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The 'All-night' Wedding Photo Booth

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The 'All-night' Wedding Photo Booth

If you’ve ever booked UK DJs Abroad for an event, been to one of our weddings or met any of our DJs, you will know that we love a good party. Making sure people have a good time is at the core of our business; it’s why we do what we do. We also know that the good times happen when the kids have gone to sleep, when everyone has let their hair down, the shoes are off and when the photographer has gone home…. WAIT, the photographer has gone home?! 

Who’s going to capture those crazy after-midnight moments that you can laugh about forever?! 

Well, let us introduce you to the ‘all-night’ Photo Booth - also known, pretty simply as, the ‘UK DJs Abroad Photo Booth’. 

Whether you’re planning a wedding, private party or corporate event, you can capture ALL the party pictures with our stylish photo booths. Create everlasting memories for you and your guests, leaving them with printed mementos to take home on the night and cherish forever. When you book our photo booth along with our DJ services, the booth will be in action until the end of the very last song, meaning you can keep capturing the fun long after your wedding photographer has gone home. 

UK DJs Abroad Photobooth

Our photo booths are small and stylish and take up very little room. With their open format, they can fit more people into each snap than traditional closed booths - no more squeezing into one photo and having your head cut off. 

If you’re feeling like the Instagram star that you are, you can share your images on social media directly from the booth. You can also add your own #hashtag, brand logo and website to each image to really boost your company or event, sending them global. We can tailor the design for each wedding or event and you can choose from several layout options resulting in personal, dated, finished photos from the night. Photos can also be shared via email and SMS to let your friends and family join in the party they are missing. 

Each booth includes unlimited instant high-quality prints delivered via a Canon DSLR camera and a top-end professional printer. The simple touchscreen instructions make the booth incredibly easy to use - even Grandma could capture the fun - and there is no need to incur an extra cost of having an operator there. After the event, you will have total access to every single photo taken on the night via a personal online gallery. Enjoy every image again and again then simply download, share or print the ones you want to keep. 

For a full list of our services, including DJs, sound and lights, visit www.ukdjsabroad.com/services

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The Perfect Wedding Day Music

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The Perfect Wedding Day Music

There are many things to think about when planning a wedding. We know - we have been to A LOT of weddings. From the guest list to the venue, the catering to the cake, the all-important date, the choice of wines, the flowers, the dress and the shoes. The list is endless and for some, understandably, a little overwhelming. 

Unless you enjoy the sound of silence, Music Management on your wedding day is one of the most important choices you will need to make. At UK DJs Abroad, we know that the right music, the right lighting and the right DJ really makes the difference between an ordinary event and one no-one will ever forget. So without further ‘I Do’, here are our top tips to ensure your wedding day sounds as good as it looks. 

1. Soundtrack Your Entire Wedding Day with Song 

Unless you’re getting married in Vegas (we’re not judging), you’ve probably had time to prepare and think about the running order of your wedding day. Maybe you’ve had it planned to perfection since the age of 16. Whatever the case, from the minute you wake up on your big day, you’re going to have more on your ‘to do’ list than simply saying ‘I Do’. Your wedding planner will make everything look amazing, the caterer will have everything tasting incredible - but what about the music? Who will have everything sounding great? 

By employing a professional to manage the music on your wedding day, you won’t have to think about volumes, playlists, speakers, equipment or awkward silences. Work with your wedding planner and venue to understand what will happen at each part of the day and decide if music will enhance the atmosphere. Unless you’re getting married in a library, the sound of music can really make the atmosphere of your day.  

We work with each and every client to create the perfect setlist. We can advise on the perfect background selection too. Whether it’s beautiful Balearic beats around the pool or acoustic love songs at cocktail hour in a vineyard; we’ll create an ambiance to really set the tone of such a special day. As music lovers, we are passionate about creating the perfect setting for you and your guests.

2). Wedding Day Speeches - Make Sure You Have Your Say on Your Day 

Standing up in front of 200 people in a wedding dress and making an emotional speech might sound like your idea of hell, so you’ll be glad to know there are no rules when it comes to wedding day speeches. Whether you want to perform an entire monologue or simply say a few heartfelt ‘thank yous’, our advice is to have your speeches planned in advance. Even the most vocal family member can be lost for words when presented with a mic, so it’s always best to know who is going to speak and what is going to be said. Here’s our tips for getting those wedding speeches spot on:

  • Keep the speeches short and know who is up next to avoid any awkward silences or last minute speakers.

  • Write your speech down and practice it so you don’t forget to say the important things you’ve been thinking about all year.

  • Be clear who is going to have the mic next and work with your wedding planner to have some order to make the speeches as smooth as possible.

  • If you have your music managed by UK DJs Abroad, our DJs will be on hand with wireless mics, volume control and background music in-between to make sure that each speech sounds the absolute best it can.

3). Momentous Music

You may not have thought about that entrance song, the cake cutting anthem or the first dance number, so it’s worth thinking about the key moments of the day and filling it with song. You’ll be surprised at how many wedding couple don’t think about this, and trust us - music can absolutely make a moment. The entrance of a newly-married couple signals the start of a great reception dinner and the right cake-cutting track can really get everyone in the mood for the party that follows it. Here are more tips for the highlights of the day:

  • Have a think about the flow of the day and what those big moments are. 

  • Keep a note of your most sentimental and cherished songs that mean something to you. 

  • Do you want your favourite song played as you sit down for dinner for the first time as a newly married couple? 

  • Are you going to cut the cake to music? Without music, the atmosphere could be lacklustre at such a special moment. 

  • Think about the last song of the night. Do you want your favourite track played to signal the end of an amazing day? 

To prove how important music can be at these moments, here’s a clip of an entrance song (suggested by UK DJs Abroad) working its magic at one of our previous events:

4) The First Dance

There are no real rules when it comes to the structure of your day. If you don’t want to be awkwardly swung around a dance floor for three and a half minutes by your new husband or wife, the great news is that you absolutely don’t have to. However, hear us out. With the right song and some pre-planned practice steps, that three and a half minutes could be one of the highlights of the day, surrounded by your friends and family. If you like the idea of a slow-dance track into a big party anthem to start the reception party, our DJs can absolutely make that happen. We can even re-edit tracks or fade out at the appropriate time if you’d rather keep it brief.  That first dance song can be the gateway to a brilliant night for you and your guests. 

Whether you want an emotionally-charged ballad from Ed Sheeran or the song you and your partner danced to on your first holiday together; this is your day and your music choices. Dad and daughter dances can be pretty special too, so get some feedback from the family about what’s important to you and yours. Here’s a selection of our most requested First Dance tracks for inspiration. 

UK DJs Abroad Most Requested First Dance Songs

  1. Perfect - Ed Sheeran 

  2. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  3. Finally - Kings of Tomorrow 

  4. At Last - Etta James 

  5. All of Me - John Legend

  6. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton 

  7. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden 

  8. Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe - Barry White

  9. Love on Top - Beyonce

  10. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye 

5) Preparation for the Perfect Party 

To have the best party possible, discuss your music tastes with your DJ in advance and tell them what you like and dislike. A great DJ will build a playlist around your favourite genres without needing a huge list of songs. Remember, the job of a good DJ is to ensure everyone has a great time on the dance floor and not to simply play a list of 100 pre-planned songs. A little bit of prep will ensure the best party possible when it comes to you and your guests. 

UK DJs Abroad DJs are highly-experienced music lovers who are there to make sure the reception party is one to truly remember. Our DJs will ensure the set includes your favourite songs and your favourite artists while offering something for everybody to enjoy the night. Whether you’re a Disco Diva, a 90s Raver, a Pop Princess or a Hip-Hop & R&B King or Queen, we’ll make sure your reception setlist is blended to perfection, leaving everyone entertained.  

If your mind goes blank when thinking of your favourite songs, here’s one of our Spotify Playlists featuring our most requested tunes to get you thinking about those must-have floor-fillers. 

6) Ask the Experts 

When it comes to wedding music, sound and lighting, ask the experts. Work with people who genuinely have a passion for music and have experience at catering for a diverse wedding audience. 

With over 300 events under our belt, UK DJs Abroad have provided parties, background music, sound and lighting across the South of France and beyond. Whether you’re getting married in Provence in France or Lake Garda in Italy, UK DJs Abroad will make sure everyone understands the universal language of great music. 

At UK DJs Abroad, we promise to provide you with our extensive knowledge of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting on a party. We’ll sort all the sound, mics, lights, music and DJ, and can advise you on things that you may not have thought of, meaning you won’t need to worry about anything other than enjoying the day.

If you would like to discuss creating the perfect tailored soundtrack to your wedding, get in touch with us at UK DJs Abroad by dropping us an email - hello@ukdjsabroad.com. For a full list of our services, visit the Services page.

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English DJ Service in South of France

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English DJ Service in South of France

The South of France has long been a dream destination for couples looking for somewhere unforgettable for their wedding.  Whether it is the clear blue sea, miles of beaches and glamour of the Cote d'Azur or the stunning scenery, vineyards and grand chateaux of Provence there is something undeniably chic and romantic about the region.  Those who do get married here understandably want this same level of excellence when it comes to their suppliers and none more so than for the music on the day.  

UK DJs Abroad deliver this excellence by providing music, sound and lights for weddings (as well as private parties and corporate events) across Provence and the Cote d’Azur.  Finding a DJ who can speak to you in perfect English and understand your musical culture is very difficult in the region which is why Nick Boot, owner of UK DJs Abroad is one of the French Riviera’s most sought after DJs.  He is backed by significant experience and endorsement from the region’s most respected wedding planners and events agencies.  

UK DJs Abroad also provide top end sound systems and lighting for events to ensure the perfect ambiance is created.  Their DJs are hired to perform in prestigious venues throughout the South of France, including châteaux, villas, yachts and luxury hotels and have the experience to know exactly how to help clients create the perfect soundtrack to their event.

The Service

For your private event UK DJs Abroad will provide everything needed to entertain your guests, including a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, DJing for any length of time and the sourcing and management of background music throughout the event (ceremony, dinner, cocktails, etc.)

As the client you will have complete control over the music that is played throughout the event unless you require some inspiration in which case the DJ will help you to create a suitable playlist for you and your guests.  Regular consultations coupled with the use of collaborative Spotify playlists ensure that the brief is fully understood and met on the day. 

The Music

The music can be whatever you want it to be but for the party section of the event the skill of the DJ is in getting people onto the dancefloor and keeping them there. We will use many different genres of music from pop, rock, house, RnB, hip-hop, funk and soul blending old classics with modern floorfillers. 

UK DJs Abroad on location

UK DJs Abroad perform at many private events and weddings in the south of France (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur and Monaco), at stunning locations.  UK DJs Abroad have recenlt performed at a wide number of locations including Bastide de Gordes, Chateau de Robernier, Chateau des Castellaras, Mandala Beach Club Cannes, Chateau de Saint Victor La Coste, Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Monaco Yacht Club, Fairmont Hotel Monaco, Domaines des Grottes, Carlton Hotel Cannes plus yachts and private villas from St Tropez to Monaco and into Provence. 

 

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Will ‘Ultimate DJ’ Have the X Factor

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Will ‘Ultimate DJ’ Have the X Factor

It’s recently been reported that Simon Cowell is to launch a talent show for DJs along the lines of X Factor to be aired on TV in Spring 2016.  Though this has largely been met with derision in the DJ/clubbing community my reaction was ‘how could they possibly judge a DJ given no more than 3 or 4 minutes to demonstrate what they can do?’  Singing lends itself perfectly to the brief audition - after all you can either sing or you can’t and it’s pretty obvious straight off the bat - which is what makes X Factor such compelling viewing for it’s millions of fans. 

DJing on the other hand is an artform with many different facets, most of which I don’t think can be judged in under five minutes.  There is of course the technical ability of the DJ – how they can manipulate their equipment (i.e. decks and mixer) to be the most creative they can be – and nowhere is this more apparent than with scratch/turntablist DJs who can create live music by using the decks as an instrument.  But turntablism has its limitations as a form of entertainment and is really more impressive for those who understand the level of difficulty on display than it is to the casual listener.  In short, it’s for DJ geeks.  And besides there is already a very long running, very established global competition for this with the DMC Championships.  So I can’t imagine that there will be too much of this on show on ‘Ultimate DJ’. 

So how else can DJing be judged and what is it that makes a great DJ?  If you look at those that have been at the top of their game for the longest – the likes of Carl Cox, Sasha, John Digweed, etc. – undoubtedly they have exceptional technical ability but this is not what has got them to the top and kept them there.   Moreover it is their ability to understand their audience, to be tuned into the latest tracks as well as to an enormous back catalogue built up through the years and to be able to create a set (usually in excess of 2 hours) that will, excuse the cheesy phrase, take the crowd on a journey.  To the uninitiated it could be perceived as just playing other people’s records but it is no accident that the big guns of the DJing world, mostly in their 40s and 50s now, are still drawing enormous crowds.  They entertain through their years of experience in playing the right tune at the right time, knowing what will get people dancing and then adding just what is needed to make the place go crazy.  Even the humble wedding DJ knows that it’s all about getting people on the dancefloor and keeping them there over the course of the evening. 

So how could any of this be judged with the X Factor style 5 minute audition?  If it’s not these attributes then what will the DJs actually be judged on?  The clue appears to come in the details of who is involved in the production of the show.  Heavily influenced by the big money EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene that has Las Vegas at its epicentre and has sent dance music and DJing stratospheric in the US (30 years after they exported it to the UK of course, but that’s another story) it’s no wonder that Simon Cowell has got involved.  The art of the DJ in this scene is somewhat different with acts like Steve Aoki, David Guetta and Calvin Harris making tens of millions per year ($63m in 2014 for Harris to be specific) for playing to stadium sized crowds.  Here it’s all about showbiz razzmatazz with Aoki, in particular, drawing criticism for such antics as throwing cake at those closest to the front and crowd-surfing in a dingy.  This doesn’t seem to leave much time for actually reading the crowd, teeing up the next tune, doing all the other technical requirements to ensure your mixing is seamless.  These DJs are accused of just hitting the play button then larking about and it’s easy to see why there has been such an acrimonious split between the ‘underground’ and EDM scene.  On one hand are the purists, the old school, the ones where it’s all about the music and on the other you have the multi-millionaire, cake-throwing entertainers where the music and the ‘art of the DJ’ comes a distant second to making money. 

As with most things in life it’s all about personal preference.  Though it sticks in the throat of the old guard, these new EDM DJs are big business and are insanely popular.  The barriers to entry of becoming a DJ are so low these days due to the drop in the cost of technology and the ability of that equipment to automate things such as beatmatching that almost anyone can do it. 

As a DJ of 20 years brought up on two decks and a bag of vinyl who, like so many others, has spent countless hours practicing and honing the technical skills required I tend to side with the traditionalists.  While it’s impossible to prevent the relentless changes brought about by technology, personally I think it’s a shame that for many youngsters just discovering dance music, the DJs that they will be looking to emulate are those who actually aren’t necessarily that talented.  They just know how to create a show and market themselves to the masses. 

Which brings us back to the X Factor concept, which to me is the epitome of successfully marketing average output to the masses.  Entertainment and talent do not necessarily go hand in hand when there is the budget to put a sheen on any performance.  It remains to be seen how ‘Ultimate DJ’ will work but I can’t help thinking it will be less about actual DJing talent and more about the way it’s packaged. 

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Destination wedding with a view

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Destination wedding with a view

If you’re looking for a wedding venue with a view in the South of France you’ll be lucky to find anywhere better than the Bastide de Gordes.  Set into the hillside in this stunning, lofty ancient village the hotel has views that stretch for miles as can be seen from the photo of Chris and Amy’s wedding - an occasion that I had the privilege of DJing at.  

Gordes is said to be one of the most beautiful villages in all of France and with its narrow cobbled streets between tall houses built into the high rocks it's easy to see why.  The castle and church at it's centre loom above the village giving it a picture perfect look.  

The Bastide de Gordes Hotel and Spa has been totally gutted and renovated in the last few months and the results are extremely impressive.  

As for the wedding - what a party!   Chris and Amy wanted all the benefits of a wedding in the South of France (that view across Provence, the wine, the food, the weather) but didn't want to compromise on the music so booked UK DJs Abroad.  Their own taste for RnB and hip-hop mixed with some dancefloor classics meant that their guests got exactly what they were up for after such a great day and it went off!  Ripped trousers, disco strutting, break-dancing (even an extremely famous but remaining anonymous celebrity) - it had the lot.  

If the disco/party is as important a part of your big day as it was for Chris and Amy you will love this venue and the room where the party took place.  Low ceilings, a contained space and a cool lawn just outside (with that view of course) all made for an intimate party with a great atmosphere.  So if you're looking for a wedding venue with a view check out Bastide de Gordes.  If you want to get married in Provence, the French Riviera or anywhere else in the South of France but want to have all your favourite party tunes from home, check out UK DJs Abroad!  

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