for.
We showed up with 45 minutes to go before over 200 wedding couples were perusing the 80 or so stalls in the Lighthouse. "Oh , we thought you weren't coming, It must take you a while to set up" the organisers said to us....a voice in the back of my mind suddenly wasn't so sure on our decision. The other two DJ's who were present brought their full set up with them, all singing, all dancing. With lights drifting all over the venue hall and music playing, we debated our decision further. Were we wrong not to bring out kit with us? We had photographs with us, banner stands and a video playing, plus obviously you can see our kit on this very website, but is that as good as seeing the real thing?
Some couples walked straight past us, giving us the same 'I don't want to stop and talk' look that we, ourselves gave other providers when we got married in 2014, but they did that to lots of stalls. Some looked at us and seemed puzzled - were these the people we had lost out on because it wasn't clear what we were selling?
Every couple we spoke to said no, that they didn't need to see our modern set up because they weren't sure that that is what differentiated DJ's - it was their ethos and attitude to the events they played at. Carol and I were chuffed, "That's exactly what I think" we said to each other....but there was a little niggling thought in the back of my mind....still I wasn't sure
So what do you think? Do you need to see the kit of a DJ before you will book them? Is their expertise and personality important?
Help us out!