Wedding Horror Story: Midnight Showcase

June 8, 2016 by Tony Barthel

Some people dream the dream of Cinderella, but others do things very differently. WeddingHorrorTechnology has begun to make its way into wedding dreams in the form of video and other delights for the eyes and today’s digital projectors are becoming smaller, lighter and consuming less power than ever.

But this was not the case at this particular function where the bride demanded that her guests be treated to a video wall celebrating the nuptials of she and her new husband. After the grand entrance, a huge wall of monitors was supposed to instantly click on with a photo of the couple with a text overlay.

All things were going well and the couple were actually reasonably close to being on schedule. After the grand entrance, the video team was cued and the bride and groom stood in front of their wall of monitors. For a brief moment, the monitors clicked on and the picture was beautiful. Then everything in the entire room went dark. Everything.

Now the background to this was getting the property’s engineering people to provide specifications on the electrical. Apparently, recent remodels to the property made it unclear whether or not certain circuits were wired one way or another. One member of the engineering team felt that we were just fine while another wasn’t too sure.

During testing we were fine but that didn’t account for the fact that a bank of refrigerators was on the same circuit and were not on during the testing. Ah, details.

Of course such a circuit problem had to happen on a three-day weekend and the only person with a key to the circuit breaker had taken a vacation – to Mexico. Seriously.

It took over an hour to restore things to normal, thanks to a pair of bolt cutters bought from the hardware store a short drive away. Meanwhile, the refrigeration had been off for this entire time and the chef was making noises about walking out of the event. Baby.

Ultimately, it all worked out despite the delay in the whole event. The bride was understandably testy toward both the video vendor and myself the rest of the night and never really got over the sudden change of plans.

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Anthony (Tony) Barthel has been a DJ since 1986 with a unique take on marketing that has resulted in over 1,000 events personally performed. In that time Tony’s weird sense of humor and unique perspective on the world got him started collecting these stories and sharing them with friends and other wedding professionals. Born in Baden, Switzerland Tony celebrates the unusual and outlandish as part of his lifestyle. He was married to Peggy Sue in 2005 in what his friends describe as the most unusual wedding ceremony and reception they’ve ever been to. The ceremony was in a 1928 movie theater complete with giant Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ and the reception lasted for two days including a gathering in an ocean side lagoon with 400 of their closest friends.


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