If you’re choosing a date for your wedding there are many reasons why you should consider December.
We’ll highlight some while we tell you about a New Forest Winter Wedding we DJ’d at Burley Manor.
Dream Wedding Venue
Becca and Drew chose Burley Manor Barn as their dream winter wedding venue between Christmas and New Year 2019.
Geography played a big part because it was close to her childhood home of Christchurch.
It also provided a perfect destination for their many guests and family who flew in from America where the couple live now.
Hiring the venue for exclusive use allows everyone to get to know each other before the party as they were accommodated together.
It also provided a perfect base for visitors to experience the charm of the New Forest during their stay.
Hampshire Event DJs are the recommended DJ suppliers for Burley Manor and our first contact for this wedding came from Becca’s mum Carolyn.
She was confident we would be the right choice and we arranged to catch up with the couple at nearby Avon Beach when they next visited.
Like many US couples their priority was finding a DJ who could suit the varied tastes of their guests, especially the American contingent.
We chatted about songs from their college years and they left confident we would be the right choice.
Hip Hop Crowd Pleasers
We knew it was going to be a lively evening from the excited buzz when we arrived.
While we set up in the old barn the wedding party moved to the drawing room in the Manor House for speeches and toasts.
They returned in high spirits and with equally high expectations.
After a first dance to a stripped down Calvin Harris cover we jumped in with a one of his big EDM hits.
90s club classics followed and then hip-hop crowd pleasers by Lil’ Jon and House of Pain. Usually a track like “Jump Around” would appear much later in the night but it suited the mood to play it after 10 minutes!
Later alternative rock of their college years by bands like Jet, Jimmy Eat World and Smashmouth filled the floor.
In between there were plenty of songs their families could enjoy together.
“A Rocking Party From Start To Finish”
The party continued in the bar of the hotel long after we had packed away.
As he headed off on honeymoon Drew took the time to leave a review:
What can I say, Hampshire DJs exceeded all expectations for our New Forest wedding at Burley Manor!
This was no an easy task, but they were up for the challenge.
We had quite the diverse crew (70% American- 30% British, ages 16-92) with a wide ranging taste in music. They took this challenge head on and absolutely crushed it.
They were professional from the beginning to end.
Hampshire Event DJs were able to build a custom set that kept the dance floor packed all night! Simon went above and beyond his DJ duties and even but helped facilitate multiple suppliers and did everything possible to take the stress off the bride.
It was a rocking party from start to finish. Thanks again!
As Drew mentioned we’re big on recommending others and it was great to work on this wedding alongside other Burley favourites.
Fundoo Weddings styled the venue, Owen Lavin provided the floristry design and Keith Bridle who took incredible pictures.
Later guests enjoyed cake from Karens Cake Couture and had fun with the Retro Photo Booth from Swit Swooo.
When the mother of the bride asked for advice on where to get help on the day we recommended Belissimo Weddings.
Danielle did a brilliant job of making sure everything ran smoothly and to time.
Winter weddings are an opportunity for long distance travellers to turn their visits into extended holidays.
The next day many guests left to celebrate New Year in London or other European cities.
It was a wonderful event to be part of and felt even more magical because of the time of year.
This is another reason why winter is a great season to get married.
Talk to us about providing entertainment for your New Forest Winter Wedding by clicking on the orange button below.
We’ll get back to you with details of our availability and price.