Three Types of Super Annoying Wedding Guest Requesters
I'm delving into the realm of wedding DJ nightmares and exposing the three types of super annoying wedding guest requesters.
The "Melody Misfits": Three Types of Super Annoying Wedding Guest Requesters
Weddings are supposed to celebrate love, joy, and unifying moments. But just like an out-of-tune guitar, there are always a few guests who manage to strike the wrong chord. Today, I'm delving into the realm of wedding DJ nightmares and exposing the three types of super annoying wedding guest requesters.
Type 1: The Unusual-Music Fanatic Ah, the self-proclaimed connoisseurs of musical exclusivity!
These guests believe that weddings are the perfect opportunity to showcase their extensive knowledge of obscure tunes that no one has ever heard of. They approach the DJ booth with an air of superiority, armed with a long list of demands. "Play Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number." Everyone will love it!" they exclaim, convinced the guests will break into a synchronized dance routine because the studio recording is considered one of the best ever. I use a simple formula for most requests which is this: How will the guests react to this song? When I apply it to a Steely Dan request the outcome is poor at best.
Type 2: The Drunken Doppelgänger
Beware the boisterous bellowers, the ones who stumble up to the DJ booth with glazed eyes and alcohol-fueled confidence. They've had one too many, (or 5 too many) and their requests reflect their current state of intoxication. They shuffle their feet and mumble, "I love this song! Play it next" as they point to the speakers that played their exact request two songs ago, which they apparently missed while they were having a "moment." Sorry, pal, but we're not going on a nostalgia trip through your blurry memory lane and playing your song for the second time this evening. These requesters occasionally become agro too. Borderline threatening. Last week’s wedding had a blurry-eyed guest tell me, “Play some Bay Areaaaaaaaaaa.” This was 10 minutes after a mini set that included some E-40, Too $hort, and two songs from Mac Dre. I politely shared with him I had just finished an East Bay set and won’t be back in that zone for a while. He spent the next 10 minutes staring at me like he wanted to fight and then he stumbles back to my booth and says something about Ice Cube.
Type 3: The Silent Song Critic
This guest deserves an honorary award for complaining about the music without ever actually requesting a song. They hover around the DJ booth, a perpetual frown etched on their face, arms crossed across their chest in the typical “Karen” pose, as if they are single-handedly shouldering the burden of the entire musical experience. They'll approach with comments like, "This playlist sucks" or "I can't believe you're playing this." Yet, when I ask them for a suggestion, they're suddenly struck with a severe case of musical amnesia. Perhaps their expectations are so impossibly high that even the harmonious voices of angels wouldn't satisfy their impeccable taste. I generally assume they’re the type who is never satisfied with anything in life. The food at your favorite restaurant is never good enough or the movie with a 95% Rotten Tomato rating sucks. I’ve been trying to remove this style of person from my life but I understand how they might have to be on your wedding guest list. Just a few weeks ago a younger guest came within earshot of my booth when I was packing up to tell his sister and make sure I could hear: “This was the worst set I’ve ever heard.” Why did he feel the need to spread his anger? He approached my booth at 9:40 pm and yelled, “Too much untz untz, play a slow song.” Sorry homie, here are three reasons why I’ll deny your request. 1. You’re aggressive 2. I never saw you once on the dance floor 3. I’m not playing a slow song twenty minutes before the end of the evening. Return to the corner where you can complain about the music at a distance.
While weddings are a beautiful celebration of love and unity, there are always a few guests who march to their beat. The unusual-music fanatics, the drunken doppelgängers, and the silent song critics might make my life as a wedding DJ slightly more challenging. With a sprinkle of humor and a dash of sarcasm, I can navigate these musical minefields with grace. I’m focused on your playlist and the music the other 99% of your guests love. High fives and good vibes all night!
I almost forgot, (Actually, I did forget). Two items to share -
I generally appreciate requests
I have a modern way for your guests to request music. Check out this link to see how they can text me their favorite songs. *Will I play their request? Only if it fits what we discussed and if it makes sense. Modern Way To Request A Song