If you are a seasoned wedding-goer, you will know that not all weddings are the same. Yes, they all have a bride and groom (usually, anyway); some kind of marriage service; a swanky venue with lots of tasty food; plenty of alcohol; and lots of music. But within those elements there is a wide-range of options, meaning that no two weddings are absolutely identical.
Take the music for instance. The Wedding March is almost guaranteed to be heard at the ceremony. Perhaps there will be some kind of background music during the wedding breakfast, such as a classical guitarist playing live, or some background music specially chosen by the happy couple. In some cases, there might be a ceilidh or live band in the evening, but the majority of weddings have a DJ or disco for the reception party.
As owners of a mobile wedding crêpe stand, we’ve encountered lots and lots of different wedding DJs over the years. Sure, it must get a bit repetitive playing ‘The Spice Girls’, ‘S-Club Seven’, and ‘Wham!’ week after week, and many of the DJs we encounter quite clearly see it as just a job. They are simply going through the motions, ticking another wedding off the list, collecting the money and heading off home. However others are actually music-lovers and enjoy the night and enjoy being part of the wedding.
We recently met one such DJ at a wedding held at one of our favourite venues, The Oaktree of Peover in Cheshire. Wedding DJ Andy Murphy (click for his website) was at the venue nice and early to set up and introduced himself as we were preparing to serve crepes at the evening reception. In addition to being a friendly chap, we quickly realised that Andy was a big music fan and was very enthusiastic about the subject.
OK, we didn’t talk in great detail about the music of Dolly Parton or ‘Bon Jovi’, but we are sure that Andy would have been happy to talk about music all night. We like to think we know a fair amount about music, but he was mentioning bands and artists we had never heard of and it was clear that he knew his stuff. We asked who were his favourite bands : Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths… which meant there was no need for us to ask where he came from!
In conversation we mentioned that we wished that just once we would meet a wedding DJ who would play something a bit out of the ordinary and not at all typical for a wedding. Just something to stand out a bit and provide a musical highlight for two hard-working crepe chefs. A short time later we were delighted to hear “Rock and Roll” from Led Zeppelin IV blasting out! At this point we would love to claim the dancefloor was full, but the wedding party were in a different part of the venue waiting for main room to be transformed into a disco. Normal service was resumed after the heavy rock interlude with a track by Robbie Williams or similar.
Andy was a friendly, professional music-lover with a sense of fun – which we think makes him the ideal candidate to be a wedding DJ. He’s also the only wedding DJ we’ve encountered who’s cool enough to play Led Zep at a wedding.