As brides and grooms plan their wedding day, they must also think of others as well. Brides and grooms are told by many that the spotlight is on them as this is “their day”. However, when planning all the details of the whole day, you must also consider the thoughts and feelings of those in attendance. Our horror story tells of a bride and groom doing their own thing.
The wedding takes place on a beautiful summer day with blue skies and majestic mountains at a venue big enough to hold about 200 people. All guests arrive to music playing to set the mood. The DJ is contracted to play three hours but it was discussed to possibly play later into the evening depending on if the party is rocking.
All the early festivities go on without a hitch. All guests have their bellies full of a home-style cooking buffet. The guests circle the dance floor while all the formal dances take place after the meal including the first dance, father daughter dance and mother son dance. Then, the bouquet and garter are tossed to all of the single people in attendance. The cake cutting takes place next, giving everyone another photo opportunity while the bride smashes cake into the groom’s face.
All of the formal festivities are “out of the way”. The bride, groom, rest of the wedding party and guests can finally relax. All the men can take their ties off and the women can take off their shoes and just unwind from the stress of the wedding day planning and experiencing. It’s time to let loose and party.
This is the time for the DJ to shine and get people on the dance floor! The DJ plays a few songs and not many people congregate to the dance floor. As you can imagine, the scenery is breathtaking and all in attendance want to soak it up. Even though the music fits perfect with the wedding theme, setting and everyone’s music tastes, there was more important things to do – enjoy the once in a lifetime mountain view. Picture yourself at a mountain lake, temperature is mid-seventies and the sun is setting, and the sky is lit with blues, purples, reds, oranges and yellows. EVERYONE would rather be outside than dancing inside.
With 1.5 hours left in the contract, the DJ played for another hour while many were taking in the scenery and the music at a distance. The sun sets with a half hour left in the music contract and people start wondering back to the lodge. However, the bride and groom are nowhere to be seen!
Time is up! The DJ has played for three hours and has met the contractual obligation. However, the DJ remembers a discussion with the bride and groom at their introductory meeting to possibly extend the contracted time. But where are the bride and groom to discuss this? They are found in a boat on the middle of the lake. What are you thinking as a bride and groom to leave your guests and go do your own thing? What, as a DJ, do you do in trying to make the right decision?
The DJ asks the parents of the bridal couple what to do. They are saying to pack it up as the bride and groom are no where around. But they are not the ones paying the bill? What should the DJ do?
Well, the DJ decides to pack it up as the take-down time will be about an hour or more because of the sound system and lighting. With about 10 minutes left of loading up the vehicle, the bride and groom finally arrive. They ask why there is no music playing and why the DJ was leaving. After further explanation, the bridal couple understood.
However, the bridal couple was asking to put everything back together and start playing again. But, they didn’t have enough to cover all the costs of playing for the next few hours. What would you do in this scenario? The DJ wants the bride, groom and guests to have a memorable wedding day but what a terrible predicament.
As the DJ drives away, so does the memory of wedding that could have been as breathtaking as the scenery. What do you think and what would you do in the same situation?