#205, March 11, 2020
But First, Let Me Tell You a Little 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 music for her wedding.  Maybe a band?  
The 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 
planning wedding and party music...

St Patrick's Day and Easter are just ahead, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting 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  for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you can preview us?  Here: 

Sunday, March 29, 12:00-3:00pm
Wedding Fair (only for couples already registered at Saratoga Springs)
Saratoga Springs, 22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga

Reply or call 408-245-9120.  Let's chat soon.


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