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#1 jet

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:31 PM

Hi ya,

Those who had bands, were you expected to pay for their meals and drinks for the evening.

We are looking at a band who is a trio (two guys and a girl) they are charging $1300 and require their main meal and drinks (beer, wine and softdrink) to be provided.

Is this the norm?

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:37 PM

It's the law babes.

MEAA set that law and its always done.

If you have to hang out at a wedding all night - you TOTALLY want to be fed and watered...trust me they will play a lot better!
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:40 PM

Well I didn't have a band but I had a videographer and photographer (brother team) who followed me the whole day. I also had a DJ for the reception. I provided lunch to the brothers. I had a Chinese banquet for my reception and I provided the brothers and the DJ with a standard Chinese meal (not the wedding banquet).
If your band are going to be there the whole night and they haven't included meals in their cost of hire service, then you'll probably have to provide some sort of dinner to them.
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 07:40 PM

Yep we have to pay for ours and I am fine with that. what I want to know is, do we have to seat them with our guests or do they sit somewhere else???
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 08:44 PM

Yeah same busterella.

I dont know where i will put them. I am having 50 people on two long banquet tables. Family on one and me and h2b on the other with our friends. I know hubbie and i will be surrounded by our bestest friends and our friends that dont have partners so where would i slot the band in.

It seems rude to have them far away...but what do i do wack them on the end our banuet table near our guests or put them on their own tiny table....?

Mmmm what did everyone else do?

BTW: Thanks all for the confirmation of them with the meals.
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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:00 PM

Bands hang out in a "band room" or similar, where they store their gear, get changed if needed, tune up, all that sort of thing. They'll usually eat in there - and have a drink or two while playinbg.
You do not need to plan their seating along with other guests.
You should ask your venue - after all, they have these functions all the time and they can advise you exactly whats best for your band regarding rooms at your reception.

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:14 PM

Actually Sheik - many times they dont have a room for that purpose - it just depends.

I'd say 80% of the time we are on a little table of our own or tacked onto the spare table (usually with the riff raff, the odd cousin just out of jail, the friend the bride hasn't seen in a decade, the arty uncle...you know)

There will be no offence taken wherever you put them! As long as they have beer!


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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:40 PM

Fair enough - like I said she should ring the venue as only they'd really know what facilities they'd have (as opposed to us!). I guess from going to functions and DH's band gigs there's always been a band room - just my experience!

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 07:38 AM

I totally accept the fact that the band requires dinner, my venue charges us $30.00 to provide band, photographer etc. with a main meal and soft drinks, In the contract for the band it states that they require a 3 course meal with alcohol wink.gif that means I would have to pay $100 each, thats an extra $300, that doesnt seem reasonable to me. I will ask if they can be given a bottle of wine or some beer, but a 3 course meal!
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:20 AM

There is no room for our band to sit with us! ohmy.gif unless they sit on the bridal table

*hopes, they have a spare room for our band*
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 08:33 AM

Hey Jessica,

I know what you mean. I hope I get a relatively big discount for band members as I think $100 each would be too much.

For me that would be an extra $300 on top of $1300 - a bit too expensive for me, I would have to find a cheaper band.

I am gonna go and ask my venue whether they have a band room.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 09:27 AM

a lot of places offer a cheaper meal option as some have shared for the 'workers', and some places have a place for them to go and eat.
as for the alochol part, why not ask for a couple of bottles of wine and some stubbies to be allocated to the table and just added to the overall cost rather than giving them a full thing, you dont want them drinking tooo much anyway!

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:54 PM

Ours are charging less then half price for the band members. $50 I think and same price as children. they only get the main meal i think.
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 07:31 PM

Personally I think their contract demanding a three course meal and drinks is ridiculous.

Sure they need to be watered and fed but three courses ...ha!

My caterer supplies crew meals and they are at half the price of my guests meals. They won't be a structured three course meal but they will be substantial. When I queried the caterer they said they would serve the main dish but just a more generous serving.

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 10:46 PM

Like some of the other girls said, my venue has a crew meal option - it works out to $30 per head for Photographers / Videographers / DJ etc (my guest cost is around $115 per head)

That does only include softdrink through, however you can set up a tab if you want to buy them a beer/wine.

Your venue will probably do something similar.

Our venue also has a place away from the guests where they can eat (thankfully because there is no room at the guest tables!)




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