CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT, and THANK YOU for your interest in The Buzzcatz!
Q: How much space do you need for the standard 9 piece band?
A: 24 x 12 is our standard space for the 9 piece group, 18x12 for the small groups. For the larger band (11 + pieces), we go up to 24 x 16. For some venues a stage is not necessary. All of our electrical & staging needs will be included in our contract rider.
Q: Will you act as Emcee for all of the announcements and introductions?
A: Yes. The bandleader will act as the Emcee for the entire evening and co-ordinate with your photographer, videographer, caterer and wedding coordinator before he announces any of the evening’s festivities.
Q: Do you have a wireless mic so that we can do our toasts from the head table?
Q: What is the process for confirming The Buzzcatz for our date?
A: It's very simple! You send us a confirmation email with all of your details (date, time, venue, number of pieces you want in the band, your mailing address & phone number) and we will email you back our contract. It's a very simple two-page document and there's not a lot of legal mumbo jumbo. You sign and email (or mail) the contract back to us along with a 50% deposit. We will send you a signed copy for your file. The balance payment is due 7 days prior to the wedding.
Q: Do have music playing between sets?
A: YES! The entire evening's playlist is carefully planned and we feel that the break music (if you want to call it that) is just as important as the show itself in setting the tone and pacing the night between shows. Either our pre-mixed iPod playlist of your requests, or our LIVE DJ always pack the floor between shows. We'll always have a host at the stage at all times to make any announcements and keep the party going; and we never leave the steering wheel unattended while the band breaks - somebody has to drive!
Q: If our First Dance song is not on your list, will you learn it?
A: YES. Unless it's something that just wouldn't fit our vocalists style or our Buzzcatz sound, in which case we are happy to have our DJ play the original artist version for you.
Q: Can you provide a microphone for our ceremony?
A: YES, 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. This is a worthwhile investment because if no one can hear your officiant, your ceremony will be lost on your guests. Our sound crew sets, runs, and strikes the system. See our package upgrades for details.
Q: What do you bring in a way of a stage, power, etc?
A: You provide the stage, the power drop, and any tenting needed. We don't provide staging, generators, or tents - your wedding planner will help you with all of those needs. Our contract rider calls for a 24 x 12 stage, a power drop from the venue, a dressing room, and meals for the band.
Q: Do you take requests?
A: YES. We do take requests, and we also take suggestions. The only difference between a suggestion and a request is a little bit of PAPERwork $$. :) We do welcome your requests, and any of your favorite songs not found on our song list, we are happy have our DJ play for you.
Q: Can we see you play “live”?
A: Since 99% of our gigs are private events, it may be awhile before you can see us play "live". We do play some big public shows every now and then, so check our website for any upcoming dates. We'd love for you to see us in action at a wedding, but we've never felt good about bringing uninvited guests to our client's weddings. For this reason, we offer lots of live videos of our band on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Ricky is available any time via phone or email and always happy to help with any of your questions or if you need assistance in any way. Contact Ricky: 321-277-5522 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A FEW TIPS FROM RICKY ABOUT HIRING THE BUZZCATZ......
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 too
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.
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!
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 to add the sound system for the ceremony!
If no one can hear your officiant, your ceremony will be lost on your guests.
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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