Top Crowd danced all night at Lake District wedding venue, The Belsfield Hotel
The Belsfield Hotel at Bowness-on-Windermere has become a hugely popular Lake District wedding venue, since being refurbished and re-branded as The Laura Ashley Belsfield in 2015. During the opening few weeks, I met with Georgina, their Events Co-ordinator, and I am pleased to be one of a select number of DJs that they recommend to couples getting married at the hotel.
Stacey and Dean booked me 14 months in advance of their August bank holiday weekend wedding. A few weeks beforehand, they emailed me a short list of requests, which featured many recent chart hits and gave me a good steer on the music for their evening reception.
Wow.. What a night! I have never seen so many family and friends smiling, laughing and dancing in one room. Great music and entertainment, Stu kept the crowd going and by the end of the night nobody wanted the music to end! Me and my husband cannot recommend Stu enough!
As I was setting-up in the function room, I could hear that the wedding guests were already in high spirits in the adjoining bar, which is always a good indicator of a promising night ahead. Just before 8pm, as they streamed into the function room, there was already a great atmosphere with people heading straight for the dance floor. As a younger crowd, many guests preferred to stand and mingle than to go and find a seat.
Dance floor jumping at The Belsfield Hotel Lake District wedding venue
At The Belsfield, people tend to go and sit back through in the bar area when the evening buffet is being served. During this lull, I took the opportunity to play some classic soul and the dance floor was never empty, with other guests seizing their opportunity to groove to Jocelyn Brown, Luther Vandross, and Chaka Khan.
As people returned I was ready with all the current (2016) chart hits, and thankfully I captured one of my highlights of the night on video. Cookin’ on 3 Burners is a fairly new feel-good summertime hit, which I haven’t had much opportunity to play yet. When I tried playing it at a different wedding a few weeks ago, nobody seemed to know it. But I had good feeling with this young and lively crowd, so I took the gamble and mixed it in a peak time, full volume, and it certainly paid off with the whole room jumping – please watch the first 15 seconds of my video above, and imagine re-creating something like this on your wedding night.
The bride and groom had Sam Smith’s version of How Will I Know as their first dance, and had requested the original Whitney Houston version to end the night. This went down really well, but re-energised the crowd and led to boo’ing when the lights came on at the end. I wish I’d caught it on video, because the chants of “one more song” were louder than ever and must have echoed across Lake Windermere.
Fortunately, (and through experience) I had foreseen this and allowed a few minutes grace before the midnight curfew. After conferring with the bride, we decided on Uptown Funk which met with a loud cheer, big smiles, hi-fives, and handshakes all round – the perfect end to another fantastic night at a fantastic Lake District wedding venue.