Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle Wedding

This is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious and unique Wedding Venues I have played in to date. Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle Wedding for Tracey and Greg.

Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle Wedding, Hampshire.

Wedding-Venue-Downton-AbbeyImagine getting married in a castle! Having the whole place to yourself, enjoying your wedding day with acres and acres of grounds to roll your eyes at through the window during the Wedding Breakfast. Hiclere Castle, famous for the fictional setting for the TV series Downton Abbey was Tracey and Greg’s chosen Wedding Venue, and they chose me to DJ. Tracey has previously booked me to DJ at huge parties for the bank she worked for, with a string of high class venues including The Hilton Hotel Park Lane, London. The Grand Hotel in Brighton, and another in Charring Cross and Mayfair. Tracey wanted an amazing Wedding Venue and she chose Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle in Hampshire for this magical setting.

I found the entrance sign for Downton Abbey, and followed an incredibly long drive way past fields and rolling scenery, until suddenly, in the distance Hiclere Castle became very visible! As I drew up, I had to stop and take a picture! I only had my phone with me having forgotten to bring my camera! Above is the sight that greeted me!

Downton-Abbey-Hiclere-CastleWith imposing stone work and architecture, and even a full sized wolf’s head with a sheep’s leg in it’s mouth for a door knocker, this place was something else!

Inside Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle there was a huge library which formed the room for the wedding breakfast, with woodwork and carvings on every wall. It made you feel like a King or Queen being surrounded by such opulence.

There was so much to look at inside Downton Abbey your mind couldn’t take it all in in one go.

Wedding-Reception-Hiclere-CastleI made my way through to the main gallery which was to host the Wedding Reception evening entertainment, and form the dancing area.





Wedding-Venue-Hiclere-CastleHuge Gothic archways and the widest staircase i’ve seen swept down into the main hall. Big paintings on every wall, carved woodwork, endless archways. I set up the disco equipment, and while waiting for the speeches to finish, I was shown to my own private room and a waiter brought me a 2 course roast dinner cooked to perfection!




First-DanceThe bride and groom had their first dance, photographers and guests cameras flashed away, Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle was such an idyllic setting for a fairytale wedding. The dancing began, and I made my way through the three A4 page play list.

The whole evening went so quickly. The dance floor was packed for most of the evening apart from when the hot buffet was served. Understandably, people weren’t going to miss out on it having tasted the food earlier in the day!




Notably, the staff were all absolutely brilliant! Service was outstanding, everyone very polite, and not ‘stuffy’. Everything ran on time, everyone was well attended to, attention to detail in every way.

Downton-Abbey-WeddingSo, if you want an exquisite wedding venue, with charm, character, and the longest driveway ever, Hiclere Castle aka Downton Abbey Hampshire will not disappoint.

Geoff Grove, Wedding DJ at Downton Abbey Hiclere Castle for Tracey and Greg, 25/08/2012


Wedding Party Falls In Water

This unlucky Bride and Groom wer having their wedding photos taken on a pontoon when it unexpectedly collapsed, so the whole wedding party falls in water! Fortunately no one was hurt.

Video- Wedding Party Falls in Water

The incident, caught on film, shows an entire wedding party line up for photos on a nearby dock, only to plunge straight through the platform. Newlyweds Eric and Maegan Walber were among the 12-strong group on the platform waiting for the pictures to be taken, but just moments after they were swimming back to shore at the Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, Michigan.
“We were out there for probably 30 seconds, standing on the dock, and it started to lean and tilt,” said groom Eric Walber. “We went right under. Everyone was laughing, it was one of those things that it just happens and you roll with it.”
His bride Maegan added: “I came up laughing. It makes for a good story, we’ll be telling our grandkids.”
Waterway to make a splash as newlyweds!
Wedding party falls in water – Article courtesy of Yahoo News

Marygreen Manor Wedding Fayre

Marygreen Manor Wedding Fayre

Marygreen Manor Wedding Fayre Thursday 28th June

Marygreen-Manor-Wedding-FayreThis is the second Wedding Fayre happening in Chelmsford area over the next few weeks. Marygreen Manor Wedding Fayre / Wedding Show takes place on Thursday 28th June between 5pm and 9pm at their stunning venue, set in well tendered grounds. Have a look around and see the various packages and wedding services offered. I will be exhibiting there, so come and have a chat if you require a DJ.

This prestigious wedding venue boasts a 4 Star AA rating. If you like charm, wood paneling, beams and tudor style, then Mary Green is a ‘Must See’.
I’ve often been the DJ at wedding receptions held here, so I can recommend coming down and having a look around at this magical Tudor wedding venue full of charm and character.
If you would like a quote to DJ at your wedding or birthday, please give me a call or see me there. I’m sure you will be impressed with my prices and the service I offer. Geoff Grove 01702 200800
Marygreen manor Hotel can be found here Hotel Spa and Retreat can be found here.

Marygreen Manor Hotel
London Road,
Essex CM14 4NR
Tel: 01277 829990

Greenwoods Hotel Wedding Fayre 24th June

Greenwoods Hotel Wedding Fayre

Greenwoods Hotel Wedding Fayre 24th June

There are two Wedding Fayres happening in Chelmsford area over the next few weeks. Greenwoods Hotel Wedding Fayre takes place on June 24th at their luxurious venue, set in their amazing grounds. Have a look around and see the various packages and wedding services offered.
I’ve often been the DJ at wedding receptions held here. In the summer months you and your guests have access to the fabulous grounds, what a setting! I remember at one wedding I preformed at here the bride and groom had arranged Chinese Lanterns to be lit half way through the evening. All the guests made their way outside and lit around 30 paper lanterns. What a lovely site as they rose into the sky, and another photo opportunity..

Unfortunately I can’t make this event however if you would like a quote to DJ at your wedding or birthday, please give me a call. I’m sure you will be impressed with my prices and the service I offer. Geoff Grove 01702 200800
Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat can be found here.

Greenwoods Hotel
Stock Road,
Essex, CM4 9BE
Tel: 01277 829990

Wedding Venues & Function Rooms

Hi, my name is Geoff Grove, I run a professional Mobile Disco, and have been in the Entertainment business for many years. I get to play in every major Wedding Venue, Function Room, and Village Hall, so it seemed a good idea to share my knowledge with you!

Sometime ago on my DJ website I published a guide to help you choose the right venue. I included an A to Z list with contact numbers to simplify your task. Now I have just launched this website so that my information gets a bigger audience, so helping more of you 🙂

Enjoy planning your party, and please feel free to call me with any questions or advice you might need.

Kind regards,

Geoff Grove