Choosing a Wedding Theme for your Perfect Cheshire Wedding

July 28th, 2013

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When you’re planning your wedding reception in Manchester or Cheshire, it can be difficult knowing where to start. There are so many options to consider such as decorations, food, venue and so on, it can be rather overwhelming. Most people find it helps to plan their reception around a theme. This gives you a central concept to tie everything around and helps to reduce the list of possible options when you are choosing decorations, invitations and favours.

It can help if you try and match your theme to the location and season of your wedding. A winter theme would seem very odd for a summer wedding! Try brainstorming a list of words that come to mind when you think of the season the wedding party will be held in – cherry blossoms and birds for spring, snowflakes and ice sculptures for winter for example. This can give you a good basis for wedding decorations and the like on a theme.

Also think about where the wedding will be held. Venues with gardens and attractive outdoor areas lend themselves well to a natural theme with relaxed arrangements of fresh flowers. If your wedding is in a castle you might like to consider a fairytale theme complete with a Cinderella style dress and a wedding cake fit for a princess.

Many couples choose the location where they first met or a common interest as the basis for a theme. An easy way to do this is to name the guest tables along these lines – e.g. famous mountains for a couple of hiking enthusiasts or even a list of countries you plan to visit in your round the world honeymoon trip!

If you want a really unusual theme that will get your wedding talked about and surely remembered by all your guests, you could consider a gothic wedding, a medieval wedding or even a pirate wedding! Obviously these ideas are not for everyone but if you and your partner both agree it could make for a really fun idea that you’re both sure to enjoy.

When you’ve got the general idea for your theme you can start to have a look for wedding supplies that match. Certain themes are more popular than others and you may have to get a little creative and make your own wedding favours and other items if you’ve chosen something that is really unusual. You might also want to give your bridesmaids and other assistants gifts that match your theme, which is a really fun way to ensure they remember your wedding fondly.

Browsing through wedding magazines can help to give you an idea of the effect you want to create at your wedding party and can give you some ideas for themes. They often also list wedding party decorations and suppliers so you’ll know exactly where to buy that particular wedding party favour.

If you’re really stuck for ideas then you might want to start with just your favourite colour. This can be used as the main colour for bridesmaid dresses and then also used in the wedding party decorations. Black and white can look very good when done well and adds a bit more interest to the usual white wedding. Purple is also a very popular choice. Pink lends itself well to a spring theme complete with cherry blossoms.

Floorfillas has provided DJ entertainment for many weddings in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and seen lots of different themes for weddings and receptions. If you’re stuck for ideas or you’d like to talk about booking your Manchester wedding DJ, contact us today.

The Beyoncé Bio

July 28th, 2013

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Born: September 4th 1981

Nationality: American

Height: 1.69 m (5”6)

Dress size: 6

Eye colour: light brown

Inspirational artists: Luther Vandross, Tina Turner, Anita Baker

First Single: Crazy in Love

First Child: Blue Ivy Carter

Record Label: Columbia

Beyoncé started singing at an early age, and pretty soon she teamed up with her cousin Kelly Rowland and two other classmates to make an all-girl singing group. Her father joined the quartet as a manager. The group, which would come to be known as Destiny’s Child, signed their first record deal in 1997. Destiny’s Child was huge, and this gave Beyoncé the space in the limelight she needed.

Soon, Beyoncé investigated other avenues. In 2001 she starred in her first movie, Goldmember. Then her big solo moment came in 2003, with the release of her first album, Dangerously in Love. This album was a huge success, and won numerous Grammy awards.

2006 saw the release of B’Day, her second album. This saw more hits, like the signature tune Irreplaceable. In 2008 she married hip-hop superstar Jay-Z. That same year she released I am…Sasha Fierce.

In 2010 she released the fragrance Heat, which made her a big name in retail. Things came full circle in 2013 at The Superbowl, where she teamed up with Kelly Rowland, her former Destiny’s Child band mate, and raised the roof.

Beyoncé has been a highly successful performer, and has won an impressive 16 Grammys.

If you have a corpotate event in Manchester/ wedding in Manchester or Birthday in Manchester and would like one of the best mobile DJ’s in the UK to entertain your guests then contact www.floorfillas.com today.

How to Organise a Corporate Event in Manchester

July 25th, 2013

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Corporate events are growing in popularity for businesses of all sizes in Manchester. Events provide a great opportunity to network with colleagues and clients, improve staff morale and build team connections.

There are many different types of corporate events from casual social celebrations, to large and complex networking and training events. If you haven’t organized a corporate event before it can be a daunting task but one that can be tackled effectively once it is broken down into steps and delegated out.

Set the objectives of the event

Are you holding an event as a networking event? An opportunity to get press coverage? A training day? As a way to show your staff they are appreciated and valued? The purpose of your event will impact on all other aspects of your planning so make sure that you are clear exactly what you want to achieve from the event.

Choose a theme for your event

Setting an overall theme for your event can help a great deal with the overall planning and help you to decide on aspects such as venues, activities, entertainment and decorating.

Some types of events lend themselves to themes more easily. For example, evening events that are focused around entertainment are often themed around Las Vegas casinos or Hollywood glamour.

Your theme doesn’t have to be quite so literal though. If you’re simply planning a small training event, you may want to consider themes such as teamwork, leadership or creativity.

Set a budget and size

It’s important to know how many people will attend your event before you can start planning.

If your company is small, in most cases you won’t be organizing a huge corporate event, unless you plan to invite many guests.

A large organization does not necessarily equate to a large-scale corporate event. It is often not necessary for every member of staff to attend and you’ll probably want to concentrate on a subset of your employees such as managers only or HR staff only, for example.

Knowing the anticipated size of your event is very helpful for setting a budget, which is essential in the early planning stages

Find a venue

The venue you choose will depend on the theme of your event and how many attendees you are anticipating. Whatever type of event you are planning, there are venues to suit every size and budget in Manchester.

Hotels, conference centres, galleries, museums and sporting venues are all avenues to look into.

Book activities and entertainment

For even the smallest corporate events, it would be a mistake to try and do everything yourself. Your event will truly be made by the activities and entertainment on offer, which may include external trainers, motivational speakers and entertainers.

For social events, a good quality music system is a must. Floorfillas has provided DJ entertainment for many companies in the Manchester and Cheshire areas. As well as music and lighting, there are many additional extras which can be booked such as the Video Jukebox system, which is perfect for training presentations and award ceremonies.

If you don’t know where to start, there are professional event planners available who can do all the hard work for you. You are also welcome to contact Floorfillas about your ideas. We have provided entertainment for many corporate events across Manchester and would be happy to provide recommendations and ideas for venues and themes. Give us a call on 07507 548 607 or email info@floorfillas.com.

The Best Wedding Venues in Knutsford

July 24th, 2013

In my years working as a wedding DJ in Cheshire, I’ve played at many different venues and find myself returning time and time again to the same locations. It’s not just the look of a venue that makes it a great place to host a wedding reception but also friendly staff, convenient location, great facilities and capacity for many guests. Here are my top tips for the best wedding party venues in Knutsford:

Belle Epoque

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Belle Epoque is one of my favourite venues to play at in Knutsford and it’s also obviously very popular with newly married couples and their guests. The venue itself is beautiful and glamorous with lots of deep red velvet furnishings and art-deco features, under flickering candlelight.

This is an intimate venue ideal for smaller weddings. If you choose to have your wedding ceremony here, they can accommodate up to 100 guests and for a reception, up to 120 guests can be catered for.

Belle Epoque, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6DT

For more information, see http://www.thebelleepoque.com/weddings.php

Mere Court

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Mere Court is a beautiful country house hotel dating from 1903 and is just perfect for summer weddings. The four acres of gardens are a great location for guests to mingle and make an ideal backdrop for wedding photos

Mere Court hotel in Knutsford can accommodate up to 200 guests and the guest rooms are ideal for the bride and groom on their wedding night, as well as any guests who are not local to the area.

Civil ceremonies can be held in a choice of three different rooms, each with their own individual ambiance. Rooms are available to seat between 70 and 150 guests.

Mere Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Warrington Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0RW

For more information, see http://www.merecourt.co.uk/weddings/.

Cottons Hotel

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Cottons Hotel is a 4-star hotel with a choice of reception suites in modern, informal surroundings. Up to 220 guests can be catered for in the Verandah Suite and the Magnolia Restaurant and Courtyard seats up to 90.

The staff at the Cottons have lots of experience in organising weddings and can help you plan everything from the colour theme to arranging bubble machines and setting up fairy lights.

The hotel also makes an ideal location for guests staying overnight, ideally located near the M6 and M65. There is even an on-site spa for a little pre-nuptial pampering for the bridal party before the big day.

Cottons Hotel & Spa, Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0SU.

For more information, see http://www.cottonshotel.com/weddings/.

We’ve got lots more great wedding venue ideas and as a wedding DJ, I’ve worked in most of the popular venues in Cheshire and Manchester. If you’re interested in some unbiased advice and recommendations while you’re planning your wedding, please contact me and I’ll be happy to chat through some suggestions.

Don’t forget that the most important part of planning your wedding is booking the entertainment! Floorfillas provides wedding discos, DJ entertainment and a selection of optional extras including your own custom wedding logo and bespoke photo slideshow on our Video Jukebox system.

Top 10 Party Planning Tips for Having a Great 21st Birthday Party in Cheshire or Manchester

July 20th, 2013

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There are only a handful of occasions in your life when you meet a milestone as important as turning 21. These days, there’s nothing legally significant about turning 21 in the UK – you can do pretty much you want as soon as you turn 18, but in most people’s minds, 21 is still the age marking the true start of adulthood and is worthy of an epic celebration!

A 21st birthday party is a great chance to pull out all the stops and go all out, with a birthday party that you’ll remember for years to come.

1. Pick a great venue

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a great party venue in Cheshire or Manchester. Pubs, clubs, sports clubs and community halls are all great places to hire out for a 21st birthday party. If your birthday is in the summer, you might like to consider a garden party or celebrating outdoors, but remember that the weather in Manchester cannot be relied upon and you should always have a plan B in mind!

2. Book great entertainment

It’s the music and entertainment that really make the party so make sure you choose a professional DJ in Cheshire to make your party go with a bang. You may be tempted to cut corners when it comes to booking a DJ but remember you get what you pay for – an inexperienced DJ can easily ruin your special occasion. DJ Anton Joe of Floorfillas has many years experience working as a professional DJ in the Manchester and Cheshire areas and recently worked alongside Radio One’s Scott Mills, so you know you’ll be getting great quality entertainment.

3. Set the stage

Even the most uninspiring community centre can be transformed into an amazing birthday party venue with some creative decorations. Pinterest is great for browsing party decoration ideas and you can keep your decorating budget surprisingly low if you use a bit of creative thinking. If you’re low on ideas and crafty skills, it may be worth paying a professional to come in and transform your venue.

4. Don’t overlook lighting

One of the most vital parts of party decoration is getting the lighting right. If you book your birthday party DJ in Cheshire through Floorfillas, you’ll also have the option of upgrading to professional lighting which will really give an exclusive nightclub feel to your party.

5. Add special touches

Floorfillas can create a bespoke birthday video with photos, video clips and music of your choice and display it on the unique Video Jukebox double projection screen. This is a great way to display all those funny baby photos and embarrassing teenage snaps without trying to sellotape or blu-tack old photos to the wall.

6. Capture your memories

Hiring a professional photographer to take snaps of your and your friends enjoying the party can be a great investment and is a wonderful way to capture the atmosphere of your special night. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a professional photographer in Cheshire, you could leave out disposable cameras for your guests to go wild with – getting the film developed can be quite exciting!

7. Choose your soundtrack wisely

Floorfillas can provide a track listing based on your musical taste and you can choose to include any tracks that have a particular special meaning to you. It’s always a good idea to include a mix of genres that will appeal to all your guests and you may want to include some top hits from your teenage years that will bring the memories flooding back!

8. Go for finger food

Most 21st birthday parties in Manchester are not the best occasion for a sit down dinner. Buffets and finger food work best and allow your guests to eat what they choose, and help themselves. Remember to include a wide selection of different items and account for vegetarians and allergy sufferers. Food should also be clearly marked. If you’re catering for a large number of people, it’s usually easiest to employ the services of a professional caterer who has lots of experience in feeding the hoards at parties!

9. Go easy on the alcohol

Even if money is no issue, it’s generally not a good idea to provide an open bar at 21st birthday parties. To avoid the problems associated with alcohol over-indulgence, make sure that food is offered early in the evening and provide plenty of soft drinks.

10. Relax and enjoy your party!

Remember, you only turn 21 once so even if you’re a control freak usually, it’s best to let somebody else stress over the details and try to relax and enjoy it!

We’ve provided DJ entertainment at lots of 21st birthday parties in Manchester and Cheshire and we’d love to talk over your ideas with you. Remember it’s a good idea to book your DJ entertainment well in advance to avoid disappointment. Drop us an email at info@floorfillas.com

Wedding Dress Styling 2013 by Wedding DJ Knutsford

July 18th, 2013

2013 is the year that Brad and Angelina will finally tie the knot, so if you fancy bringing some Hollywood glamour to your own Cheshire wedding, read on for the wedding dress looks that are ruling the fashion catwalks for this season.

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Ever since the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, simple and romantic lace has trended hugely in the wedding dress genre. With an almost 1920’s feel, whilst the dress shape is modest in design, the intricacy of the lace is what makes this one of the classiest wedding dress looks to be found. Team it with antique diamante jewellery with matching teardrop earrings and bejewelled tiara. Wear the make -up subtle with peach undertones but go heavy on the eyebrows which is very much part of current beauty styling. When it comes to shoes, keep the lace theme going with either delicate pointed toe kitten heels or a more comfortable and traditional low wedge with ribbon ankle feature.

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2013 is the year of the Peplum dress, and this style trend has translated itself seamlessly into the wedding dress genre. Whether you go for subtle, with the soft unstructured excess of material skimming over the hip and bottom, or go for a bolder look with definite lines that accentuate the same area, the peplum shows you know your current fashion trends. Of course, the softer look can disguise the pear shape, giving you a confidence boost on a day when it is most definitely needed, whereas the stronger edges can show off an enviable ‘Pippa Middleton-esque’ rear of which you should be justly proud, so choose your peplum wisely. The more delicate style choice lends itself beautifully to a shorter but more flowing veil style, exquisite when matched with a delicate lower heeled pump shoe and pearl accessories. The edgier peplum means you can carry off a bolder look overall, with hair worn scraped into an up style bun and finished with a headband. Go bold with a Cuban heeled shoe and diamante accessories. Retro inspired 1950’s make-up finishes an Audrey Hepburn inspired look.

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Whilst we may wish for a perfect sunny day for our important day, this is the United Kingdom, so for a wedding in Manchester, you may decide to hedge your bets and go for a more forgiving dress for the temperate climate. A long sleeved wedding dress means you can beat any chill, but also ensures that if you get blazing sunshine, you don’t need to worry about sunburn. Of course, longer sleeves can also disguise any hang ups you may have about the appearance of your arms also.

A sheer sleeve gives you versatility without style compromise whilst being a very fashionable look in 2013. There is something that is reminiscent of the Edwardian era about this look, so theme your hair and accessories similarly. Wear your hair in a loose bun with delicate curls touching your cheeks in an almost accidental manner. Shoes can take a mid-height heel with a softer but still pointed toe. Go definite on a rose coloured cheek but just skim the lips with a sheer lip gloss for just the right amount of allure.

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Floral is another look that is rocking the wedding catwalks this year. Choose a shorter style dress that will see you through from the day to the night, enabling the bride to fully appreciate her choice of DJ and making your wedding the hippest in Cheshire.

Wear the hair long so you can rock out to the max, and add a killer heeled shoe in order to add dimension to the lower body in the absence of a long skirt. As a wedding DJ in Knutsford I see many brides in shorter styles these days and it also makes a great choice for the reception, without needing a change of outfit.

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Choosing a wedding reception venue in Manchester or Cheshire

July 16th, 2013

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One of the most important aspects of planning your wedding reception is deciding on your venue. The location you decide to hold your wedding celebrations will impact on your theme, decorations, and the number of guests you can invite and will probably take up a large part of your budget.

There are many wonderful wedding reception venues in Cheshire and Manchester and Floorfillas has provided wedding DJ entertainment at several of them.  From hotels and sports clubs to stately homes and historic buildings, there are venues to suit every style and budget. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Choosing a venue is an issue of both personal taste and practicality. You’ll probably want to choose somewhere with a romantic feel if possible but locations such as castles are often expensive and may not hold as many guests as you would like. You should also consider if your venue offers catering, a bar service and staff. Finally you may prefer an outdoor wedding reception, which has its own set of considerations to make.

You should start by considering your number of guests and researching venues that are equipped to deal with that number of people. If you really fall in love with a particular venue but it can only hold a smaller number of people, you will have to cut your guest list down or split your wedding party into a daytime and an evening event. You should visit several potential venues which will help you to get a clearer idea of what you want. Some popular venues are booked up for years in advance so plan plenty of time ahead if you have a dream location in mind.

Another important aspect of reception venues is their location and distance away from where you plan to hold the ceremony. Some couples choose to have their wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, which is obviously the most convenient but others will prefer to have their ceremony in a church or other location and then move to a different venue for the party. Think about how your guests are going to travel to the location and how much suitable accommodation is available nearby for guests who are travelling from far away and will want to stay overnight.

When viewing potential venues be sure to ask about the capacity of the venue, the number of bathrooms and extra rooms for the bridal party to change clothing, staff and set up costs, length of time the venue will be made available to you, decoration services and any limitations on decorations, catering, bar service and entertainment considerations. You should also check for availability of parking for guests.

If you’re considering an outdoor wedding reception then you will need to arrange hire of a marquee or covered area in case of rain and ensure there is sufficient security. Extra care also needs to be taken in arranging an area for the buffet table, bar and so on. For these reasons, couples considering an outdoor location often choose to hold their ceremony outdoors but have the wedding party at an indoor venue for convenience.

As well as finding a venue that meets your budget and personal requirements, think about its potential for decoration to match the theme that you are planning. A plain room will cost a lot less than hiring a stately home or a castle for your wedding party but with some clever wedding decorations and lighting it can be transformed into a romantic and memorable location for your wedding reception.

For more wedding reception venue ideas in the Manchester and Cheshire areas, contact us for a chat on 07507 548 697 or email info@floorfillas.com

 

 

The Top 5 Most Unique Locations for Weddings Abroad

July 13th, 2013

It’s becoming increasingly popular for couples to tie the knot abroad. Not only do you have the advantage of choosing from hundreds of beautiful locations that can double up as your honeymoon destination, but also you’re guaranteed a smaller, more intimate ceremony as only your closest friends and family will make the trip out to join you on your big day.

Beach weddings are always popular and make for some amazing photographs and memories. Tropical islands are not your only option when it comes to getting married abroad, however. Here are our top 5 picks for the most romantic and unique wedding locations in the world:

1. The Icehotel, Lapland

Photo credit: mskogly via flickr

Photo credit: mskogly via flickr

Around 150 couples every year are married in the chapel built entirely from ice in the north of Sweden. After the ceremony, you can sleep surrounded by snow and ice sculptures, on a bed made from ice blocks and topped with reindeer skins.

2. Mara Intrepids Safari Camp, Kenya

Photo credit: SkateyB via flickr

Photo credit: SkateyB via flickr

Say your vows with lions, tigers, giraffes and elephants as your witnesses. The African landscape provides a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs and accommodation is provided in the form of luxury tents with four-poster beds.

3. Havana, Cuba

photo credit: Marco Zanferrari (flickr)

photo credit: Marco Zanferrari (flickr)

Havana provides a beautiful backdrop for a wedding to remember, with stunning faded architecture, colourful classic cars on every street and the constant background accompaniment of salsa music.

4. Bali, Indonesia

photo credit: Peter Nijenhuis via flickr

photo credit: Peter Nijenhuis via flickr

Experience your wedding day in traditional Balinese dress, complete with dancers and live Balinese music. On this beautiful Indonesian island you can choose from beach rice field, or jungle locations. There’s even the option of traveling by elephant back to your honeymoon suite.

5. Angkor, Cambodia

photo credit: Flashpacking Life via flickr

photo credit: Flashpacking Life via flickr

Celebrate your wedding in the grounds of the stunning and mysterious Angkor Wat temple, a world heritage site that has been the backdrop for many movies. Choose from a traditional Khmer or western ceremony.

Many couples who marry abroad choose to have a second wedding reception in the UK on their return, for all their friends and family who were not able to travel to the ceremony itself.

This is a great opportunity for displaying your wedding and honeymoon photographs and video clips on our Video Jukebox system. Even if the only people at your wedding ceremony were you and your partner, this is a great way to share your day with your loved ones and relive the happy memories.

Theme Ideas for Corporate Events and Away Days in Cheshire and Manchester

July 12th, 2013

 

 

 

 

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We were recently treated to a great example of how NOT to plan a corporate event, courtesy of the BBC’s The Apprentice. The episode’s most cringe-worthy moments included some sumo wrestling entertainment, complete with ‘fat suits’ at Team Endeavour’s army-themed event and a spot of tipsy wine tasting at Team Evolve’s school-themed event.

If watching that didn’t put you off planning your corporate event entirely, we have some great ideas for planning your next company away day or event in Cheshire or Manchester.

Themed away days can be a great success when they are done right. We’ve had experience providing entertainment and presentations at many corporate events so here’s our insight on what works well for an entertaining and worthwhile even for your team members:

Awards Ceremony

An awards ceremony always goes down a treat at corporate events in Manchester. You can theme a whole evening around an awards ceremony, complete with black tie dress code, drinks and canapés, or simply include a small awards ceremony as part of your staff away day.

Recognizing your staff for their input is a great way to improve staff morale and motivation. Our video jukebox system is just perfect for this, allowing you to produce an Oscars-style presentation complete with music and photographs of your team members.

Check out an example of our awards videos here.

Casino or Las Vegas Theme

Casino themes are also very popular for corporate parties and events. Recreating the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas casino will be sure to result in an event that your employees will be talking about for weeks and is great for improving team building and staff camaraderie.

Check out an example video for a casino-themed event here.

James Bond Themed Event

The Bond theme is another great idea that goes down a storm at staff parties and makes for a fun and memorable corporate event. Some ideas to include are stunt shows, Bond showgirls and themed music entertainment. You can even hire a Sean Connery or Bond villain lookalike for your event!

You can watch an example of one of our James Bond themed Video DJ presentations here.

If you’re looking for some more ideas for a unique and entertaining corporate event, or evening entertainment for your staff, please contact us for more inspiration. As well as our Video Jukebox service, which works well for themed events for any occasion, we can organize special lighting, DJ entertainment with music of your choice, backdrops, a custom logo, custom video production and VIP red carpet.

Give us a call today on 07507 548 607 or email info@floorfillas.com.

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