How to Begin Planning Wedding & Party Music

#135, May 24, 2017

 Read on for 
   *  a Tip for planning your wedding & party music, 
   *  details for our next Public Event. 
   *  and another quick Video. 

If you need wedding or party music right now
and tell me about the mood you're looking for.

But first, let me tell you a quick story:

Do you like Asian food?

I do, and for a special treat, my wife 
and I recently tried out the  newest 
Chinese restaurant in town.     

As expected, the meal was wonderful, 
but we had trouble getting   started.  

The menu listed easily over 120 selections.  

They ranged from a few familiar favorites, 
like "Broccoli Beef", to lots of vague items 
like "Gold and Silver Platter", "Pu Pu Platter", 
and "Happy Family".

Huh?  What are all those?

A quick conversation with the waiter 
set us straight.  After asking about our 
preferences, our appetite, and our budget, 
he described   a few excellent options, and 
we made   our selections.  

I'm happy to say everything worked out 
very well.

But at the beginning I felt like the eager
bride-to-be or event-planner who calls me 
and starts our conversation by asking 
"Hey Robbie, What's your fee?"

Now don't get me wrong.  Her question is 
perfectly   understandable.  Really, I get it -- 
Unless the money  is right,  nothing else matters.

Sometimes the budget REALLY is her  highest 

Sometimes we ALL have to shop around 
for the best price.

But too often, "What's your fee?" 
is the ONLY question she asks. 

In my experience, this bride-to-be is 
often just as bewildered as I was in 
that restaurant.  

She just needs  help getting started.
And I'm always glad to help.

Back in the restaurant, I knew that 
if I began by asking about the price, 
I'd overlook some important options.  
And as it turned out, they made an 
enormous   difference.

So to help this bride, I always recommend 
that she examine her options.  

What are her possible choices?  What is each 
choice like?  What are the pros and cons of 
each choice?

Then we'll have a nice, helpful conversation.

We'll talk   about the mood she wants to 
create , where she plans  her celebration, 
and how many guests  she expects.  

We'll also talk about what she wants her 
celebration to LOOK like, and more important, 
what she wants it to SOUND like.

We'll talk about special features she wants, 
like songs she'll request for her ceremony, 
cocktail party, dinner party, and dancing.

Does she want a band (and what style?), 
or a DJ, or something else?

Once I know all that, I can recommend the
perfect version of my band for her wedding.  
T he  best size, and what  instruments to include.  

I'll always want to help her, but ONLY THEN 
can I answer "What's your fee?".

So here's that Tip I promised you:
When you begin planning music, collect all your 
creative options first, and leave the "nuts & bolts"
details for later.

Sometimes we can get to this point faster:

I LOVE it whenever anyone calls me about 
planning music, ESPECIALLY when they begin 
by asking me  "What are my options?".   

That lets us jump  into this productive 
conversation right away.

So whenever you  "sort of"  know what you want 
but are "lost in the woods"  about choosing...

You can call me.  Let's talk about your options.
I'll add the voice of experience to your wedding 
or party planning.

And now that we're talking about 
wedding & party music...
Memorial Day and Fathers Day are just ahead, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting holiday celebration.

And if you or a friend are engaged to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend 
are  looking 
upbeat, elegant music
played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you preview us?  Here  (see details below,
and call 408-245-9120 about last-minute additions.)

Tuesday, May 30, 6:00-7:30pm, 
"Cocktail Party for San Francisco NACE meeting",
The Monroe, 473 Broadway (by Kearny), San Francisco ,

Friday, June 23, 5:30-8:30pm
"Step Back in Time" Great Gatsby Party
Filoli, 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside

Caterer? Wedding or Event Planner? Bride? Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll  hear the
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.

So whenever the time is right for you, please  
and tell me about the mood you're looking for.

CLICK HERE to watch us play "San Antonio Rose". 
Sorry, the video is so blurry, but the audio is OK.

Let's chat soon.  


Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  

and see photos of us in action on Instagram

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