QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
We have a song in mind for our first dance. Can the band learn it for us?
Yes, having the band play your bridal dance is a beautiful touch to this moment of the night. If you’ve choreographed a dance to a particular recording please let us know so that we can learn the right version. If you don’t want the band to play it, simply provide your iPod and we’ll play it through our PA for you.
The other point to consider is whether the band line-up you've chosen works with the song you're wanting. We're always happy to guide you through this if you need. For instance, any song with an orchestra backing will be hard with a band, but a song from either a rock, soul. pop, blues or jazz genre can be arranged for our band line-up quite easily.
Do we get to choose the songs you play?
The song selection is a shared process. We send you our regularly updated master song list and ask you to highlight what you love, cross out what you hate and add anything else you really want to hear. We’re not a human iTunes so we won’t be able to learn every extra tune you request, but we’ll certainly give it a go!
Is there more than one singer in the band?
Yes! We’re one of the few bands that allow you to choose your singer. We have a few male and female singers who perform similar repertoire but each has a distinct style and charisma. Based on their availability and your preferences, we can build the band around them.
How much music do you actually play at the reception?
Most receptions go for 5 hours. In this time we typically play four 45-50 minute sets of music. By the time you include speeches and other formalities this works about to be as much live music as possible. Depending on the details of each wedding we may end up needing to play more or less than this, and the cost usually reflects this.
Can we see you play live before we book?
Yes and we recommend it. Seeing the band live really helps to get an idea of how The Bombastics can be part of your wedding day. We perform in a range of band sizes so you can hear the difference between the bands and make an informed choice. Contact us to find out about our next show.
What happens to the music when you’re not playing?
If we’re on a break and background music is required (e.g. no speeches) we supply playlists of songs we know work well at certain points across the night. These are regularly updated too. Couples are also welcome to supply an iPod for us to play their own playlists through our PA.
Do you travel beyond Melbourne?
Yes! We regularly perform around regional Victoria and sometimes into NSW. There are additional fees for any travel beyond an hour of the Melbourne CBD, and if your wedding is two hours or more from Melbourne we also add accommodation costs.
How long do you need to set up?
Most wedding receptions require about 1.5 hours to set up. For receptions in large hotels or conference centres we usually require an additional hour to move through security and loading bays.
Can we use your equipment for our speeches and MC?
Yes, it’s included in our reception packages. You can use our microphone for all MC formalities and speeches at no extra cost. If you need to use a wireless mic we can arrange the hire of this on your behalf and run it through our PA. This is usually a pretty minimal cost and is sometimes necessary for medium to large rooms.
Do the band members need to be fed?
Any booking beyond 4 hours requires a main meal or equivalent for each member of the band. Venues offer reduced prices to clients for ‘crew meals’ and the band usually eats this meal during the speeches, limiting the impact on live music time. Remember that for most receptions the band usually arrives around 4:30pm and doesn’t leave until after midnight so sustenance is vital!
I really want your 7 piece band but can’t afford it. Can you make it cheaper?
No, but we can give you our FlexiBand option: Book in our 5 piece band (female lead vocals, male vocals/guitar, keyboards, bass and drums) then add the 2 piece horn section for the last two hours (i.e. the dance sets). It’ll save you some dollars while still giving you the brilliant 7 piece band when you need it most.
How many band members do I need for my wedding?
There is a range of factors which influence the size of the band. These include musical preferences (the genres of music you like), your budget, the size of the room, the size of the band area, the instruments you like, and the number of guests. We’ve written a blog post on our website devoted entirely to answering this question; please check it out!
Do you play at wedding ceremonies too?
Yes, and can’t emphasise enough the importance of having live music at your ceremony. Check out our Ceremony Music page on our website for all the options we can provide.
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