My band was booked for a wedding gig this past Sunday. We are an all-original band, kind of funky dance music with a big jazz skronk thing going on... i.e., not very appropriate for crowds who aren't expecting that type of thing. The event was massive -- 500 people at the reception, multi-room space with outdoor areas, food trucks. We were asked to start precisely at 7pm, which was then bumped back to 7:15, 7:30, even later, depending on who you asked at any given time. One of our members (normally rock solid) was late and barely showed up in time. One of our percussionists decided to inexplicably turn every song into an extended, arhythmic bongo solo, a few tempo problems cropped up due to the monitoring (15 guys on a huge stage can't always hear what is going on 20 feet away.) None of this affected the end product terribly... we gave them an excellent show, but it was harder than usual. The worst part was that the majority of the crowd was just not ready for a very loud, niche concert in the middle of the wedding reception, so at least 3/4 of the crowd disappeared by the middle of the set. There were some very dedicated dancers who got the opportunity to get down like crazy, but we knew going into it that 99% of the people there just wanted to hear Kool and the Gang and Jungle Boogie. Afterwards, we packed up and they brought out a special guest band -- a Talking Heads tribute band that everybody loved. Some gigs are harder than others. I think this is the last time we will accept a wedding gig... people ask us all the time, but we are just not appropriate for those events, no matter how hip the crowd is.