Y'all may have seen Hannah's article a few weeks back in which she polled several reputable sometime wedding DJs in town to ask about the strikes and gutters of DJing your friend's wedding. Well, last Saturday I made my debut, and I'd like to add a few things to that list.
1. You're going to be nervous (OK, at least I was). In fact, when I introduced the bride and groom to the party (to the tune of Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight" which I'll admit was probably more appropriate for a football game) my hand was shaking like I was back at the hold 'em tables.
2. Just because you're nervous doesn't give you the right to overcompensate with jug wine. Though I received some very nice reviews the morning after, the groom described the last 30-60 minutes of my performance as something akin to Adam Sandler's Wedding Singer.
3. DJing a wedding isn't a performance.
I should have been more invisible.
4. People go ape-shit for Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." OK, no surprise there.
5. Not so much for the Doors' "Break On Through." Unless you're the groom's father. And seeing him dance to the song -- this was his request -- was a highlight.
6. The "old people" in the room want to dance as much as the "young people." I should have been prepared with more "real cha-chas" as was requested by my favorite guest of the evening, a good-natured man with a ton of requests, and suspenders that were delightfully red. I loved that guy. At one point I turned my wife and said, "My goal for the night is to keep that man on the dancefloor all night." And if I'd had more "twists" I might have made that possible.
7. Everybody will dance to "Twist and Shout". Hopefully it wasn't, as my in-laws put it the next day, "because I ordered people to" (see #2).