You know MURPHY (the one with the "LAW)" HE loves weddings!
After many years in the wedding DJ business I have seen just about every kind of emergency, big and small, that can pop up during the course of a wedding reception. About 10 years ago I began carrying a Wedding Emergency Survival Kit with me to help out in case any of the typical scenarios (and some not so typical) happened at one of my weddings. The kit was so useful that for a time I actually sold a modified version on the web. I stopped producing the commercial version but I still carry all of the following with me JUST IN CASE! Now I recommend that you carry a TON of technical emergency gear (adaptors, cables, etc.) this stuff is for the OTHER emergencies. Why do it? You can solve a problem and save the day making you not just a GREAT DJ but a SUPER HERO that clients will always remember and will talk about for years to come! It's not only good business but hey...it's just awesome to be able to step in and help out to keep the day from taking an unnecessary turn for the worse.
In preparation for the upcoming wedding season I did an inventory. Here's what's in the kit right now......
Small sewing kit
Assorted Safety pins
Small can of hair spray
Packaged Hair Brush
Small portable mirror
Clear nail polish
Extra earring backs
White/Nude Panty Hose
Packaged Cake Knife & Server set
Pens / Paper
Multi-Tool (Screw driver, pliers, knife, etc)
Small Fake Flower Bouquet
Mini Coloring books/crayons
Several simple small "toys"
Ass't Batteries (9v, AA, AAA)
Ball of String
Spool of fishing line
It's all there in one big duffel bag and ready at a moments notice! Many of these items are one time use and they are replaced after they serve their purpose. I get lot's of this stuff at dollar stores because in a pinch you don't need a top of the line solution you just need a solution...period!
Let em KNOW!
The key to the whole thing is making sure my clients know that I have this gear with me. I usually like to mention it to the Mother of the Bride, Maid of Honor and Best Man too so that very little time is spent "searching" for a solution to a problem so time isn't lost from the party. This is discussed in the final meeting with the client, it's in their "Welcome packet" but the most effective way is to just add it in during the line-up for the introductions. "hey everyone just wanna let you know that I have a ton of stuff for any "little emergencies" or problems that might crop up. If you need something from a safety pin to a breath mint come see me I just might have what you're looking for!" Simple but REALLY EFFECTIVE!
I have used EVERY item on that list at least once at some event and many made their way onto the list when a situation arose that I was not prepared for at the time. I expect that many more items will find their way into my Emergency Kit and that's just fine with me!
So am I missing something? Got a recommendation for something I can add? Let me know!