Post # 1
I had a jazz band lined up with a singer and they flaked out on me this week (a WEEK before my wedding) and so now after scrambling I found a coverband who sounds great and everyone told me to hire them so I did. Now I’m wondering if I should’ve hired another jazz band because thats really the feeling that I wanted and now I’m worried that it’ll be like a club instead of a nice classy afternoon wedding… Should I cancel? I have no idea what I would owe them since we email signed a contract that says “if the event is cancelled the band will be owed half ($400)” but I still haven’t sent them the deposit or anything…
Alternately, if I don’t cancel, how would I say that I want them to play just daytime cocktail type music, not club/pop stuff?
Post # 3
Ok, well since they are a band, and I assume a cover band does not cater to weddings like a jazz band would, I dont see how they would be able to 100% accomodate your request to play jazz.
However, you did not give them a deposit. Therefore you did not officially hire them. I would assume it works the same as when you rent a venue, if you do not give them a deposit they are free to let someone else have that date, even though it is tentatively booked for you until you pay a deposit.
Honestly, I am kind of going through this too, accept its for a young guy who said he will play the guitar at my wedding, and I changed my mind after having him on facebook lol I am just telling him no. I would tell them sorry, but I have changed my mind. Theres not alot they can do, I doubt they will take you to small claims.
Hire a jazz band, music an atmosphere is not something you want to settle with.
Post # 4
There must be some sort of jazz band, or even classical musicians or something available! Look on craigs list or where ever.
Post # 5
If you live near a university, check their music department for affordable jazz musicians. I’ve done this several times with great success!
Post # 6
Ugh… He said they could “throw in a few oldies for me” but that it’s not their strong suit… They sound like a great band and I’m sure they’ll be fun, but I wanted something more mellow… I guess what I’m really worried about is that if I do manage to let them go, I won’t find another band in time…
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
You can always ask them to do what you envision, but I think you’ll have to end up looking for someone else. Whatever you do, do it tomorrow!
ETA look high and low tomorrow for a jazz band, but a cover band is better than no band
Post # 8
@kjo: given that shes signed a contract they easily could take her to small claims. its not much hassle to do, and could result in other expenses. it doenst matter fi she hasnt paid yet, they could compel her to pay
OP -you were lucky to find a band one week before, i think its unlikely youll find another one now. although the fact its an afternoon wedding may work in your faviour. dont cancel the band without a backup
Post # 9
With such short notice, you’ll probably need to work with this band’s existing repetoire. As a musician with friends who play weddings, you should know that most bands repetoires are relatively small. It takes a lot of time to come up with arrangements for every instrument and be rehearsed on tons of songs. If the music is really important to you I would just hire a DJ so that you can choose all of your songs if you want to. A band is risky, and a band that doesn’t do your type of music can be riskier if you’re asking them to do something they usually don’t. Don’t worry – you can DJ some amazing jazz! That’s what I would do if my jazz band fell through.
Post # 10
I really don’t think the band will try to take you to court, because that could also cost them money, surely more than the $400.
Post # 11
@MeiFrancis: I agree with this. Don’t make a hasty move and get rid of them just yet; put out the word on facebook, call everyone you know, scour craigslist for bands. This needs to be done fast (obviously) and I wouldn’t take the risk of firing your cover band just yet, unless you geniunely think their style is so out of sync with your wedding that it’s better to have no-one.
@TexasAggieMom: I was going to suggest this. Many universities have ensembles and individual musicians who are extremely talented. At my (small) Uni, the medical school alone has over 6 ensembles, and they’re not even studying music!
Post # 12
Well we ended up sticking with them… We decided they’ll DJ a cocktail hour with the type of music I was originally envisioning, and then switch to dance music afterwards. I think it’s a good compromise!
Post # 13
@lazybee123: that is a good compromise! Congrats on resolving the issue so excellently.