I Did It – Regional Final Of Best Wedding DJ

After a year of hard work, and entertaining at some amazing weddings across the UK I am honoured to have made the final of the BEST WEDDING DJ for the Eastern Region in The Wedding Industry Awards.

The final is to be held at the amazing The Granary Estates, Woodditton, Suffolk, on 16th November 2016. The finalists are chosen from votes from couples that I have worked with over the last year, so to make the final shows that hard work and dedication that I put into make your wedding day perfect.

I will keep you posted


Wedding Day Speech Advice

In my role as a Wedding DJ & Master Of Ceremonies, I am often asked for Wedding Day Toast Speech Advice, so I’ve written a blog post for everybody.

The mere thought of having to give a speech is enough to send most of us scurrying for cover and wishing that someone else could do it. Yet, with careful thought, preparation and practice, it can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

  • Prepare early. Resist the natural urge to leave it to the last minute.
  • Think clearly about what you want to say. Write down your ideas so that you can refer to them when you make the written drafts.
  • If you are not naturally humorous think carefully before using jokes, especially the more risqué type!
  • Know your audience and what they will expect. Use of bad language may cause offence to some in attendance. Decide if you want to read, use notes or memorise your speech word for word. Each style has its merits and pitfalls.
  • Like most things Practice makes perfect, so rehearse what you want to say. Practice aloud and in front of a mirror. You will get used to hearing your voice, improve timing and delivery and gain confidence.
  • On the day avoid too much alcohol before rising to speak!
  • Take a deep breath before starting.
  • Do not rush but speak naturally, slowly and clearly.
  • Look around and get eye contact with your guests and engage them.
  • Speak with a confident voice and sufficient power to be heard – without needing to shout.
  • If a loudspeaker system and microphone are available then consider using them. A microphone should be held a few inches under your mouth. Resist the temptation to shake your head or wave the microphone from side to side!
  • Try to avoid speaking for too long.
  • When there is laughter or applause—wait for it to subside before carrying on! or otherwise, the guests may not hear what you have to say.

Enjoy it and speak with feeling and confidence. Your guests will appreciate that and will enjoy what you are saying much more

“Great service, always on hand to help. Prompt communication and plenty of useful advice not limited to the music. Would highly recommend to anyone! – Mr & Mrs Wong Wedding Kings College Cambridge

If you would advise about the toasts & speeches at your wedding, then call or text Ian on 07736-880 790, email him at [email protected] or complete the short form on this page.

Who Normally Gives Wedding Speeches

The Father Of The Bride

This is one of Dad’s proudest moments and his speech normally, though not exclusively, includes the following points:

  • Welcomes relatives and friends.
  • Stories about the Bride, her childhood and her teenage years.
  • Praises her choice of Husband
  • Welcomes his new Son-in-Law into the family.
  • At the end of his speech he asks the guests to stand and toast: “The Bride & Bridegroom”

The Bridegroom

A highlight of the day! The Bridegroom does not need to be humorous, although wit and charm are always appreciated. With everyone on his side, the Bridegroom will have the floor to himself.
In his speech he will be expected to thank:

  • The Bride’s father for his toast and welcoming him into the family.
  • Guests for coming, especially those who have travelled long distances.
  • The Bride’s parents for the reception (if appropriate) and their generosity.
  • His own parents for love and support over the years.
  • The Best Man for friendship and support.
  • His new wife for making him so happy.
  • The Ushers and Bridesmaids.
  • At the end of his speech he asks the guests to stand and toast: “The Bridesmaids”

The Best Man

Often expected to produce an entertaining, funny and revealing expose of the Bridegroom! It is best to avoid being rude or offensive so as not to cause offence.

  • Thank the Bridegroom on behalf of the Bridesmaids for his Toast and kind words.
  • Select and read out a small number of messages from distant or absent friends.
  • The Best Man may want to refer to the Bridegrooms strengths and, possibly, “weaknesses”.
  • Funny stories that are not too embarrassing about the Bridegroom.
  • Perhaps talk about the Bride in glowing terms and her positive effect on the Bridegroom. At the end of his speech to toast: “ The Bride & Bridegroom”

The Bride

It is becoming more common for the bride to give a short speech, normally she will be the last speaker.

As it’s her day, my normal advice is, speak about whatever you want, and possibly she could present the gifts.


It is usual for the Bridegroom (and the Bride) to present gifts to the Bridesmaids, Pageboys, Ushers and the Best Man during his Speech. When thanking parents for their help, support, encouragement and love, a bouquet of flowers may be presented to your Mothers.

Toasts & The Taking Of Wine

During the course of the Bridegroom’s speech—or at a previously agreed time—a toast to ‘Absent Friends’ may be appropriate.


northern soul birthday party

Northern Soul 30th Birthday Party In Essex

Amazing 30th Birthday Party

On Saturday night I had the pleasure of being asked to be the DJ at Sam’s 30th Birthday Party in Corringham Essex.

I have to admit from Sam’s initial telephone call to ask if I was available I was really excited about this party. Sam explained that she was a member of a “Scooter” club and was a massive fan of Northern Soul, Motown, 60’s Anthems, Ska, Two Tone and a few of her friends were regulars at the legendary Caister Soul Weekends.

Sam used my unique online planning tools to select here a few of her favourite songs, and I just put the rest together.

If you are looking for a DJ for your Birthday Party, who can work with you and not play the normal mobile DJ party tunes then call or text me on 07736-880 790 or email me at [email protected], or use the short form on this page.

here are the songs that I played on the night:

Clyde McPhatter – Baby You’ve Got It
David Essex – So-Called Loving
Kenny Lynch – It’s Too Late
Chairmen Of The Board – Everything’s Tuesday
Diana Ross – Brown Baby
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Percy Sledge – You’ve Got That Something Wonderful
Eddie Floyd – Big Bird
Specials – Nite Klub
Herbie Mann – A Good Thing (Is Hard To Come By)
Showstoppers – Ain’t Nothing But A House Party
Booker T & The MG’s – Boot-Leg
Archie Bell & The Drells – Here I Go Again
Chuck Wood – Seven Days Too Long
Edwin Starr – Time Is Passin’ By
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – The Night (7″ Mix)
R Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
Billy Ocean – Red Light Spells Danger
Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud Too Beg
Contours – Just a Little Misunderstanding
Cheryl Lynn – Got to Be Real
Patrice Rushan – Forget Me Nots
Booker Newberry III – Love Town
Roy Ayers – Running Away
Mario Biondi – This Is What You Are
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
Joe Smooth Inc & Anthony Thomas – Promised Land (Original 12″ Mix)
Fish Go Deep Ft Tracey K. – Cure & The Cause (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
Ron Hall & The Muthaunkaz – The Way You Love Me (A Tom Moulton Mix)
Kinks – All Day & All Of The Night
McCoys – Hang On Sloopy
Mel Tormé – Right Now
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Booker T & The MG’s – Green Onions
Toots & The Maytals – 5446 Was My Number
Prince Buster & The All Stars – Al Capone
Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp
Dave & Ansel Collins – Double Barrel
Dobie Gray – Out On The Floor
Young Holt Trio – Wack Wack
MVP – Turning My Heartbeat Up
Marvin Gaye – This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It’s Killing Me) [7″ Mix]
Tom Jones – Stop Breaking My Heart
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Mickey’s Monkey
Small Faces – Tin Soldier
Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Arthur Conley – Sweet Soul Music
Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You
Edwin Starr – Stop Her On Sight (SOS)
Len Barry – 123
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up (Short Version)
Tami Lynn – I’m Gonna Run Away From You
Precisions – If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely) [7″ Mix]
Robert Knight – Love On A Mountain Top
Frank Wilson – Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By (7″ Mix)
Edwin Starr – Time (7″ Mix)
Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony
Who – My Generation
Kinks – You Really Got Me
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Blur – Parklife
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Happy Mondays – Step On
Supergrass – Alright
Killers – Mr Brightside
The Jam – Going Underground
Clash – London Calling
Piranhas – Tom Hark
The Special AKA – Too Much Too Young
Kingsmen – Louie Louie
Duke Browner – Crying Over You (7″ Mix)
Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston – It Takes Two
Tams – Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy (Ext)
Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’ (Ext)
Fat Larry’s Band – Act Like You Know (Original 12″ Mix)
Evelyn King – Love Come Down (Ext)
Shalamar – There It Is
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Cameo – Candy
Style Council – Shout To The Top
Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown
Isley Brothers – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)
Dean Parrish – I’m On My Way
Judy Street – What
Billy Butler – Right Track (7″ Mix)
James Brown – Night Train
Wynder K Frog – Green Door
Beatles – Love Me Do
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
Al Wilson – The Snake
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
Chas & Dave – Ain’t No Pleasing You

60th Birthday Party

DJ’d At A 60th Soul and Jazz-Funk Birthday Party In Chelmsford

On Saturday night I was asked to be the DJ at Debbies 60th Birthday Party the The Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford, Essex.

“Thank you again for Saturday night! Everyone had such an amazing time and couldn’t stop saying how good the music was!” Jenna Carruthers, the birthday Girls Daughter In Law”

If you want to feel like this after your Birthday Party, then call or text DJ Ian Stewart on 07736-880 790, email me at [email protected] or use the short contact form on this page.

I have got to say it was an amazing birthday party, with some awesome dancers, and I got to play some great music too, as you can see from the list below.

Stevie Wonder – Happy Birthday
Intruders – I’ll Always Love My Mama
Jacksons – Show You The Way To Go
Bobby Womack – Daylight
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Prayin
Womack & Womack – Life’s Just A Ball Game
Luther Vandross – Sugar & Spice
René & Angela – I’ll Be Good
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Thelma Houston – Saturday Night Sunday Morning
Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
Michael Jackson – Rock With You (DJ Beats)
Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer (DJ Beats)
Emotions – Best Of My Love
Earth Wind & Fire – September
Barry White – You’re My First, My Last, My Everything
Trammps – Disco Inferno (DJ Beats)
Average White Band – Let’s Go Round Again (DJ Beats)
O’Jays – I Love Music (DJ Beats)
Change Ft Luther Vandross – Searching (Original 12″ Mix)
Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning
R Kelly – Happy People
Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long (Ext)
Funkmasters – It’s Over
George McCrae – Rock Your Baby
Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat (DJ Beats)
Heatwave – Boogie Nights
Odyssey – Native New Yorker
Phyllis Hyman – You Know How To Love Me
Lonnie Liston Smith – Expansions
James Mason – Sweet Power Your Embrace
Janet Kay – Silly Games [Ext]
Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting in Vain
Brothers Johnson – Stomp [Album Version]
Freeez – Southern Freeez
Atlantic Starr – Circles
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy (Ext)
Drizabone Ft Dee Heron – Real Love (Original ’91 Version)
Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love
Eugene Record – Overdose Of Joy
R Kelly – Share My Love
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – The Love I Lost
Tavares – Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel
Whispers – It’s A Love Thing
George Benson – Give Me the Night
Tom Browne – Funkin’ for Jamaica
Brass Construction – Movin
James Brown – Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
War – Me & Baby Brother
Gwen McCrae – All This Love I’m Giving
O’Jays – I Love Music
Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free
Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Mario Biondi – This Is What You Are
Maze Ft Frankie Beverly – Joy & Pain (Live In New Orleans)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – You’re All I Need To Get By

Essex Wedding DJ

Wedding First Dance Ideas

For many couples choosing the song for their 1st Wedding Dance is one of the most important choices they need to make for their wedding reception. This is a list of some of the most popular wedding first dance songs.

  • Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  • Aerosmith – I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing
  • Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  • Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
  • All 4 One – I Swear
  • Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
  • Another Level – From The Heart
  • Aretha Franklin – You’re All I Need To Get By
  • Atlantic Starr – Always
  • Ben E King – Stand By Me
  • Berlin – Take My Breathe Away
  • Beyonce – At Last
  • Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
  • DJ Sammy ft Yanou – Heaven (Candlelight Mix)
  • Bob Segar – We’ve Got Tonight
  • Bon Jovi – Thank You For Loving Me
  • Bon Jovi – Always
  • Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Boyzone – Better
  • Brian McKnight – Back At One
  • Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  • Bryan Adams – All For Love
  • Bryan Adams – Heaven
  • Bryan Adams – Please Forgive Me
  • Buddy Holly – True Love Ways
  • Carly Simon – Nobody Does It Better
  • Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me
  • Cold Play – Yellow
  • Corrs – Runaway
  • Cure – Friday I’m In Love
  • Damage – Forever
  • Damage – Wonderful Tonight
  • Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not The One
  • Darren Hayes – I Can’t Get Enough Of You
  • David Gray – Sail Away
  • Dean Martin – Everybody Love Somebody Sometime
  • Dean Martin – You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You
  • Dean Martin – Sway
  • Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love
  • DJ Sammy – Heaven (Candlelight Mix)
  • Ed Sheeran – How Would You Feel
  • Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  • Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • Elbow – One Day Like This
  • Ellie Goulding – How Long Have I Loved You
  • Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  • Elton John – Something About The Way You Look Tonight
  • Elton John – Your Song
  • Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • Enrique Iglesias – Hero
  • Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
  • Etta James – At Last
  • Eva Cassidy – Songbird
  • Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You
  • Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
  • Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
  • Frank Sinatra – The Very Thought Of You
  • Gabrielle – Sunshine
  • George Michael & Toby Bourke – Waltz Away Dreaming
  • Gloria Gaynor – I’m Not Giving Up On You
  • Heatwave – Always & Forever
  • Hucknall – Lead Me On
  • Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • Isreal Kamakawiw’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Jack Johnson – Better Together
  • Jackie Wilson – Sweetest Feeling
  • Jake Coco & Alex G – A Thousand Years
  • James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  • James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
  • Jamiroquai – Spend A Lifetime
  • Jason Mraz – Lucky
  • Jennifer Hudson – Giving Myself
  • Jennifer Rush – Power Of Love
  • Jessica Andrews – Show Me Heaven
  • JLS – Love You More
  • John Legend – Stay With You
  • Julie London – Fly Me To The Moon
  • KC & JoJo – All My Life
  • Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – Islands In The Stream
  • Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
  • Kodaline – The One
  • Lenny Kravitz – Stand By Your Woman
  • Lady GaGa – Always Remember Us This Way
  • Let Loose – Crazy For You
  • Lionel Richie – Hello
  • Lionel Richie – Stuck On You
  • Lonestar – Amazed
  • Lou Reed – Perfect Day
  • Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
  • Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald – Cheek To Cheek
  • Luther Vandross – So Amazing
  • Luther Vandross & Beyonce – The Closer I Get To You
  • Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey – Endless Love
  • Madness – It Must Be Love
  • Mariah Carey – Hero
  • Martine McCutcheon – Perfect Moment
  • Marty Wilde – Sea Of Love
  • Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
  • Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
  • Mary J Blige – Everything
  • Michael Buble – Everything
  • Michael Buble – Moondance
  • Minnie Ripperton – Lovin’ You
  • Natasha Bedingfield – Chasing Cars
  • Next – Wifey
  • Nick Lachey – This I Swear (From The Newleyweds)
  • Nina Simone – Feeling Good
  • Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
  • Peobo Bryson – A Whole New World (Aladin)
  • Peter Cetera – You’re My Inspiration
  • Philip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone
  • Pussycat Dolls – Stickwitu
  • Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – I Could Die For You
  • REM – Everybody Hurts
  • Robbie Williams – Feel
  • Robbie Williams – Beyond The Sea
  • Robbie Williams – Angels
  • Rod Stewart – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Rod Stewart – The Way You Look Tonight
  • Rod Stewart – Tonight’s The Night
  • Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
  • Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
  • Script – I’m Yours
  • Seal – Kiss From A Rose
  • Shakira – The One
  • Shane Ward – Breathless
  • Shania Twain – From This Moment
  • Shania Twain – Still The One
  • Si Cranstoun – Caught In The Moonlight
  • Simply Red – You Make Me Feel Brand New
  • Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  • Spandau Ballet – True
  • Starship – Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before
  • Stevie Wonder – Golden lady
  • Stevie Wonder – If You Really Love Me
  • Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
  • Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Take That – Greatest Day
  • Temptations – My Girl
  • Temptations – Night & Day
  • U2 – Sweetest Thing
  • Van Morrisson – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Van Morrisson – Someone Like You
  • Van Morrisson – Into The Mystic
  • Westlife – The Rose
  • Westlife – Tonight
  • Westlife – You Raise Me Up
  • Will Young – You & I
  • Will Young – All Time Love
  • Will Young – Who Am I
  • Will Young – Evergreen

If you have any questions, or would like to see about having Wedding DJ Ian Stewart play and introduce the 1st dance at your wedding reception, call 07736 880 790, email [email protected], or use the short form on this page.