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Oaks Farm Weddings - A DJ Review

Oaks Farm Weddings

This past weekend was my first wedding of 2023. The venue Oaks Farm – a picturesque setting tucked away in Shirley Hills on the Surrey-Kent border, is one of the most popular wedding settings in the south east. Alice and Owain were a great couple to work for. They gave me and indication of their music preferences well in advance, but also allowed me the freedom move away from this where appropriate and use my best judgement. The dancefloor was busy for the duration of my set, so I am confident this was one of the more successful Oaks Farm Weddings!

Oaks Farm Venue

One of the reasons why I personally like Oaks Farm as a venue is the size and layout. While it’s big enough for a large wedding, the room used for evening entertainment is not huge and makes for a great atmosphere. The load in for a DJ is quite straightforward. A car or van can fit quite comfortably adjacent to the double doors of the barn. There are then just a couple of steps to negotiate up to the dancefloor. The set up area is at the same end of the room and there is a power point within close range. My only small complaint is the sound limiter (the arch nemesis of all DJs!). I only encountered one mishap due to this and by reducing the bass, managed to stay within the safe zone. As Oaks Farm is fairly remote, I don’t really understand the need for sound restriction, but this must be a condition of the licence.

How the Evening Unfolded

As is the case with most weddings, Alice and Owain’s big day had overrun slightly. I was meant to kick off between 5.30pm and 6pm, but the party didn’t get underway until after 8pm. As a result, I tried to keep things as high energy as possible. I felt this was particularly important with the venue’s 11pm closing time in mind. RnB was not particularly popular with the mixed age groups so I quickly returned to more family friendly tracks. My 50s and 60s selection was well received as were the party classics such as Sweet Caroline. All Right Now by Free got arguably the biggest reaction. I believe it had some family significance. This reflects the importance of discussing music prior to any event, but particularly when it comes to a wedding.

Oaks Farm Wedding Playlist

First Dance

Then Came You – Brett James

Father Daughter Dance

You’ll be in my Heart – Phil Collins

Selected Highlights

Delilah – Tom Jones

Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

Islands In The Stream – Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers

All Right Now – Free

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars

I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas

Dancing Queen – Abba

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

Wedding Pictures

A selection of images from the evening can be seen below. There is also some video footage available on the Perfect Party DJs Instagram page.

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