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#16 *Paula*

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 11:53 AM

This is from our band contract:

"2 large bottles of Coke, 1 jug of iced water, 1 large bottleof lemonade, 1 bottle of Jack Daniels, 1 carton of VB and 16 glasses to be provided"

plus we are feeding them!!!! LOL!!!

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:01 PM

After that much alchohol will they be capable of singing??? ohmy.gif
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Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:09 PM

Our band gave us the option to feed them or not but to just let them know. We provided dinner and drinks as we wanted to keep them happy IYKWIM?! Our reception venue charged about $30 approx. for suppliers meals ie band members & photographer.

I can't believe they're requesting all that alcohol Paula!!! ohmy.gif Who do they think they are??? Motley Crue or something???? I certainly wouldn't be supplying them.

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:17 PM

We are paying $45 per DJ/MC/Photographer/Videographer for a main meal and their drinks, we are also providing them with a bottle of sc@tch on their table. We are putting a bottle of sc@tch on every table and I don't see why they would be any different.

Besides MC is a good friend, but I am still only giving him a main meal! tongue.gif

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE (*Paula* @ Dec 8 2005, 11:53 AM)
This is from our band contract:

"2 large bottles of Coke, 1 jug of iced water, 1 large bottleof lemonade, 1 bottle of Jack Daniels, 1 carton of VB and 16 glasses to be provided"

plus we are feeding them!!!! LOL!!!

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OH MY GOD!

They expect you to provide that much!!!!

Like someone said, how much singing are they planning on doing and in what state will they be once they have drowned themselves in everything they have requested!!!!

That is a bit rich!!!!!

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 12:28 PM

providing meals and drinks for yr band/dj/photographer is just standard.

our function coordinator arranged for our dj and photographer to eat in a private room.

i don't think it wld have been fair to make them eat in the dining room with our guests - they need a break from the whole wedding (which to them is just work) to have a meal and chill out.

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 01:45 PM

QUOTE (*Paula* @ Dec 8 2005, 11:53 AM)
This is from our band contract:

"2 large bottles of Coke, 1 jug of iced water, 1 large bottleof lemonade, 1 bottle of Jack Daniels, 1 carton of VB and 16 glasses to be provided"

plus we are feeding them!!!! LOL!!!

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That is ridiculous!!

Let me tell you something - I worked with a band like this on a big corporate thing. They were the main band and we were the jazz set at teh start.

They insisted on checking their drums all the way through our scheduled soundcheck and they tried to bar us from entering the band room...we just started killing ourselves with laughter that they thought they were shit hot because they were the designated cover band...

they had bought a bottle of scotch in and were so trashed by the time they got on, that the singer couldnt find the right key for their version of 'jessies girl' (yawn!)

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVIDE BOTTLE OF LIQUOR!

This really annoys me, as a musican. Tell em no - I guarantee they will just take it on the chin - every band needs the money and that is just ridiculous....

ok vent over.....
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Posted 08 December 2005 - 02:08 PM

Wow, those requests are pretty full on! My partner runs a live band venue and even the 'big name' kind of bands don't get that much!
Although they always ask.... and get knocked back!


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Posted 08 December 2005 - 03:15 PM

heya Jet,

But of course my dear .. think about it ... they are at the reception setting up and usually sound checked before you/guests arrive ... they generally play over a 3 hour period minimum and generally should not be packed up until the night is over ..... thats usually no less the 5-8 hours a long time to go without food biggrin.gif

Most venues will put on a "budget" meal which is basically the same as the guests but $50 cheaper because they do not get seated in the reception area thus no fancy table settings biggrin.gif
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Posted 08 December 2005 - 04:25 PM

Our venue is providing their in-house band as part of the reception package (so all is included in the cost per head for each guest)
This thread got me thinking though - I'm not actually paying the band - they are employed by the venue - but do I still pay for their meals? I'll have to clear this up with the venue just in case.
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Posted 08 December 2005 - 05:08 PM

hey Row,

If it is through the venue, they will more than likely look after the band.
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Posted 10 December 2005 - 04:11 AM

Our place does 'band' meals for $25 dollars and I was going to get a few of our teetoler guests to donate a few drinks, but surely they shouldn't be drinking much blink.gif....

When we did receptions we would often have the waiters bring us canapes because they felt sorry for us, and always got soft drinks and sometimes champers or wine, although I didn't like drinking too much - it is amazing how even a serious heavy-weight like me gets affected in precise movements by a glass of bubbly!

We usually get popped off into a side room and given a big main meal and salad or something like that - I always really like what we get and would never expect a fancy 3-course meal - as long as you are not hungry or thirsty it is fine.
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Posted 10 December 2005 - 04:38 AM

We provided meals for our photographer and DJ..They said it was optional but i figured Id prefer a DJ who wasnt hungry....
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 11:02 AM

QUOTE (kimbalina @ Dec 8 2005, 05:08 PM)
hey Row,

If it is through the venue, they will more than likely look after the band.

Thats what I would think to. Our DJ was hired through the venue he did eat dinner but we didn't have to pay any extra.
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Posted 26 December 2005 - 09:55 PM

As a professional wedding vocalist and MC that does hundreds of wedding every year, it is common in contract (whether they are book privatly or through an agenct) that a full meal and soft drinks is provided.

Most venues will seat the band in the same room....this is so important so they see where the venue is up to in serving food, providing microphones for speeches and more.

The band or MC (like we do) arrive at the venue (if it is a night time function) at 3:30 or 4pm and prob leave at 1am or so after everything is packed up.

Out of thousands of weddings over the year....all couples are happy to provide a meal...however one couple didn't even provide a jug of water (and we were reimbursed later on for breach of contract) So we ordered pizza and ate outside!!
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