We are starting a new series of blog posts, here at Pink Champagne Events, to help inspire couples and vendors alike to raise the bar in quality across the wedding industry. The new series titled Monday Memoirs will provide a realistic, behind the scenes glimpse of what can truly happen on THE big day. Some memoirs will be comical, some will be gross, some will even be heartbreaking and scary, but we promise that after every post, you'll walk away with a new found appreciation for the fires a planner can stifle at any given moment.
First on the long list of bad experiences, Pink Champagne Events Bride, “Kate”, hired DJ XYZ Company for her upscale hotel ballroom wedding. After numerous “six” attempts to confirm the details of his service, the DJ finally got in touch with us five days before the wedding. Aside from his lackadaisical attitude toward the event, all of our questions and concerns were laid to rest for the time being.
To give you some background information, he was responsible for providing lapel micsfor the officiant and groom, microphones and amplification system for the live musicians, hand held microphones for the readers, prelude and recessional music. In addition, he was to play music for cocktail hour, set up a photo booth and props, reception up lighting , standard reception entertainment and late night karaoke.
Fast forward to the wedding day, it’s one hour before the ceremony and there is still no DJ. When attempting to call and confirm his where abouts, he walked off the elevator with the first guests arriving. That’s bad enough but doesn’t make the story worthwhile. He proceeded to return to the elevator and his vehicle to retrieve the other half of his equipment. His second trip up the elevator he coincided with another wave of guests arriving.
At the time this “professional” was scheduled to be dressed and playing music he was just beginning to set up. To add to the fun, instead of having his assistant set up the ancillary locations while he worked on the ceremony, he decided to unload and store ALL of his equipment at the back of the aisle. That was also the location for guests to enter for the ceremony. Not only was all of his unattractive equipment on display in full view, but he himself was still wearing dirty jeans, a tee shirt with holes, and tennis shoes. After our initial shock at his unprofessionalism, we jumped into high gear to hide the lack of organization from guests and the bride and groom. We wish we could say the story ended there.
During cocktail hour, the DJ was finally able to set the reception room with lights and his main sound system. At that point we thought we had seen the worst of it. Wrong! While waiting to be announced, the bride and groom heard the DJ playing the song for the father daughter dance. From there, the mistakes ranged from not having proper equipment (skipping music), to not playing the right first dance song. He never used the bride and grooms names, he introduced speakers by their formal titles not personally, and played several songs more than once.
To wrap up the first ever Monday’s memoire, listen to your gut. If a vendor isn’t striking confidence with you after the first, second or third meeting, you might want to reconsider having them be apart of your big day. Don’t be a victim of the above situation.
Until next time,