Why Should You Book Nick Chatten?

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Why should you book Nick Chatten?

That’s a great question…..

“Nick is recognised as one of the leading Wedding Disco DJs in the UK, having been involved in hundreds of weddings over many years & trained to the highest standard, his peers within the industry have voted him the ‘DJs DJ’ in the inaugural Pro Mobile Awards 2018, another fantastic recognition and reward for the passion and hard work he shows in his work”

I’m that confident you’ll love what I do, I even offer a ‘money back guarantee’?

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Some kind words from recent couples......

"Thank you for making our day extra special. Nick isn’t just any old Wedding DJ, each song was carefully selected for us. Everyone had a great time and the dance floor was always busy! Thank you!"
Lucy & John
May 2018 Rochford, Essex
"Nick you were amazing and I would recommend you to anyone. You dedicated all of your time to our wedding on the day and the day before. You were on hand all day and nothing was too much. You have a loveable, fun, easy-going persona which filters out through the work you do and makes everyone have the best time. Thank you for giving us the best wedding entertainment, a day we will never forget and always a smile about" 🙂 Amanda xx
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Amanda & Paul
April 2018 Southwold, Suffolk
"We just wanted to say thank you for making our day perfect. Everyone was dancing all night long which is just what we wanted so thank you"
Kerry & James
April 2018 Newmarket, Suffolk

I pride myself in being a Multi Award Winning Wedding Disco DJ having won Bridebook 2018 UK Wedding DJ of the Year as well as the distinction of winning The Wedding Industry Awards Wedding DJ of the Year 2017 for the East Of England and a finalist in the 2018 Awards, more recently I was also voted the winner of the inaugural Pro Mobile Award for DJs DJ of the Year 2018, something which I was immensely proud to have won as its voted for by professional DJs across the UK.

I’d love to share some of my ideas with you and show you how together we can create your #DreamWedding, so lets have a chat today.

Wedding Ceremony Music

Choosing the music for your ceremony can be an exciting yet quite daunting part of your wedding planning preparation, walking down the aisle and marrying the man or woman of your dreams is the main event of the entire day so you’re probably feeling the pressure to get the music just right?

Every couple is different, so whether you choose the traditional walk down the aisle to ‘Canon in D’ or you fancy some ‘air guitar’ down it to an alternative wedding rock song, my advice would be to go with whatever feels right for the both of you, after all its your day.

I’ve come up with a few tips and ideas that will help you choose your wedding ceremony songs, no matter what style of celebration you’re having.

Pre-Ceremony

While your nerves and now starting to creep in, your family and guests will be eagerly awaiting your big entrance, so you’ll ideally need some background music, I would always suggest 30 minutes’ worth of music, you never know, you just might be fashionably late?

My suggestion would be something calming, possibly acoustic, nothing too upbeat, there are some fantastic choices to pick from, here’s just a few suggestions……

  • Vitamin String Quartet
  • The Theorist
  • The Piano Guys

The Processional

This is the ‘BIG ONE’, the one you will have probably already thought of, your choice is either staying with tradition or possible something more modern or perhaps even a ‘stripped-back’ acoustic version of another song you like?

Remember that the number of flower girls/boys & bridesmaids you have really needs to determine the length of the song, you really don’t want a 2 minute song if it’s going to take 4 minutes for you to make your way to the alter.

Again, here’s a few more suggestions…….

  • Thousand Years – Christina Perri 
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • One Day Like This – Elbow
  • You’re the Best Thing – Style Council
  • All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • Canon in D Major – Pachelbel
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin – Wagner
  • Spring from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Signing of the Register

Once married you’ll then take a moment to sign the register and have photos taken with your witnesses.  I always recommend at least 2 to 3 songs minimum depending on how many pictures you’re having taken.  At this point, you can choose romantic songs or maybe something a bit more happy and upbeat.

The Recessional

It’s that all-important moment as you walk back up the aisle as a married couple.   I always recommend a happy upbeat song to celebrate the beginning of the next chapter in your lives together.  Here are some examples:

  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • You & Me Song – The Wannadies
  • Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates.
  • Wedding March – Mendelssohn
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Vitamin String Quartet (originally Journey)
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  • Happy Together – The Turtles
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  • You’ve Got the Love – Florence + The Machine
  • Now That We Found Love, Heavy D & The Boyz
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson 

Music During Photography

OK, so now the reception has begun, you’ll need a little background music. As always, try to match this music to your venue, if you’re in a grand hall or manor house, then classical will match your setting best. If you’re having a festival-style wedding in tipis, then a little indie acoustic will probably go down well. Either way, keep the volume low enough for people to have a chat – sticking to instrumentals is always a good bet.

While you are getting those all-important photos and group shots, guests will be mingling and enjoying a nice glass of bubbly.  Providing background music for this part of your wedding can help to relax guests who might be meeting for the first time, it also breaks up any uncomfortable silence.

Don’t forget to budget when choosing the type of music for your wedding ceremony, sometimes this is easily overlooked, but I can truly make an ordinary wedding into something quite remarkable, above all remember its your day, so choose something that will suit you both as a couple, and of course something that will suit the style of wedding you are looking to achieve.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas, please just get in touch for any more tips on creating your very own ‘Dream Wedding’ by calling me on

07592 661708 or visiting www.djnickchatten.co.uk

So, what are you waiting for, let’s get planning!

How To Book A Wedding DJ?

1. A specialist Wedding DJ or a ‘Jack of all trades’ DJ?

Determine whether the DJ is a Wedding DJ or just an all round DJ, there are formalities and protocol at weddings that have to be adhered to.

Most part time ‘Bedroom DJs’ will charge less than a Professional Wedding DJ, they don’t have the expertise, the experience the training or the overheads that come with running a successful business, but beware, if the ‘Bedroom DJ’ gets another job offered that is paying more the chances are they WILL take the better paid job and leave you with a poor excuse or another sub standard DJ.

You want to ensure that your DJ isn’t a one-dimensional part-time ‘Bedroom DJ’, having a full time Professional Wedding DJ who has been in business a long time should tell you everything you need to know, nowadays any business that have longevity means they are doing the right things in the right way.

Beware if a potential DJ bad-mouths former clients and or their competitors, one of my brides met with a DJ who was complaining about a bride being a huge bridezilla! This made her wonder what he may say about her?

2. Is your DJ answerable to an organisation or professional body?

Most professional Wedding DJs in the UK have undergone training to perfect their skill, this is normally over a long period of time and ongoing, they are trained to not only be an evening DJ but to host the whole day if needed whilst providing a vital link between the Bride & Groom and the wedding venue.

Nearly all Professional Wedding DJs in the UK will be members of the NADJ (National Association Of Disc Jockeys) or SEDA (The DJ Association) with membership (NADJ) comes a closely vetted P.A.T (portable appliance test) certificate to confirm all equipment is fit for purpose and will not poser a risk to both customers and the venue as well as £10m Public Liability Insurance, both are a necessity for wedding venues.

*TIP…Imagine turning up to your wedding to find out that the DJ is not allowed to perform because he doesn’t have the correct certification, what would you do at the last minute?

3. How do you customize the music experience for each couple? Can you help with song lists and providing suggestions?

Find a DJ who will create a soundtrack for your wedding that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day. One size does not fit all—if your desire is to have a wedding full of Indie or Britpop or Cheese, then they will need to deliver that and anything else you want, for that matter.

A skilled Wedding DJ will gladly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists, no matter how short or long, most will also supply an Online Planning Account to allow you to add your music choices as & when you please. I tell my couples in the first consultation meeting that they are in control of the music that will be played and they need to allocate time to work with me to ensure the smooth running for their wedding.

*TIP…All of the above can only be achieved with an entertainer who is flexible and willing to listen. It’s easy to come up with lists of songs to play—determining the placement of the music (e.g. cake-cutting and bouquet toss) and how it fits into unique themes is the real challenge.”  

4. How do you handle song requests?

There could be instances where the client music choices are somewhat different to what the guests would like, how a does the DJ strike a balance to deliver on the couple’s desires—while still satisfying the guests’ requests?…….this is determined by the skill and experience of the DJ.

Some DJs (with the permission of the newlyweds) may tell party-goers that they need to stick to their playlist, but they’ll do their best to fit in their song, while others will appoint a bridesmaid or relative to screen particular requests (so that the DJ doesn’t need to interrupt the new Mr. and Mrs. mid-dance).

5. How do you get the crowd involved?

There are all kinds of incentives that DJs use to encourage guests to fill the dance floor, whether it’s asking couples to join the newlyweds for a good-luck dance or playing a meaningful throwback song from the bridesmaids’ clubbing days or even with the use of props.

Ask them to show you videos from previous events to get a sense of how they will interact with your guests in person. Meeting a DJ before you book them is a MUST, make sure you can work with them and they can work with you.

*TIP…You want to make sure your DJ understands how to read a crowd, build up the energy and then keep it up. Your DJ needs to have the ability to blend all sorts of genres to accommodate everyone and keep them on the dance floor.

6. What equipment do they use and does it matter?

Ask if your DJ is certified and knows all of the ins and outs of connecting a system. An experienced DJ will allow their equipment to operate without over-driving it, which is when guests start to complain about it being too loud (sometimes referred to as ‘muffled’ sound). When I play at a wedding, you will hear every word, nice and crisp, at a moderate level; I guarantee guests will still be able to talk at their tables while others are showing off their latest moves on the dance floor.

Backup equipment is also essential: DJs should always have the equivalent of a “flat spare” on hand, whether it be a microphone, computer, mixer, etc. Don’t forget to ask how soon before the reception they plan to arrive and how long it will take for them to set up.

7. A Laptop, a controller, CD’s or Vinyl, does it matter?

If truth be told, no, it doesn’t matter what medium the DJ plays from, what matters is that it professionally well maintained and produces a nice sound.

Depending on the type of wedding you want and the music played, it doesn’t really matter if the DJ can beat-match or not, if you are hoping for a club feel then of course you need to confirm your DJ is comfortable mixing.

*TIP…A good ‘Club DJ’ does not mean they are automatically a good ‘Wedding DJ’ & vice versa.

7. Have they played at your chosen wedding venue before? If not, can you make a site visit beforehand?

The sound varies drastically depending on the room where your reception will be held. Don’t underestimate the importance of a site visit, I know of DJs who have had disgruntled couples at  wedding receptions because the DJ didn’t know how to work the room’s acoustics, the sound on the microphones was so poor the wedding guests could barely hear the speeches!

*TIP…Try to meet your DJ at the venue, this will allow him/her to be introduced to the venue staff and get acquainted with surroundings.

8. What happens if the DJ is taken ill or has an emergency?

Something that you hope will never arise but needs to be addressed should the worse happen.

Is the DJ part of a network of DJs who can be called upon to cover if needed, again if they are part of an organisation or association the chances are they will work together top ensure your day continues without a hitch

*TIP…Will a part time ‘Bedroom DJ’ find last minute cover in the case of a emergency?

9. What other services do you offer?

Professional Wedding DJs will also offer lots of other services, ask what they can offer? Finding out a week after your wedding that you could have been ‘Dancing On Clouds’ or your names could have been displayed on the walls of the venue is too late, don’t miss out on that ultimate wedding photo.

Some DJ packages come with extra services such as intelligent lighting, I like to explain it as personalising your day.

Remember to get any details clearly outlined in your contract. Also don’t feel pressured into signing up for extra amenities if you don’t need them, I know of a bride that was told that her venue  came equipped with intelligent lighting, the DJ told us their lighting was still necessary for a true “club-like” experience. Next!

10. Why should I choose you as my wedding DJ?

Ask if they have any awards, ask to see real testimonials and reviews and ask to see video of full dance floors.

Just ask that question “Why should I chose you as my Wedding DJ” and listen to the response……….Is it their amazing sound equipment? Their can-do-anything personality? Or is it their professionalism and dedication towards making your wedding a success, or a guarantee that the dancefloor will be full all night?

Hopefully, all of the above!

Wedding Guests Music Requests.

Here’s some VERY interesting opinions of the guests at your wedding and what they think about requesting certain songs……….

Are you, as an invited guest, allowed to tell the DJ what to play?  You’ve been to tons of weddings, but does that make you an expert on what to play on the dance floor?  Is there a limit to the amount of songs you can request?

Here are what some Brides & Wedding Guests thought………

Pam: Unless a music change has been pre-approved by the bride or groom, you don’t mess with wedding music. No matter how awful it is…you sit through it, then afterward come tell us all about it and we can feel your pain with you!

Lauren: Listen…if you wanted to scratch and sample you should change your profession!  I get it, maybe you wanted to remind your loved one of some of your favorite times spent together and it might be that song you could play on repeat all day long, but this is not about you!  You get a limit of about 2, now if you request 3 you’re pushing it!

Jen: There is absolutely a limit. Your friend hired this person for a reason. Maybe your friend likes terrible. Or doesn’t want a dance party (the horror!). Either way, let them speak up, not you. Unless it’s you and your significant other’s slow song, or it’s “Crazy in Love” (because what damn fool doesn’t need this song in their life), skip it. Go have another cocktail.

Brooke: I love dancing at wedding receptions, but it’s never occurred to me to do this.  I guess you could ask for one song, but don’t be a dick if the DJ rejects your request.  You may have horrible taste in music.  Maybe a wedding reception isn’t the place to learn that about yourself.  I change my mind – don’t request a song.  We don’t need you having some existential crisis on the dance floor.

Erika: I think it’s okay to request one (1) song ONLY if you happen to know that it will delight the bride or groom and the DJ may not be aware of it because it’s old or a little obscure. Otherwise let them do their damn job! You wouldn’t go into the kitchen and tell the staff how to make the chicken, would you? Don’t get your panties in a bunch if the DJ hasn’t played Single Ladies in the first hour of the reception, the DJ will get to Single Ladies. Trust.

Paul: Nope.  Unless express permission is given by the bride or groom, you do not have any say in the music of the evening and you should keep your opinions to yourself.  This is coming from someone who had his first wedded fight with his husband about three hours into being married over the playlist (that we compiled together and agreed upon).  For the record, I was right.

 

Remember whatever happens, your wedding is exactly that, YOUR wedding, the music needs to reflect you as a couple and what YOU want.

To have a chat about your wedding and check availability, just message Nick Chatten here or call on free on 0800 0248 436

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WOW! What a fantastic review!

Just thought I’d share this fantastic review from the wedding of Alice & Paul Cheesman in July 2017 at the amazing Layer Marney Tower in Essex, this review was from both the photographer Terry James, having seen the final shots of the wedding I have to say it really was a pleasure to work with such a talented guy, Terry, once again thank you.

“This was my first time I had the pleasure of working with Nick, and normally your wedding music is just that, music! With Nick though, music is just one cog in his arsenal”

“Nick helped me create some beautiful moments for Alice and Paul, which can be seen in a couple of images below. I have a list of suppliers that I would recommend, and Nick after just working with him once is going up there as one of my most must haves for bride and grooms.”layer marney wedding essex

“Nick is everybody’s friend and keeps people dancing, but it doesn’t stop there. From personalised light beams that light up wedding venues, to dry ice to create beautiful moments for your first dance, to confetti cannons”

“Nick is one the UK’s finest Wedding DJs, and has many industry awards to his name, most of all, Nick goes that extra mile and is just a really great guy”

“If there was one vendor I look forward to meeting again, then it is definitely Nick! Thanks for your help you were superb…”

“Honestly if you are looking for a wedding dj, or a dj for any special event, then Nick is your man.nick chatten

“Check out his website and facebook page below”

Website – www.djnickchatten.co.uk
Facebook page – Nick Chatten Wedding & Party Entertainment

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Wedding DJ of the Year 2018

So, as another year draws to a close, it really couldn’t have finished any better, 2017 has been a fantastic year full of lots of tired feet and happy smiling faces from people filling my dance floors.

Now to top it all I woke to an email to say I had have reached The Wedding Industry Awards regional final of The Wedding DJ of the Year 2018 for the second year running, having been crowned the Best Wedding DJ 2017 for our region its been an honour to wear that crown and its certainly opened many doors to some great venues in our region.

I really couldn’t have achieved this without the votes of my fantastic Brides & Grooms who have allowed me to be just a small part of their Big Day, I truly thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Our region is made up of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Herts, Cambs. & Bedfordshire and consists of some massively talented Wedding DJs, only 8 were shortlisted out of all the entries so to be in the company of such professional again is an achievement, whatever happens at the final, we are all winners.

To have made the final you had to have been nominated by a Bride or Groom from a wedding I had DJ’d at, then all the couples from that calendar year are asked to critique me from their experience working with me.

The final will be held at The Granary Barns in Newmarket on Weds 15th November, so I’ll be donning my best suit and splashing on the ‘Old Spice’ aftershave and keeping everything crossed, it’s also a great chance to network with like-minded professionals across the wedding industry.

Last year having won, I was invited to attend the National Final in the Café De Paris in London, lets just hope I get to go again in January.

To everyone else who has made the final in all the categories, I wish you all the luck in the world, enjoy your night.

Would you like an Award Winning Wedding DJ for your Big Day, just message me for a chat or feel free to call me on 07592 661708 or free on 0800 0248 436.

How To Give A Great Wedding Speech

I guarantee that by taking on board my ‘Tips to Give a Great Wedding Speech’ advice, you’ll have all the guests on their feet applauding you.

I’ve been lucky enough to have listened to hundreds of wedding speeches from a whole range of different people, different ages and different cultures, the content is very much always the same, its heartfelt, warm, and written from a place of deep caring for the couple. However, in terms of how the speeches were delivered…well, that’s where there may have been some ‘cracks in the pavement’ for a few of them.

I know its not easy to get up in front of a room full of 100, 200 or 300 people, many will be strangers, to then be expected to deliver a flawless speech, so I honestly take my hat off to anyone who takes the decision to put themselves in this situation and also having the courage to give a speech.

Some speeches had an ‘edge’ to them – they were delivered loudly, clearly, and humorously, others however had some ‘issues’ that could have been easily resolved, which would then have made them even more well-received. So based on my experiences of listening to many wedding day speeches, here’s my six top tips to help you give a great wedding speech, its divided into 2 categories, sound issues and delivery issues.

Sound Issues.

By far, the biggest problems are always sound related, not being able to hear the speakers – there was a lot of “what did she say?” going on, but there was nothing wrong with the sound system at all, so speakers, take note…..

Speak into the microphone. Bring it right up to your mouth if necessary. Each sound system is different, but chances are, if it’s more than 4-5 inches away from your mouth, you won’t be heard very well by your audience.

Speak clearly and slowly, and don’t mumble. In person-to-person discussions, many of us speak ‘under our breath,’ meaning that our voice lowers and we don’t say things as clearly. Just as difficult to understand are the fast talkers. When we’re happy and excited, some of us tend to speak a little more quickly. While this may work with one-on-one conversations, it doesn’t when you’ve got a microphone in hand and 300 people who are straining to hear you, so remember to slow it down and speak clearly.

Delivery Issues.

Make eye contact with all sides of the room when speaking. Yes, the speech is about – and FOR – the bride and groom. But never forget that there’s a full audience listening to your speech, and they deserve to be addressed as well.

Smile, be animated and energetic, and pretend you’re happy to be there (even if you’re so nervous you want to throw up) and don’t worry if you’re trembling and your paper is shaking, no one expects you to be perfect, and most (if not all) of the audience will give you credit for getting up there in the first place, rest assured there’ll be many people in the audience who would not be willing to give a speech like you are…..ever!

How about the content?

Add stories. Everyone loves to hear stories about the bride and/or groom, just remember to choose your stories carefully, and make sure that they have a relevant point….Example:

“Lauren was able to learn a fully choreographed First Dance routine in a matter of hours, which just shows what a passionate and driven person she is.”

Make sure that the story backs up the point you’re trying to make about the person.

Switch between 2nd person (“you”) and 3rd person (“John”). When you want to speak directly to the groom, feel free to do so, as in “John, I can’t believe how you lucked out with this girl.” vary it up with speaking to the audience ABOUT Jon, as in “Who would ever believed that Jon would luck out with such an amazing girl?” This way, you’re having a conversation with the audience AND with the bride/groom, and everyone feels included.

Subjects to avoid

  • Don’t mention ex-girlfriends
  • Don’t mention divorce
  • Don’t mention heavy drinking, drugs or fighting
  • Don’t mention race or religion
  • Don’t swear
  • Don’t mention people who refused to attend
  • Don’t mention last-minute threats to call off the wedding

Speech must-do’s

  • Comment on how great a day it has been
  • Thank everyone who has been involved in the planning
  • Compliment the bride and groom on how well they look
  • Compliment the bridesmaids
  • Read out texts, cards or messages from absent friends
  • Finally toast the happy couple

 Ten steps to a perfect speech

  1. When you are giving your speech always make eye-to-eye contact
  2. Don’t look down whilst making your speech, you will probably have notes with you, but try where possible to glance down briefly
  3. Don’t mumble when making your speech, always speak loudly and clearly
  4. Make sure to take breaths throughout your speech
  5. Set a pace that you want to speak at – not too fast or too slow
  6. Pause briefly after you make a joke to give people time to laugh, but move on swiftly afterwards
  7. Keep smiling
  8. Grab the rooms attention with an excellent opening line
  9. Make sure your speech has meaning
  10. End your speech with a toast and sit down when you have finished

Finally remember giving a wedding speech is no different from giving a speech in any other venue, remember that you’re speaking to a full room of people, not simply the bride and groom. Create a speech that is heartfelt, funny, and full of stories that have a point, rehearse extensively and when its your turn to speak, make sure to speak loudly and clearly into the microphone, then enjoy the kudos of delivering a memorable speech that you’ll get complimented on for a many years to come….Good luck.

To start planning your Dream Wedding, Contact Nick Chatten today

The Wedding of Mr & Mrs Yazdi-Green

On 16th July 2017 at The Boathouse, Ormesby St. Michael, Norfolk Emily & Cameron became Mr & Mrs Yazdi-Green, here is just a short snippet of their wonderful day…….

Having had the pleasure of being asked to perform at their Wedding, it really was great to see them looking so happy and excited about being finally married, the venue was the stunning Boathouse in Norfolk overlooking some spectacular views across the Broad. Friends and family had travel many miles to celebrate this special day and were treated to a great day and night, I was given a somewhat ‘challenging’ playlist by Emily & Cameron with the understanding that I could happily take requests on the night, our guests did not disappoint with some fantastic requests that ensured the floor was full all night, it was lovely to see so many happy faces and dancing feet, I really enjoyed the evening, it was great fun.

I finish by wishing both Emily & Cameron a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and wish them well on their journey into married life together and thank them for allowing me to be a small part of their big day.

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The Wedding of Mr & Mrs Bunce

In this short film you’ll see the fun that we had at the Wedding of Nicole & James, we started with the stunning effect of ‘Dancing On The Clouds’, had some fun playing the Shoe Game (Newlyweds game), a group selfie, some special messages and the final dance of the evening too. What a great night we had.

 

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