Now you know how to find the right DJ, and how important they can be to your reception. Here is the real wedding that inspired yesterday’s post.
It was an early spring wedding in South Austin…outdoors of course. This particular DJ, the one that showed up, was not the one the couple had hired. She was an assistant. Strike one!
The bride had chosen several very specific songs and had even timed her entrance to be at the start of the aisle at a particular moment of the song. It was a moment she had looked forward to her entire life. Just as the bride was about to walk out, the equipment failed. The argument can be made that it could happen to anyone and I would not disagree. But a good DJ has a back-up plan just in case something goes wrong. And she did, sort of. She was able to hook up her iPod to the speakers and play music that way. But she didn’t have the couple’s very specific song choices on her iPod! Strike two!
I was flabbergasted! How can you have the foresight to bring your iPod as a back-up but not load the very specific, very special songs the couple has requested? Not only did the bride not walk out to her long dreamed song (and the flustered groom leaned over to tell me) but they did not get to exit to their specific recessional music. Eventually the DJ got her equipment working but it was intermittent at best and went out at the most inopportune times (like during their first dance). My couple didn’t get to dance their first dance as husband and wife to the song they wanted. Strike three!
I told this particular couple they should get at least half of their money back. The hired DJ didn’t come because he had another gig – had he sent a prepared replacement it might not have been so bad (though his assistant should have told me he was ill or unexpectedly out-of-town). Anyone’s equipment can go out – that is the problem with technology. The important thing is to be prepared in that case. This DJ was only half prepared. Because of this, I told the DJ the couple was owed a refund.
I won’t say their ceremony and reception was ruined by the DJ but she certainly tainted it. What did I learn? I’m never showing up at a wedding again without my iPod loaded with the couple’s specific songs. That way if the DJ’s equipment goes out and he(or she) doesn’t have a back-up plan, at least I do.