Be my guest.
A wedding professionals perspective as a wedding guest.
Working so many weddings every year as a professional wedding dj, managing 2 banquet halls, operating our photo booth, and providing chair covers for weddings, it’s very rare that we get to attend any as Guests. But, it just so happened we received an invite this year to a wedding on a date that we had nothing booked. So we were excited to be able to make an adventure out of it.
The perfect attire.
As a wedding DJ I want to dress accordingly so I blend in with the wedding party or the wedding as a whole, so I don’t stick out like a sore thumb. So as a guest I had to take a different approach. I’ve seen it all from the jeans and t-shirt guy to the too over the top guy with a full three piece suit and a fedora. I knew I had to find a comfortable medium that is appropriate for me to blend in with the guests. So I decided to get a new suit fitted with all the appropriate accessories to achieve the successful classy guy look. A nice simple patterned suit with neutral colors so as to not stand out too much but just enough to be slightly noticed. A bright white pattern tie that pops. When a bride and groom invite you to enjoy their big day with them, you want to make sure you look your best. At least that is what we believe.
The Long Journey To The Wedding
As we journeyed along our 9 hour drive into the UP, the most important thing I wanted to prepare for was to not be overly critical and get in to “work mode”. Knowing that there are some very bad wedding DJs out there, I worried that the night would not flow well and I would get sucked in to analyzing it. So my fiancé and I said we weren’t going to talk about work or the wedding aspects until afterwards in our hotel room as to not spoil any potential fun we may have.
The night before (Friday) there was a big Family Event for my Fiances Father, so he hired me to DJ as well as set up our photo booth. The event ran late in to the evening and we had to still tear down then go home and finish packing. With very little sleep we woke early with excitement to start our “Road Trip”. We decided to take turns driving every two hours. Our GPS put us at the hotel about an hour before the cocktail hour. This allowed us just enough time to check in, unpack, and get ready. However, to our surprise (since we didn’t do much planning), as we got closer the GPS and our iPhones dropped an hour off of our trip! We hadn’t taken in to account that we would be in a different time zone. Yay, just enough time for a power nap before the festivities.
It was definitely hard at times to not analyze certain aspects of the evening. However, we pushed through them and realized that those things don’t even matter to most guests. Just relaxing and simply being a wedding guest was so much fun. We made sure we were on the dance floor as much as possible, enjoyed the food so much, and even had some drinks with the bride and groom. When people asked about how our business is going, we made sure to keep it brief and not get in to any in depth conversations. Before we left, I congratulated the DJ on a job well done and briefly explained what we do. I made sure to wait till we were about to leave before I mentioned it because I didn’t want to make him nervous or have him think about whether I would be critiquing his work. He did a wonderful job and I actually learned some different things to incorporate in to what we do. The biggest thing I learned as a wedding guest is that it definitely goes by much faster than I thought. Before we knew it, we were in a cab on the way back to the Hotel for some after party cocktails.
Now back in the car for the long long journey home. We hope you enjoyed our article. While you’re here, check out our article on how to Invest Your Time And Avoid Wedding Nightmares.