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25 Questions with Ricky Sylvia
The Buzzcatz WEDDING FAQ
Q: Can we see you play “live”?
A: We play public shows every now and then, so check our UPCOMING SHOWS page for updates. Most of our gigs are private events. Our public shows are typically ticketed events. We'd love for you to see us in action at a wedding reception, but we've never felt good about bringing uninvited guests to our client's weddings. If we do not have a live event on our public calendar before your party date, we do offer lots of live videos. If you can also spend a few minutes exploring our website, you can get a good idea of what we sound like and what our band is all about. We can also email you updates on any newly added public shows.
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.
Q: Will you act as Emcee for all of the announcements and introductions?
A: Yes. Our Deejay will act as the Emcee for the entire evening and co-ordinate with your photographer, videographer, caterer and wedding coordinator.
Q: Do you have a wireless mic for toasts?
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 on your breaks?
A: Yes, we bring a LIVE Deejay to keep the party going. Our Deejay also hosts formalities during the band breaks (parent's dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, etc).
Q: Can you provide a microphone for our ceremony?
A: Yes! We can provide sound (two speakers, a lapel or handheld mic, mixer with lines for musicians) with a technician and Deejay for your ceremony. Additional fees apply. This service is subject to availability and depends upon your venue - we can't do beach ceremonies or tricky load-ins, and some resorts or hotels require that you use all in-house technicians for your AV needs. The Buzzcatz musicians don't do ceremonies, but you can find our friends who do on our LINKS page.
Q: What do you need in a way of a stage, power, etc?
A: You provide the stage (24 x 12), the power (power drop), and any tenting needed. Your wedding planner will help you with all of those rental needs. None of our requirements are extraordinary for the hotels or country clubs. The hotels and will typically charge for a power drop, but unfortunately there is no way around it for us or any other band. It's required for proper power or we'll blow a fuse in the middle of your first dance. We'll speak to the house electrician so that everything goes smoothly on the day of.
Q: What type of music do The Buzzcatz play?
A: The Buzzcatz play timeless classics from lots of different genres - it's a cool repertoire of Jazz, Blues, Swing, Soul, Motown, Classic Rock, 70's & 80's dance hits, and party tunes. We start out with Sinatra, Swing, and Jazz during dinner and then shift into Motown, Disco, Classic Rock, and Party Anthems for the dancers. We cover a huge variety, but that's not to say we play "everything". The band does not play current "Top 40" music - Our Deejay covers the more current tunes and any other requests you may have that are not found on our band's song list.
Q: How far in advance do we need to book?
A: Our bookings are first come, first serve. We book some weddings as long as 12 months in advance, but we may be open next weekend. Our prime dates are Saturday nights, October-May. We have more availability and flexibility for Friday or Sunday weddings.
Q: How far will The Buzzcatz travel?
A: We stay within a 3-hour drive of Orlando. Most of our gigs are in the Central Florida area.
Q: If we should need to extend the party, can we?
A: Yes. If you need longer than the standard 4-hour reception, (5 hours with cocktail), our Deejay can stay an additional hour. (Additional fees apply).
Q: Can you learn our First Dance song and songs for our Parents Dances ?
A: We are unable to learn songs for your event, but let me know which song you have in mind - some songs we have played before or can easily snap together. Other songs may just not be in our wheelhouse musically or vocally. I will know when to pass it to our Deejay.
Q: Can you do an edit for our first dance or parents dances?
A: Yes. A four minute song can feel like an eternity when you are the only couple on the dance floor and all eyes are upon you. Unless you've choreographed your dance, we will do an edit or fade it at an appropriate spot in the song, usually at around the 2:20 mark or so.
Q: Can you meet with us to discuss our wedding?
A: I am always available via email or phone to help you with any questions, and usually very quick to respond, (quicker by text or email - email is always best for details!) but unable to attend in-person meetings or site visits. All I will need is your completed online Bridal Form, and your final timeline/agenda with a layout diagram from your wedding planner on the week prior to the wedding; and the rest can be done via emails, phone calls, or zoom cocktail hours. :)
Q: If one of our guests wants to sit in with the band or play a song solo, is this allowed?
A: Only if it's been cleared by the Bride & Groom. Guitarists need to bring their own guitar. We are unable to rehearse with your guest performer, but will do our best to accommodate their audio needs.
Q: Can you play a Hora for a Jewish Wedding?
A: YES! We do a hora medley that works great, and we can stretch is as long as needed. Our Deejay can also provide any other ethnic music or traditional music requests.
Q: Can we pick all of the songs we want to hear?
A: We certainly welcome all of your requests and will be sure to work them into the night where they fit best. Let me know any of your favorites off of the band song list, and whatever the band doesn't don't know, our Deejay will cover for you between sets.
Q: What type of payments do you accept?
A: We accept Credit Card (3% fee), Zelle, Venmo, personal cheque or bank transfer. (Sorry, no Paypal or CashApp).
Q: What time do you arrive to set up?
A: Our sound crew, Drummer, and Deejay typically arrive 75 minutes prior to the start of your cocktail hour to load in and begin set up. It takes them about 45 mins to set up.
Q: What if you or one of your band members is sick or unable to make the gig?
A: I have a long list of very capable subs to call upon. All of our subs have played our show countless times over the years, and you can see most of them listed at the bottom of the BAND page on our website.
In the rare instance that I am unable to perform, either David or Dana would be my understudy (whichever is available on short notice) and the band won't miss a beat. Both have been with me for many years - David since 1981, and Dana since 2001. Even The Beatles needed to have subs! (Google Jimmy Nicol).
Q: Do we feed the band?
A: Yes. Most venues offer vendor meals for the band. Meals, stage, power, & parking validation all are a part of our contract rider.
Q: Do you carry insurance?
A: Yes. We carry a $2m liability policy, required by most venues. Chances are that we have played at your venue before and they already have our COI on file. If not, I'll have our insurance office email them a copy, naming the venue as policy holder.
Q: Should we need to postpone our wedding, can we apply the deposit toward a new date?
A: Deposits are non-refundable and not transferable unless your event is cancelled due to a mandatory government lockdown or venue closure; in which case your event will be eligible for reschedule based on the terms of the excused non-performance clause in our contract rider. If your event is cancelled due to either of these circumstances beyond your control, we can offer you a makeup date based on the band's availability.
Q: If we want to just peek in on one of your public shows, do we need to buy a ticket?
A: Yes, you'll need to buy a ticket. In the words of the great bandleader Duke Ellington: "Nobody pays more to hear this band play than I do!".
CONTACT us with any additional questions. We'd love to hear from you!
A FEW TIPS FROM THE BUZZCATZ:
Hire a PRO wedding planner
A good planner already knows a long list of dependable pros that will fit exactly what you are looking for. Do yourself and all of your vendors a favor, and hire a PRO. You can find a list of some of Central Florida's most reputable wedding planners on our LINKS page, all of whom are long-time friends of ours and whom we've worked countless weddings with.
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 50% deposit is the only way we can hold a date for you. Our prime Saturday nights way in advance in some cases, with October-June being the prime season.
Have a backup plan for an outdoor wedding in FL
We have four seasons in Florida - Swelter, Muggy, Hurricane, or Freezing. Sorry, but we can not take your booking if your reception is outdoors. Cocktail hour outside is okay, provided there is a cover for the band. An outdoor wedding in FL is always a roll of the dice, any time of the year. Be sure that your venue has a "Plan B" if you are booking an outdoor ceremony, and trust your wedding planner if she makes the call to move indoors.
Help us keep everyone safe
Our stage is a minefield of cords, speakers, and valuable gear to trip over, and even a beautiful bridesmaid with fun intentions turns into a potential safety threat. For safety's sake, please encourage your guests to stay off of the stage.
If you're hiring The Buzzcatz, chances are good that you've also hired all the best vendors in town. Many of the best vendors in Florida have worked countless weddings together and see each other regularly throughout the wedding season. Trust your team of vendors to make everything come together perfectly on your big day!