Grandma Didn’t Make It | Awkward Wedding Situations
This is our final installment of the most “Awkward Wedding situations we’ve seens as DJs” series. We hope we’ve provided a little humor for you. After almost 20 years in the wedding DJ business, we can tell you that weddings, in and of themselves, make for great stories. With the exception of a few minor glitches, most turn out as planned, but in some rare cases, the “glitches” can be a bit more….well…interesting. As a matter of fact, some can be downright awkward.
Obviously, the awkward ones make the most interesting stories. We whittled it down to the top 5 and they are told by our entertainers themselves.
NOTE: To protect the innocent, we have purposefully left out names but beyond that, I assure you that none of this has been embellished. If you’re in the industry, I’m sure you will sympathize with us. If you’re a soon to be bride or groom or a general reader, this may have you shaking your head.
This definitely gives a whole new meaning to the phrase lost in the translation. As the manager on duty, I had the night off from actually DJ’ing while our other entertainers were working. I get a text from one of our ceremony musicians that one of the grandmas cut her leg as she was walking down to the beach for the ceremony, and she was losing so much blood that they had to call an ambulance.
They had to take her to the hospital and the ceremony was delayed for almost an hour. I texted our DJs so they could be aware of the situation before the reception started. Our ceremony guitarist was distraught about what happened and he said he felt bad for the family as he could see the look of disappointment and worry written across their faces. I told him I’d keep him posted on what ended up happening.
About 30 minutes into the reception, I sent a text to one of our DJs to see how everything was going. He said it was a tough crowd because everyone was bummed about the grandmother. I asked him if he had any updates on her condition and his reply made my heart sink. His text read, “Grandma didn’t make it.” I texted him back and asked him if he was sure and he said the nurse called the family and told them.
I couldn’t believe it. I mean, I understand losing blood in your leg can be serious, but death? I had never had a death occur at an event, so as you can imagine, I had no idea how to deal with it. I texted our guitarist and his level of shock was equal to mine.
Come to find out, our DJ left out some key information. Apparently grandma didn’t make it TO THE RECEPTION! What a difference a few words make, huh? Of course, I didn’t get this info until after the reception when I talked to the DJ on the phone.
A happy ending was still on the horizon, however, as the grandmother did finally make it to the reception. Our guys did a special “grand entrance announcement” mid-reception just for her when she arrived and the party went off without any deaths whatsoever. Needless to say, I’ve made sure to tell our entertainers to over-communicate when it comes to texting me anything.