It’s about an hour after the entrée has been served, and the dance floor is packed. Long before most of the guests had finished their meals, a few bridesmaids were already asking the DJ when he was going to open the dancing. This is a great crowd, and at the center of it all are the bride and groom, having an amazing time. The DJ has a great grasp on the music vibe the newlyweds had wanted, as they’ve spoken about it at length pre-game. Things couldn’t be running more smoothly, when the bride decides to go to the DJ and request ‘that song’… next.
Well, she never mentioned ‘that song’ in the preliminary meetings, and it isn’t anywhere in the notes. Even though – in the experience of the DJ – he knows ’that song’ will most likely clear his dance floor, but he only has two minutes left in the song that’s playing to possibly negotiate with the bride that perhaps he might wait until a later time to play her selection.
At the same time, this is the bride; the center of the universe, and the client that, in the end, is the one the DJ most needs to please. Saying “no” in any way, even in an attempt at reasonable negotiation is borderline sacrilegious.
Does the DJ just play ‘that song’ against his DJ instincts, and risk the highly energized dance floor becoming a ghost town? Or does he have faith – against his better judgment – that ‘that song’ could possibly work, and just cue it up and hope for the best?
It’s a double-edged blade. If the song is played, and it goes awry, would the bride ask, “Why didn’t you tell me ‘that song’ wouldn’t work?” but if you don’t play it, well, that could have even worse aftershocks. She did say “next”.
And as the DJ contemplates this dilemma, another minute has disappeared off the clock, leaving only sixty seconds left to decide…
What do you think the Wedding DJ should do?