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You Can't Beat An Experienced DJ

You Can't Beat An Experienced DJ

My obsession with music started when I was a teenager. I was lucky enough to get a stint at a local Pirate Radio Station when I was fifteen and I played songs that I still love to listen to today and still work for me when I play them at an event. That is the beautiful and bizarre thing about music. If you get to know your crowd and invest in the audience anything can happen. I have the chance to play those songs that pick you up and make you feel good. 

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Being a wedding DJ in Ireland is profoundly more than simply playing music. It's creating a backdrop for memories that will quite literally last a lifetime. “Do you remember that time that we went on that holiday and that song was playing” or “how about the night that we heard that song from our school days” Simply, It's knowing that there is no such thing as a “wedding play-list”. My experience has shown and taught me to create something unique every single time.

I’ve been a DJ for nearly thirty years and have navigated my way from a time where music was simply radio. You had to listen live, buy (and read) the magazines and take every morsel of advice from your elders gratefully. They knew what would work because they had the experience. Experience that couldn't be bought or sold. It was gold.

When I play an 80's DJ set I am right back there. At 80's nights I am once again transported. It worked for me then and it's working for us now. It's a spectacular thing to be part of and when it works it works. My experience has taught me to thrive on that energy. Song after song the intensity increases and an experienced DJ will know how to take it to a certain point and seamlessly transition into a completely different genre. 

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When I play a 90's DJ set I am transported back to my time as a DJ on the Canary Islands. It was 1992 and the world would physically stop turning if “Rhythm Is A Dancer” was not played a minimum of four times. You can't “learn” those memories. It's an instinctive and genuine thing. I am right back there remembering what worked and seeing it work again so beautifully! Think about it right now, hear those first few seconds of a great song and the hair will stand up on the back of your neck. 

As a DJ It is no longer acceptable to “not have a song”. We are now the spotify generation. Every song, era & mood is available at a second's notice. For couples who wed in their late 20's/early 30's Mark McCabe Maniac 2000 is an institution. It's a right of passage and probably the biggest song in Irish Music History. A time machine of memories, mistakes and everything that represented ones teenage years! I recently played at a wedding where a band member asked me about the song as he had never heard it before. I thought he was joking and It stopped me in my tracks! (no pun intended)

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As a wedding DJ you have to entertain and please a large group of people in no more than sixty songs. You've an eight year old flower girl and ninety year old Auntie Breda. Every single guest is worthy and deserving of an amazing experience. My experience has taught me to weed through the junk and PLAY THE HITS. It's the simplest strategy and a formula for success but sometimes it can be lost in an oblivion of panic and preparation. But always remember that those hits could be of any generation or genre but most importantly they form part of your memories. 

Every single crowd is different and you often have to change your plans, shake things up and alter accordingly. It's a gut feeling and a momentary instinct that arrives when you look at that room of people. A room of unique people who have united to celebrate the most important day in the life of someone that they love. Play the hits and make them happy.

Sometimes the dance floor clears. It happens. The temptation to panic and question everything is very real. It happens for a lot of DJs. I've reached a point in my career where I pride myself on reading the crowd and the clientèle. If it doesn't work then you very quickly provide something that does. The dance floor begins to populate once again and you know you're doing your job. That feeling is electrifying.

I have over twenty five years experience in this wonderful industry but I am constantly learning something new. Weddings, music and people are complex topics individually. Throw them all together and you have a lot of things to consider. 

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I recently played at a wedding and instantly knew that a song (Buddy Joe) would transport the wedding couple and their friends right back to their youth. I also knew that this kind of song, and indeed set, simply wouldn't work on the night of their wedding. It would have been lost in the company of the more mature guests and friends and family of the couple. Day 2 of the wedding brought more celebrations and felt to be the perfect time for this genre. It became a thirty minute set and the feedback from the couple was amazing. It brought the bride, groom and all of their friends right back to their teenage years and the atmosphere was out of this world. As a DJ I am still learning and will continue to learn and entertain the masses. 

Just a week later I played at the wedding of a more Indie/Alternative couple. Their music choices were far from mainstream but they wanted to please everyone at the same time. We found a way to merge the two and it resulted in brilliantly happy wedding guests and a bride and group who still experienced the tunes that brought them back to their college days. We made it happen and it was my experience that gave me the confidence to make that promise.

My experience as a wedding DJ in Ireland is my business card. Like any artist I've dedicated my life and time to perfecting my skill. I respect the responsibility that comes with the job and I've spent my days fine tuning my craft. I've grown in an industry that has become so saturated and “tick the box”. Experience is my tool kit. It's the bag of tricks that makes me 100% confident that your wedding will be everything you have dreamt about and more. It will be “that” wedding that people talk about time and time again. We've got this!

Plenty of DJs can say they are experienced but never be afraid to ask plenty of questions. Make sure that decision you make to hire a professional is the right one.

Wedding Budget – How To Save Money On The Important Stuff

Wedding Budget – How To Save Money On The Important Stuff

Your wedding day is one of the pivotal experiences of your life. It is an event that you and your family will remember and reference for ever more. For this reason people tend to put some of their frugalities to the side when it comes to wedding planning. For many it simply feels worth it to splash out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. But does that mean you have to spend a small fortune?

It is very possible to decide upon a budget and stick to it when you are planning your big day. Your budget will depend on so many factors. Your salary, commitments in the coming months, family dynamic and personal preferences. For example – many people choose to get married abroad for sentimental (or weather) reasons. It is often a cheaper way of getting married believe it or not.  Check out the below blog for some tips on getting married abroad.

Here are some top tips for saving money on the important stuff 

1. The Dress.

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We know how important your wedding dress is but there are a number of ways to find a beautiful dress and save a few pennys at the same time. Research bridal outlets and the designers they stock. Do some homework and decipher when the next season line is to be unveiled. At this time there is a good chance that older seasons will have a reduced price. You can also enquire about buying a floor sample which is a lot more common than you might think. Just inspect it carefully before you hand your money over. 

2. Invites & Place Cards

It might surprise you at just how much money could be spent on a mere invite and the card that marks where an individual will sit. Who knew you even had to budget for these things? There are so many ways of creatively making your own invites and place cards. You can buy discounted sets on crafty websites like etsy.com or you can pick up some inexpensive supplies at your local arts and crafts store. Sometimes less is more.

3. Wedding Flowers

Choosing local and seasonal flowers makes all the difference. Local means you will spend less on transport costs and seasonal means that you will get the freshest flowers for your money. Choose larger statement flowers as they will be vibrant, beautiful and you will need less of them. 

4. The Wedding Music

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This is a BIG one. Many people think that it is a simple case of hiring a band for the post-ceremony and post-dinner part of the event. Evening entertainment is often the only thing on ones mind. However, when it comes to the actual wedding planning it can suddenly feel very overwhelming. There are a lot of other elements of the wedding celebration that require music. The wedding ceremony (many of which are happening in venues/outdoor rather than a church), the drinks reception, the wedding “walk-in”, dinner and then the evening entertainment. If you hire different people or arrangements to do these things separately it will become overwhelmingly expensive. These days a lot of couples are hiring a professional wedding DJ who can do it all. It means less stress as you are dealing with one person throughout the planning stages and it works out significantly cheaper to hire one person to do it all. A wedding DJ is equipped and trained in providing appropriate and individual music for all of the musical options at your wedding. It’s a no-brainer for many couples. 

5. The Wedding Meal

Many couples specifically choose a venue that allows for outside catering. This gives you the option to research and fine-tune the perfect dining option that will please your guests and your budget. Many couples are now looking outside the box and offer buffet-style options above a sit-down dinner. Some even hire a food truck. Do it your way and get the most out of your money. 

How To Pick Your First Dance Song And The Importance Of It On Your Big Day

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A friend recently told me that she got teary eyed watching an advertisement for a coffee brand. Safe to say she doesn’t generally get emotional about caffeine. It was the music in the background that triggered the response. She could just about make out the feint beat of “stand by me” by the Ben E. King and this was the song that played while she and her husband had their first dance. Their wedding day was a couple of years ago, but the mere suggestion of that song makes her heart race and her eyes fill.  This anecdote says it all really. 

So how important is the first dance at a wedding?  Well, the dancing itself is probably the least important thing.  I’ve personally seen everything from ballroom dancing and waltzing right down to Irish Dancing and a hip hop dance routine.  What is important is the sentiment.  You see, so much of a wedding is about inclusion.  It’s about sharing a personal and poignant experience with those you love the most.  You want everybody to be comfortable. You want to ensure that everyone enjoys the food, the music and the atmosphere.  But the first dance?  It’s about just you two.  Apart from the ritual element of the wedding ceremony (at the alter or otherwise) this may be the only other moment that is specifically for you and your new spouse.  The spotlight is on you and the person you have just married.  It’s a couple of minutes to lock eyes, stand close and connect.  To celebrate what has actually just happened.  You’ve just taken the biggest step in your journey of love.  You have united in marriage in front of your family and friends. 

The timing of the first dance is quite appropriate too.  The ceremony is over, the meal has been enjoyed the you have just about fixed your make-up after the beautifully emotional speeches.  The first dance is an opportunity to focus on the couple once again and take it right back to basics.  It’s a chance to watch and appreciate a special moment between the couple who have just promised a life of love together.  It’s an opportunity to have a glimpse at where it all began. To where the story once started.  It started with just two people and here we can appreciate the simplicity and magnificence of them sharing a dance together surrounded by those who love them most.

For some couples choosing a first dance song couldn’t be easier.  They may have always had “their song” and it is the obvious choice.  It may be so obvious that their friends and family know in advance too.  It could be a song that they notoriously dance to on a night out or share on social media. 

For others it takes a little more consideration and it can feel a bit pressurising to find THE perfect song for their big day.  Let’s face it, the first dance happens once and once only. 

Rather than making it a stressful task, many people have great success when they simply keep their ears open in the lead up to their wedding.  The wedding planning stage might be eighteen months and for that eighteen months they make a list of songs that speak to them.  They may have heard the song on the radio, at another function or come across it on a TV show or ad.  If a song speaks to you and evokes an emotional response then it’s probably going to be a contender. Especially if the emotion is connected to your partner and the relationship and life you share. 

For others the song is a tribute to a time, person or experience they may have shared with their other half.  It seems fitting to play it and experience it in the presence of their loved ones. 

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The important thing to remember when choosing a first dance song is that you make the rules.  It doesn’t have to be a slow song.  It doesn’t have to be a ballad and it absolutely doesn’t have to be a song that the wedding party will recognise.  If you want to head bang to Metallica then you should absolutely do that.  If you want to quietly slow dance to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ then you should do that proudly too. 2018 has seen a rise in weddings using songs from The Greatest Showman as their first dance.  

At the end of the day(or start of the night) it is your song choice.  Pick the song that whenever you or anyone else hears it, you and they know that it was the song you had your first dance to on your wedding day.  In essence, IT'S YOUR SONG.

 

Irish Weddings Home And Abroad

Getting Married in Ireland and Living Abroad

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So you’re living abroad and coming back to the Emerald Isle for your Wedding Day? There really is no place like home when it comes to the biggest celebration of your relationship and love. To exchange vows and nuptials in the country you love the most is a magical experience.

You might be one of the thousands of Irish people who left the country in search of work opportunities. Or maybe a little holiday soon turned in to a longer holiday when you met that special someone. Whatever the reason, you’ve now found yourself happily engaged and wanting to get married back in Ireland.

For some of you the decision will have been as clear as day. Getting married in Ireland might be a no-brainer if you are both originally from there.

If your partner is not from Ireland then chances are the decision was a lot more complex. But now that everyone is happy and on board you want to make sure that your wedding is all kinds of amazing. Perhaps your partner’s family will travel to your home country to experience an Irish wedding and you want it to completely blow their minds. You also want to achieve it without having a nervous breakdown.

The most important thing about planning a wedding from a different country is communication. You will be doing a great deal of the planning in an online capacity and in many cases it starts with an email enquiry. If a potential vendor replies in a negative way or if the communication has been unreliable then it’s more than likely a sign of things to come. It is incredibly important to choose someone who makes you feel comfortable, confident and reassured.

Reading testimonials or taking recommendations from people you trust is a great place to start.

Meeting a potential vendor is a really good idea too. If you are planning a quick trip home then why not make some time to meet and discuss your plans. You will leave Ireland feeling confident in your choices and the service providers you have secured.

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Getting Married Abroad, Living In Ireland

On the flip side you may be one of the many Irish people who dream about getting married abroad. European Cities and destinations like Ibiza and France are extremely popular among Irish couples for a wedding away from home.

Communication is another really important factor here. Language barriers can pose some difficulties but in 2018 there are some really great platforms and routes that can be taken to give you the wedding of your dreams abroad.

Ensuring that you have secured the perfect venue, food, drinks and clothing are some of the most important decisions to be made. We have the luxury of choice in this day and age and with weddings abroad becoming more and more popular it is becoming increasingly easier to plan a wedding remotely from your computer or phone.

Music is a non-negotiable for many couples who plan to wed abroad. Something that is going to provide the most important backdrop for their big day requires the right person for the job.

There are a myriad of options when it comes to hiring a local DJ or musician in the country that you hope to marry in. It can feel overwhelming and impossible to know where to start.

But what if your music needs are specific to an Irish audience? You’re marrying your soul mate in beautiful surroundings. You are dressed for a beautiful day of sunshine and the local food is the stuff of dreams. But you also happen to want to hear Maniac 2000 and The Green And Red Of Mayo. Your guests have took the time to travel to your wedding abroad. You want to give them something special. You want to share something unforgettable with the special people in your life who have made the effort to attend your big day.

Your Pinterest boards are awash with scenes containing vineyards and picturesque backdrops but your mind cannot imagine a wedding that does not involve joining the entire party for a recreation of River dance.

Have you considered bringing an Irish DJ with you for your big day? Believe it or not this is very normal practice these days. People simply are not willing to cut corners when it comes to their wedding entertainment. They want to be able to put their time and energy in to the aesthetic aspects of the day, confident in the knowledge that someone will provide the perfect musical ambiance for the occasion.

Bringing a trusted Irish Wedding DJ to your wedding abroad is extremely cost effective too. A cheap Ryanair flight and cheep and cheerful hotel can be organized in minutes. It’s cutting out a huge amount of the stress and injecting something really authentic and “Irish” in to your wonderful day.

A great Irish wedding DJ will have done this many times. They’ll have had the pleasure of entertaining thousands of wedding guests over the years in a variety of cities and countries. Their passion is ensuring that your wedding guests experience a day like no other. They take the time to provide a unique and special arrangement of music that will make your wedding day feel like home away from home.

 

Check out my testimonials right here. You can enquire today and I will be more than happy to chat with you about the music that will provide the magical spark that you and your wedding guests will never forget.