Wedding Last Dance

The End Of The Wedding Disco

Wedding Last DanceWhen meeting with couples to plan their wedding I always ask them how they want to happen at the end of the wedding disco, and they nearly always say that they hadn’t given it any thought, for me how we finish the night is almost as important as how we start the wedding. This is the final memory that you and your guests are going to have of your wedding day, do you want it just fizzle out or end with a memory that you will last for years. If done correctly this is a truly amazing photo opportunity. Obviously, the choice of song that your wedding DJ plays is also very important as this will determine the atmosphere created in the room.

 

What are your options?

  • A Circle
  • An Arch
  • A Big Anthem with everyone on the floor singing at the top of their voices
  • A Slow Song

A Circle or sometimes called the “Circle Of Love” and there are two options here, firstly all your wedding guests form a circle on the dancefloor, you and your partner pick a point in the circle, one of you goes clockwise, the other goes in the opposite direction, you then say goodbye to all of your guests. While this is happening we play some great fun music, and once you have both said goodbye to all your wedding guests you all dance together to your last song.

The alternative is with all your guests in the circle, you and your partner dance in the middle to your last song.

An Arch This is where your wedding guests stand in two lines opposite each other and link their hand with the person in front of them, and as your big last song is played you can either

  • Run through the arch hand in hand with your partner or
  • walk through saying goodbye to all your of your wedding guests

After the arch, you can either leave the wedding reception or stay and say your goodbyes

The Big Anthem some people don’t want either of the above and want their wedding disco to end with everybody joining them on the dancefloor dancing and singing together to your favourite singalong anthem.

Slow Dance a romantic way to end your wedding, with everyone a smooch on the floor, and bring back the first dance song is a great way to close the wedding.

Song Options

 

Abba – Thank You For The Music
Aerosmith – Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Beatles – Hey Jude
Beyonce – Still In Love
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – I’ve Had The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
Bob Marley – One Love
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun
Daft Punk – One More Time
Daniel Bedingfield – If You’re Not The One
Dennis Waterman – I Could Be So Good For You
Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – Endless Love
Dixie Cups – Chapel Of Love
DJ Sammy – Heaven (Candlelight Mix)
Don McLean – American Pie
Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love
Frank Sinatra – My Way
Frank Sinatra – Theme From New York New York
Gerry Marsden – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Glee – Don’t Stop Believing
Jackie Wilson – Higher & Higher
Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling
K-Ci & Jo Jo – All My Life
Kygo Ft Parson James – Stole The Show
Lionel Richie – Hello
Lonestar – Amazed
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Luther Vandross – Always & Forever
Maria McKee – Show Me, Heaven
Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
Metalica – Nothing Else Matters
Monkee’s – Daydream Believer
Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin
Morcombe & Wise – Bring Me Sunshine
Nora Jones – Come Away With Me
Oasis = Champagne Supernova
Queen = Don’t Stop Me Know
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams – Every time We Say Goodbye
Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Take That – Never Forget
Take That – Shine
Tony Christie – (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
U2 – Beautiful Day
Various – Perfect Day
Vera Lynn – Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye
Wannadies – You & Me
Will Young – Your Love Is King

If you would like to chat about how we can create an amazing end to your wedding reception, either text or call me on 07736-880 790, or email me at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk or fill in the short contact form here.

Wedding Timeline

Wedding Timeline

Wedding Timeline

Wedding Timeline

I have been a wedding DJ for over 30 years, and one of the most common questions couples ask me about is their Wedding Timeline. Where you are getting married will slightly affect the timeline, but not by much, I am going to share two separate wedding timelines with you, one if you are getting married at a church or registry office, and one for weddings at one venue. I am going to include times for these, as I am going to assume that you are getting married at 1 pm for a church wedding and 2 pm for a wedding at an all-day venue. Of course, you can adjust the wedding timeline to fit with your wedding timings, hopefully, tho it will give you an idea

Church Wedding Timeline

  • 8:30 am – Hair & makeup people arrive
  • 9:00 am – photographer arrives
  • 10:00 am – Bride & Bridesmaids get ready
  • 11:30 am – Pictures with the bride & her wedding party
  • 12:00 pm – The groom & his ushers arrive at the church for pictures
  • 12:30 pm – Wedding guests arrive at the church
  • 12:35 pm – The bridal party leave for the church
  • 12:45 pm – The wedding guests take their seats
  • 12:55 pm – The bride & her bridal party arrive at the church
  • 1:00 pm – The brides’ procession
  • 1:05 pm – The wedding service
  • 1:45 pm – Pictures at church
  • 2:30 pm – Travel to the wedding reception venue
  • 3:00 pm – Arrive at the wedding reception venue
  • 3:10 pm – Reception Drinks
  • 3:20 pm – More Photographs (if needed) / Mix & Mingle with your guests
  • 4:15 pm – Receiving Line
  • 4:30 pm – Grand Entrance
  • 4:45 pm – Wedding Breakfast (ask me about how this can be so much more than a meal
  • 6:15 pm – Toasts & Speeches
  • 6:45 pm – Prepare the room for the evening wedding party
  • 6:50 pm – More Pictures If Needed / Mix & Mingle with your guests
  • 7:00 pm – Evening guests start to arrive, your wedding DJ will play appropriate early evening music
  • 7:45 pm – The cutting of the wedding cake (if it wasn’t cut at the end of the wedding breakfast)
  • 7:50 pm – 1st dance, plus the father and daughter dance if you are having one
  • 8:00 pm – The wedding DJ gets the party started
  • 8:30 pm – The evening buffet is served
  • 11:50 pm – The last songs of the night
  • 12:00 am – Goodbyes

Single Venue Wedding Timeline

  • 9:30 am – Hair & makeup people arrive
  • 10:00 am – photographer arrives
  • 11:00 am – Bride & Bridesmaids get ready
  • 12:30 am – Pictures with the bride & her wedding party
  • 1:00 pm – The groom & his ushers arrive at the venue for pictures
  • 1:30 pm – Wedding guests arrive at the ceremony venue
  • 1:45 pm – The groom has his interview with the registrars & the wedding guests take their seats
  • 1:50 pm – The bride & her bridal party arrive ceremony room, and the bride has her interview with the registrar
  • 2:00 pm – The wedding ceremony
  • 2:30 pm – Reception Drinks
  • 2:35 pm – Photographs / Mix & Mingle with your guests
  • 4:00 pm – Receiving Line (if you are having one)
  • 4:15 pm – Grand Entrance
  • 4:30 pm – Wedding Breakfast (ask me about how this can be so much more than a meal
  • 6:15 pm – Toasts & Speeches
  • 6:45 pm – Prepare the room for the evening wedding party
  • 6:50 pm – More Pictures If Needed / Mix & Mingle with your guests
  • 7:00 pm – Evening guests start to arrive, your wedding DJ will play appropriate early evening music
  • 7:45 pm – The cutting of the wedding cake (if it wasn’t cut at the end of the wedding breakfast)
  • 7:50 pm – 1st dance, plus the father and daughter dance if you are having one
  • 8:00 pm – The wedding DJ gets the party started
  • 8:30 pm – The evening buffet is served
  • 11:50 pm – The last songs of the night
  • 12:00 am – Goodbyes

As you can see there are some subtle differences between the two wedding timelines, but as I said previously it gives you an idea of what needs to be considered when planning your wedding day.

If you would like to chat about planning your perfect wedding timeline then please give me a call or text on 07736-880 790, email me at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk or complete the very short contact form here

 

 

Top 100 Wedding Floorfillers 2018

Top 100 Wedding Floorfillers 2018

So I have counted the dancers and can reveal what are the Top 100 Dancefloor Floorfillers for 2018 at the functions that I entertained at in 2018. What a great year for parties, I played 1,801 different songs and here is the top 100, is your favourite on the list

Their 2017 position is in brackets (Here’s is the top 100 from 2017)

  1. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (3)
  2. Robin S / Steve Angello – Show Me Love (2)
  3. Barry White – You’re The First, The  last, My Everything (8)
  4. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (1)
  5. Earth Wind & Fire – September (6)
  6. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (13)
  7. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free (9)
  8. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (25)
  9. Killers – Mr Brightside (5)
  10. Ce Ce Penniston – Finally (44)
  11. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (18)
  12. Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire (23)
  13. Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (11)
  14. Usher – Yeah! (20)
  15. Lionel Richie – All Night Long (34)
  16. Luis Fonsi – Despacito (10)
  17. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much (15)
  18. House Of Pain – Jump Around (49)
  19. Beyonce – Crazy In Love (16)
  20. Bryan Adams – Summer Of 69 (21)
  21. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feelin’ (26)
  22. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop This Feeling (7)
  23. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (19)
  24. Stevie Wonder – Superstition (12)
  25. Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On (17)
  26. Rihanna – We Found Love (29)
  27. Queen Don’t Stop Me Now (37
  28. Abba – Dancing Queen (47)
  29. Four Seasons Ft Franki Valli – December 63 (Oh What A Night) (36)
  30. Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (48)
  31. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss (_)
  32. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Theme From The Fresh Prince Of Belair (41)
  33. Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered (_)
  34. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (42)
  35. Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy (27)
  36. Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreets Back) (38)
  37. Spice Girls – Spice Girls DMC Megamix (53)
  38. Camilla Cabello – Havana (_)
  39. Aretha Franklin – Respect (72)
  40. Pharrell Williams – Happy (32)
  41. B*Witched – C’est La Vie (_)
  42. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life (31)
  43. The Jam – A Town Called Malice (59)
  44. Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out (_)
  45. Fatman Scoop – Be Faithful (69)
  46. The Beatles – Twist & Shout (_)
  47. Cameo – Candy (76)
  48. DJ Khalid – Wild Thoughts (_)
  49. Florence & The Machine / The Source Ft Candi Staton – You Got The Love (43)
  50. Walk The Moon – Shut Up & Dance (30)
  51. Michael Jackson – DMC Megamix (91)
  52. Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotspepper – (_)
  53. Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl (70)
  54. Jackie Wilson – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher & Higher) (_)
  55. The Real Thing – You To Me Are Everything (_)
  56. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (14)
  57. George Ezra – Shotgun (_)
  58. Los Del Rio – Macarena (56)
  59. The Supremes / Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love (81)
  60. George Ezra – Paradise (_)
  61. Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse – Valerie (28)
  62. Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (33)
  63. Sugarhill Gang – Apache (Jump On It) (35)
  64. Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger (_)
  65. LMFAO – Sexy & I Know It (52)
  66. Wham! – wake Me Up before You GoGo (60)
  67. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (_)
  68. Wideboys – Sambuca (64)
  69. Daft Punk – Get Lucky (77)
  70. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John – Grease Megamix (55)
  71. Oasis – Wonderwall (_)
  72. Fatback band / Steve Walsh – I Found Love (90)
  73. Jackson 5 – ABC (_)
  74. Artful Dodger – Rewind (The Crowd Said Bo) (46)
  75. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (_)
  76. Frank Sinatra – Theme From New York New York (_)
  77. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (86)
  78. Abba – Mamma Mia (_)
  79. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (_)
  80. The Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie (84)
  81. Stereophonics – Dakota (_)
  82. Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again (_)
  83. Guns & Roses – Sweet Child O Mine (79)
  84. R Kelly – Bump & Grind (71)
  85. Monsta Boy – Sorry (_)
  86. Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers (39)
  87. Kenny Loggins – Footloose (88)
  88. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (_)
  89. Toto – Africa (_)
  90. B-52’s – Love Shack (50)
  91. Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen (66)
  92. ELO – Mr Blue Sky (_)
  93. Gala – Freed From Desire (_)
  94. Reef – Place Your Hands (_)
  95. Chris Brown – Beautiful People (_)
  96. Chaka Khan / Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman (_)
  97. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (85)
  98. Beyonce – Single Ladies (_)
  99. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ (_)
  100. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5 (_)

Where there is more than one artist that’s because I can play different versions of the song depending on the dancers

If you would like these Top Dancefloor Songs 2018, or any other songs for your wedding or party then call or text me on 07736-880 790

Or email me at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk

 

Advice About World Cup Football & Your Wedding Day

Advice About World Cup Football & Your Wedding Day

So England won a knockout game and a penalty shoot-out in The World Cup, how amazing is that. The whole country is understandably ecstatic, everybody wants to watch the next game versus Sweden. Then you think to yourself hang on, the game is on Saturday at 3 pm, right in the middle of my wedding. So hopefully this small blog will help you with advice about world cup football & your wedding day.

You might be getting messages asking if there will be a TV at the venue as they want to watch England v Sweden in The World Cup.

In my years of working as a wedding DJ, there are three solutions to this problem, after listing the solutions,  I will let you know what happened at these weddings

  1. It is the biggest day of you and your partners lives, it’s your wedding day, it’s a once in a lifetime day. The world cup happens every 4 years so the guests can miss one game. I don’t want the football at my wedding. We have spent good money on food etc.
  2. You understand that some people will find a TV somewhere, and understand that they will disappear for a while and find the TV to watch the game.
  3. As the game is at 3 PM, right in the middle of our wedding day we are going to embrace the football, put a screen into the room and all watch the game together.

Now, what are you thinking of doing? In the past, I have worked at weddings where all three of these solutions have happened.  Here is what happened

  1. People still found a TV to watch the game and disappeared for the two hours the game was on. At one wedding The Bride got very upset and even told the guests that she wasn’t happy and asked the venue to turn the game off. Some people left the wedding never to return.
  2. This worked perfectly fine, those that wanted to watch the game did, those that didn’t stay within the wedding party, both people were happy although the party was split for a while. everybody returned to the wedding and the party continued.
  3. The couple put a screen into the room where the wedding was being held and everybody watched the game together, it created a great atmosphere and once the wedding was over the party continued.

Only you can make the decision about how you deal with The World Cup at your wedding, but put yourself in the shoes of your guests. As A wedding DJ couples often tell me that they want all their guests smiling, and having fun.

My advice is either solutions 2 or 3, If I was the Master Of Ceremonies / DJ at your wedding I could make number 3 really fun. Because happy guests mean a happy wedding, which means a happy Bride & Groom.

If you would like some advice or help please call or text me on 07736-880 790 or email at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk or complete the contact form here.

Top Dancefloor Songs 2017 – Wedding DJ Ian Stewart

Top Dancefloor Songs 2017

So I have counted the dancers, and checked the songs, and can reveal what was the Top Dancefloor Songs 2017 at the functions that I entertained at in 2017.

This is the Top 100

  1. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  2. Show Me Love – Robin S / Steve Angello / Sean Finn
  3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
  4. Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
  5. Mr Brightside – Killers
  6. September – Earth Wind & Fire
  7. Can’t Stop This Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  8. You’re The First, The Last My Everything – Barry White
  9. Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
  10. Despacito – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Ft Justin Bieber
  11. Livin’ On A Prayor – Bon Jovi
  12. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  13. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
  14. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  15. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
  16. Crazy In Love – Beyonce
  17. Turn Me On – Kevin Lyttle
  18. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  19. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  20. Yeah! – Usher
  21. Summer Of 69 – Bryan Adam
  22. This Girl (Kungs Remix) – Kungs vs Cookin’ On Three Burners
  23. Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
  24. Rockabye – Clean Bandit
  25. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran
  26. I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
  27. Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
  28. Valerie – Mark Robson & Amy Winehouse / Zutons
  29. We Found Love – Calvin Harris with Rihanna
  30. Shut Up & Dance – Walk The Moon
  31. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes 19
  32. Happy – Pharrell Williams
  33. Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
  34. All Night Long – Lionel Richie
  35. Apache (Jump On It) – Sugarhill Gang
  36. December 63 (Oh What A Night) – Four Seasons & Frankie Valli
  37. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  38. Everybody (Backstreet Back) – Backstreet Boys
  39. Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude
  40. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
  41. Theme From The Fresh Prince – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  42. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
  43. You Got The Love – Florence & The Machine / Source
  44. Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
  45. It’s Like That – Run DMC vs Jason Nevins
  46. Rewind (The Crowd Said Bo) – Artful Dodger
  47. Dancing Queen – Abba
  48. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston
  49. Jump Around – House Of Pain
  50. Love Shack – B52’s
  51. Relight My Fire – Take That Ft Lulu
  52. Sexy & I Know It – LMFAO
  53. Spice Girls Megamix – Spice Girls
  54. A Little Respect – Erasure
  55. Grease Megamix – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
  56. Macarena – Los Del Rio
  57. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  58. Set You Free – N-Trance
  59. Town Called Malice – The Jam
  60. Wake Me Up Before You GoGo – Wham!
  61. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  62. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations
  63. Rather Be – Clean Bandit
  64. Sambuca – Wideboys
  65. Born To Hand Jive (From Grease) – Sha Na Na
  66. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
  67. Get Busy – Sean Paul
  68. Sorry – Monsta Boy
  69. Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop
  70. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  71. Bump & Grind – R Kelly
  72. Respect – Aretha Franklin
  73. Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
  74. Swalla – Jason Derulo
  75. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
  76. Candy – Cameo
  77. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  78. (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine – James Brown
  79. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns & Roses
  80. Two Can Play That Game – Bobby Brown
  81. You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes / Phil Collins
  82. 21 Seconds – So Solid Crew
  83. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
  84. Blame It On The Boogie – The Jacksons
  85. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
  86. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
  87. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
  88. Footloose – Kenny Loggins
  89. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
  90. I Found Lovin’ – Fatback Band / Steve Walsh
  91. Michael Jackson DMC Megamix – Michael Jackson
  92. One Last Time – Ariana Grande
  93. Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
  94. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  95. She’s Got That Vibe – R Kelly
  96. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
  97. Gimme The Light – Sean Paul
  98. I’m Gonna Be 500 Miles – Proclaimers
  99. Ignition – R Kelly
  100. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

Where there is more than one artist that’s because I can play different versions of the song depending on the dancers

If you would like these Top Dancefloor Songs 2017, or any other songs for your wedding or party then call or text me on 07736-880 790

Or email me at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk

 

Wedding DJ Of The Year For The East Of England

Wedding DJ Of The Year

Last Wednesday night it was the regional finals of The Wedding Industry Awards at The fantastic Granary Barns Nr Newmarket in Suffolk. The night was truly an amazing night with the top wedding suppliers in the whole of Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The night is about recognising those suppliers that excel with their bride & grooms. I was obviously in The final for wedding DJ, there were 7 truly talented DJ’s in the final.

When the winner was called out I honestly could not believe it when the host said “The Winner Of Wedding DJ Of The Year For The East Of England Is Ian Stewart” I felt so humbled to have won this prestigious award, I can’t thank the all the couples enough who voted for me, you are all amazing!

What happens now?

I am now in The National Final, which will be held on 17th January 2018 at The Prestigious Cafe de Paris in London where I will be there with 9 other of the UK’s most talented DJ so the competition will be tough.

I will, of course, keep you all informed how I get on in the national final of wedding DJ of the year for the whole of the UK.

If you would like to find out why the couples voted for me to win Wedding DJ of the year for The East Of England, then call or text me on 07736-880 790 email me at ian@ian-stewart.co.uk or complete the contact form on this page.

Wedding Fair Survival Guide

Wedding Fair Survival Guide

Wedding fairs are a great opportunity to check out local suppliers all under one convenient roof. I know It can be a bit daunting walking around, so here are my top tips to get through them with as little stress as possible

1. Look at The Suppliers Body Language

You want a wedding supplier who is passionate about their business, and more importantly enthusiastic about your wedding day. So if they are sat at a table behind their stands, chatting with their colleagues, or on their smartphones, seeing what is happening on social media, or eating their lunch, so how enthusiastic will they truly be about your wedding day. Find Suppliers who are stood in front of their stands, engaging with couples.

2. Walk around the whole show before speaking to any suppliers

Allow your self enough time to walk around the whole fair, just like a visit to the supermarket, plan your route. Look at all the stands before talking to anyone, prioritise the services that you need, and find the suppliers who are offering those services. Remember you don’t have to book everything in one visit.

Try to find those suppliers that are creating a natural buzz, and those that those that are really giving couples the hard sell, “you must book today”

3. Answer More Questions then you ask

Suppliers with a genuine interest in your wedding will be enthusiastic about finding out about you and your dreams for your wedding day rather than just chatting about their services.

If they talk about what they do rather than what you want for your day.

 

4. Don’t Make Rash Decisions

Some Suppliers do get booked up early but don’t feel pressured into making a decision that you may later regret, all reputable suppliers will hold a date for you, and maybe arrange a more in-depth meeting with them.

Don’t fall for the “you can only get this discount if you book today” trust me that discount will still be available in 7 days.

Also if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is

5. Wheeling & Dealing

A Wedding Fair is a great opportunity to talk to suppliers face to face, find out if you like them, 1st impressions do count.

Don’t be afraid to haggle, especially if you are interested in a few things they offer. Get any offers in writing, as the supplier will speak to many couples and may forget what they discussed with you.

Important Notes! Make sure to find out if there are any hidden costs that may come up and bite you later on.  Delivery, set-up and collection costs are the main ones to keep an eye out for!

6. Split Up

Why not walk around separately, and compare notes over a coffee, then speak to those suppliers you both like in more detail. This gives you a “get out” if you don’t want to carry on talking to that supplier. “I will just go and get my partner”

AND FINALLY…

Enjoy every second of planning your wedding

The wedding ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Music

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, you and your partner will have spent hours thinking about every part of your wedding day, from choosing the perfect venue, the wedding dress, the flowers, the food, you may have also spent a long time choosing your first dance song and the music that is going to fill your dance floor for your wedding party. But a question that I am often asked within a few weeks of the wedding day is “Can you recommend any ceremony music”

As somebody who has recently got married myself, the one part of the day that both you and your partner along with all your friends and family are there for is the wedding ceremony, so why not spend a little time choosing the right music to create the right emotions for your wedding ceremony.

Your wedding ceremony Ceremony is split into 4 Parts

The Pre-Ceremony

Imagine all your guests have taken their seats in the ceremony room, everyone is waiting for the brides arrival, most wedding venues will either have no music playing or maybe whatever CD  or playlist happens to be in the CD player, but why not pick 5 or 6 songs that mean something to you are your partner love, that create the emotions that you both of you want your guests to feel.

Here Are Some Examples Of Pre-Ceremony Music

  • Back To The Future – Outatime Orchestra
  • Beautiful Day – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Champagne Supernova – – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Come Away With Me – Chris Ingham
  • Here Comes The Sun – – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • I Just Can’t Help Believin’ – Elvis Presley
  • Iris – Regency Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Just The Way You Are – Piano Guys
  • Lady – Kenny Rogers
  • Over The Rainbow- Chris Ingham
  • Part Of Your World – Relax A Wave
  • These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
  • This Girls In Love With You – Dusty Springfield
  • Under The Bridge – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Use Somebody – Regency Philharmonic Orchestra
  • You’ve Got A Friend- Chris Ingham

The Processional

The processional song is the music that the flower girls, the bridesmaids and the bride walk down the aisle to, you can have one piece of music or a different piece of music for every member of the wedding party.

Here Are Some Examples of Processional Music

  • Adagio (Flute & Guitar) – Mozart
  • Air (Chamber or Quartet) – Handel
  • All Of Me – John Legend
  • Arioso – Bach
  • Be Mine – David Gray
  • Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell Dan Redfield &  Elizabeth Hedman
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Beautiful In White – Westlife
  • Bridal March, Wagner
  • Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
  • Canon in D, Pachelbel
  • Chapel of Love – Dixie Cups
  • Claire De Lune – Claude Debussy
  • Con Te Partiro – Andrea Bocelli
  • Dance Of The Blessed Spirits – Christoph Gluck
  • Endless Love – Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey
  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • Fallen – Lauren Wood
  • The Flower Duet – Charlotte Church
  • For A Lifetime – Jonathan Cain
  • From This Moment – Shania Twain
  • Fur Elise (Piano) – Beethoven
  • Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually
  • Greatest Day – Take That
  • Greensleeves (Flute & Harp)
  • Halo – Beyonce
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  • I knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  • I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring – Bach
  • Joy (Piano) – George Winston
  • Just The Way – Bruno Mars
  • Let’s Get Married – The Proclaimers
  • Longer – Dan Fogelberg
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • Minuet (Keyboard or Quartet) – Mozart
  • Marry Me – Train
  • My Destiny – Lionel Richie
  • Ode To Joy (Organ, Violins) – Beethoven
  • Pastoral Symphony (Orchestra) – Handel
  • Pathelique Sonata (Piano) – Beethoven
  • Prelude No. 1 in C Major – Bach
  • Rule The World – Take That
  • The Secret Wedding (From Braveheart) – David Arkenstone featuring Kathleen Fisher
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
  • A Thousand Years (originally Christina Perri) – A Piano Guys
  • Velocity Of Love (Piano) – Suzanne
  • Water Music Suite No. 1 In F Major: Air
  • Wedding March
  • Wedding Song (There Is Love) – Laura Creamer
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennet

Signing Of The Register

After you and your partner are married the registrars will ask you to sign the register, this will take 10-15minutes (depending on the photographs that are taken) so you will need 2-4  songs, so why not pick some romantic songs to celebrate your wedding

  • 1000 Years – Christina Perri or The Piano Guys
  • All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
  • All Of Me – John Legend or Daniel Jang
  • Always & Forever – Luther Vandross
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Closest Thing To Crazy – Katie Melua
  • For The Lovers – Wolfman Ft Pete Doherty
  • Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Vitamin String Quartet
  • Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins
  • Happy Together – The Turtles
  • Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring :
  • I Choose You – Paris
  • I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  • I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
  • Love You More – JLS
  • Rule The World – Michel Simone
  • Take My Hand – Emily Hacket Ft Will Anderson
  • This I Swear – Nick Lachey
  • Without You – The Piano Guys

The Recessional

The recessional song that the bride and groom walk back down the aisle to, this song needs to be more upbeat, a chance to celebrate your marriage

Here Are Some Examples of Recessional Music

  • 1000 Years – Christina Perri
  • Air On A G String – Bach
  • Alla Hornpipe – George Frederic Handel
  • All You Need Is Love – The Beatles or Lynden David Hall (Love Actually)
  • Allegro (Chamber, Orchestra) – Vivaldi
  • Alleluia (Choir, Organ & Horns) – Handel
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Arrival Of The Queen (Chamber) – Handel
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Begin Again – The Piano Guys
  • Best Is Yet To Come – Nancy Sinatra
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Butterfly Waltz – Brian Cann
  • Chapel Of Love – Elton John
  • Darlin Darlin Baby – The O’Jays
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
  • Gangnam Style – PSY
  • Hakuna Matata (From The Lion King – Joseph Williams, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella & Jaso
  • Happy Together – The Turtles
  • Have I Told You Latley – Van Morrison
  • Hallelujah – Quincy Jones
  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You – Jnr Walker
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  • I’m A Believer – The Monkees
  • It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr
  • Just The Two Of Us – Grosvenor Washington Jnr & Bill Withers
  • Le Rejouissance (Orchestra, Violins & Horns) – Handel
  • Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  • Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
  • Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
  • Love You More – JLS
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • Now That We’ve Found Love – Heavy D & The Boys
  • Ode To Joy from Symphony No 9 in D Minor
  • One Love – Bob Marley
  • Perfect Day – Lou Reed
  • The Prince Of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
  • Rigaudon (Horns, Organ & Horns) – Andre Campra
  • Rondeau – Jean Joseph Mounet
  • Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  • Spring (Chamber) – Vivaldi
  • Te Deum – Marc-Antonio Charpentier
  • Thats Amore – Dean Martin
  • This Will Be – Natalie Cole
  • Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift
  • Trumpet Tune & Air – John Stanley
  • Turn Turn Turn (To Everything) – The Byrds
  • Walking On Sunshie – Katrina & The Waves
  • Wedding March – Mandelsson
  • We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • You’re My Best Friend – Queen
  • Your The First The Last My Everything – Barry White
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson

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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

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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.

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.

 

Wedding first Dance

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
  • 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
  • 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 ian@ian-stewart.co.uk, or use the short form on this page.