By my count, I’ve performed at over 400 weddings during my DJ career. In general, weddings are a joyous occasion and an opportunity to see people at their best. However, I’ve also witnessed some bad things. Drunken punch-ups? Sure, there’s been a few of those. DJs can be lightning rods for abuse, so I’ve been victimized by a mean heckler or twenty. I’ve even had my equipment broken by a banquet manager who threw it into the elevator so he could go home. Then there was the time that I discovered a drunk bridesmaid taking a nap in the back hatch of my SUV.
But the ugliest incident of all time happened about five years ago. At a very respectable banquet hall located in Woodbridge NJ, at some point during the wedding, a substantial number of envelopes (and thousands of dollars in cash) disappeared from the card box. Yes, a thief at a wedding! How could anybody stoop so low? The theft was discovered midway into the reception. The bride was visibly crushed and never recovered.
The perpetrator was never discovered. Was it a guest? The date of a guest? An employee at the banquet hall? Was it a crime of opportunity, or fueled by physical needs from a drug addiction?
The lesson to be learned from this debacle is to utilize a sturdy box – for example a solid box with a slot on the top so that guests can’t thumb through the envelopes. One of our more creative grooms – a commercial fisherman by trade – used a 50 pound lobster trap for a card box. Also, consider assigning a member of your bridal party to keep an eye on the box throughout the evening. At the end of the wedding, make sure that the box is safely transported to a secure location. With thousands of dollars in cash on the line, use common sense security precautions to avoid being victimized by a thief. It’s also worth asking your wedding facility if there are security cameras in the ballroom.
What is the worst thing that you’ve ever seen at a wedding?
Nice article Gregg. I shared it.