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Wedding Showcase 2018 – All Saints Hotel, Suffolk

The team at All Saints Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk are hosting The Wedding Showcase 2018.  Their aim is design an event to create opportunities for you that create interactions!  This is the time to start planning your wedding.  The Wedding Showcase 2018 is a great place begin.  Grasp the chance to discuss your ideas with wedding suppliers face to face and take advantage of their expertise.

Wedding Showcase 2018 at All Saints Hotel

Wedding Showcase 2018 All Saints Hotel Suffolk Fair Fayre September

 

The Wedding Fair is taking place on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am until 3pm.  An array of professional wedding suppliers, including us, will be ready to greet you with a universal smile and armed with ideas, expertise and advice in their craft.

Where and and How do I begin Planning!

Remember no communication will be your arch enemy when planning your special day!  Be prepared for information overload and be organised! My post on Wedding Fair Preparation is a good place to kickoff!

Relax, you have plenty of time

Why not make the most of the stunning wedding venue and ground of All Saints Hotel?  Take your time at the Wedding Showcase 2018 and book afternoon tea with your Bridal Party, on offer for the day at £16pp)

Dreamwave will be there

We, the Dreamwave Events team, look forward to welcoming you at The Wedding Show to chat all about the DJ Services we can offer and inspiring Lighting Design ideas we can install for your wedding day.

Of course, of you have questions prior to your visit (or after), feel free to give us a shout.

One Person I’m Glad I Met – Hannah Bibby!

Introducing a lady who is a Fountain of knowledge and at the top of her game in the wedding and events industry.  She is based in Suffolk and is the Venue Director for the prosperous Hengrave Hall and thriving All Saints Hotel.  She is…… Hannah Bibby!

Hannah has really taken up the reins in her role and is revelling in her sweet smell of success.   It’s a pleasure to know such a lovely lady and accomplished individual.

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The Interview of Hannah Bibby

Right, I think I have made by feelings on Hannah Bibby crystal clear by now (hope I haven’t made her blush!).  Whilst I was visiting Hengrave Hall, I managed to nab Hannah on a fly by, busy co-ordinating an event.  We arranged a coffee for later at the newly refurbished All Saints Hotel.  This is how it went……

 

Where do we start…. I must say, All Saints Hotel looks absolutely stunning.  How’s it going here?

Thank you – the transformation that the owners have done really does make the hotel unrecognisable from what it was when they purchased it in October 2015.  Having launched the weddings side of the business only eight weeks ago we are thrilled with the response and our books are already filling for next year which is just fabulous.

 

Looking back, it was August 2009 we first met and got involved with you and the team at Hengrave Hall.  How are things at Hengrave going?

Time flies when we you are having fun……. it’s unbelievable to think back to Hengrave eight years ago when I joined with two weddings booked in to where it is now.  Hengrave is an extremely special place for many people and the team has grown hugely in the past years – with Catriona and Shona supporting me day to day.  We are proud to continually offer a very personal service and are there for our brides seven days a week when they need us.  The beauty of Hengrave is every wedding is different; different couples, different colours, different guests, different clients and different requirements and that’s what makes it fun and exciting for every wedding.  You don’t realise how well you to get to know your clients, but working with them (some for over two years in their build up to their day) means we are like friends by the time the wedding comes around.  We all still get very emotional when those doors open to the church or banqueting hall for the entrance of the bride.  It makes you very proud and we do think we have the best job to make peoples dreams come true.

 

For our readers who don’t know, we are your exclusive recommended supplier for DJ and Lighting Hire.  What do we have to offer that you like and your clients want?

You are indeed and have been for the past 8 years!!  We are so lucky to have the Dreamwave Team on board with us and we know our couples absolutely love working with you and the creative things you do!  We hear so much amazing feedback all the time.  I love the way you are ahead of the latest trends and the way lighting has evolved over the last 8 years is crazy.  Hengrave lends itself to such stunning lighting to really show off the amazing architectural features of the Grade 1 * listed mansion.  My firm favourite still has to be the stunning festoon lights hanging in the courtyard.  Of course all of your DJ’s must get a special mention as many a FABULOUS night is had on our dance floor thanks to Dave, Paul, Spikey, Martin, George and Darren!

The guys always say what a great night they have when DJing in your Banqueting Hall with you.  That room has something about it, doesn’t it?

It does, and I just love the way it gets transformed, particularly after people may have had a civil ceremony in the Banqueting Hall.  Once those doors close (whilst guests sip champagne on the West Terrace) the team come in and transform the room, with the black and white dance floor laid and gorgeous different lighting options. The extremely high vaulted ceiling and stunning stain glass bay window reminds you of the age of the house but with the modern twist of lighting and the dance floor it really does bring the whole room to life! We love it…!

As you know Dreamwave Events Lighting and Décor has completely rocketed and flying high especially at Hengrave. What areas do you like to see lit up?

It has indeed.  I am not surprised.  As I said before its because it compliments the Hall so well. As you know I LOVE the Courtyard, but the West Terrace must get a special mention particularly if our couples opt for fireworks, seeing the shepherds crooks line the path with festoons or fairy lights whilst the fireworks are going off in the distance really is an amazing sight (and great photo!). I do also love the personalised gobos you have done for some of our brides on the wall in the Banqueting Hall.  It just completely personalises it and I think its a stunning touch.

 

And how can we not talk about your wedding.  Eeeeek!  How are your plans going?  Can we give our readers a sneak preview of what we are providing?

Oh, it has come around so fast.  I am so excited and so lucky to be working with many of our recommended suppliers at Hengrave….. Paul and Dave have been absolutely amazing from our first meeting in late January when we had ideas flying around too now seeing it all come together. We have a Whatsapp group where we bat ideas around and they keep me posted on a couple of the surprises they are kindly sorting!! I am desperately trying to keep lots of things a secret and I don’t know who is reading this…. but there is a big focus on the courtyard for the early part of the evening after dinner, before the dancing.   I know the guys have got some brand new bits which are launching then which I am sworn to secrecy about!  As you can tell I am soooo excited!!

 

A big thank you to Hannah for taking the time out of her busy day to chat to me (though I’m sure she needed the caffeine!).  I hope you all enjoyed reading this.  Look out for the spotlight on Hannah’s wedding in September……

 

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2016 – A Year in Reflection

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A year in the life at Dreamwave, 2016

Wow, what an exciting year 2016 has been! As a result there has been little time for rest at Dreamwave Events HQ.  We have had plenty of weddings, corporate events and private parties where we were providing our DJ and Lighting services in Essex and Suffolk.

Sit back, grab a coffee and biscuit to read this post.  It’s long as its represents our whole years activities in a nutshell!

First of all the year 2016 saw a huge brand overhaul injecting a refreshing new look to Dreamwave.  Most noteworthy was the launch of our current website.  We feel this now reflects a befitting image of the company and its character by expressing the array of innovative services we can offer.

 

New Faces

With much demand for our services, we felt it was time to expand our team. Our answer to finding the perfect addition to our friendly bunch of misfits was George!  He has settled in well and has DJ’d some awesome weddings at Hengrave Hall and Private Marquees.  He has received some fabulous reviews on our Facebook.  For a December 2016 wedding, Matko Marlais wrote this: “Thank you for providing such a fantastic DJ and event lighting service for our wedding at Tuddenham Mill! You went above and beyond in obtaining some esoteric foreign music choices for us, and your professionalism and entertainment on the day was brilliant!”

We are now proud to have 6 DJ’s forming the Dreamwave team.

Moving further into 2016 we discovered new friends.  We are honoured to be the recommended suppliers of three new magnificent venues – Hutton Hall in Essex, All Saints Hotel in Suffolk and Captains Wood Barn in Essex.  We also teamed up with our good friend Sister Sax.  Kay is an awesome saxophonist who can be booked to jam alongside our DJ’s for a real unique Club Ibiza feel during the evening.   Keep an eye out for our dedicated pages on our website in the new year.

Events of 2016

2016 has been an exciting year for Dreamwave Events.  We have provided both our DJ and Lighting Services to an array of parties and events.  These have flourished under our illumination expertise! Hence a big personal thank you to all our clients who we provided our DJ and Lighting Hire to this year!

Here are some of my choice favourites:

 

Houchins Farm, August 2016

Houchins Farm experienced a total Dreamwave re-vamp to create a true fairy tale wedding illusion.  The set of this masterpiece boasted floating kilner jars suspended from the ceiling of the barn over the wedding breakfast area containing a mixture of sparkly fairy lights and LED candles.  Thus illuminating the room perfectly creating the ideal ambience for the whimsical setting.  An outdoor festoon pathway was installed establishing an area of ideal incandescence for the evening buffet of Paella and Ice Cream.  These services accompanied by our fairy lighting and Complete Evening DJ and Lighting Hire Service helped form an indisputably magical day for the bride, groom and all their guests.

 

Aspalls Ball, May 2016

For this distinguished occasion that took place at the beautiful Kenton Hall, we were commissioned to provide our full production hire services. This included staging; tech rider for the headlining band, Polar Collective; A complete sound and PA solution with added AV screens and switching for the charity auctions; plus a custom designed backdrop and set created by our very own Spike Grimsey, that was made from reclaimed wooden pallets and our signature hanging lamp pendants. The entire evening was a success and vital funds were raised for the Dylan Foundation. Guests partied into the small hours with the band and one of our Dreamwave DJs. Our services were well received and we look forward to working with Aspalls again in the future.

 

GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball – The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

My year review wouldn’t be complete without telling you about our involvement with the GeeWizz Secret Garden Charity Ball, hosted by charity founder Gina Long MBE.   She has had more than 35 years experience of charity fundraising.

The ball was attended by more than 250 people and supported by former England cricketer Graeme Swann, operatic star Laura Wright and television presenter Chris Hollins who was the MC for the evening.  Entertainment included swing singer Mickey Fordola during dinner, eight-piece band Soul Beat finishing on our very own Dreamwave DJ Dave, DJing until the early hours keeping the dance floor rocking.

This magnificent charity ball raised over an incredible £94,638 for GeeWizz! All money raised will help children, young adults and their families with disabilities or those living with life-threatening diseases such as those who are affected by cancer, along with supporting essential cancer research.

Dreamwave are extremely proud to have been involved in such a remarkable event.  We look forward to working with Gina and her team again in the future.

 

Milsoms Halloween Ball, Kesgrave Hall, October 2016

This saw us present a full Halloween DJ and Lighting production to set the spine-chilling mood in the stunning Hangar. A lot of preparation and planning had gone into this event.   With us working closely with the events team and Geraldine Milsom herself to create a spectacular look and style.

Our crew had three areas to transform: the first was the outside area as guests arrived.  We illuminated the building and surrounding tress with an orange tone.  We then added mini strobes set up in the grounds to act as lightning.  A hidden sound system played atmospheric haunting sounds to create an eerie entrance.  Secondly, in the entrance drinks reception marquee, we introduced a warm orange glow that was slightly subdued.  This was then enhanced by around 100 of our signature ‘floating’ candles, cobwebs and black chandeliers. Lastly, the dining and party area of The Hangar. This saw the room transformto a deep purple with vibrant styling.

Our lighting team took control of the effects and created custom programmes to be used throughout the evening.  Supernatural projections played though out dinner to add to the theme. Once dinner service was complete our DJ’s ghoulish musical choices garnished with ghostly and glaring elevations witnessed Dreamwave delivering a truly spooktacular evening’s entertainment!

The evening was extremely well received and we are already in the planning stage for next year’s version.   This will bigger and better (and maybe a little more scary!)

 

Christmas Parties

The season of sparkles viewed Dreamwave bringing nothing less to Wivenhoe House, Le Talbooth, The Hangar and Suffolk Food Hall’s Christmas party season.   Our DJ’s enjoyment of the festive involvement shines through in their performance and our Christmas décor enhances the jovial season experience with the perfect mood lighting.

 

Celebrity DJ’s

We have been privileged to work with and alongside quite a few famous faces in the past.  2016 has been no exception. Throughout the year we provided DJ specification rider equipment (mainly Pioneer CDJ2000 Nexus, DJM 900 Nexus mixers and Technics 1210’s.  All standard items that we hold in our hire stock).

The legendary DJ Spoony was among such DJs, along with MC Creed and the awesome Shortee Blitz. Plus, our very own Dreamwave DJs have had the pleasure of Djing alongside the likes of DJ Luck and MC neat this year.

 

Dreamwave join the UKAWP, December 2016

We are very proud to have been personally invited to become a Supplier Partner with in the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners. This industry body is the leading and most respected alliance in the wedding world that we live and breathe. The site is designed to provide an unmatched service for brides and grooms and easily obtainable links to it’s exclusive supplier index.  We were recently approached by UKAWP and invited to join their specially selected list of suppliers.  We cannot wait to interact with our new colleagues in the UKAWP and pass on our experiences  in our field of expertise to the alliance.  We are therefore very much look forward to being a part of this in 2017.

 

Popular Services of 2016

Due to high demand, the expansion of our hire services has seen the lighting and décor side of Dreamwave  flourish!  Our experienced lighting team have been busy expanding our lighting stock this year.  Thus increasing our ability to create the ideal lighting template to accompany any wedding or event theme.

We have seen a huge rise in demand of our Hanging Pendant Drops and Festoons. Our Floating Candles left an impression at Harry Potter and Disney styled weddings.  Furthermore, our Rustic Floating Chandeliers at Jimmy’s Farm added a real positive impact to the couples wedding venue.

 

Moving forward into 2017

Our team is always looking to progress; creating and keeping up to date with new trends.   This keeps our services indisputably up to date and leading the market for ideas and inspiration. 2017 will see Dreamwave launch a new personal app for our clients to help tailor our services for your day.  For more information contact us or watch this space for future blog posts to view our stimulating and innovative ideas…..

 

All the best during the festive period.  See you next year!

 

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