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DJs at Dodmoor

We think a party in the evening is a must when celebrating in style on your wedding day! Everyone loves a boogie, and here at Dodmoor, our Catesby Barn provides the perfect dancefloor space for all your guests to throw their best shapes, creating an unforgettable evening.


We spoke to two of our recommended DJs, Matt Potter from Potter Group Events, and Rob Lawes from Rob Lawes Entertainments, and asked them to share their secrets to give our couples some inspiration for their evening entertainment on the big day!





How do you decide what to play on the night?


Matt: "We invite our couples to supply us with a detailed playlist, we will then mix this into our set on the night, playing songs to fill and maintain a busy dancefloor…keeping all ages happy and dancing!"


Rob: "Our approach is always centred around the couple's preferences and the atmosphere that they envision for their special day. Typically we begin by consulting with the couple beforehand to understand their music tastes and style, and what they want from their evening. In addition, we offer an innovative online playlist creator platform for all our couples to pre-make a playlist if they wish. Our DJs then use their expertise to seamlessly mix in the songs in the correct order, whilst also gauging the crowd's energy on the night to tailor their set accordingly."

 


Any advice for the first dance ?


Matt: "Make it a crowd pleaser; if your guests are excited, you will be too"


Rob: "The first dance is a truly magical moment, and our advice is to make it your own! Whether it's a classic romantic ballad or a fun, upbeat tune, choose a song that holds special meaning to you as a couple. Try to practice together beforehand, and don't be afraid to add your own personal touches or choreography to make the moment unforgettable."





Band vs DJ : What's the advantage to having a DJ?


Matt: "A good band AND a professional DJ is the ultimate entertainment. However, if you must pick one, a band is excellent entertainment, but a DJ can fill the dancefloor with a more diverse set. When done correctly, it can include all genres, supplying a much more varied and impactful music set."


Rob: "While both bands and DJs offer unique experiences, hiring a DJ can provide more flexibility and variety in music selection, from effortlessly transitioning between songs, to accommodating requests on the fly. DJs can also often offer customisable packages that include lighting and sound equipment."





What's your go-to song to get everyone onto the dancefloor?


Matt: "That depends on the crowd 😊 and it changes all the time!"


Rob: "One of our all-time favourite crowd-pleasers is "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon. It's a guaranteed party starter, that never fails to get guests of all ages up and dancing!"



What does your most popular set-up look like at Dodmoor?




Matt: "We aim for a simple and classy set-up… we let the music do the talking, but good lighting is VITAL

to help create the ambience for successful entertainment; we love a mirror ball too!"





Rob: "Our most sought-after DJ set-up for Dodmoor House weddings is our Rustic Evening DJ Package. This package is specifically tailored to complement the warm and inviting atmosphere of Dodmoor House's rustic setting. With soft, warm lighting and a custom-built wooden booth, our setup seamlessly blends in with the venue's aesthetic.






A huge thank you to both DJs, Matt and Rob, for sharing with us an insight into how to create a fun, and memorable evening on your wedding day at Dodmoor!


We also recommend one other DJ at Dodmoor - Smooth Moves Events - and want to give a big shout-out to all the photographers featured for some incredible photos.

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