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Venue Transformation: 5 Inspirational Ways to Make Your Event Truly Your Own

When you’re deciding on a venue for your wedding, it can be hard to picture what it will look like on the big day. How are you going to decorate your venue to show some personality and get people in the partying mood?

Venue transformation is all about your personal tastes. Stop listening to what other people are telling you about how it should look. In the end, your wedding reception or corporate event shouldn’t reflect someone else’s personality. It should reflect yours.

Wedding planning alone is already a highly stressful and time-consuming project, so you might not think you have time to personalise everything. The truth is, you can make your party unique and fun every step of the way!

Planning your big day is going to take some hard work, but don’t worry, because we’re here to make the whole process easier.

Check out our 5 inspirational ways to make your celebration truly your own, and throw a party that people will be talking about for years to come!

5 Steps to an Inspirational Venue Transformation

1. Light Up the Room!

The mood lighting in your venue might just be the most influential part of how people remember your event. It sets the mood for the evening, whether you’re going for thoughtful and sophisticated, energetic and fun, or anything in between!

Suspended Lights

If your venue has high ceilings, you can use hanging strings of lights to create an artificial ceiling that creates a cozy atmosphere for the room.

It also keeps certain areas of the room from being darker than others, which keeps your guests in the corners from feeling left in the shadows, and hopefully gets people moving to the dance floor.


Uplighting is the process of placing coloured lights in your centerpieces, along the walls, or on specific decorations to make specific pieces more bright and colourful.

Want to add a little life to the standard boring white walls? Get some colourful lights that match your theme and splash some flavor on your shindig.


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Wedding DJ: 6 Tips to Know You've Picked the Best

How many times have you been jamming to your favorite song and feeling great only to have the next song come on be a total bummer?

It’s probably happened to everyone who listened to some music on shuffle.

So imagine how awful this type of situation could be for a wedding. There is no excuse for a bride and groom to have the happiest day of their lives dampened by a sudden play of that one Nickelback song.

This is why picking a quality wedding DJ is so important.

Green Claws specialises in bringing our customers the best when it comes to wedding entertainment. We’ve even got quality magicians on our rosters.

We know how to transform your venue with lighting and music. Trust us when we say we’ve put together a great guide to picking the best wedding DJ.

Green Claws has your back

We’ve been in the business of making your wedding and event dreams come true for a while now, and we’ve grown a lot along the way.

These days, we’re seasoned pros and feel proud of where our husband & wife-started company has come.

We’re dedicated to bringing our customers professional fun services that will wow guests and family.

Our staff will set up and perform at your events in attire appropriate for the occasion. This includes formal wear to blend into weddings and formal events.

Green Claws also prioritises your wishes. For weddings, it is your day. The music and decor should match that.

So how do we avoid the travesty of being the “bad wedding DJ”? We let you pick your music. We give you options regarding which songs are a must, maybe, or definitely not.

Your guests can even chip in prior to the event with their own requests!

In the end, we’re proud to provide our customers with the night of their lives through great entertainment and hand-picked tunes.

Setting the mood

Since you’ve gotten through the hard parts of getting to the aisle (like finding the love of your life and getting a ‘yes’ with the perfect proposal), finding a wedding DJ should not be another hurdle.

Sometimes being too lax with finding your DJ can lead to a disaster. Some companies are willing to take advantage of people.

The music at your event needs to set the mood! Music tells a story. Your wedding music should tell the story of who you two are individually and together. If you have a “song” that means a lot to you and your partner, there’s no reason for it to be followed up by Ice Ice Baby. (Unless you want it to- we don’t judge!)

This is a guide to help you set the mood so that you can pick the right wedding DJ. We’re looking to give you a magical experience at your event.

6 tips to help you pick the right wedding DJ

Because Green Claws is invested in you having the best event out there, we’ve put together our top 6 tips to help you make sure you’ve picked the best!

Know your style

This may seem obvious, but hear us out. Knowing the ins and outs of your musical style is the biggest part of picking a wedding DJ.

If you and your partner have the exact same taste in music, this can be easy. Try compiling your favorite songs. This will give your DJ an idea of the type of music, or genre, you’ll want to be played.

But if you two have opposite tastes, your DJ will need to know. Your DJ will need to feel comfortable mixing the two together. There’s a way to blend everything, and your playlist should flow between styles even if they are opposites.

Either way, your wedding mix should be a fun representation of you two!

Make sure your personalities mix

We’re not talking about the bridge and groom here. When you hire a wedding DJ, you’re getting into another relationship– with the DJ.

You are trusting this person to make your wedding great and pump up the crowd. This can only happen if you all get along and you think this person is someone you’d want to party with on a regular night.

Meet up with your DJ-to-be for an initial appointment to see if everyone’s personality and image for the event line up. If the stars are aligned, it’ll be a match made in heaven. Your DJ will transform your crowd into one that won’t leave the dance floor.

Ask how they customise for each different event

You’ll want to make sure that your wedding DJ doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to weddings.

Just as everyone has a different taste when it comes to picking clothes, your DJ should be able to give you what you want based off the information you give them. This is also why our first tip is so important.

If you give them all the right info, and you feel that your DJ isn’t customising their selection to your liking, it may be time to consider having a serious talk or moving on.

You should also ensure that your DJ is willing to customise how they speak or dress at your wedding. Each event has a different feel, so maybe your DJ will have to tone down their propensity to scream “SHOTS” after each song. They may have to change into a tux or other attire. This should be okay on their end.

Listen to their mixes

So your potential DJ-to-be has said all the right things. Now it’s time to see if they fit the bill.

It seems like they can put together the perfect mix for you and everyone gets along.

Now all you need to do is listen to their mixes. See if everything sounds the way it should and that you enjoy the way they make the songs flow together. It isn’t an exact science, but a good wedding DJ should know the art of making things sound just right.

Ask how they get the audience pumped up

Okay, your wedding party should already be pumped up. They’re on board to get the rest of the guests out on the dance floor. But your DJ needs to pull his weight.

Your wedding DJ should feel comfortable addressing the crowd when they need to. Whether it’s announcing the bridge and groom when they enter the room, or getting everyone onto the dance floor, this is something they can’t mess up.

So be clear about your expectations and find out what they do to amp up the crowd.

Are weddings their main gig?

As our final tip, we advise everyone to find out if their DJ plays weddings as a hobby or if it is the bulk of their business.

Finding out this information can let you know whether or not they are the professional you need to fit the bill of your wedding.

And, if in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us to talk about what type of vision and needs you have for your event!

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Light Up Letter Hire For Weddings - 6 Top Ideas

Light up letter hire for weddings is a great way to make it unique and they have proven very popular over the last few years. As new trends become “the norm” then people try and use these ideas in new and quirky ways. So This is a list of the 6 best ways to get more from your light up letter hire. Rather than the tradition light up LOVE or Light up MR & MRS.


  1. Initials

    Initials with an ampersand or heart? Perhaps make it personal and unique to you by having your initials in lights. Even if you have the same initials we probably  still can  help as we carry duplicates of lots of letters. personalised light up letters

  2. Surname

    Your surname in light up letters? If you are both going to be sharing the same surname then why not make that your feature in light up letters? You can even add a small “The” to enhance the photo opportunity anything to get people to be taking photos on your wedding day. As a result names make it personal almost everyone will want a picture with your light up letters. The Croft Light Up Letters

  3. Venue

    What about your venue name in lights? It makes a wonderful photo opportunity for guests to remember your stunning wedding venue hence how we took at This picture at Walton Hall Hotel.
    walton light up letters

  4. Memorable Word

    How about something unique and memorable that really captures both of you? This in light up letters would be something that guests would remember for years to come as  a result there are lots of ideas of words  on our main light up letters page.
    awesome light up letters

  5. Wedding Date

    Your wedding date? Having your wedding date in lights not only creates a truly personal touch. It also ensures the more forgetful one of you both doesn’t miss your anniversary. Green Claws Logo

  6. Hashtag

    Lastly but not least, how about a hashtag word for your wedding day? A great way for friends and family to share pictures on social media and the sign would be the catalyst for the memories.

Charingworth Manor Lighting

Now that the Orangery at Charingworth Manor has been completed we took the opporunity to take some moodlighting to the venue to show how it can really enhance the already beautiful venue.

Cheltenham Chase Wedding Fair

A fantasic weding fair as always from Darren and Terresa, we spoke to quite a few couples and also some that are new likers on our facebook page.

Babtac Awards Wroxhall Abbey, Kenilworth

A little more than a disco on this one, Cotswold Chic employed us to provide the full AV for the awards ceremony including stage set, projection, powerpoint and sound system. We also provided staging for both indoor and outdoor use, an additional outdoor PA system and draping to section of part of the marquee at Wroxhall Abbey.

Farnham Castle Wedding Event

What a stunning wedding venue, Farnham castle has it all. We provide the evening entertainmetn with our band and disco for the evening.

Mount Somerset Hotel

A fantasic testimonial from Sarah and Mark …..
“We would like to thank Damian for providing the evening entertainment at our wedding reception. The choice of music was perfect for our guests, both young and old, and they are still commenting on the music, lights and dance floor to date. Damian delivered his service with such professionalism, both prior to the wedding reception and during the event. Initially we met Damian at a wedding fair and had no hesitation in booking straight away, he met with us at our venue and was extremely knowledgeable about what would/wouldn’t work, we had the confidence to leave the decisions and song choices up to Damian and trust that he would deliver…and he did! Guests (who have been to many weddings!) have said he was the best dj they have heard in a long time! We can’t thank you enough for making our evening reception perfect!”

Wedding Disco, Bath Assembly Rooms

Some great photos and a fanatasic video from this wedding at The Bath Assembly Rooms in Bath. We were working alongside SRWP (Steve Richards Wedding Photography) who captured some amazing photos of the couple.

Mobile Nightclub

Our mobile nightclub is back at Mallory Court Hotel after the couple saw what we had done with the venue for Angela and Stephens wedding back in October 2014.