Indie Disco Rocked the Lake District
As a Wedding DJ in the Lake District, I play in some remote places but nothing compares to Coppermine Cottages, set high in the Coppermine Valley about 1 mile south of Coniston. This was my second wedding disco at Coppermine Cottages, so I was prepared for the long and rocky access road and thankful for my 4×4. The venue erect a large marquee for weddings which adjoins the side of the main cottage, and the marquee was beautifully decorated for the occasion.
The happy couple, Helena and Adam, and their friends and family had traveled from Lancashire. Prior to the wedding my communication was entirely with Helena, but it was the groom, Adam, who greeted me and showed me where to set-up. Unusually, the day’s itinerary was running ahead of schedule and the meal and speeches were already finished when I arrived at 6pm, so Adam asked if I could start as soon as possible. I obliged by setting up my speaker system first and playing music while I continued to set-up my lighting.
I could see plenty of empty wine bottles on the tables. When I first spoke on the microphone to introduce myself as their wedding DJ, the guests cheered which was an indication of their already advanced stage of merriment and desire to get on their feet and get the party started.
The first dance was A Day Like This by Elbow, featuring the lyrics, “One day like this a year would see me right”. As you can see in the video below, everyone was smiling and singing and the atmosphere was fantastic.
The bride and groom had compiled a long list of requests from their guests, so I already had a good steer on their favourite music, which was primarily Indie disco. Early on, around 8pm, I was pleased to see the reaction and full dancefloor to songs and artists that I rarely play at other weddings like the Kooks, Jamie T, and the Arctic Monkeys – the cheer when I started Mardy Bum was one of the moments I thrive on, and feeds my addiction to DJing.
As a wedding DJ, my intention is always to play a broad mix of different music, to encourage everyone to get up and dance at some point in the evening. I was very careful to ensure all guests were included by playing a good selection of slightly older favourites. It worked, and I was really pleased to see key people from the wedding party, including the mother and father of the bride throwing some shapes to Reet Petite, Do a Diddy, Stuck in the Middle, etc.
By 10.30 it was dark outside, which meant my disco lighting started to take effect, and the night continued with a busy dance floor and many “hands-in-the-air” moments.
The bride and groom had requested another Arctic Monkey’s track to end the night, “A Certain Romance”, which proved a great choice. The song has an upbeat middle section which got those left on the dance floor jumping and singing, then it slows down and ends with 30 seconds of happy instrumental guitar which faded into the Coniston night air at the stroke of midnight, and left everyone feeling so emotional. I went to shake Adam’s hand but he insisted on a “man hug” and said what a fantastic night… everything that they had hoped for.
Wedding DJ in The Lake District
Kind words from the bride and groom
One of our friends took this photo at our wedding on Saturday night, we wanted to share it with you because it sums up our night perfectly!
We didn’t stop dancing all night, and the dance floor never emptied. We honestly can’t thank you enough for filling the night with everyone’s requests and favourites, you played something for everyone and we couldn’t have asked for more.
Thanks again for the best soundtrack to a brilliant night!