When you think of the phrase, "hang the DJ," you will likely think of the recent episode of Black Mirror, which was a great episode, by the way. :) Other people may hear the phrase and think of the great 80's influential band, "The Smiths," and their 1986 hit song, "Panic," which says to "burn down the disco and hang the blessed DJ." We have to be honest, we've been to events and even bars/clubs, where we wanted to "hang the DJ" for being so terrible. For the wedding we did, just a few weeks ago, it was a combination of the Black Mirror episode and The Smiths' song, too!
In mid-December, a groom called us in a panic - no pun intended, :) and left a message with us that said: "I REALLLLLLY need to hire a DJ. I know there's a good chance you don't have anyone open, but if you do, pleeeease let me know." We were setting up for a holiday party and called him back after we heard that message. His wedding was literally 1 week away. We had no idea what happened to their DJ or band that they booked, but luckily, it was Christmas weekend, so we didn't have too many other events booked that Saturday.
We were able to provide our services for their wedding, which was at Stonehouse Villa, in Driftwood. We exchanged quite a few emails and calls/texts that week, to get all the planning details perfect and wow, we were able to help Matt & Lizzie have a fun, memorable wedding! We provided a DJ for the ceremony and reception, and a photo booth for the reception. We couldn't help but wonder why the called us so late, or why they did not already have all those details done, before hiring us. Clearly, if they had another DJ, they would have asked about their key moment songs, ceremony music, etc., but this was not the case. We even told the groom to send us any timeline or music that he may have already picked out to us, to make it easier for them, but he didn't comment on it and didn't send us anything other than our forms, which we helped him fill out.
We wondered which DJ or band cancelled on them? This happens all too often with other DJs/DJ companies, but we were afraid to ask, of course. Finally, the day of the wedding, during their cocktail hour, the father of the bride came up to us to ask about his dance, and I said "hey, just curious, did you guys already have someone else booked and they cancelled? We wondered why we were booked last minute and didn't have many details." He laughed and said, "thank GOD you were open, you are doing a fabulous job, and I'm SOOOO glad we hired you. We actually did not even have a DJ booked. My daughter wanted to use the DJ app and just let that app play the music for us. The groom and I fought her tooth and nail and finally convinced her to let us hire the pros to do it. We're so glad we did!" We were shocked and glad we were able to be there to help them on this special day!
We've heard of other DJs cancelling, last minute, but this was the first time we've heard of anyone who seriously considered using an app to DJ their wedding. Sure, the app is about $1.99 per hour, and you can save a ton of money doing it, but really? We never met anyone who actually considered using the DJ app. The Black Mirror episode mocked using dating apps, and ironically, this couple may have used an app for their WEDDING! We can't help but wonder what would have happened at that wedding, had they actually chose to use the app, instead of us? Who would they hang, if the "DJ" was playing bad music selections? What if no one was dancing to some of the songs, who would be in charge of "reading the crowd" and playing what keeps people dancing all night? Who was going to set up the entire system, announce the key moments, etc.? Perhaps someday, apps will replace DJs, but we're certainly glad our groom and his father-in-law, chose to hire us to "save their wedding," as they stated. :)
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