Wedding – Laura & Stephen – The Haberdashery, Glasgow

Laura and Stephen’s wedding was held at fairly new and very stylish venue The Haberdashery at the Berkeley Suite bit of Sauchiehall Street, a short walk from Kelvingrove Park. There’s a lovely big bright bar and back room upstairs for ceremony and dining, and a basement for a disco later. Thanks very much to Northern Aye Photography for the majority of these brilliant photos below (any rubbish ones are obviously mine). In response to a post-wedding request from Laura, I forensically reassembled the evening’s playlist (below). Quite a lot of the songs were chosen by Laura and Stephen- it was my job to sequence and mix them. I don’t usually keep a note of every song I play. I DJ using 2 separate laptops and a mixer and, while I usually have a plan, things can change so quickly on the night. The lovely stationery and signage (see photos) were designed by Laura herself.

Amongst the DJing, there were a few amusing little episodes. During a lull while the evening buffet was served, I temporarily abandoned my post for a pee, and on the way to the loo a big guy called me over and said “DJ, have you got a sore throat?” At first I was genuinely confused. Then I realised he meant I hadn’t been speaking on the mic. Now, I’m perfectly happy with public speaking. I just don’t think the couples who book me want a Michelle McManus chatting about how she used to go to The Shed / Smashie and Nicey running commentary on my selections. But when I got back to the decks post-pee I thought I’d show the big man a bit of showbiz. I turned on the mic and said “apparently I’m not speaking enough, so hello everybody, let’s take it all the way back to 1980 with some Billy Ocean – screeeaaam if you wanna go faster.” Happily I think the big guy found it amusing. Well, he didn’t come over to punch me anyway.

Another noteworthy episode unfolded when I asked the caterers for a pint of water. After years of marvelling at Three Sisters Bake’s cakes, and also their well-oiled publicity machine, I realised that the blonde Sister was Gillian that I had worked with at the world-famous Strathclyde Telegraph around 2001. Our gregarious Editor was current Glasgow World and Glasgowist kingpin Paul Trainer. What an incredible collection of talent packed into one little University Union office. Gillian had Done Marketing but now Does Baking, which explains why the Three Sisters Bake PR is always so good.

Overall a brilliant evening. I messaged Laura the next day to say I’d managed to play Gwen Stefani, Kraftwerk, Bicep and Uniting Nations’ version of “Out of Touch” – but hadn’t found a way to include Jamie XX. Laura replied to say “you were honestly so great…we loved your attention to detail and none of that went unnoticed by us”. Mission accomplished 😊

Venue: The Haberdashery

Video: Today Tomorrow and Always

Catering: Three Sisters Bake

The Cake: Wheat Out

The Flowers: Natalie Dalziel Flowers

Stationery: Laura M Designs

MUA: Jenna Murray Beauty