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#1 Crelb

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:00 PM

Im so NOT happy!!
since we started planning this wedding my brothers band has been practicing and were going to play at my reception. Today i am told they cant get it together so sorry we cant do it
WTF ???
In 40 days im getting married and you tell me now!!
Craig and i have streached it to the point of wearing our old shoes on the day instead of buying new ones because we have no money left and now this... Where am i going to find someone who charges next to nothing ???
For our engagment party we had mixed cds playing at it was a disaster! I want this to be better but now it looks like my only choice
I have spent my mothers day crying without my kids here and crying at the fact that my weddings going to be dull!

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:12 PM

awww hon!!!

Maybe you could try a local tafe?

Or try what we are doing. Getting my laptop (you could hire or borrow one), copying all the songs I want to the laptop and just letting it cycle through. You could just use speakers you have at home or your reception venue might have something you could use.

I hope it works out for ya babe...

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 04:17 PM

we played mp3's through an ipod for our wedding, and it was fantastic - got to choose the song we wanted, order we wanted, and no-one could play with the cd player etc... it's a bit time consuming to set up, but something to think about (my DH was happy to look after this element...)
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:11 AM

Lazuli's options sounds great!!!!
You will b okis darling!
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 10:35 AM

I think the I-pod idea is a great one, I wish we had of done that instead of our music choice wink.gif

You can hook them up to any sound system too, so if you have one or can borrow one you can hook it up to your own CD player and there's your tunes!

At least then you will get every song you request biggrin.gif

It'll be OK - just take deep breaths hon.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 11:43 AM

Whoa! Take a deep breath! It's not the end of the world.

My hubby and I spent quite a few hours finding songs that we love and burning them to different cd's. ie They were titled Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony, Entrance, Dinner Music and Exit. We had someone reliable change the cd's at the appropriate time and it went off without a hitch.
In the half hour between our guests arriving at the reception and our arrival, my brother played his accoustic guitar and sang. All that was required was a microphone and stand and a seat for him.

Honestly, I was worried that we didn't have a band, but on the night no one cared. They were all having too much fun catching up with each other and singing their own songs (each table had to stand and sing a song with the word 'love' in it if they wanted us to kiss).
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 11:43 AM

thanks girls and sorry about my bitch!! i was so upset yesterday but today it doesnt seem as bad. rolleyes.gif
Its just we have been living on a very tight budget and it was getting a bit much i think now this just knocked me over the edge.
Where do i hire an i-pod from and how do they work??? (sorry if i sound odd but i have no idea... lol)

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 11:51 AM

i doubt you can hire an ipod - they're personal mp3 players. but put a call out to your friends, and no doubt someone you know will have one, or a different type of mp3 player which you can hook to speakers...

or check out the cd player you will be using at the reception venue - some can play mp3's straight from cd, which means you don't need the mp3 player to plug in.
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 02:38 PM

Y Cant you just burn a cd in the order you want & the songs you want??

Its the same as hooking up the MP3 player, Tell me if im wrong but i think its the same i did it on Friday & that way you wont have to buy a MP3 Player
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 03:56 PM

About your brother's band, surely they could get at least one set together? Rather than trying to play the whole night, they could just do 15 songs or so to add a bit of atmosphere. It would be worth a shot if you still would like a live band!

Good luck!!

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

have just PMed you with some info.

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 11:58 AM

I didn't want a band at my wedding and we're going the IPOD option. We used it at our engagement party too, but it was too loud to hear the music lol. At least with CDs/IPOD you are getting the original and best version of the song and you can have any music you like. You could even ask your guests for their requests before the day so that everyone gets to listen to something they like - then there can't be any complaints and everyone will be on the dancefloor.
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 12:16 PM

this might not work but could you ask your bridal party to chip in for this instead of a gift? or perhaps your grandparents from either side? make it clear how devestated you are and how much you really want it! i hope something works out for you
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Posted 10 May 2005 - 07:28 PM

the i pod/ laptop solution really works. We hooked the laptop up for our engagement party and my dad was so impressed by how flawlessly it ran and how easy it was, he's asked us to do that for him for his 50th!!!

A laptop you should be able to hire, hook up some speakers and you'll have great music all night!!!

And the girls are right - everyone will be so busy having a great time, dancing to your hit list, they won't care how it comes out!!!

you'll be fine and the night will be amazing!!! Your guests are there for you and your H2b, not the band!!!



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Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:54 PM

Ren - please be careful.

Australia unfortunately has the most stringent copyright laws in the world. So playing either burnt CDs or playing mp3s thru a lap-top or I-pod is ALWAYS illegal. It's OK to risk at home or in your car or out jogging or whatever, but very risky in any public licensed venue (such as a reception centre, or pub function room, RSLs, golf clubs and other sporting clubrooms) and the fines are HUGE. The reason is that the MIPI (Music Industry Piracy Investigation unit) have now started to target venues - so where people have been able to get away with it up till now, it's going to be much riskier from now on. Several DJs working in venues in Melbourne have recently had lap-tops seized by officers of the MIPI. They are always accompanied by a Federal police officer. To enter private homes they need a Federal search warrant, but in any public licensed venues they DON'T need a warrant at all - they can spring a surprise visit at any time. And they have the legal right to seize lap-tops or I-pods or burnt CDs on the spot. The MIPI are writing to every licensed venue warning them not to allow function customers to bring their own music in this way. They have warned that both the venue and the person supplying the music will be charged. You may have seen on the news this week how the MIPI are taking the owners of Kazaa to court and have also sought court permission to be able to access all computers at Monash University here in Melbourne and Queensland University - so they mean business.

Also, it is just physically impossible for an mp3, or even a CD burnt from mp3s, to sound as clear and to have the full sound range of an original CD. The ONLY way burnt CDs can have the same sound quality as an original CD, is if they have been copied directly from the original CD, so that they still have ALL the original digital information. If they are burnt from mp3s downloaded from the Net then your sound quality WILL suffer. Mp3s (or CDs burnt from mp3s) sound OK when played thru the little earphones in walkmans or I-pods or portable mp3 players, or even thru your PC speakers, but they sound pretty average when played thru full-sized speakers. This is because mp3s are a VERY COMPRESSED form of the full digital information present on an original CD - an mp3 has only ONE TENTH the size of the full digital information present on the original CD. The main effect this compression has on the sound is that it loses a lot of the lower-mids & bass response, plus they also sound very "tinny" even "hissy". No matter how high quality a sound system you play them thru there is just nothing you can do about this, even with mp3s recorded at the highest quality possible (320kps) they are still only ONE TENTH the size of the full digital information that is on the original CD.

Anyway, from the bad news to the good news. I felt really bad for you, so I checked on your profile and it seems you are from Melbourne. So maybe I can help. I have spoken to my friend who runs the disco company we always recommended when I was running hotels. He will provide you with all the disco equipment for FREE - all the lights and sound gear - about $15,000 worth of stuff he tells me. All you have to do is pay $200 for the DJ's actual playing time of up to 5 hours, plus $50 which is for the DJ to pick up the system from their warehouse in his van, then deliver and set-up the system, and then to pack it all up and return it to their warehouse - so a total of $250. He says this is $230 less than their usual price of $480. They will also provide you with their music request book which he tells me now has 60 A4 sized pages of music info for you to choose from all the songs you think will work best. PM me if you are interested in further details.






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