The festive season is here!

It’s that time of year, the dreaded office Christmas party. Will Norman in accounts do his embarrassing dad dance? Will Doreen need her hair held back while she yaks in the loos? And will the glass on the photocopier get abused once again?!

As well as specialising in stylish wedding discos, this year we decided to book in a limited number of Christmas parties for our clients. A limited number soon turned into pretty much every night in December! Christmas was booked up with discos at The Hotel Du Vin in Henley, Ashridge House in Berkhamsted, Macdonald Compleat Angler in Marlow and The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield to name just a few and so far we are having a blast!

Here are just a few pics from some of the Christmas parties we have done so far this December….

1st December 2017 – The Hotel Du Vin in Henley for The Dynatrace Christmas Party

8th December 2017 – Ashridge House in Berkhamsted

15th December 2017 – Back for yet another Christmas Party at Ashridge House in Berkhamsted

Our Dj set up for Persimmon Homes Christmas Party at the Hotel Du Vin in Henley

After the success of 2 Christmas parties at Ashridge House in Berkhamsted we were please to be asked back for their Christmas Staff Party. Elite events supplied the uplighters and we were only too happy to supply the disco playing alongside the staff band.

The night started off with the band opening the show and playing approx 45 minutes of 60s/70s music. We then took over and played a mix of new and old with some kisstory classics thrown in.

We had a great crowd in front of us and kept the dance floor full all night long. After the last song played with tried to ignore the “one last song” chants but eventually caved in and ended on Fatboy Slims ‘Praise you’. This was definitely the right choice and went down a absolute storm!

Thank you Ashridge House and everyone involved in this one. We had a blast!

22nd December meant our last Christmas party at The Hotel Du Vin in Henley On Thames. I managed to get a few snaps of our dj set up complete with our purple uprights before the party started!

I will keep adding more pics as we go but if you are planning a Christmas party for 2018 please contact me now for a quote http://www.smdiscos.com

Gary & Jens Wedding at Manor Barn Farm, Marsh Gibbon, Oxfordshire

Situated next to St Mary’s Church in Marsh Gibbon, this Grade 2 listed barn is the perfect setting, with a backdrop of the Manor House which boasts beautiful gardens for your pre reception drinks and photographs. We work closely with the Manor Farm Barn team to deliver seamless, high quality wedding discos with friendly and personal service!

We were back at Manor Barn Farm in Marsh Gibbon but this time for Gary & Jens wedding. We decided on the simple starlight dj booth set up with the adj light scanner and two focus lights. This DJ set up looks great in the barns. Its more stylish than flashy and the lights do a great job of filling the whole room.

Gary & Jens first dance was True Love Ways by Buddy Holly. We then got pretty much the whole wedding party on the dance floor and thats where they stayed! I was looking forward to DJing for Gary & Jen as they had asked me for a lot of guitar based music that I don’t usually play at weddings like this. The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Jam, & The Ramones all went down an absolute storm!

When you book a wedding with me, I send out a song request form. This is so I can get a feel of the music you and your guests like and want played at your wedding.

Gary and Jens last song was “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ by The Smiths.

This was one of those weddings where the dance floor was packed all night and we were very very happy to be a part of it!

We also were very please to receive an email from Gary and Jen a week after the event;

“Hello Kai! Just a quick e-mail to thank you for doing such an excellent job DJing last weekend. We had a great day and the music you played was brilliant. Jenny’s cousins were still in shock the next day after witnessing their mum dancing to the Ramones! Thanks again, it was great! Cheers! Gary and Jen”

If you are looking for a beautiful wedding venue in Bicester then you definitely need to take a look at Manor Barn Farm!

manor farm barn, marsh gibbon

Ross & Sams Wedding Disco at The Westwood Hotel, Hinksey Hill Oxford (more photos)

Thank you to Ross and Sam for these great new pictures of their wedding that we DJed for at The Westwood Hotel in Oxford. The dancefloor was busy all night and our job was made easier by the many song requests we received on the night. The Westwood Hotel really is a wonderful venue for a wedding and we absolutely loved DJing there.

“We had the best day ever!!! And I would recommend you to anyone! And already have!!👍

We felt you kept the dance floor active and busy!!

So I thank you for that and playing a massive part in our day!!!” – Ross Tyler Westwood Hotel Oxford August 2017

The Crown Inn, Pishill Henley On Thames – Wedding DJ

We were delighted to come back to The Crown Inn in Pishill to DJ at yet another Wedding. The weather leading up to the date wasn’t the best so on Saturday when the sun came out the whole day it felt like magic!

The Crow Inn Pishill Wedding DJ

We were asked by the bride and groom if their 2 daughters could sing a song at the start of the evening instead of the traditional first dance. This wasn’t a problem at all and we set up a mic and stand in the middle of the stage. The evening started with Leila and Tabitha signing along to Symphony by Clean Bandit followed by half an hour of a children’s pop disco. After this we persuaded the adults to take to the dance floor where we had a great night until the barn closed its doors at 11.45pm. Kassi & Karl had a wonderful evening and we closed the night with a song by Bright Eyes called ‘First Day Of My Life’.

The Crown Inn is a great little rustic barn just outside Henley On Thames. Its perfectly set up for weddings with the bar being right next to the dance floor. This means everything is in one room and makes a big difference to the party at the end of the night. We love weddings here and are eager to come back soon! If you are getting married in Henley and need a wedding DJ please contact us for a quote. The start of September means yet another busy month with wedding discos. This month we are looking forward to wedding discos at Manor Barn Farm Oxford, Fredricks Maidenhead & Monkton Barn in Marlow.

The Westwood Hotel, Oxford / Wedding DJ

We had a great time DJing for Ross and Sam at their wedding at The Westwood Hotel in Oxford last week. We were greeted by Anthony who made us feel very comfortable and showed us where we needed to set up etc. The room was very bright so we opted to go with the DJ star booth and purple venue uplighters.

We started things off with introducing the bride and groom into the room to cut the cake. As the night was slightly running behind schedule we went straight into the first dance. The bride and grooms 2nd song choice was ‘Don’t stop the party’ by Pitbull. This was a massive success and kicked the evening off nicely with a full dance floor!

If you are getting married at the Westwood Hotel in Oxford and are looking for a wedding DJ please contact us for a quote.

The Red Lion in Henley

I was delighted to be asked by Paul and Lianne to DJ at their wedding at the beautiful Red Lion Hotel in Henley; my first wedding there. The hotel overlooks the Thames and the preparations across the river for the forthcoming Henley Regatta.

We started the first dance with a Heaven Help by Lenny Kravitz and just before the song came to an end I encouraged others to join the bride and groom on the dance floor. We went straight into come disco classics followed by a mix of Beyonce, Usher and Rihanna and I am very happy to say that the dance floor was busy all night! Thank you so much for sending me these pics!

If you are planning a wedding in Henley on Thames and are looking for a wedding DJ please contact me for a quote. This is a wonderful venue and I would love to come back soon!

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames - wedding disco

The red Lion in Henley on Thames

Our busiest season yet. Now recommended Wedding DJ for Fredricks Hotel & Spa in Maidenhead!

With wedding season now in full swing I am very happy to say that 2017 is the busiest year for us so far! We have had the pleasure to work with so many great people from the staff at the various venues to each bride and groom. So far this summer we have DJed at some really wonderful weddings at Pendley Manor in Tring, Monkton Barn in Marlow, The Holiday Inn in Aylesbury and the unforgettable Brown’s wedding in Stokenchurch to name just a few. Please do keep your photos coming in to me as I try and upload as many as I can. Now, I know I’m usually quite slack with social media but that will all be changing after these summer months!

We still have many Wedding Discos booked in this year including; Hawkwell House in Oxford, The Crown in Pishill, Manor Farm Barn in Marsh Gibbon, The Red Lion Hotel in Henley & The Bedford Arms Hotel in Rickmansworth.

I am also very happy to say that we are now the recommended supplier of wedding discos for Fredricks Hotel & Spa in Maidenhead. If you haven’t seen the venue before and you are looking for a beautiful venue in the Maidenhead area, I definitely recommend you pop down and speak to Holly about the various packages they can offer.

If you are looking for a reliable and professional wedding dj for your upcoming wedding do please contact me for a no hassle quote! www.smdiscos.com

Songs to Play Before Your Wedding Ceremony Starts

Music defines so many of the most important parts of a wedding. The bride’s entrance song, the first dance song, the last song — that it only makes sense that there should be some good tunes before the festivities even begin!

Most wedding guests arrive about 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins, and though you’re not required to provide any entertainment for this period, it’s not a bad idea to have some music playing to fill the time.

This is called prelude music, and when used, it’s played for about 40 minutes before the ceremony start time, and consists of mellow songs that set the mood for a meaningful moment. Whether they’re played on a speaker or by the string quartet or band, it’s important that they create the ambiance you desire. With that in mind, we created a free 50 minute mix of some of our favourite songs. If you book your wedding entertainment with SM Discos we can provide this on MP3 or CD for you free of charge.

Click here to hear our 50 minute mix

Background wedding music

Working with Cogges Manor Farm as their recommended wedding DJ

As summer is fast approaching and wedding season is getting underway I am very happy to now announce that I have linked up with Cogges Manor Farm in Witney, Oxfordshire (also known as Yew Tree Farm in the famous TV programme Downton Abbey) as their recommended Wedding DJ.

Cogges Manor Farm have two stunning 17th century barns which provide a wonderful setting to have your wedding. If you are planning a wedding in Oxford please contact me for a chat about your wedding disco. I offer mood lighting and a stylish set up that looks amazing in the barns!

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 3LA

SM Discos – http://www.smdiscos.com

I offer a bespoke DJ service where I tailor playlists, sound systems and stylish lighting specific to your requirements. I play can many different genres of music, catering for all age groups and tastes, keeping the dance floor filled until the very last tune.

Plenty of wedding companies will try to sell you extra items, like chocolate fountains, fireworks or an MC. I’m just a DJ so I spend the time I have with you planning your wedding, not organising the diaries for other DJs or trying to convince you that you do need doves as ring bearers! For more info on my wedding discos please go to the homepage of my website or just give me a call!

10 Wedding first dance songs (you have probably never heard of)

So you are searching for some options on wedding first dance songs? You are looking for that one song that the two of you will always remember as “your wedding song”.

Of course there are many classic first dance songs in many different genres that you can choose from.

De Vere Latimer Estate Wedding DJ

The following list of songs are a few great choices if you are looking for something a little more off the beaten track, but that is still really romantic and that has lyrics that are appropriate for a first dance.

1. José González – Stay Alive

from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack “I will stay with you tonight Hold you close ‘til the morning light” – This song is just so beautiful

2. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall

Even if you are not a fan of Oasis. Ryan Adam takes this song to another level with his acoustic version of Wonderwall. We played this for Sam & Owen at their wedding in Marlow in June 2016 and it sounded amazing!

3. Damion Rice – Cannonball

4. Ed Sheeran – Cold Coffee

Before everyone on the planet knew who this fella was Ed Sheeran was playing songs in his kitchen and recording them to youtube. If you love Ed Sheehan but don’t want to go with the obvious song choices, give this a listen.

5. Bon Iver – Skinny Love

6. Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life

“First Day of My Life” is a single from the album ‘Im wide awake, its morning’ It reached number 37 in the charts in 2005 and is one of the most romantic songs you have probably never heard of!

7. The Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You

“Anyone Else but You” is a song by the indie rock band The Moldy Peaches. The song became popular after being featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 film Juno,

8. Foo Fighters – Acoustic Everlong

We all love Everlong by The Foo Fighters but its not first dance material… right? Wrong! Check out this amazing acoustic version

9. Ben Howard – Only Love

“Darling you’re with me, always around me / Only love, only love / Darling I feel you, under my body”

10. The Lumineers – Ho Hey

We saved the best until last. Maybe you have heard of this one and maybe you haven’t. One thing is for sure, you need it in your wedding playlist!

Check out our mixcloud page for mini wedding dj mixes. There will also be a 1 hour wedding background mix up real soon. www.mixcloud.com/smdiscos/

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