How much was your band?
Posted 18 April 2005 - 11:23 PM
Leisa asked for the prices of bands. Although she did say she is still tossing up between a band & a dj, she also said that she & her H2B will decide this with price being a major factor in their decision. She did not ask for the pros & cons of having a band over a dj or vice-versa.
For future reference, it is a lot more informative (which is what you said you were being but which several members have disagreed with) if you actually answer the question someone is asking. If you choose to put your 2 cents worth in about something other than what you're asked, try not to write so much in a post that would put others off reading & that hijack a thread.
Although your advice from a business perspective is something a little different & in that sense may be helpful to some, it is inappropriate in a forum that is mainly for brides sharing information with each other to write such posts as you have done here.
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:02 AM
By the way, I have received a couple of dozen very supportive/encouraging PMs - and because of those supportive PMs I continue to pop back here every week or so to offer whatever knowledge I can pass on.
And if my advice or knowledge helps just ONE bride to avoid disappointment on her big day, then that advice cannot have been "inappropriate" as you have suggested.
And LL, you are mistaken - the main point of my being here was NOT to help my neice find a wedding dress - nothing about a dress was ever mentioned by me. She did however want me to suss out some bridal web-sites for her. The reason she asked me to do that is because her PC knowledge is fairly limited. It was only AFTER I had a look here that I decided perhaps some of my "insider" industry knowledge would be appreciated by SOME members - and the supportive PMs I have received certainly seem to back that decision.
Posted 19 April 2005 - 11:25 AM
We were really delighted with our band in Sydney, and all our guests have raved about them since! They created a fabulous atmosphere, starting with jazz background music, then moved into more modern music, covers and requests later on. People were dancing all night!
They were a duo, we paid $900 for 5 hours.
I can't recommend them highly enough!!
Posted 19 April 2005 - 12:43 PM
The reception in the other function room had one (and it wasn't M0byd!sc) and they were awful....the guy ignored their song list and insisted on doing the MC role even though they had one. They actually had him removed from the function room before the end of the reception by the staff of the venue and used an MP3 player that a guest had in his car! I know this because I saw the bride in the toilets and she was sobbing and telling me all about it and wishing she'd gone for a band like ours that would have cost her the same amount of money...her DJ cost her around $750. I wish I knew which company it was - then I'd offer to PM Brisbane brides. I did ask if it was M0byd!sc and she said it wasn't and that is why she was so upset...that she knew that they could be bad but this one came highly recommended!
Anyway, back to what I was saying (I'm just a rambler today!)...we paid $850 for 5 hours and they were there from when we started pre-dinner drinks and they kept going until we finished. We got them for almost an hour more than planned and they were so gracious about it...didn't want any extra money or anything like that. They did take a couple of breaks but the CDs they put on (which were a bit quieter than their normal volume) were CDs of them singing and it was fantastic. Oh, during the dinner break they had more instrumental stuff...but that was great too. Honestly, I would highly recommend our band and have done so to a couple of the members here. I know of several guests that asked for their business card and website (so they could look up their gig guide)...one of whom was my 60+ year old aunt! They really did appeal to all ages!
Hannah - always in our hearts
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:33 PM
|QUOTE (helenlovesrob @ Apr 18 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.
ooh $3500 is a lot of $ for a dud singer
How awful for them I'm glad you told me that story lovely - it underlines my belief that entertainment can really make or break your whole wedding
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:36 PM
And Kirsty the story about that other brides DJ is so sad Poor thing - that's the last thing she would have wanted on her big day
By the looks of it though you got a fantastic bargain with your band - if I were in Brisbane I would definitely be keen
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:55 PM
|QUOTE (garry @ Apr 19 2005, 10:02 AM)|
|And LL, you are mistaken - the main point of my being here was NOT to help my neice find a wedding dress - nothing about a dress was ever mentioned by me. She did however want me to suss out some bridal web-sites for her|
Who cares about the details of what you were looking for when you came here? The main point I was making was that you came here looking to help your neice with her wedding - NOT to give "information" to all of us planning our wedding (but way to go to try to make the point I made, a MISTAKE)
What is in it for you to go writing novels of text to people you don't even know trying to promote wedding entertainment one way or the other? The truth of the matter is: everyone would have had different experiences with what you argue (for) or against.
The only thing I see you achieving here is writers cramp and yet another opportunity to challenge others on their opinions on entertainment for their weddings.
Again I ask you ... have you nothing better to do?
Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:49 PM
And as I have stated previously MANY times - when I came here a couple of months ago I saw a lot of girls who had only been to a handful of wedding receptions asking questions about entertainment that was only being answered by others who were basically "in the same boat" as they say, since they had also only been to a handful of wedding receptions at most. You might say it was like the blind leading the blind - I thought that was a bit of a shame, so I thought I could be of some help. Whether you guys want to accept it or not - I truly have seen what works and what doesn't time after time, after time, after time.......... not just isolated instances. Also NOTHING I write/say is an OPINION - it is all FACTUAL - not theoretical stuff, but things that DID ACTUALLY HAPPEN - and right there in front of me as I have stated many times.
And by far the worst and saddest thing I saw happen was "flat" functions and disappointed brides - isn't that motive enough to spend a few minutes imparting knowledge?
The fact that I am fairly literate means words come easily to me, plus I can touch type about 80wpm so I do not spend hours on my replies, so Leisa please don't lose any sleep on my account.
Posted 21 April 2005 - 09:21 PM
|QUOTE (garry @ Apr 20 2005, 03:49 PM)|
|b2b - I now own 2 restaurants - spent 10 years busting a gut working 15 hours a day as the managing partner in 2 large entertainment-oriented hotels, which is where I learned all about what makes a function go well|
garry i wld be grateful if you wld answrr my query about wht hotels you ran and which restaurants you own. you are representing that you are a hospitality expert and accordingly you shd let us know wht "qualifies" you to hold yrself out as one (ie the standard and reputation of those venues).
Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:50 AM
*shudders at the thought of a 40+ male (could even be my ex boss) lurking around here "helping us"*
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Posted 26 May 2005 - 11:16 PM
I am a musician, it is what I do for a living and i have to say that Gary has made me feel a bit cross.
There are many reasons to choose a DJ over a band AND vice versa.
Because I am a musician, I will focus on why live music is wonderful!!!
Just to give you some background, bands are always cheaper if you can deal direct - what that means is getting out and seeing some live music and talking to those bands you like direct. An agency puts about 20% or more on top of what the band charges.
Jazz groups tend to be a little cheaper than the big 'function/corporate' type bands for a few reasons. One is they cart all their own gear and set it up and usually own their own PA. They also don't always bring the huge lighting rigs and things - if you want that, they can usually arrange it for a little extra.
My band would range from $800 for a duo to $2000 for a 6 piece and I always negotiated depending on a bride's budget. This is why dealing direct is so good! Also, Ry and I would often play at the ceremony and then the band would play altogether at the reception, so we had different rates for that.
Bands make live sounds - they create a vibe (if they are good) and it is more organic than a CD. We used to do some MC'ing if needed, making announcements and also watching the vibe of the room - it's just different with a band, it's so much more warm and scrummy!
DJ's may have thousands of songs, but they will only play as many as a band would in the same timeframe - and while Gary makes it sound hard, pressing buttons on a CD is not really that tough! Bands hold their instruments gazza, right in their hands and they play EACH AND EVERY NOTE! Wow!
If you need any more advice or recommendations for bands in Melbs, Pm me - Although I am in Japan now I still have my contacts!
oh and yeah, you do need to feed a band, but no bride at any wedding I played at minded after she had a boogie and saw her grandma/dad/uncle fred having a roaring good time too!
p.s - Gary I just reported you as I find your posts really horrible and rude generally,, and not what we want in this supportive space.
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