TIPS ON HIRING THE BUZZCATZ FOR YOUR WEDDING
The Buzzcatz look forward to performing for you and your guests!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! I am Ricky Sylvia, the band leader for The Buzzcatz. I am proud to lead our band in Florida, and since 2001, a west coast version of the band, based in Laguna Beach, CA. I have performed at nearly 800 wedding receptions, and it's unlikely that you will find a more experienced "wedding singer" anywhere. I realize that while we have done this many times, you probably have not. I know that hiring a 10 piece band complete with a three man crew and a truckload of gear sounds like a logistical nightmare to anyone who is not accustomed to doing this regularly, but you needn't fear....we make it really easy!
We realize that you have a lot on your plate, and that you are juggling lots of vendors and details at this time. In an effort to make the whole experience as seamless and as painless as possible, we offer a few key tips that are sometimes overlooked by our wedding clients....
Hire a pro wedding planner.
Pro vendors are used to working with pro wedding planners. Your Mom and MOH might have some party planning chops, but give them the night off and let them enjoy themselves. Hire pros for this night. A pro wedding planner will pay for herself in the time and money she will save you. You get what you pay for, and that goes double for the band and the planner. Your venue may offer a day-of coordinator service, and that works great too.
Send your contract and deposit to us right away to secure your date!
I will never hound a client for a decision on hiring our group, nor do I believe in any "salesman" tactics. Our clients know what they are looking for and typically don't need any coaxing from me. The are all very happy in knowing that they've secured The Buzzcatz for their wedding date. Once I have your email or verbal confirmation that we are ON for your date, I then draw up the contract and I immediately notify the band of the booking. From that point on, we are (all 13 of us - band and crew), turning down other potential clients for your date, so it is important for us to have a signed contract and deposit asap.
Talk to the venue in advance to arrange for power, staging, green room, and meals for the band.
It is important to the flow of our setup that everything be pre-arranged and set for our crew's arrival. All of our rider requirements for power, stage, and green room will be listed in our (short) rider attached to our contract, and none of our requirements are out of the ordinary for any of the resorts or clubs. Expect a fee from the venue for the power drop - that is common practice, and unfortunately there's no way around it for us or for any band.
No need to overthink your timeline or micromanage the band's playlist
We are happy to honor all of your songs requests. If the band doesn't know it, we'll have our DJ play it for you. We go with the flow of your reception and know when to play which tunes. It rarely happens, but once in a while we'll get a well intending client who gets a little too detailed with the request list. We'll mainly just need your choices for the first dance, parents dances, cake cutting, and if you have special requests for the introductions and last dance, let us know those too. Other than that, tell us some of your favorites, and you can leave the driving to us. We pull from all genres on our list, combined with our DJ between sets to make the perfect mix of old and new songs; and no one in the business is better at reading the crowd than us!
Unless you're already both smooth dancers, skip the choreographed 1st dance
It's a very romantic thing to see a couple gliding across the floor together, but it's equally as painful to watch a groom who has never been a dancer suddenly have the pressure of being a good one on the biggest night of his life. If your groom has two left feet, now is not the time to teach him to dance. Pick a nice slow tune, hold on to each other, and enjoy the moment instead!
Book the right size band for your party
A big misconception is the larger the band, the louder the sound. This is not the case. The loudest bands on earth tend to be 3 piece rock bands, and we have played at many intimate receptions of 50 or less people with our full 10 piece band. It's all a matter of budget, space, and vibe that you are looking for. Do you want just a Jazz quintet with a vocalist doing Sinatra songs all night? ...or does that sound good for dinner, but you'll want fun dance and DJ music after dinner? - then you'll need to add the guitarist, female vocalist, and horns. Just let us know what you are looking for. Email Ricky and he will make sure you get what you need!
Let go, and let your vendors do their magic!
If you've hired The Buzzcatz, then chances are good that you've also assembled an A-Team of the best vendors in the area. Now enjoy your day, trust in your pro vendors, and have FUN!
The best wedding vendors in this area will book nearly every weekend, so don't delay in confirming the date with them once you've made your choice. A contract and a deposit is the only way vendors can hold a date for you. Our prime Saturday nights book a year or more in advance in some cases, with October-June being the prime season.
Don't forget the sound system for the ceremony!
If no one can hear your officiant, your ceremony will be lost on your guests. Many times a bride will contact us in the days leading up to the wedding to ask if we have a microphone they can use for the ceremony. Yes we do, but you'll need more than just a microphone - our sound system for ceremonies includes two speakers on stands, a mixing board with inputs for musicians, a lapel lavalier mic for your officiant, and two handheld mics for anyone speaking. Our sound man sets, runs, and strikes the system for you. See our package upgrades for details.
Have a backup plan for an outdoor wedding in FL.
An outdoor wedding in FL is always a roll of the dice, any time of the year. Floridians already know this, but many of our clients are from out of state. Florida weather is very unpredictable, and even during our normally dry Winter months it can go from 85 to 45 degrees overnight. This isn't California, so bring your umbrella! Be sure that your venue has a "Plan B" if you are booking an outdoor reception, and trust your Wedding Planner if she makes the call to move indoors.
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