Archive for November, 2013

Venue Dressers In Cheshire: 10 of the Best

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Weddings in Cheshire: 2013

I have met a number of fantastic venue dressers whilst working as a DJ in Cheshire so I have decided to list a few below. They all provide an excellent service and are not listed in order of preference.


Laurel  Weddings promises to deliver a quality wedding design service, that specializes in wedding flowers. The flowers arrangements can be displayed in fresh and silk formats. So if you are planning a small intimate gathering or even a much more lavish affair at a stately home then Laurel Weddings could be the company you are looking for.

The manager and owner (Laura Simpson) also creates bespoke tiaras, headdresses and other accessories. Every piece is handmade and each design can be made to match your chosen colours for the day.


Red Events Creative are based in Liverpool, however  a lot of their venues are based in Cheshire. They pride themselves on exceptional attention to detail, quality and value for ,money. Red Events Creative promise to transform any venue into something totally unique. If you fancy seeing exactly what this company can do for your event why not visit their showroom:

Unit 12, Seymour Street
Millers Bridge Industrial Estate
L20 1EE


Divine Designs offers venue dressing for all occasions and supply a personal service by professionals. Divine Designs include a free design process with their services helping their clients develop their bespoke, personal designs. Divine Designs also offer a free consultation to all of their clients which helps take the weight off some of the stress arranging an event can bring. More information can be found on their website.


Orchard Designs offers some fantastic packages covering everything you need to make your venue beautiful and unique. Orchard Designs offer many different styles e.g. vintage, crystals, pearls. Check out their website for further info:


Woodyat Warner are award winning venue dressers offering services in Cheshire, Manchester and throughout the North West. Woodyat Warner offers a wide range of professional services for adding the wow factor to your venue including the dance floor!

Go to for more information on the services that they offer.



Lily Rose Events is based in Cheadle, Cheshire have over 20 years’ experience and can provide everything from flowers and buttonholes to ceremony and church displays. Lily Rose Events pays attention to every detail by coordinating every aspect of your chosen theme and colours.

Go to their website: for further information.


Top Notch Events offer some beautiful products to ensure your venue looks perfect whatever the occasion. They work closely with you and tailor the design to fit your venue and personality. More information can be found on their website:


Hearts and Flowers have some lovely ideas and will tailor the design to fit your chosen style and theme. Hearts and Flowers has a gorgeous range of vases and candelabras as well as a wide range of t-light holders, mirrors and props which can be added to your package.

For further information on the packages they offer visit their website


Special Days Events pay attention to all the little details to help transform your venue into your chosen theme. Special Days Events has worked with some of the biggest names on the high street in their store designs and Christmas decoration schemes. For further information on the range of services offered go to their website:


Dreamweavers  pride themselves on a more personal and friendly service and promise to give every attention to detail. They can produce equally stylish results varying from a bold dramatic and contemporary themes to something with more tradition and romance.

Their results are not only visually stunning but unique and individual. Dreamweavers cover every aspect of venue dressing from chair covers right through to floral design, prop hire and even lighting effects.

The History of the Jukebox

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Jukebox

The original mobile DJ

Just as our preferred format for music has changed from vinyl, to tape, to CD, to MP3, so too have the world’s jukeboxes. From bulky pieces of machinery with a few dozen popular songs to touch screen panels holding thousands of hours of music, the jukebox has come a long way over the past century. Nowadays they’re not so common, but they’re still found in a small number of pubs and café’s, especially around the UK’s seaside holiday destinations. Despite this, there will always be something nostalgic about the gentle crackle of an old Rock n’Roll or Motown record as it begins playing on a jukebox – something which we’ll never experience with an MP3 recording.

So, where did it all begin?

The jukebox as we know it today first hit the shelves in the 1920’s, with the arrival of technology to electronically record and play sound. The first jukeboxes played less than ten records, with numbers slowly increasing as jukeboxes became larger and more sophisticated. As we head into the 1930’s and see the arrival of the traditional American diner, the popularity of the jukebox spiked massively.


As technology improved, jukeboxes started to hold more and more songs.

New models were released with shiny chrome accessories and flashing coloured lights, to match the bright plastics, chromes and leathers of the new diners. Many American diners wanted their guests to be entertained, without having to shell out for a band or spend half the day repeatedly changing records. A jukebox was the perfect solution, and it would even collect some extra cash for the staff. And so by the 1940’s they could be found in almost every single diner.


The jukebox was never far from sight in 1950’s, and was made super cool by “The Fonz” (Henry Winkler) in the 1970’s American sitcom “Happy Days

 Televisions started to become popular in the 1950’s, but even so juke boxes remained a hit with the birth of rock n’ roll music in the swinging sixties. When we picture a classic jukebox, many of us will imagine a model like the Wurlitzer 1015, which was released around this time.


The Wurlitzer 1015, one of the most iconic jukeboxes in history.


Into the sixties, young people began to embrace their own individuality and rebel against the wishes of their parents and the government. A big part of their lifestyle was the music, which they usually had to listen to through- you guessed it – a juke box.

Today’s smartphones and portable music players like the iPod have seen jukeboxes fall in popularity over the past few decades, but they’re still a key feature of many diners, bars and other places for socialising.

I love the nostalgia of an old jukebox, and it takes me back to the campsite holidays of my youth. I’d visit the arcade and feel the excitement as I placed coins through the slot, waiting for my favourite songs to fill the room. I remember the feeling to this day, and I know how important it can be for others to hear their favourite songs while they’re at a party.

I have recently created an updated version of the jukebox on my website. This software is totally free, and plays music videos rather than 7inch singles. I think it’s a pretty exciting development, so why not try it out and let me know what you think?

If you want something extra special for your party or event, then you could also try my latest big screen projection service. A twin projector system can be used to play music videos, or any other footage which may be relevant to your birthday party, award ceremony, or school prom in Manchester or Cheshire.

By Anton Joe