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Planning a winter wedding is exceptionally different to planning a summer wedding. Of course, the basics and the legal stuff remains the same, but the details need to be customised to suit the season. We have compiled a list of the five most important elements to focus on when planning your winter wedding.

 
Our six step guide to hiring the right wedding caterer

Catering

 

 

You want everything to be perfect at your wedding. The dress needs to look immaculate, the weather stunning, and you want every guest smiling ear to ear. That last one is probably most important to you too. If your friends and family are enjoying themselves, you are too, right?

So what can you do to make sure they’re happy? Well hiring a good wedding caterer is one step towards ensuring happy guests, and we’re going to give you a quick rundown on how to do it right.

Recommendations

The easiest way to find a good wedding caterer is to speak to people who have used their service before. One quick way to do this is to head online and look at various review sites to see what’s loved about the catering companies you’re looking at and what’s hated. Remember, you aren’t going to have the time to visit every caterer you see to taste the food; you’re trying to organise a wedding!

That’s why recommendations are so important. Speak to friends and family, find the best of the best online, and then make a short list of the one’s you like the look of. These are the caterers you’ll want to pay a visit to.

Budget

Thankfully, there’s a wedding caterer out there for pretty much any budget. You should know how much money you have to spend on catering exactly, if not, go back to the drawing board and organise your money. Too many weddings are ruined because not enough time is put into budgeting and many end up over paying or realising they don’t have enough for everything they want.

Remember, you’re probably going to have to pay a deposit (usually about 50%) when you sign a contract with a caterer. Make sure that you’re certain that they’re right for you before doing so.

Speak to your venue

You may find quite often that the venues you’re looking at have an approved list of caterers, often because of insurance requirements. But other times it’s simply because these are caterers the venue trusts. If you’ve already booked your venue you should seriously consider going with one of their approved vendors. It’s going to make everything so much easier. They’ll already know the layout, the best place to set up, and how best to serve customers in that environment.

If you’re having difficulty finding a caterer that’s a right fit for you on the list, speak to the wedding venue manager.

Know your guests

It’s unlikely that every single guest attending your wedding will have the same dietary requirement. You must make sure of two things. One is that the wedding caterer you hire can adapt their menu to meet with such dietary requirements and two, that you know what those dietary requirements are. Don’t forget to arrange a special menu for any children attending too.

Ask the right questions

If you want to hire someone great (which of course you do) then you must ask eh right questions of them. Not only will this help you establish the type of business they are, but it’ll help you establish if they’re good enough for your wedding too.

Ask things like:

  • Do they specialise in certain types of food?
  • What do they provide? I.E – table linens, plates, chairs etc…
  • Who is the main point of contact?
  • Are they going to be working other weddings the same weekend or even the same day?
  • Are wait staff provided? If so, what will they wear?
  • Do they work with fresh foods?
  • Do they have the necessary licenses?
  • Can you speak to previous clients?

Don’t forget about other vendors

If you’ve hired a wedding DJ and a photographer, consider what they’re going to eat too. It may be in the contract that you have to provide them with food, so organise with your caterer a meal that they can have. They won’t be eating with your guests and so the food won’t need to be plated up quite the same, which will probably cost you less.

Get the caterer right and you’re on your way to making your guests very happy.

 

Planning a wedding isn’t easy. In fact, it’s anything but easy. You can expect stress, tears, and more stress. So what can you do to make life easier?

Well there are a few things that’ll help, and one of them is your smartphone.

That little thing in your pocket can help you organise everything from the centre pieces to the table plan. So without further ado, here are the top four apps that will make organising your wedding a whole lot easier.

Evernote

This app will help you track every aspect of the wedding. See a colour you like and think would be nice in your flower arrangements? Snap a picture and stick it in Evernote. Need to take notes when you’re talking to the wedding venue? Open up Evernote and write them down. It’s all really easy to organise too. Not to mention the fact that it’s cross platform, so you can upload something on your phone and then view it on your computer.

The app can be a little daunting at first. There’s so much to get your head round, but just remember this: Evernote should be used however is best for you. And once the wedding’s over, you won’t stop using it. It can help organise everything.

Appy Couple

This app lets you create your very own website and app for your wedding. Easy to use and full to the brim with stylish designs it’ll help you keep all those details in check. What’s great is that you can choose which wedding guests can view certain parts of the site. So all the bridesmaids can have their own area which you can update with dress ideas and other wedding plans.

Top table planner

There are two things about arranging the seating plan at your wedding. One is that it’s boring. Two is that it’s frustrating as hell. You know who wants to sit next to who, you know who shouldn’t be put anywhere near each other, and you know there’s only so much room!

This app can make it all a whole lot easier. Add the names of your guests to the app and then drag and drop them to the appropriate tables. Doing it all via sticky notes is a thing of the past!

Postable

Collecting addresses to send out your stunning wedding invitations is a tedious task. More admin than wedding planning glamour. Postable removes all the tediousness and takes all that boring work away. Simply open up a free account, add guests email addresses, then send out a template email which they have to fill in.

Sit back and relax while the list fills up!

So there you are. Four apps that are going to make wedding planning a manageable experience rather than a stress inducing hell.

 

It’s the age-old dilemma every bride and groom face when they start planning their wedding: do they go with a wedding band, or a DJ? There are pros and cons to both, so it usually just comes down to personal preference, and how you want the evening to turn out for you and your guests. Read on as we pit the two against each other and see who comes out on top…

Wedding Band

A live band has a completely different dynamic and can interact with your guests in a different way to a DJ. Live performances can be quite loud, so you might need to consider what your best option is for providing background music during the meal. However, during the speeches the band’s drummer can give the occasional badum-tish on the drums when a joke is told, so it adds to the overall atmosphere of the occasion.

A wedding band will usually play requests, but their repertoire of songs may be much more limited than what a DJ can provide. However, everyone loves a live band and the front man of the band will be experienced at keeping people moving, dancing, and having a good time.

The first dance between the bride and groom, or the father-daughter dance can often be much more special when done to live music rather than a recording of a favourite song. However, when you’re dealing with a live band there are more things that can go wrong. They come with a lot more equipment and if something goes wrong it can be difficult to get a replacement at short notice.

Wedding DJs

A DJ doesn’t have as much presence as a live band, and the sound is very different. However, a good DJ will have the skills to work the crowd and provide great entertainment at your wedding. DJs have an extensive catalogue of songs so they can take requests and play tunes that are particularly special to you, without having to retune a guitar!

A wedding DJ is usually much more reasonably priced than a wedding band because it’s most often just one person. If you’ve hired your wedding DJ through a DJ service then there will always be a back-up DJ on standby in case of emergencies. A DJ will be able to play some light background music during dinner, and MC during the speeches etc.

 
Wedding DJ and Disco Demonstration Video

Check out our new Wedding DJ and Disco Demonstration Video showing all of our new Equipment plus much more!!

Professional Wedding & Party DJ Hire with Deluxe Discotheques Systems including Stunning Lightshows, Full Colour 3D LASERs, Top of the Range Sound Systems. Based in London, Kent, Surrey and Essex with full UK, France, Belgium and Holland Coverage. Over 400 Testimonials from delighted Customers. Affordable Prices!!

Platinum DJs are a reputable and reliable Wedding DJ and Disco supplier with a proven track record. We have references from the HR Director of The B.B.C., The Head of Sport at The B.B.C., The Events Producer at B.A.F.T.A. Film Awards and The Refreshments Department at The House of Commons to demonstrate our history of providing the finest Wedding DJ entertainment to discerning clients. We have also featured in publications including Hello Magazine, Cosmopolitan Bride and Brides Magazine.

Platinum DJs have over 200 testimonials and Wedding DJ and Disco references to date from delighted customers which can be seen on our website by clicking DJ Testimonials

Wedding DJ and Disco - DJ Jason Dupuy at a Wedding in Holland

The Wedding Disco sound system is of night club Specification offering punchy bass, with powerful mid-range and clear treble. The Wedding Disco lighting rig we supply is also of night club specification (but portable) consisting of 2 x DMX Linked Intelligent Projection Abstract Twister 4 – 250 Watt HPs, which beam synchronous colours and patterns in a laser type effect when used in conjunction with a Fog/Haze machine (also included). There are also 2 x XTC 250 Watt Rainbow Scanner / Splitters which cover the walls, ceiling and dancefloor with a rainbow flood of warm colours. The lighting can be controlled to give a contemporary night club display or a more traditional party/disco presentation.

The reason we provide the best Wedding Disco equipment available is because we know it is absolutely necessary to create the right atmosphere on the dancefloor. Nobody wants to dance to distorted music and dull lighting.

For more information about Professional Wedding & Party DJ Hire, visit our wedding page.

 
Wedding Disco London

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Wedding DJ Disco Hire London, Kent, Essex & Surrey.

Wedding DJ Disco Hire London, Kent, Essex & Surrey.

Finish your Wedding in Style! Book your Wedding DJ Disco Hire London and Deluxe Disco with Platinum DJs. For Professional and experienced Wedding DJs in London, Kent, Surrey and Essex. With UK and worldwide coverage.

 
DJ Reliability

All Wedding DJ bookings are contractual, leaving you to enjoy your special event, knowing that everything is in capable hands and not having to worry about DJs turning up/ lateness/ illness/ equipment breakdown. We have a Wedding DJ roster of 36 DJs to cover any illness issues and a back up van with replacement equipment in the very rare event of a breakdown.

We spend significantly more than our competitors on Wedding DJ equipment to make sure it is of the highest quality both in performance and reliability. All Wedding DJ equipment is maintained and tested in accordance with I.S.O. 9002 (P.A.T. Testing).

Platinum also have £1 million Public Liability Insurance which most venues will insist upon. Copies of both Certificates will be sent to you with your Wedding DJ quote.

 
Wedding DJ Reputation

Platinum DJs are a reputable and reliable Wedding DJ supplier with a proven track record and excellent Wedding DJ Reputation.

We have references from the HR Director of The B.B.C., The Head of Sport at The B.B.C., The Events Producer at B.A.F.T.A. Film Awards and The Refreshments Department at The House of Commons to demonstrate our track record of providing the finest Wedding DJ entertainment to discerning clients.

We have also featured in publications including Hello Magazine, Cosmopolitan Bride and Brides Magazine.

Platinum DJs have just over 180 testimonials and Wedding DJ references to date from delighted customers which can be seen on our website by clicking DJ Testimonials.

 
Wedding DJ Equipment

The Wedding DJ sound system is of night club Specification offering punchy bass, with powerful mid-range and clear treble. The Wedding DJ lighting rig we supply is also of night club specification (but portable) consisting of 2 x DMX Linked Intelligent Projection Abstract Twister 4 – 250 Watt HPs, which beam synchronous colours and patterns in a laser type effect when used in conjunction with a Fog/Haze machine (also included).

There are also 2 x XTC 250 Rainbow Scanner / Splitters which cover the walls, ceiling and dancefloor with a rainbow flood of warm colours. The lighting can be controlled to give a contemporary night club display or a more traditional party/disco presentation.

The reason we provide the best Wedding DJ equipment available is because we know it is absolutely necessary to create the right atmosphere on the dancefloor. Nobody wants to dance to distorted music and dull lighting.

For more information on and pictures of Platinum’s Wedding DJ equipment click Disco Equipment.

 
Wedding DJ Equipment Upgrades

We cater for all sizes of Wedding Receptions and are flexible with our Wedding DJ Equipment specifications to cater for all tastes and budgets.

 
Wedding DJ Upgrades

Platinum will only offer a Wedding DJ that has undertaken and passed our in-house Wedding DJ training programme. However, there is no substitute for years and years of experience.

A more experienced Wedding DJ will do a far better job at filling the dancefloor at your Event. Their performance, mixing ability and ability to read the crowd will be more polished.

A full Wedding DJ price list will be sent with your quote, with links to each DJs Profile and Reviews page on our website. You can then read about each DJ and check their reviews allowing you to make an informed decision on which Wedding DJ meets your criteria and budget.

Further information on DJs available and DJ upgrades can be found by clicking DJ Profiles.

 
Background Music through Dinner

The Wedding DJ can play a selection of background music during dinner to create a pleasant ambience, whilst monitoring the volume so as not to intrude on conversation around the tables.

We have traditional background music including Jazz and Ratpack or something a bit more contemporary such as Bhudda Bar. You can also request what background music you would like the Wedding DJ to play.

 
Wedding Music and DJ Playlist

Our Wedding DJ Playlists consist of over 10,000 tracks covering every music genre from 1920’s to current. We update DJ Playlists every week to keep abreast of current music releases. This allows us to play around 95% of all requests made on the night by guests.

All of our DJs are happy to take requests both in advance and on the night as well as play music to keep the dance floor busy all night.

Platinum DJs operate a FREE Wedding DJ Advance Request Service – allowing you to choose your favourite tracks should you wish. This will ensure the music played is specifically chosen for your Event. You are also welcome to create your own list of songs. Any tracks that are not on our list that you wish to have played, we will purchase especially for your event.

For a copy of our Wedding DJ Playlist click DJ Playlists.

 
Wedding Speeches – Microphones

Our Wedding DJ package comes complete with a Shure SM58 Microphone with 1500 Watt PA system so the Wedding Party can make speeches.

We also offer Sennheiser EM-1 UHF Cordless Radio Microphones so speeches can be made from the top table rather than been tied to the DJ Booth. These Radio Microphones are of very high quality to eliminate interference and feedback.

 

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DJ & Company Testimonials

DJ Jason Dupuy Testimonial

DJ Jason Dupuy Testimonial   Hi Lynn and Jason, This is a long time after 7th June, but I wanted...

Platinum DJs for Deluxe Discos and Professional DJs. Using only top of the range Sound Systems and Light Shows. Professionally trained DJs with excellent mixing skills and ability to read the crowd. Phone 01322 412 494 for questions and enquiries.

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd., DJ Hire & Disco Hire in London, Kent, Surrey & Essex, DJ Testimonials, DJ Michael Davis, DJ Jason Dupuy
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2015-06-05T11:29:28+00:00

Platinum DJs for Deluxe Discos and Professional DJs. Using only top of the range Sound Systems and Light Shows. Professionally trained DJs with excellent mixing skills and ability to read the crowd. Phone 01322 412 494 for questions and enquiries.

Testimonial DJ Jason Dupuy in London performing at a club. Creating a fantastic atmosphere playing House music.
DJ Jason Dupuy Testimonial   Hi Lynn and Jason, This is a long time after 7th June, but I wanted to say thanks to Jason for the amazing job he did at our wedding. From the music to the lights and the exceptional job he did with the outdoors part of the day, everything was brilliant, beyond expectations and beyond anything I have seen at a wedding before. Before and during the wedding, both you and he were super efficient and very easy to work with, so thanks so much for that. All the best wishes, Dom

Kent DJ Michael Davis Testimonial

Kent DJ Michael Davis   Hi Lynn, Just wanted to thank you for all your help with the music for...

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd. provides professional and reliable DJs with excellent mixing skills and years of experience at Weddings, Clubs, Party's, Festivals, Corporate Events and Christmas Party's. Platinum only uses top of the range sound systems and lighting, which will make the difference. Call 01322 412494 to speak to our friendly booking team.

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd., DJ Hire & Disco Hire in London, Kent, Surrey & Essex, DJ Testimonials, DJ Michael Davis, DJ Jason Dupuy
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2015-06-05T12:04:48+00:00

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd. provides professional and reliable DJs with excellent mixing skills and years of experience at Weddings, Clubs, Party's, Festivals, Corporate Events and Christmas Party's. Platinum only uses top of the range sound systems and lighting, which will make the difference. Call 01322 412494 to speak to our friendly booking team.

Book Kent DJ Michael - At the Ministry of Sound
Kent DJ Michael Davis   Hi Lynn, Just wanted to thank you for all your help with the music for my husbands party. Just wanted to let you know that Michael our DJ was fantastic! Best DJ I’ve heard. My husband was over the moon with the music and setup of all the lights and set. He was wicked playing exactly what we asked and was brilliant helping with announcements for the cake, singing happy birthday and rallying everyone together. Would highly recommend him. Thank you so much we had a fantastic night. Michelle x Testimonial for Kent DJ Michael

London DJ Wayne Smooth

Testimonial for London DJ Wayne Smooth   Hi Wayne, Had to drop you a note to thank you for the...

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd. - For professional DJ and Deluxe Disco Hire in London, Kent, Essex and Surrey. Phone 01322 412494 for quotes and questions. Book your Wedding DJ, Party DJ, Corporate Event DJ, Festival and Club DJ at Platinum DJs.

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd., DJ Hire & Disco Hire in London, Kent, Surrey & Essex, DJ Testimonials, DJ Michael Davis, DJ Jason Dupuy
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2015-06-05T10:21:06+00:00

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd. - For professional DJ and Deluxe Disco Hire in London, Kent, Essex and Surrey. Phone 01322 412494 for quotes and questions. Book your Wedding DJ, Party DJ, Corporate Event DJ, Festival and Club DJ at Platinum DJs.

Corporate Event London DJ Wayne Smooth in Black Tie.
Testimonial for London DJ Wayne Smooth   Hi Wayne, Had to drop you a note to thank you for the most incredible set you played at our wedding on Sunday!! From the first dance until the very last song you were nothing short of awesome and all everyone kept saying the next morning was how much they'd danced all night because the DJ just played tune after tune, anthem after anthem!! Slick, professional and just damn right on the money, we can't thank you enough for making an already brilliant day into the perfect evening!! All the very best mate, hope to cross paths with you again in the future! Regards, Mark & Tracy London DJ Wayne Smooth

Company Testimonials

DJ Company Testimonials   Good Morning Lynn, I hope you're well and Happy Friday! Thank you for the final invoice...

Platinum DJs for Professional DJ Hire and Deluxe Discos in London, Kent, Surrey and Essex. Uk and Worldwide coverage. For Wedding DJs, Party DJs, Corporate Events, Festivals and Club DJs. Phone 01322 412494 for any questions or enquiries.

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd., DJ Hire & Disco Hire in London, Kent, Surrey & Essex, DJ Testimonials, DJ Michael Davis, DJ Jason Dupuy
5.0
2015-06-05T10:47:15+00:00

Platinum DJs for Professional DJ Hire and Deluxe Discos in London, Kent, Surrey and Essex. Uk and Worldwide coverage. For Wedding DJs, Party DJs, Corporate Events, Festivals and Club DJs. Phone 01322 412494 for any questions or enquiries.

Book a DJ Hire London and Disco Hire for your Event at Platinum DJs
DJ Company Testimonials   Good Morning Lynn, I hope you're well and Happy Friday! Thank you for the final invoice which was paid in full yesterday. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you to get the music arranged for the Wedding. You have been brilliant and are a true asset to Platinum DJs! Thank you for your lovely wishes for Kiah and Tony and I will definitely send you photos after the big day. We're so excited! Again thank you and I hope we can meet sometime in the near future. Enjoy your day and have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Andrea [caption id="attachment_5388" align="alignleft" width="590"] Booking office testimonial for Platinum DJs. DJ Hire London, Kent, Surrey and Essex.[/caption]

Testimonial by Grange Hotels London

"The DJ was great and had everyone up and dancing. Another very successful annual party and we will definitely return/refer."...

"The DJ was great and had everyone up and dancing. Another very successful annual party and we will definitely return/refer." The other events gave good feedback and obviously your DJs were a essential part of the event.

Platinum DJs & Discos Ltd., DJ Hire & Disco Hire in London, Kent, Surrey & Essex, DJ Testimonials, DJ Michael Davis, DJ Jason Dupuy
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2017-01-06T13:32:45+00:00

"The DJ was great and had everyone up and dancing. Another very successful annual party and we will definitely return/refer." The other events gave good feedback and obviously your DJs were a essential part of the event.

"The DJ was great and had everyone up and dancing. Another very successful annual party and we will definitely return/refer." The other events gave good feedback and obviously your DJs were a essential part of the event.
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