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  • #46






    Quote Originally Posted by guitarguy19
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    UPDATE: Booked a wedding today!!



    The thing that SOLD them on us as opposed to the other 2-3 bands they looked at was in fact the "no breaks" performance with the integrated DJ. They even said that the other bands they talked to didn't even really discuss or even describe what would happen during the band breaks.



    Really hoping that this is a selling point that sets us apart!!




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    • #47






      Quote Originally Posted by guitarguy19
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      UPDATE: Booked a wedding today!!



      The thing that SOLD them on us as opposed to the other 2-3 bands they looked at was in fact the "no breaks" performance with the integrated DJ. They even said that the other bands they talked to didn't even really discuss or even describe what would happen during the band breaks.



      Really hoping that this is a selling point that sets us apart!!




      That's an interesting point. As a guy who's played in clubs and seen bands in clubs, I know that the good bands will play dance and club music during the breaks.



      Someone who's interested in booking a band though... they might well have no idea about band breaks, and that's a perspective that I wouldn't have even thought of.

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      • #48
        I've got a question, do bar bands doing weddings just play bar band music? I know for my wedding, and good friends band played for us. Unconventional wedding music for sure with appearances by Volbeat and Motorhead... At any rate, are you guys not playing "wedding" type songs at all? They band I just joined is very new, but the eventual goal is to play corporate events and weddings, so this is a very topical thread!
        Greg

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        • #49






          Quote Originally Posted by 992gnt
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          I've got a question, do bar bands doing weddings just play bar band music? I know for my wedding, and good friends band played for us. Unconventional wedding music for sure with appearances by Volbeat and Motorhead... At any rate, are you guys not playing "wedding" type songs at all? They band I just joined is very new, but the eventual goal is to play corporate events and weddings, so this is a very topical thread!




          The first couple of weddings we did---when we were still a 5-piece all male bar band---went OK but it became clear that we'd need to learn some standard 'wedding' type songs if we were going to be any good at it and be able to ask any sort of 'real' money.



          ANY band can, of course, be hired to play a wedding or a corporate gig. And an otherwise 'specialized' type act will do very well getting hired because somebody WANTS an AC/DC tribute band playing at their wedding. But as far as just being a standard bar band? I know some good ones that don't go out of their way to do anything special who pretty regularly get $1200-1500 for corporate/wedding gigs. But that's probably where it tops out.
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          • #50






            Quote Originally Posted by 992gnt
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            I've got a question, do bar bands doing weddings just play bar band music? I know for my wedding, and good friends band played for us. Unconventional wedding music for sure with appearances by Volbeat and Motorhead... At any rate, are you guys not playing "wedding" type songs at all? They band I just joined is very new, but the eventual goal is to play corporate events and weddings, so this is a very topical thread!




            Granted, some songs play well to some crowds and not to others.. but I've always kind of operated under the idea that there are good songs for a cover band to add and bad songs for a cover band to do.. and for the most part, 80% or so of the good songs will work at most any gig.



            Stuff like "I Want You To Want Me", "Save A Horse", "Don't Stop Believin", "I Got A Feelin", "Play That Funky Music", "Dynamite", "Let's Get It On".... there's a very short list of where those songs aren't appropriate, and a very long list of where they are... so from a BUSINESS standpoint, there's no reason not to play them.



            Granted, songs like "The Chicken Dance" and many of the slow dance wedding standards ("Amazed", "Wonderful Tonight", "Lost In This Moment", "I Loved Her First") are songs you'll only play for those particular events.. but I would venture to say that if you've got an across the board setlist of popular stuff to begin with, a lot of it will work just as well at a wedding as it will at a bar.

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            • #51






              Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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              The first couple of weddings we did---when we were still a 5-piece all male bar band---went OK but it became clear that we'd need to learn some standard 'wedding' type songs if we were going to be any good at it and be able to ask any sort of 'real' money.



              ANY band can, of course, be hired to play a wedding or a corporate gig. And an otherwise 'specialized' type act will do very well getting hired because somebody WANTS an AC/DC tribute band playing at their wedding. But as far as just being a standard bar band? I know some good ones that don't go out of their way to do anything special who pretty regularly get $1200-1500 for corporate/wedding gigs. But that's probably where it tops out.




              We actually had to embellish our song list a bit to sell the wedding package. Marry Me, Wonderful Tonight, Making Memories of Us, and a couple others were added because we simply couldn't submit them a song list that didn't really have any slow dance or love songs on it. We have 9 months to make sure we have the material down, so as long as we stay on top of it, there's no reason why we can't.



              We also added some standards like Brown Eyed Girl, Mustang Sally, Brick House type tunes that we've stayed away from so far but are good to have on tap for a wedding...so we have no problem learning them. And for the most part they'd go over fine in many of the clubs/bars we play too.



              Other than that, many of the songs we do in the clubs will go over great at a wedding...so there is a lot of crossover. We're definitely not a Motorhead type of band!



              The other weddings we've done we really did as a bar band..."Sure we'll play your wedding but we're not a wedding band. We're not learning any special songs, not doing any MC duties or any planning type stuff. You can use our sound system and play your own iPod playlists for dinner and breaks and such. Find someone else to make your announcements and introductions. What you see at a club is what you're gonna get." type of thing. We didn't want the responsibility of taking on the whole night and being responsible for everything to run smoothly...I'm not sure why we were lazy and we copped out. We just weren't ready I guess. We charged $1000-$1200 for those which was in the high range for what we were actually offering, but at that time we didn't really care whether or not they gave us the gig because we weren't really out to be a wedding band. We wanted to



              These days, we've done a total 180 in terms of what we offer. We're selling an integrated DJ, much better sound system and light show, COMPLETE planning and coordination of the entire evening and MC duties, taking on the responsibility of coordinating with their photographer, caterers, everything, and the cool thing is that everyone in the band is on the same page here. I'm personally going to be in charge of making the announcements and being the official MC. I'll be delegating to the guys different tasks that need to be done so we can truly work as a team. One member will be the liaison between me and the photographer so they're prepared for when each event is happening; another will be responsible for coordinating with the hall to make sure that when we announce dinner is going to be served, they're ready; another will be responsible for lining up the bridal party in the correct order and everything before they get announced into the ballroom; we have our DJ controlling all the specialized music for these events; etc.



              We're going to work our asses off planning everything down to the smallest detail to make sure the night goes smoothly. This is the single biggest difference between a good night or a nightmare. With lots of planning and everyone knowing what they're supposed to do, we can give them a seamless event. Then once we get into the band/party type stuff...we're off to the races.



              For comparison, we're asking (and just started getting) $2500 for weddings now. We think it's well worth it for the extremely high level of customer service and customization we're going to provide.
              Christian

              SpaceCat
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              Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


              Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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              • #52
                Great info. I thought there would be some "wedding standards" thrown in somewhere, but I didn't see them on your list. The band we had isn't a motorhead type of band either, but as it turns out the lead singer does a spot-on Lemmy imitation so they roll out Ace of Spades every once and a while.
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                • #53






                  Quote Originally Posted by 992gnt
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                  Great info. I thought there would be some "wedding standards" thrown in somewhere, but I didn't see them on your list.




                  Yeah...we're all up in the process of redoing our website right now. Gonna get the list updated and a separate section for weddings added in sooner than later. Also taking new pictures in tuxes (or at least nice black suits and such) to showcase in the wedding promo sections.



                  This type of stuff will be needed if we ever want to get any clients that don't happen to stumble into one of our club gigs and want to hire us based on what they see there.
                  Christian

                  SpaceCat
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                  Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


                  Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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                  • #54
                    The integrated DJ thing is probably going to be gold for you. We may have to start doing a similar thing sooner rather than later.



                    As far as songlists go, here's what we played at a NYE wedding we did last week. It was a bit longer than most gig, being three sets. But it's a pretty standard wedding setlist for us at this point that never fails:





                    8:15

                    DON'T WANNA MISS A THING (special request song for bride/groom dance)

                    9:30

                    I'M YOURS cake cutting

                    MY LITTLE GIRL father/daughter

                    MY WISH mother/son



                    SET 1

                    CELEBRATION

                    BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE

                    BILLIE JEAN

                    WE ARE FAMILY

                    YOUR LOVE

                    JESSIE'S GIRL

                    LOVE SHACK

                    867-5309/JENNY

                    FORGET YOU

                    RAISE YOUR GLASS

                    WONDERFUL TONIGHT

                    AMERICAN GIRL

                    SHOUT





                    SET 2

                    ANY WAY YOU WANT IT

                    DYNAMITE/CALIFORNIA GURLS/WE FOUND LOVE/GANGNAM STYLE

                    MACHO MAN (special request song dedicated to bride's father. This one was fun, I think we might keep it and medley it with "Sexy and I Know It")

                    BORN THIS WAY/EXPRESS YOURSELF/YOU SPIN ME 'ROUND

                    REBEL YELL

                    STAYIN' ALIVE/ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

                    RAPPER'S DELIGHT/GOOD TIMES

                    SEXY & I KNOW IT

                    MOVES LIKE JAGGER

                    CALL ME MAYBE

                    HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT

                    ON THE FLOOR/LOW/LIKE A G6/PARTY ROCK ANTHEM





                    SET 3

                    SWEET CHILD O' MINE

                    JUMP

                    WALKING ON SUNSHINE

                    AULD LANG SYNE

                    YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG

                    LIVIN' ON A PRAYER

                    SWEET CAROLINE

                    JUKE BOX HERO/I LOVE ROCK N ROLL

                    POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME

                    DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'
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                    • #55
                      Thanks for the song list Dave! We have a number of those on our song list as well. A little lighter on the disco due to our instrumental limitations...but there is a lot of overlap so it's good that we should have a formula that works for the most part.



                      One thing I'm a little unclear on (or at least we'll have to get a handle on) is exactly how many slow songs to play. I'm thinking at least 1 per set, maybe 2 in the first set or something so the older folks can dance more??









                      Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                      The integrated DJ thing is probably going to be gold for you.




                      This is what sold the couple and won them over with us compared to the 2 other bands they interviewed. That and they loved it at a club gig where we provided basically the same services.



                      What I love about the DJ aspect is that we can (without sounding like we're trying to get out of work) sell them on using DJ tracks for their introduction songs, cake cutting, and bridal dances, and cocktail hour. It does in fact make less work for us, and there really are advantages for them as well.



                      Cocktail hour...we offer an additional (3rd) cocktail set at no extra charge. BUT, we don't really have the crooner type songs and that in our repertoire. We can certainly come up with some lighter "less than party music" to do if you want a live set, but the DJ can create whatever atmosphere you want a little easier and it can be more customized to exactly the mood you want. But either way it's totally up to you, and we don't charge extra if you want the band to play longer.



                      Since the introductions and cake cutting will be done immediately upon their arrival into the hall (typical for weddings in my area) these will all be DJ tracks...which makes sense because I'll be making the announcements rather than performing at that point.



                      Regarding the bridal dances, done immediately after dinner is cleared, I made it clear that if it's something we can pull off (keeping in mind that we're not a typical wedding band with a strings section, full-time keyboard player, or powerhouse female vocalist) we'd be more than happy to do it for them, or even try to come up with an arrangement that works if the record has to be modified for us to do it. But ballads can be a little tough for us...so in swoops the DJ sell again. You can have any song you want played exactly the way you know it and love it. And not only that, you have full control over exactly how long the song is played...because 4-5 minutes for a ballad feels like forever when you're up there. If we have to arrange it we'll either be playing the entire song or coming up with a pre-arranged shortened length. With a recorded track, all we need is a thumbs up or a wink and a smile and we can seamlessly transition into the next dance whenever you feel like you've had enough and the photographer got their shots (and the rest of the room is bored to tears).



                      Beyond that, we can even further customize the evening however you like. We can do 2 sets with a DJ set in the middle that could incorporate your Anniversary Dance or some other kind of fun game. Or we can even play one really long set and close the night with hip-hop club music or whatever you want. We can come up with a plan to create whatever vibe you want at whatever time you want it...and all with absolutely zero "lull" in the entertainment whatsoever.



                      The cool thing is, we've already streamlined these types of performances in the clubs we play.



                      Maybe I should be keeping this formula more secret??
                      Christian

                      SpaceCat
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                      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix







                      Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


                      Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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                      • #56
                        That was my thought; let the dj do the wedding fare and let the band be the band.
                        Greg

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                        • #57






                          Quote Originally Posted by guitarguy19
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                          Cocktail hour...we offer an additional (3rd) cocktail set at no extra charge. BUT, we don't really have the crooner type songs and that in our repertoire. We can certainly come up with some lighter "less than party music" to do if you want a live set, but the DJ can create whatever atmosphere you want a little easier and it can be more customized to exactly the mood you want. But either way it's totally up to you, and we don't charge extra if you want the band to play longer.




                          We don't charge by the set, but we do charge extra to do a cocktail set if it's in another location. At this last NYE gig, for example, while the rest of the band finishing setting up the girls and I set up a small rig in the room they were having the cocktail hour and played some songs. We really try to push them into just going with iPod music for cocktails or dinner but some people really want that live band.



                          Or they think they do, anyway. I don't know that ANYBODY has ever paid attention to us during one of these sets. It's pretty much just background music. But whatever. It's their money. As far as the songlist goes, anything soft and quiet would suffice. They aren't really listening anyway.








                          Since the introductions and cake cutting will be done immediately upon their arrival into the hall (typical for weddings in my area) these will all be DJ tracks...which makes sense because I'll be making the announcements rather than performing at that point.



                          That stuff varies a lot. Sometimes they want it at the beginning sometimes later. Cake cutting is often somewhere in the middle of the night. This last wedding was the bride/groom dance upon entrance and the other special songs after dinner. Usually they are right together. It varies.



                          Often they are fine having the special songs done on iPod. We try to encourage that, but if they really want us to learn a couple of songs we will. It's usually no big deal. We usually only play about a minute and a half or so anyway. Usually a verse/chorus and out is sufficient.



                          As far as ballads go? Really just have to feel the crowd out on that one, but having one a set is probably a good idea and a couple of others ready to go just in case. But actually I've found we've had more request for "no slow songs" than people asking for them. This last wedding we did one ballad. Most younger people don't really want many slow songs, although we'll sometimes encourage they add a couple for the old folks.
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                          • #58
                            Nice!



                            For a wedding, I usually provide a wireless mic for the speeches. Then we play the first few dances via iPod.



                            Then we grip it and rip it.







                            The last wedding we played had 3 members from a band I've done sound for. They played the first 4 songs as an acoustic-ish trio. Then we did our thing after. The girl from the group joined us for the Ike & Tina version of Proud Mary!
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                            • #59






                              Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                              We don't charge by the set, but we do charge extra to do a cocktail set if it's in another location. At this last NYE gig, for example, while the rest of the band finishing setting up the girls and I set up a small rig in the room they were having the cocktail hour and played some songs. We really try to push them into just going with iPod music for cocktails or dinner but some people really want that live band.



                              Or they think they do, anyway. I don't know that ANYBODY has ever paid attention to us during one of these sets. It's pretty much just background music. But whatever. It's their money. As far as the songlist goes, anything soft and quiet would suffice. They aren't really listening anyway.




                              Yeah...that's a good point. I'd think it would be tough logistically to pull off live sets in 2 locations though!?









                              Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                              That stuff varies a lot. Sometimes they want it at the beginning sometimes later. Cake cutting is often somewhere in the middle of the night. This last wedding was the bride/groom dance upon entrance and the other special songs after dinner. Usually they are right together. It varies.



                              Often they are fine having the special songs done on iPod. We try to encourage that, but if they really want us to learn a couple of songs we will. It's usually no big deal. We usually only play about a minute and a half or so anyway. Usually a verse/chorus and out is sufficient.




                              Yeah I know this stuff can vary...but most weddings around here are done with the cake cutting right upon their entrance, then the dances right after dinner and that way once people get on the dance floor the party just keeps going and isn't interrupted for dinner.



                              We'll obviously be flexible regardless...but for this one they wanted it "standard" anyway. (I realize that's not actually the standard...but again it's pretty typical around here).









                              Quote Originally Posted by guido61
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                              As far as ballads go? Really just have to feel the crowd out on that one, but having one a set is probably a good idea and a couple of others ready to go just in case. But actually I've found we've had more request for "no slow songs" than people asking for them. This last wedding we did one ballad. Most younger people don't really want many slow songs, although we'll sometimes encourage they add a couple for the old folks.




                              Yeah...that's what I was thinking. If we have a few in the hopper we should be fine. I can talk to them and get a feel for how many they'll want too.
                              Christian

                              SpaceCat
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                              "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix







                              Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


                              Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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                              • #60






                                Quote Originally Posted by StratGuy22
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                                For a wedding, I usually provide a wireless mic for the speeches.




                                We don't actually currently own a wireless mic setup, but you can bet it was on the standard list of things we provide. We'll beg, borrow, steal, or break down and buy a setup before September. I'd have to imagine a wireless mic for the toasts is pretty standard, and it would be a pain in the ass without it.
                                Christian

                                SpaceCat
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                                "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix







                                Originally Posted by wheresgrant3


                                Our singer is basically butchering the Grade A material into deli meat, but don't fear... the crowd is there for big sandwiches.

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