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Wedding Last week, I got chatting to a old Keswick school friend who had recently re-married in Derbyshire. 
The conversation was about her wedding, and loooking back at which suppliers she would have changed with hindsight. All of which I found refreshing.

“Firstly” she said, “I remember receiving a ‘save the date’ invitation for a friends wedding at Lodore Falls Hotel in 2014, and we kept the whole day free. However,  when the invitation arrived we realised we had only been invited to the evening and not the full day.
This highlighted the importance for us to let our guests know in advance of what they were invited to (all day or just the evening.)”

Children at weddings

She continued, “Another thing was keeping the children at your wedding happy. We made sure that the parents were asked in advance if they needed high chairs, if their child liked the food menu we had chosen for them, and if they had allergies, etc.
We also had older boys who were aged between 8-11 years old – given a ‘mini adult meal’ rather than a ‘children’s meal’. It might sound silly, but it meant minimal moaning of why they were classed as a ‘baby’ having a childs meal.”

Wedding suppliers

We then chatted about her wedding suppliers. She said, “We had a rule of, ‘If we like them we would go with them’ and a friend had also said, if you like the product they offer and the price is right then just book it otherwise you will always be comparing for months and end up wasting your own time.”
We went with the hotel DJ and cake company.  Sadly, the DJ struggled with our playlist. Our guests requested some Hip-Hop and R’n’B, and although he was a nice enough man and easy to talk with, he seemed out of his depth, and inexperienced.

If it was possible to do the whole wedding again, I would certainly meet-up with some suppliers.
We spent just over six thousand, and saving ‘£30 here or £50 there’ just wasn’t worth it.”

I then asked about her music.
This is the music from their evening playlist.

Nat king cole – Let There Be Love [Cutting of the cake]
Beyonce – Single Ladies [Throwing of the bouquet]
Heartland – I loved her first [Father Daughter Dance]
Fabolous with Tamia – Into You [First Dance]
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Yazz & Plastic Population – The Only Way is Up
Black Box – Ride On Time
Cameo – Candy
Beanie Man – Dude
Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real
Five – If Ya Gettin’ Down
Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Pitbull, Ne-Yo – Give Me Everything
LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
Tough Love – So Freakin’ Tight
Years & Years – King
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Erasure – Sometimes
Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)
Hanson – Mmm Bop
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Peter Andre  – Mysterious Girl
Ub40 – Red Red Wine (extended)
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You
Brian Poole – Do You Love Me
Beatles – Twist & Shout
Maurice Williams – Stay
Backstreet Boys – Drowning
Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
Boyzone – Picture Of You
Killers – When You Were Young
Bruno Mars – Marry You
N-Trance – Set You Free
Culture Beat – Mr Vain
Artful Dodger & Craig David – Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)
Shola Ama – Imagine
Shanks & Bigfoot – Sweet Like Chocolate
Usher – Scream
Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On
Tommy Hunt – Loving On The Loosing Side
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (Alex Adair Remix)
Take That – It Only Takes A Minute
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Five – Keep On Movin’
Rudimental – Waiting All Night
Take That – These Days
Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull – On The Floor
Freemasons & Bailey Tzuke – Uninvited
Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
N-Sync – Bye Bye Bye
Dean Martin – That’s Amore

To me its a pretty standard playlist. I’m unsure why her DJ struggled?

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