We could say bland things like we’ve been too busy and that the schedule is complete madness, etc. etc. (which would actually be true, in fact) however let’s just say that for a small little band like us, to compete with some of the more ‘professional’ outfits in the wedding market is very difficult. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to sit down all day waiting to pounce on Facebook Posts the minute they appear or have a lorry load of ‘friends’ and ‘past wedding couples’ lurking around wedding sites long after their nuptials have been done and dusted just waiting to tell you how good so and so band were at their wedding. You may indeed call us naive! Alas, we are two with families and 6 kids between us, and run a small music school.
While we’re here so, the cost of advertising with the ‘established’ wedding ‘farms’/websites is prohibitive. Last calculation meant that any new weddings we achieve via this method of advertising actually had to go into the pot to pay these ‘farms’/websites just for the pleasure of doing these additional weddings. Effectively we earned no extra income yet still had to spend many weekends working for the pleasure of the paying the cost of the advertising for same. Go figure. So it seems this is where the Irish Wedding Industry [sic] has gone so we removed ourselves from the ‘farms’/websites which are effectively to our mind, overpopulated anyway and with a small budget we just managed to get swallowed up by some of the other more ‘Professional Outfits’. This way we get to work (albeit) for less income however less cost.
Video taken on a phone at a pub gig we did earlier in the year. Recording not great but it gives you an idea of our Sound.
Have a look at our Playlist and our Testimonials.
We approached a group set up as an “Association” to give the apparent illusion of some kind of official overseer of all things good about wedding bands however on approach despite a provable history in the ‘Industry’ we were given the cold shoulder on account of there only being two full time members of our little band.
Don’t get us wrong, over the years however we have managed to mix it with some really, REALLY good service providers. The most difficult aspect as far as we see it is how do you stand out from the rest. We know where we stand out and we know where our really good points are or our USP’s for the corporate minded. We also know where others have a leg up on us for varieties of different reasons. We do however think that ‘our thing’ carries a certain edge and will carry muster with certain wedding couples. Like I said, how do you market that? Answers on a postcard…
Another slightly amusing observation we notice over the years when wedding couples are online looking for music (or photography, or hairdressers, etc.) is the question including the term ‘Reasonable’ or ‘Reasonably Priced’. Well, without knowing what your version of ‘Reasonable’ or ‘Reasonably Priced’ it’s impossible to come back with an answer. Let’s face it, one person might (and will) find €1,000 for ceremony music to be ‘Reasonable’ or ‘Reasonably Priced’ yet another might find €300 to be ‘Unreasonable’. All of these determinations are going to be based on the value a person/couple places on that part of the wedding. It’s the same argument for choosing either a Band + DJ or just a DJ. Some people value live music and others don’t. I would say that it would be much easier for EVERYBODY if the questionee gave an idea of the whereabouts of their budget, e.g. “We are finding a hard time getting somebody to come and sing for our church ceremony. We’ve about €250 to spend. Is there anybody out there who could do this for us“. This way, the ones who look for more will not be clogging up your timeline with ‘Come Get Me’ messages only for you to be disappointed to find out that their fee is €400. It just wastes a lot of time and effort on everybody’s side.
Anyway, the thing is this. We LOVE singing at weddings. Whether it’s the Ceremony, The Drinks Reception, The Reception or The Day After, we love it. We are mostly just TWO and we both sing. We treat each wedding like it was our own. We do not automatically go for ‘Off The Shelf’ playlists which enables us to change the set around if needed. We have gigged far in excess of 500 tunes in our time (list still growing!!!) and did I mention, we LOVE singing at weddings. We are (we believe) a snip at around €400 for a ceremony (‘around’ because we need to take into account distances, toll roads, and other factors that may impact our bottom line). We are a registered business who pay tax and public liability insurance. We simply do not “just play for an hour”. If we are booked for several sections we offer generous discounts on account of us already being there, however discounts can be based on varying factors such as are we moving to a completely different venue, a different room or remaining in the same room. Other little incidentals like if you feed us we are happier. If you clap at the end of our set or songs (in the case of Drinks Reception) we get big heads and more energy and if we are asked to sing a particular song we will… if we know it!!! (if we don’t know it, we can’t…. and probably shouldn’t try).
So that’s really it for this sometime observational whinge, observation and advice giving piece of prose. We hope you liked it and book us for a event in the future!!! 😉