The Christmas like never before….

Well, another lockdown means only one thing; another blog. So after such an eventful year for not only our industry but the rest of the world too, life is still so up in the air for all of us at the moment. No one could have predicted the impact this virus would have and the devastating effect that it would have on all our lives.

The good news is they may have found a vaccine, the bad news is that we will probably not see the impact and normal life resuming until the start of 2022.

Christmas this year is going to very different this year: families having a smaller pot of money for presents, no Christmas parties with the happiness and laughter they bring and to top it all off, most people will be at home on New Year’s Eve playing board games and have a few drinks with your nearest and dearest without celebrating with some of your close friends.

For me, this will be the first Christmas and New Year I haven’t worked for over 5 years. The silver lining is I will be with my family over the festive period and it will be amazing to see in 2021 with my little tribe. On the other hand, no gigs means yet another month with no income so the strain on our family life is real as I’m sure it is for others in our industry too.

Many couples that had booked me this year have been amazingly supportive of my business and have looked to reschedule to next year. Unfortunately, some I was unable to move. Having over 80 bookings this year it’s difficult to be in two places at once!

I am positive that things will pick up again and people might not take life for granted as they once did. My message is to people looking to get married is not to wait years for their big day so this amazing industry can come back fighting and bringing joy into peoples lives once more.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support this year; sharing and liking all my posts and being so understanding with your parties or events. I am still very much open for business and 2021/22 is filing up already. If you would like to discuss your wedding entertainment, party or corporate event, please get in touch with me.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones, follow the guidance so we can get our lives back on track ready for 2021.

Stay Safe

Dean John

November 15, 2020

Life in lockdown

Well, it’s felt like the longest 3 months in the world since I last wrote my last blog back in March after what can safely be described as one of the most terrifying but surreal experiences that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. 

The first month of lockdown was amazing, being at home with the family, loads of BBQ’s, no work or late nights and lots of fun quizzes and then reality soon hit when the news from “Downing Street” was getting worse everyday at 5pm. From then onwards, I had event after event postponed or in some cases even cancelled with no income coming in as a self employed business owner for the next few months.

The reason why I wanted to write this blog was a number of reasons really:

1. It’s amazing how kind people are and how your closest pull you through tough times so you can survive and keep going.

2. I really felt that I took my life for granted so this really given me a wakeup call needed to enjoy everyday, cherish the time with my family and ensure I have a work life balance.

3. Try to ensure you shop local and support local businesses 9instead of rushing back to the big chains to fill the Director’s pockets. Small businesses need you more than ever at this point so get behind them all!

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the keyworkers that have managed to get us through the last few months, I can’t wait to host or DJ at your party or event next year as a big thank you for all the hard work you have done.

2021 is looking like one of the busiest years on record for the event industry so if you are looking for a host, DJ or even a few lessons please get in touch with me directly or visit my website for more information.

July 17, 2020

COVID-19 in the events world….

As a small business, we are committed to providing you with the best service possible and are currently monitoring and following all guidance and advise issued by HM Government and Public Health England.

With regards to the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, we have already taken a number of precautionary measures including cleaning all equipment before and after every event, minimising external meeting’s and not purchasing any additional equipment from some of our worldwide suppliers at this time.

We will continue as normal with our booking’s however should your venue decide to close or amend your booking due to COVID-19, then we will do everything possible to transfer your booking to a new date subject to our availability. Please note that all remaining balance payment dates will stay in place as per your original contract.

The situation is being monitored daily and very closely with other suppliers, venues and governing bodies. We will update you with any further information once we know more.

Stay safe and if you would like to discuss your booking then please DM me or email djdeanevents@gmail.com.

March 13, 2020

Back to business…….

Everyone in the industry said that 2020 would be a big year and that’s exactly what it has been so far!

My social media inbox, emails and phone haven’t stopped flashing since New Years Day and I couldn’t be happier with the recommendations, enquiries and bookings I’m getting on a daily basis. I am blessed to work with some amazing teams and venues that recommend my services to their clients and couples.

Having my own business has allowed me to be flexible, creative and given me the chance to spend some quality time with my little one’s and watch them grow up; that’s something no amount of money can buy and it goes so quickly so I’m enjoying every moment. Yes it’s hard when you host an event and come in at 2am, then your children jump on you at 6am, but would I change it……no!

It can be exhausting when you are a sole trader running your business as you are; effectively being the Operations Manager, HR Assistant, Accountant, Administrator, Customer Service Representative, Salesman, Marketing Assistant and Operative but having these responsibilities not only grows your business but you as a person too. Some days are harder than others but if you plan your diary, create realistic tasks and ensure you look after your wellbeing, you will succeed!

For all of you out there running a small business, keep focussed, talk to other professionals and ensure you still give yourself enough time to do things for you. Your business will be there tomorrow and you can always pick things up another day.

Dean John

February 20, 2020

A view from the forest…..

The Christmas season is now underway and it’s lovely to see so many venues taking the time to decorate and bring the magic back to Christmas. I can’t wait to start the party season at the wonderful Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort for their festive party nights and then to round the year off, I will be hosting their New Years Eve spectacular event- so get in touch with the hotel to book your place!

The last year has been great, some of the highlights for me included:

After a successful meeting with the team at the Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest, I am pleased to announce that from 2020, I will be one of their fantastic entertainment suppliers. I can’t wait to work alongside the events team and future couples getting married at this stunning venue.

Lastly, I would like to thank these amazing venues for continuing to recommend me; I look forward to working with you again throughout 2020:

Have a great Christmas and New Year, thank you to everyone that has supported me this year, especially my amazing wife and children who are my world.

Dean John

December 3, 2019