South Sound Events began when Mandy was encouraged by a dear friend Swami Adima, to DJ at a wedding for him. At the time she had been DJing for years, but never considered doing a wedding. She was apprehensive, as she thought that DJing at a wedding meant being a ‘wedding dj’ playing the Macerena and The Chicken Dance, but she agreed all the same. The weddings that then followed were nothing but good times! She found that the people getting married were the same age as her and wanted to have an awesome party with great music and a fantastic vibe, and all would come down south to get their friends and family away from it all in order to guarantee a good time.
Providing music and entertainment is the tip of the iceberg for South Sound Events however. Operating as a professional within the wedding industry, an extremely high level of care and attention must be paid to ensure things run smoothly and our clients can feel relaxed and focus on each other and their guests – and not worry about anything on or in the lead up to the big day.
As there is so much work that goes into this preparation, South Sound Events was created so that Mandy can deliver this high standard of service and commitment to our clients, and the DJs within the business are still able to work their full or part time jobs and then focus on what they do best – rocking the party! Our DJs and musicians are selected for their ability to empathise, their focus on keeping your guests comfortable and provide an outstanding level of service. We are in tune with what guests of all ages like to dance to, and appreciate that every wedding is completely different. None of our DJs have a ‘wedding playlist’ that is used for each gig, they work off the bespoke Wedding Planning Sheet and Run Sheet provided to them. We have ‘music inspiration meetings’ where we all share music that we have been playing, and chat about what has been smashing dance floors of late – being in a team is so much fun and allows us to bring you so much more for your wedding.
Its important that we select the best DJ to match up with you. Your personality, your age and to a certain extent, your music tastes. However all of our DJs play all styles of music and cater to your guests, rather than the specific music tastes of the bride and groom.
Mandy is now 36, and feels that her clients are getting just that little bit younger – and that the other DJs within South Sound Events deliver a higher quality result through a better understanding of current music. Also this allows us to constantly have 100% backup.
A backup DJ, a person on the ground to replace any equipment in case of emergency, and 9 years of wedding experience being the biggest advantages of booking with us. We hold DJ workshops 3 times a year and constantly discuss music and event coordination to further our service to you.
We are constantly pressing ourselves to find ways to deliver more value to our clients. Apart from music and lighting, we can record the audio from your wedding including the speeches, and have this available as an edited polished memory for clients to treasure forever (please confirm this upon booking if you are interested). With our Photo Booth available for hire, we save clients further as they are not paying for an attendant as such, because aside from the photo booth being fully automated, their DJ is already there and able to take care of the booth. And because we just want your guests to have fun all night, the photo booth hire is from the moment your ceremony finishes, until the lights come up and the event concludes – sometimes this equates to an 8 hour hire period – for the same price!
But the main area our clients get value from is that we will hold the atmosphere right where it needs to be… chilled funky tunes during dinner at an appropriate volume, then building it up between courses and after dinner to keep everyone upbeat and happy….. before we smash out the dancing until everyone has tired sore legs and big smiles when they are leaving!
We do not have a ‘wedding playlist’ but rather build the music for the evening around the discussions we have before the event as to what music holds significance for you, your partner and your friends and family. For example if we play the special song that you were all dancing around to on the hens (or the bucks), at that perfect moment when you are on the dance floor together – that is what takes your party to the next level and makes it your own, building memories of crazy funny dancing. Or your special song with your Dad, or you siblings, or that 90s or early 2000’s tune that you used to rock out to with your mates….. Music is so personal and connected to special moments in our lives, and a run of the mill wedding playlist might not allow for that same emotional connection. However its all about having fun, singing along and dancing and smiling. And your guests need to know the music being played for that to happen – every song is going to be better than the last, and all your guests of every age will connect with the music for the entire night.