Crossbaskets Castles – Glasgow 1stdance Wedding DJ

11/07/2017 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ in Glagow – Crossbasket Castle 1stdance Wedding DJ
17th June 2017 – Wedding DJ GlasgowCrossbasket Castle

On Saturday the 17th June I had the honor to be the Wedding DJ in Glasgow at the stunning Crossbasket Castle for Sarah-Jane and Clark.

I met the happy couple a couple years back at a Wedding fair and then arranged to meet them for a coffee to share ideas about their Wedding day.
I kept in frequent contact with Sarah-Jane throughout her Wedding planning and offered her advice on her music selection and talked her through her timeline and offering advice on her ceremony music and Wedding meal music.

This was my first time in Crossbasket castle and I have another few Wedding’s already booked in for later this year and also 2018/2019.

The staff at Crossbasket Castle were very welcoming and made me feel right at home from the moment I arrived until I left requesting my business cards.

The beautiful couple has Bob Marley – “is this Love” for their first dance which encouraged the guests to join in and sing along creating such a beautiful atmosphere.

Its always great being the Wedding DJ in Glasgow as I feel we know how to party.

I also had the pleasure of working besides the awesome Wayne White Photography and the fantastic PV Films.
both these gentlemen I Highly recommend in the Wedding industry and are true professionals.

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Wedding DJ Glasgow
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Wedding DJ Glasgow, Crossbasket Castle, Wayne White Photography, PV Films

Wedding DJ Glasgow – Raddison Blu Hotel – Ceilidh & Disco

04/02/2017 by 1stdance

1stdance Wedding DJ Ceilidh & Disco Raddison Blu Hotel

Matthew and Lisa Lee 07-01-2017

Saturday the 7th Of January 2017 I had the honor and privilege to be the Wedding DJ for Lisa and Matthew in the Raddison Blu Hotel Glasgow. providing Ceilidh & Disco for the happy couple and thier guests.

Lisa and Matthews First dance

Lisa and Matthews first dance – 1stdance Wedding DJ Glasgow

1stdance Wedding DJ also had the pleasure of working with the fabulous Elaine and Robert from View Photography. I am really looking forward to seeing the photographs.

Lisa and Matthew did not only trusted me provide their evening disco reception, but they also hired my extra services of Dancing in the Clouds” which was perfectly captured by View photography.

The stunning Lisa, Matthew and some of their were Salsa dancers. It was great to see some fantastic dance moves from the Wedding party.

Straight after the buffet we did some Ceilidh music starting off with the Gay Gordon’s, Strip the willow and then Dashing white Sargent. Where I called all the dances and even danced with some of the guests.

Ceilidh always goes down great at Weddings in Scotland and Its something I LOVE calling.
It was great to see over 200 people all having fun on the dance floor busting some moves including Matthew and Lisa.

Matthew and Lisa’s first dance was Westlife’s Flying without Wings. Such a beautiful song for a beautiful couple then we went straight in to the party, The guests were on the dance floor all night and helped the happy couple celebrate their Wedding.

The Raddison Blu is one of my favorites Wedding venues to DJ in Glasgow, I have entertained many Wedding receptions in this wonderful Hotel.

Wedding DJ Glasgow – Raddison Blu Glasgow – Dancing in the Clouds.

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Wedding DJ Loch Lomond 08/08/2016

13/08/2016 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ Loch Lomond

The Cruin Loch Lomond

On Monday the 8th August 2016 I had the opportunity once again to be the Wedding DJ in The Cruin
Thank you Emily and Grant McNab for trusting me to be your Wedding DJ in Loch Lomond.

The Cruin is a beautiful venue situated in the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

A massive thank you to Emily’s sister Ashley who convinced the Bride and Groom to go with a Wedding DJ, at first Emily and Grant didn’t want a fuss and were happy with an IPOD to provide the entertainment.

Wedding DJ Loch Lomond.

Wedding DJ Loch Lomond.

The Cruin is a beautiful venue and your are always welcomed by its friendly staff.

As you can see from the photograph, It really has a gorgeous view looking on to the river Clyde.

Ashley (Sister of the Bride) had been to a Wedding I entertained a few years ago and highly recommended me to Emily.

I am really glad Emily and Grand had chosen me to be their Wedding DJ as it was such a great night.

The new Mr and Mrs McNab’s first dance was Michael Buble “Everything” which is a popular track requested at many of my Weddings.

As you could of guested we finished the night with “Loch Lomond” by Run Rig with is always a fantastic song to end any Wedding with, Particularly whist down on the bonnie banks which was a fitting end to such an amazing Wedding.

I love providing Wedding entertainment in Loch Lomond.

Some of the Wedding venues in Loch Lomond, I have had the privilege to entertain is The Cruin, Lodge on the Loch, Cameron House, Ross Priory and Duck bay marina to name a few.

Have you thought about 1stdance Wedding DJ as your entertainment why not click here to check availability.

I also provide Master of CeremoniesMood Lighting – Dancing in the CloudsConfetti explosionGiant LED Love Letters.

Giant LED Love Letters

12/08/2016 by 1stdance

Giant LED Love Letter

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The Giant LED Love letters are battery operated so there is no need for running long extension leads across your venue, no messy wires for your guests to trip over or no ugly cables showing up in your photographs.

The Love letters can be used indoors or outdoors (weather permitting) capturing those perfect moments.

They can be an add-on to my other services such as Mood Lighting, Master of Ceremonies, Confetti explosion or Dancing in the Clouds and of course Wedding DJ or can be hired out separate.

Giant LED Love Letters

Giant LED Love Letters

These are very popular with Bride and Grooms hiring them for their Weddings all over the UK.

The areas I will be covering Glasgow, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire, Loch Lomond, Ayrshire, Stirling and all surrounding areas.

I am also a multi award winning Wedding DJ who lets the music do the talking and will not seek the limelight.

Wedding DJ Glasgow Trades 30th July 2016.

01/08/2016 by 1stdance

Tina and Jim McBride – Trades Hall Glasgow 30 July 2016.

1stdance Wedding DJ – Christopher Matthews – Wedding DJ Glasgow

So after 18 years and 2 beautiful children Tina and Jim decided to finally get married on the 30th July 2016 and I had the pleasure to be their Wedding DJ.

The Happy couple tied the knot in the Trades Hall in Glassford street Glasgow.

The new Mr and Mrs McBride decided to have their ceremony 19:30pm and then go straight in to a party.

Around 19:00pm the guests arrived, shortly followed by the Groom Jim, His best man John and Jim and Tina’s children Jack and Daniel.

At 19:30pm the Bride Tina arrive escorted down the Aisle by both her parents to the fabulous Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody .

The service was conducted by Chris Bush from the celebrant for the Humanist Society Scotland.

After the new Mr and Mrs McBride exchanged their VOWS signed the Marriage certificate, they had asked their humanist Chris bush to do a Mexican cuddle.

The Mexican cuddle is similar to the Mexican wave, apart from is Cuddling, So the Groom Jim cuddled his new wife, Tina then cuddled their best man John, Who then Cuddled the Brides maid.
Who then cuddle the Mother of the Bride, this went on until everyone cuddled someone through out the room.

This was a lovely touch to a great Wedding.

They then moved on to cutting their beautiful Wedding cake.

Wedding DJ Glasgow 1stdance Wedding DJ

Wedding DJ Glasgow 1stdance Wedding DJ

After the cake was cut, It was party time. Jim and Tina had picked The Style Council – You’re The Best Thing as their first dance. Such a beautiful song for a beautiful couple.

Wedding DJ Glasgow - Trades Hall by 1stdance Wedding DJ

Half way during the first dance, Jim and Tina had asked me to invite all their guests on to the dance floor and join them helping celebrate their marriage.

I was pleased to say that everyone quickly got in the mood and joined them.

The party and a packed dance floor continued throughout the evening with many requests made by the guests.

I always enjoy being the Wedding DJ in Glasgow and I have entertained in the trades Hall many of times, you are always met with friendly and helpful staff.

Here is a short video of Jim and Tina’s Wedding – Click Here

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Wedding DJ Lanarkshire – Bothwell Bridge Hotel – 1stdance Wedding DJ

30/07/2016 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ Lanarkshire

Bothwell Bridge Hotel 17th June 2016 by 1stdance Wedding DJ Christopher Matthews.

I would like to thank my Beautiful Bride and Grooms who trust me to be apart of their big day.

I often DJ many Weddings in Lanarkshire from Bothwell Bridge to Cartland Bridge Hotel to Dalziel Park Hotel. Plus many many more.

Back in June 2016 I had the honour of being the Wedding DJ for the stunning Ann-marie and Graeme in the Bothwell Bridge Hotel Lanarkshire.

I also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Clyde one’s George Bowie playing his GBX anthems.

Ann-marie and Graeme wanted something different for there first dance, so they gave me two songs and asked me work my magic.

The first track was “I’ve had the time of my life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the film Dirty dancing.

I played around 20 seconds of the first track and mixed with Kasabian’s “eez-eh”.
Here you will find the video teaser filmed by the fabulous Peripheral-Vision. of Ann-marie and Graemes Wedding day. (If you skip to 1min 20 seconds you will see the happy couples first dance.)

It’s always great working with Lee and Martin from PV Films. True professionals.

Its always great to work with the extremely talented and friend Stacey Macleod photography.

Below you will find the testimonial from Ann-marie and Graeme. Wedding DJ Lanarkshire.

Wedding DJ Lanarkshire

Wedding DJ Lanarkshire

A video filmed by Stacey Macloud photography of the Bride and Groom went viro and made it on the Glasgow Live Website.

1stdance Wedding DJ covers all over Scotland.
Wedding DJ Lanarkshire. Wedding DJ Glasgow, Wedding DJ Edinburgh, Wedding DJ Loch Lomond, Wedding DJ Ayrshire, Wedding DJ Stirling, Wedding DJ Renfrewshire and all surrounding areas.

You will also find at least 20 more reviews about 1stdance Wedding DJ on the Glasgow Girls Wedding Guide Website.

Wedding DJ Stirling Hotel Colessio 1stdance Wedding DJ

29/07/2016 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ Stirling Hotel Colessio

Thank you for taking time to read my blog, its been a while since I have updated it.

My name is Christopher Matthews and I am a multi award winning behind 1stdance Wedding DJ

On Sunday 10th July 2016 I had the pleasure of being the Wedding DJ Stirling in the Hotel Colessio for Amanda and Lynne’s same sex marriage.

This is a link to Amanda and Lynne’s Wedding video on Youtube

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It was also a pleasure working alongside a great friend and fantastic Videographer Douglas from I do Video Art

The Hotel Colessio Stirling is a top Wedding venue and its always a pleasure of entertaining and providing stunning Mood lighting in their.

Amanda and Lynne also hired Saltire Beat to play during the buffet.

They band rocked the Hotel Colessio and had the happy couple and their guests dancing all night.

Wedding DJ Stirling - Hotel Colessio

Once I had set up the Mood lighting. videographer We called the Wedding party into the room and then brought in the happy couple to do the cutting of the cake.

Once Amanda and Lynn had cut the cake, The newly Weds danced to Halo by Beyoncé for their first dance.

Then the party swiftly got started.

The dance floor was full most of the night ending with Loch Lomond.

Amanda and Lynne didn’t give me much in the way of a playlist, they trusted my selection and song choice.

It was a really great friendly crowd who were just up for a party.

I often provide Wedding entertainment and Mood lighting in Stirling as well as covering all of Scotland.

I am always humbled that a Bride and Groom chose me to be there Wedding DJ as I know there are some great DJs out there.

To see more of Amanda and Lynne’s Wedding from 1stdance Wedding DJ.
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Mood Lighting can totally transform your venue and completely change the atmosphere.

Please do not hesitate if I can assist with any questions you may have.

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Wedding Cake Ceremony and History of the Wedding Cake 1stdance Wedding DJ

06/12/2014 by 1stdance

Wedding Cake Ceremony and History of the Wedding Cake Scotland. By 1stdance Wedding DJ Christopher Matthews

Wedding Cake Ceremony and History of the Wedding Cake.

An important part of the marriage ceremony is the wedding cake. According to old traditions, the wedding cake was made of wheat because wheat symbolized prosperity and fertility.

That’s why When I am the Wedding DJ and Master of Ceremonies I can offer more that photograph opportunity for the Cutting of the Cake, A Great passionate Wedding DJ will do his/her research into the Cutting History.
In Scotland the Wedding Cake is either cut before the Wedding Breakfast or Just before the evening Disco starts.

History of the Wedding Cake
Earlier, the wedding cake was thrown over the bride’s head as a fertility ritual. The wedding cake was introduced by the Romans, 1900 years back. The Romans baked small cakes of wheat for the marriage ceremony. It was a custom that the groom broke the cake over his bride’s head after eating a part of it. This ritual signified fortune, good health and many children for the couple. The guests would also take a bite of the cake to share the fortune of the couple. It is also believed that the breaking of the cake on the bride’s head signifies breaking of her virginity.
With the advent of time, it was no more possible to break the cake over the bride’s head owing to the increasing size of the cake. This old tradition vanished gradually.
According to tradition, the wedding cake should be white in colour. The colour white signifies purity. In the Victorian times, the white wedding cake appeared first. Nowadays, brides choose contemporary wedding cakes which generally match with the colour of their wedding gown.

Cutting the cake

Above is a Photograph of Myself and my wife Cutting the Cake at our Wedding in Lynnhurst Hotel, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, (Photo taken by Boyd Photography)

The Wedding Cake Ceremony

The wedding cake ceremony is a beautiful ritual of a wedding where the groom and bride perform the first task jointly as husband and wife. The first slice of the cake is cut by the bride with the assistance of the groom.
This task was originally assigned to the bride who should then distribute the slices of cake to all the guests present. However, with so many guests being invited to the wedding, it’s not feasible for the bride to distribute slices of the cake to each and every guest.
Unlike earlier days, now the size of the wedding cake is huge. Thus, it is not possible for the bride to cut the large wedding cake all alone. Therefore, the groom assists her in this ritual and together they cut the wedding cake. After cutting the cake, the couple feeds each other the first slice of the cake. This gesture symbolizes the deep mutual commitment that the groom and bride have for one another. The wedding cake ceremony is indeed very beautiful and romantic.
Nowadays the wedding cake is available in several colours, designs and icing. It is no more a simple white cake but a multi-tiered royal wedding cake. The wedding cake ceremony is definitely one of the best rituals of a wedding.

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Wedding DJ Edinburgh

09/06/2014 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ Edinburgh – 1stDance Wedding DJ – Christopher Mathews

Being a Wedding DJ in Edinburgh has been something that I have always loved. Here in Scotland’s capital I’ve played many times and always hope to play more in the future.

After having nominated for the Vows Award in 2013 in the “Musician and Entertainment” category and also having won “Wedding Entertainment of the Year” at the Scottish Wedding Awards that took place this year, my demand as an Edinburgh wedding DJ has reached its peak. The two places that seem to attract me more are Edinburgh and Glasgow.

There are many venues I have played in Edinburgh so far including: the Caves, Norton House Hotel, The Royal Terrace, Botanic Gardens, The George Hotel and last but not the least The Scotsman.

The most satisfying of all the activities is all day hosting, mood lighting and evening wedding disco in Edinburgh. I take being Edinburgh wedding DJ, wedding entertainer and wedding disco very seriously. It is not only my profession but my dear passion as well. From the moment I am contacted I will work with you till the last song on such a big day of your life. Being a friendly natured person many of the brides and grooms have become my long term friends.

The time is near when same sex marriage in Scotland would be legalized. Christopher Mathews – 1stDance professional wedding DJ supports same sex marriage and Civil Partnerships.

Scotland same sex marriage bill has already been passed recently and the first legal marriage is likely to take place in Autumn.

If you are looking for a Wedding Entertainer in Edinburgh then look no further. 1stDance is the best Edinburgh Wedding DJ with the best services on board. Here are some reasons why you should book 1stDance professional wedding DJ or All day entertainment.

  • Been nominated for Vows and is a winner of Wedding Entertainment of the year.
  • The client consultation is FREE and hassle free. (Within 20 Miles of Glasgow City Centre)
  • An adept, professional and well experienced Wedding Specialist.
  • Back up equipment always available for better peace of mind.
  • You can as much input as you desire in the playlist and create your own one.
  • Pat tested and Public liability insurance status is achieved which can be presented to your venue.
  • I am the Chairman of NADJ Scotland i.e National Association of Disk Jockey’s Scottish Branch.
  • I will actively work with your wedding venue, planner and co-ordinator to ensure the event goes as smooth as possible.

If your looking for a Professional Wedding DJ in Edinburgh or Glasgow please do not hesitate to contact 1stdance Christopher Matthews.

Wedding DJ Glasgow – Blythswood Square Hotel.

08/06/2014 by 1stdance

Wedding DJ Glasgow – Blythswood Square Hotel. by

Wedding DJ Glasgow Christopher Matthews providing professional award winning Wedding entertainment throughout Glasgow and Scotland.

On Saturday 7th June 2014 I had the pleasure to provide the Wedding Disco and Mood lighting in Glasgow’s 5star Blythswood Square Hotel for the Wedding reception of Stuart and Kiara Minty!.

The newly weds, where recommended to me by the Blythswood’s events manager, Who recommends me.

As always I offer a free non pressure client consultation. I met the future Mr and Mrs Minty in the Hotel for a coffee, to discus how they see their big day and discuss their music choice.

We kept in regular contact between email and telephone conversation on the build up to their Wedding, The happy couple new exactly how they wanted their big day and I was very happy to oblige.

I arrived about 6pm to set up for the Wedding Disco and Mood lighting.  The colour choice of Mood lighting was RED, Which complements the dark brown wooden panels in the Blythswood Square Hotel.

The Blythswood is one of my favourite venues in Glasgow for doing Discos, With the staff being so polite, Professional and helpful, not to mention the easy access for loading in my equipment.

This was the song list Stuart and Kiara has requested:

Shake your tail feather Blues brothers
Must Play True love ways Buddy holly
Must Play Rather Be Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne
Must Play New York, New York Frank Sinatra Second last song
Must Play Enjoy yourself (it’s later than you think) Jools Holland & Prince buster This our last dance song.
Must Play Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Must Play New Shoes Nutini, Paolo
Must Play Happy Pharrell Williams
Must Play Life Without You Proclaimers Life with you
Must Play I’m On My Way Proclaimers
Must Play You are the best thing Ray Lamontagne First dance
Must Play We Found Love Rihanna Feat. Calvin Harris
Must Play The Gambler Rogers, Kenny
Must Play Signs Snoop Dogg Feat. Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberl
Must Play You Got The Love Source feat. Candi Staton
Must Play Never Forget Take That
Play If Possible Take On Me A-Ha
Play If Possible Crazy In Love Beyonce
Play If Possible One great thing Big country
Play If Possible Paradise City Guns N’ Roses
Play If Possible You Give Me Something Jamiroquai
Play If Possible Footloose Loggins, Kenny
Play If Possible Moves Like Jagger Maroon 5
Play If Possible Pencil Full Of Lead Nutini, Paolo
Play If Possible Don’t stop me now Queen
Play If Possible Superstition Stevie Wonder
Play If Possible It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me White, Barry
Play If Possible Rock DJ
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I would like to Thank both Stuart and Kiara, from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be there Wedding Dj Glasgow and of course the Blythswood Square hotel for recommending 1stdance to their clients.