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#16 Spin28

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 07:38 PM

Thank you Leisa, well said.

Gary in reply to your comments, I did actually point out something that you said that was untrue -- some bands will play during the meal, my band certainly is (actually most of the bands I spoke to offered to play soft live background music during dinner not just play a CD through a PA, only stopping for speeches during which they will have their "crew meal").

I wasn't attacking you, I just wanted to point out to Leisa if you wanted something specific from your wedding music some bands may oblige, it's worth discussing these things with prospective bands rather than just assuming what they offer .

You are very entitled to your opinion, as I'm entitled to mine and hopefully by putting all of opinions and the reasons for why we are planning our weddings the way we are we can help each other out. I don't think there has to be one right way.

Any way good luck Leisa what ever you decide.
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Posted 22 March 2005 - 07:50 PM

No Leisa, I won't be making a speech at my neice's wedding - that is the right of her father (my brother) and her H2B's father, not me - plus I believe speeches at a wedding should be kept to as few people as possible - once again in consideration of the very tight time schedule involved in any wedding reception - the less time taken up with speeches, the more time there is for dancing.

As for your offer to help my neice with her wedding, thank you, but the irony is, with all the experts I was able to put her directly in touch with, she had a bit of a look around this site, but didn't even bother to become a member.

As for the detail I went into in my posts - I believe the repetition was necessary because not everybody reads every topic, or even every post in every topic - so the only way I could be sure as many people as possible got to understand where my knowledge came from was to repeat myself. Whatever you want to say about it, I have seen many more functions than probably anybody else who comes here, so I do have some genuine "insider" knowledge to share. As to what people do with my advice - that's up to them. It's not like I get anything out of it either way.

Spin28, I can only base my comments on what I observed, and in nearly every case in my venues, bands didn't play background music, so hopefully you can see that I WAS telling the truth in relation to my experiences - I commend you and your band for "going the extra mile" and playing the background. But may I ask is that extra? That is if you were only doing the "dancing" music (and therefore didn't have to start playing till later in the function) is that still the same price or is doing only the "dancing" part of the reception somewhat cheaper than if you actually start earlier and do the background music as well? And so should prospective customers ask bands for prices for both with and without the background music? I thoroughly agree with your comment, "it's worth discussing these things with prospective bands rather than just assuming what they offer". Same of course applies with disco companies - discuss everything you can think of - ask about EVERY detail.

Anyone who books ANY form of entertainment without nailing down ALL the details, only has themselves to blame if they don't get the result they hoped for.

#18 little leisa

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 07:57 PM

QUOTE (garry @ Mar 22 2005, 07:50 PM)
she had a bit of a look around this site, but didn't even bother to become a member

That's a shame, there are some really great resources here and some fantastic paying advertisers to choose from as well.

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I wish you all the best with your future endeavours garry and time spent here on i-do.

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Posted 22 March 2005 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE (Spin28 @ Mar 22 2005, 07:38 PM)
Any way good luck Leisa what ever you decide.
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Thank you Spin28. The advice given to me here is going to be very helpful.

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Posted 23 March 2005 - 10:32 AM

Just got off the phone with our (potential) band! WOOHOO!!!

They charge $1,200 for the night (no time limit)

Not sure about f&b but we're having buffet so we'll probably just add them as another head count and we're having an open bar.

I also just found out they played in Thredbo for 2 seasons and that they've got a gig in Byron Bay this Easter (might head down for a sneaky peek since we haven't got much planned) sad.gif

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 03:07 PM

garry, wht hotels did you manage in melb?

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Posted 26 March 2005 - 09:10 PM

We are having a string trio for three hours for $630.00 including travel to the southern highlands - NSW. I think your really smart in researching, my older sister paid $1000.00 for 4 hours for a live jazz band !!!! One hour difference = 400.00 difference - doesn't make sense?

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Posted 27 March 2005 - 05:55 PM

Congratulations Garry. I am a new member in this forum and you are the first person I have seen be disrespectful and rude in a post. Your rant was long-winded and unnecessary. I can't even remember if you answered the question of how much to expect to pay for a band, instead you carried on about the advantages of a DJ.

Pretty disappointing I must say.

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Posted 27 March 2005 - 06:07 PM

We are having a string quartet for 3 hours and this will cost $600 and will commence at the beginning of the ceremony and go through to pre-dinner drinks. We are then having a 4 piece Jazz Band and they charge $70 per hour per band member and we will use them for 5 hours.

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Posted 27 March 2005 - 07:12 PM

Totally agree with you Bibi!
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Posted 16 April 2005 - 07:25 PM

QUOTE (Neek @ Mar 27 2005, 07:12 PM)
Totally agree with you Bibi!

As a relatively new member on this forum I have not seen Garry's posts before but he had some very valid points about the benefits of a DJ or a band. I am in two minds of whether to have a band as part of our package already includes the DJ) but would like to have other entertainment as well. Perhaps we will stick with the DJ and get a magician as well. Anyone know of any and how much we would be looking at?

The bands can be quite expensive but would get the guests up and dancing hopefully!

My sisters have got some quotes for me on bands in Sydney and they have not found anything cheaper then $2500. ohmy.gif
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#27 garry

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:34 PM

Bibi & Neek - if the WAY I say things offends you (and I've re-read the posts and I can't really see anything in them to offend anyone) then I do apologise.

The main point of my being here is to give INFORMATION - information to help you guys to NOT end up with poor quality entertainment that ruins your big day - and that information is all based on genuine experience from about 1,000 functions - isn't that of some value?

And allegro, just out of general curiosity - from the times you have given it appears that you are having an EIGHT HOUR reception - that is HUGE - the longest we ever hosted was 7 hours - and some of the guests were shall I say severely affected rolleyes.gif I assume you are also aware that BY LAW you will need to feed both groups (all musos hired for a 3 hour or more engagement have the legal right under their award to a meal and drinks) - that's EIGHT extra people at say $70 a head (or $560) - that is ALWAYS a big HIDDEN COST with bamds - whereas DJs only get a "staff meal" - the same main course the waiters etc get on their 15 minute meal breaks (which is why each waiter/waitress disappears for 15 minutes or so during the function).

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:16 PM

QUOTE (garry @ Apr 18 2005, 05:34 PM)
The main point of my being here is to give INFORMATION - information to help you guys to NOT end up with poor quality entertainment that ruins your big day

have you ever considered the fact that the so called "poor quality of entertainment" you speak of - is actually what some of the ladies here have had at their weddings?

Or the fact that one of these is a paying supplier who funds this board for us in the first place?

I thought the main point of you being here was to help your neice with her wedding dress hunt?

I haven't seen you doing much of that yet.

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:17 PM

aww man I always get tricked into feeding the trolls dry.gif

but honestly - you're trying to challenge girls here yet again when we've been attempting harmony on these boards so much recently.

Don't you have anything better to do?

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 10:04 PM

Hi LittleLeisa, our band is a three piece and is costing $1250 for 5 hours including MCing, I was happy with their price and have seen them first hand several times,

On the weekend I went to a wedding where there was just a DJ/singer and a keyboard player, the singer also sang at the church which was nice, he was getting paid $3500 for the whole day and was soooo not worth it, he was a great singer but after the desserts he dissapeared for at least half an hour and everybody was left wondering if it was home time, when he finally turned up (turns out he was with the smokers outside) we had a little dance and nobody ate the cake because we were then asked to form a circle so the bride and groom could leave!! He wasnt "big enough" for the 250 people (mostly italians) so im glad im having a band. Hope this helps.




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