Thank you for visiting us at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event

First of all I'd like to thank you for taking the time to visit our stand at Scotland's Exclusive Wedding Event. I understand there's loads to get through on the day and limited time to see everything. I've detailed most of the questions one might ask when booking a DJ or Sound/Lighting Engineer for their event. I also have an availability form below.

Who are you?

Hi, I'm Paddy (The P part of MPG Entertainments). I have been working as a Professional DJ in Scotland for the past 10 years (since I was 16 years old) and in that time, I've performed at tons of Weddings, Corporate Events, Birthdays and more. 

Music has been in my life since birth as my father, Mark (the M part of MPG Entertainments) has been DJing since before I was born and trained me on how to fill a dance floor. My musical knowledge allows me to cater for any crowd from 18ths to 80ths, Baby Showers to Weddings and 90s Raves to High-End Corporate Charity Fundraisers. 

I am a classically trained musician who has played all over the country with some top acts including Nicholas McDonald, Luke Friend (X Factor) and Edward Reid (Britain’s Got Talent). As a musician, mixing two records together comes as a second nature meaning the blending of music throughout your event will be seamless, no awkward pauses between songs!

I'm also trained & qualified as a Sound Engineer so can deal with any technical issues that may creep up during an event and can work alongside other acts such as bands or singers. You can rest assured that your event will run smoothly when I'm at the helm.

I am more than comfortable speaking on a microphone ensuring all your guests will understand what's being said. Although I am up for having some light-hearted fun, I will only use the microphone when appropriate, no offensive/tasteless jokes, swearing or saying 'shabba'/'oggy oggy oggy' here!

What kind of music do you play?

Everything!

I am well versed in all sorts of music from the 50s right through to this week's chart across various genres such as Indie, RnB/Hip-Hop, 90s Rave, Northern Soul, 70's Disco etc.

No event is the same, I will play anything to get your guests moving. I will select my music based upon who turns up on the night!

How much does it cost?

Travel distance, venue (upstairs without an elevator or ground level), the number of guests, timings required (e.g. 7.30-12) are all factors that will affect the price.

The standard wedding package is priced from £400 from First Dance until Midnight event & £50/hour thereafter.

I do not charge for travel between Glasgow - Edinburgh, Loch Lomond or Ayrshire. Travel is charged at £1 per mile (1 way) out with these areas and I will require overnight accommodation if the event is being held over a 2 hour drive from Glasgow (anywhere North of Fort William/Brechin or South of Shap/Berwick).

How do I book you?

To secure the booking, a £50 non-refundable reservation fee along with a returned booking form is required. The reservation fee comes off of the total balance. The final balance must be paid at least 7 days before the day of the event.

Do you take requests?

Yes, I take requests both in advance and on the evening.

Can you cater for themed events?

Yes, I can also put you in touch with some contacts to help decorate the venue in your chosen theme. 

Do you accept playlists?

Yes, I am happy to accommodate for playlists but I will advise against it. It is preferred for you to send over some suggestions of your favourite music or even to ask your guests in advance to name 2 songs that they would dance to (the wording here is very important).

As a full time DJ, the main aspect of my job is to fill a dance floor. I have vast experience of what works and what doesn't work. Your guests may feel disconnected if, for example, they have to listen to the same genre all night when they are expecting more variety. The DJ must be allowed the freedom to build an atmosphere, make changes, speed the night up and slow the night down.

I have a 'Do not dare' list on the booking form which you can fill in as vaguely or precisely as you wish. For Example: 'No cheesy line dances', 'No Hip-Hop', 'No Proclaimers' or even 'Don't play Despacito' etc

Can you Instruct Ceilidh Dances?

Yes!

Can you host party games?

Yes!

Are the images on the site your own or are they stock images?

All videos and images on this website are our own and were taken at real events by either Paddy or Mark. We do not use stock or posed Images.

Do you have your own Equipment?

Yes, I have only the best Sound & Lighting equipment available. I have detailed it fully in a separate section here.

Do you have back-up equipment?

Yes, there several failsafes, redundancies and back-ups if the worst were to happen (however unlikely). You most likely wouldn't even notice if a piece of equipment 'went down' as the vast majority of the equipment can be 'silently switched'.

How long does it take you to set up?

I can have sound & a DJ booth set up within 20-30 minutes. Setups with larger sound systems and lighting will take longer.

I would prefer to have 90 minutes to set up for the standard Wedding package to allow time to program lighting and test all equipment but this can be done in under an hour if there is a room turnover. The largest setups can take 4-6 hours.

At the end of the night. It typically takes 1 hour to break the equipment down and depending on the load out, an additional 10-30 minutes to move the equipment into the van. The largest setups can take 3-4 hours to break down.

Do you have a PAT Certificate?

All equipment is either less than 1 year old or goes through a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) annually. I can also provide Method Statements & Risk Assessments if needed.

Are you Insured?

Yes. I am a member of the Alliance of Mobile & Party DJs (AMP DJ) who supply us with worldwide Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000.

If I book a DJ through MPG Entertainments, who will turn up?

Me! I will not 'sub' out your event to a DJ you've never met unless in an extreme 'Force majeure' circumstance such as death, illness or if I'm in an accident and physically cannot attend. I've never missed an event yet but if I fail to prepare then I must prepare to fail.

Fortunately as my father was a DJ before me, he will likely be able to cover the event in an emergency.

If I'm already booked on your date then I will let you know straight away and have several great DJs I can recommend to you, I'm a member of the Alliance of Mobile and Party DJs & have worked alongside plenty others so have contact with some 'similarly specced' DJs.

What does the Standard Wedding Package include?

The Standard Wedding Package includes:

- Myself (Paddy) as the DJ as host for your evening.

- Real 20" mirrorball as a part of the setup, the effect is stunning when it's lit up (in a colour of your choice) for a first dance/slow dance etc. 

- Spotlight first dance putting the couple at the centre of attention (looks great in photos too!)

- The Sound & Lighting is tailored to high-end Wedding Venues so it will blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb.

- The light show is controlled live and on-site by myself to synchronise with the music, the lights become bright and exciting when the music gets loud then slows down and dims to create a calmer atmosphere during the quiet passages of each song. See below:

- Most importantly, my years of experience will also ensure the dance floor remains as full as possible during the course of the evening!

What is the Spotlight First Dance?

We have a way of running the the first dance that we find works well for breaking the ice, bringing both sides of the family together (especially if they don’t know each other too well).

We would first invite the happy couple onto the dance floor, we hit a button on our end and the lights dim, one of our spotlights will aim towards the centre of the dancefloor where you and your partner will be standing bringing you both to the centre of attention, the other spotlight will bounce off the mirrorball creating a magical glittering effect that will spread around the room. We find this can create an intimate moment between just you and your partner during even the grandest of weddings, you'll be the only people lit up in the room and it'll feel like you're there on your own.

After ~2 minutes of the first record we would then ask the CHEIF BRIDESMAID to enter the dance floor with the BEST MAN.

At this point we will either send the other spotlight to the mirrorball filling the room with ‘stars’. An idea at this point is to change the colour of the wash lights to match the bridesmaid’s dress colour. This means the entire room will change to that colour.


Then we invite the MOTHER OF PARTNER 1 to dance with the FATHER OF PARTNER 2
Then the FATHER OF PARTNER 1 to dance with the MOTHER OF PARTNER 2


We would then invite the REST OF THE BRIDAL PARTY to join the dance floor (feel free to note them in the booking form if you want anyone to have an additional 'shout-out') and finally the rest of the guests for the 2nd song.


Half way through the 2nd song, we ask everyone to swap partners (usually the couple will go to one of their parents at this point leaving the other set of parents to join each other).

I understand that there’s sometimes complications such as step-parents, fall-outs or bereavements etc, we can always work around this whatever way you wish OR we can invite up the entire wedding party half way through the first dance if it’s easier.

We can also accommodate if you want your 2nd song to be a Father/Daughter or Mother/Son Dance etc.

OR

If you have your own ideas for the first dance (or don’t want to do one at all), we can accommodate for that too!

What can I do to further enhance my event?

Our basic Wedding package includes all of the essentials you need, we can also offer as additional extras as below:

PRE-EVENT MEETING OR CONSULTATION

This can be at a coffee shop, your house or even at the venue. This is priced from being free of charge to covering fuel costs if the location is out with the Central Belt.

20 - 30 MINUTE CEILIDH SET

I can call and instruct various common Ceilidh Dances (This is free of charge but you need to ask for it in advance)

GAMES

I'm able to present a number of party games including the Mr and Mrs (shoe) game and a number of fun 'prop included' games. (This is priced from being free of charge but if I need to purchase props then I will pass the cost on, you'll also need to ask for this in advance)


DISCREET PA SYSTEM & WIRELESS MICROPHONE HIRE FOR DURING THE AFTERNOON CEREMONY (SPEECHES, BACKGROUND MUSIC ETC). 

This would be an additional £150 if booked alongside the evening disco & comes with 2x Wireless Microphones.


BESPOKE ILLUMINATED SIGNS (4FT LIGHT-UP LETTERS)


Custom - £75 per letter (£70 per letter when booked with DJ or Magician)
Mr & Mrs (Separate or Scrolling) - £250 (£230 when booked with DJ or Magician)
Love (Separate or Scrolling) - £200 (£180 when booked with DJ or Magician)

HIGH GLOSS LED DANCEFLOORS

Up to 24ft'x 24ft in white, black or a combination of both. 

Priced from £399 (or £380 when booked with DJ or Magician)

LED STARCLOTH BACKDROP

I can provide quotes for LED Starcloth backdrops too (where the whole room or a whole wall will be covered in a starcloth. The ‘stars’ can also be set to any colour or combination of colours.

Priced from £119 for 3mx4m

What if I have other entertainment such as a band or singer booked for my event?

I'm more than happy to work alongside bands & singers. I can actually go one step further and supply a single sound & lighting system that both the band and I will run through. This will 'clean up' the stage area so there's not a ton of speakers, lights and cables cluttering up the background of your pictures! This could potentially reduce costs for the band if all they have to do is turn up with their instruments. I'll liaise with the band myself and sort out what they need (mic & input wise), I'll get their playlist so I don't play any of their tunes between when they're on etc too.

As I'm a Sound Engineer, I can run sound for the band or work with the band's engineer (if they have one) then head on to DJ during breaks and after the band finish. I will also control the lighting to match what the band are playing. Check out the video below as an example:

In the above video, we supplied everything from stage monitors to microphones, the main speakers to the lighting. This was a 6 Piece band with 2x Guitars, 3x Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, 4x Vocalists, Bass, Auxiliary percussion and Drums.

If you contact your band and they ask what equipment they'll be running through, I have a full list here. Typically I will bring:

Front of House PA: 2x Nexo PS10 Mid-Top, 2x Nexo LS600 Sub-Bass through Nexo DTD Controller

Front of House Amps: Powersoft M20D, Crown XTi 4000

Monitors: 4x d&b audiotechnik E3

Monitor Amps: 2x d&b audiotechnik D6

Mixing Console: Behringer X32 with Midas DL16 Digital Stagebox (Midas Pro series Preamps)

Microphones: 2x Sennheiser ew135 wireless mics, Beta & SM58s, Audix Drum Set for Kick, Toms, Snare

This is priced from £350 depending on the size of the band, crowd size and the band's requirements. It's priced from £200 as an add-on if you already have me booked as a DJ.

For just lighting hire, it's priced from £250 depending on what you need.

Are you willing to travel?

Yes, I have gigged from Rome to Applecross!

I do not charge for travel between Glasgow - Edinburgh, Loch Lomond or Ayrshire. Travel is charged at £1 per mile (1 way) out with these areas and I will require overnight accommodation if the event is being held over a 2 hour drive from Glasgow (anywhere North of Fort William/Brechin or South of Shap/Berwick).

I will expect the organiser to cover any public transport costs such as ferrys, trains or planes.

If the event is being held abroad then a technical rider will be provided detailing the equipment I require and recommend.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this

Kind Regards

Paddy Gordon

DJ & Sound Engineer

MPG Entertainments

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