Strike Up The Band

Finding our band (or DJ) was Mr Frenchie’s responsibility, so right after we decided to have the wedding at the Bernardo Winery, he went to task. The first email Mr Frenchie sent me was for an awesome “crooner”, David Patrone.


Mr Frenchie and I love Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullem (to name a few). (We always joke about whether we could afford to hire Michael Buble if we just got married in a tiny chapel in Vegas). Through David’s website and MySpace page, we were able to give him a listen, and agreed we HAD to have him! Go ahead and pop over to his website, I’ll wait…

Our problem, however, was that we weren’t sure he’d fit in our budget.*

I’m of the belief that it doesn’t hurt to ask (in most cases), but after our first conversation with David’s rep, Jeff, our answer was no. We had allotted about half of what they normally charge, which was a bummer, but we understood. David and his quartet play all over San Diego and at swing competitions.


It turns out, it didn’t hurt to ask, because about 2 weeks later we got a message from Jeff saying that they would drop their price. I immediately called them back to make sure we weren’t dreaming. I could not believe our luck! They were including everything, for the WHOLE DAY! David Patrone, the quartet, and a DJ for after dinner dancing. Jeff emailed me a contract, Papa Frenchie looked it over, and by the next Friday we had everything booked – ceremony and cocktail music, David singing during dinner, and Jeff DJing after.

*Since my parents have generously offered to pay for our wedding, I don’t think it is my place to discuss our budget because it involves my parents’ finances, and not mine. I will say that I believe our budget is average but flexible, however I am trying my best stay within it as much as possible.

Is any element of your wedding something you thought you couldn’t afford at first?


Mrs. French Bulldog

Orange County
Wedding Date:
August 2009
Not the Welcome We Were Hoping For
I Should Be Doing Something Productive Right Now
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    Miss_Marine 550 posts, Busy bee @ 3:32 pm

    Miss French Bulldog I’m stealing all of your So Cal/OC Vendors! lol. I feel like I owe you flowers for doing all the leg work for me!! lol You have GREAT taste!! 🙂

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:21 pm

    @Miss Marine: LOL! I’m just excited that I’m helping someone 🙂

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    katie, Guest @ 9:25 pm

    omgoodnesss that is so exciting and perfect!!!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 10:16 pm

    WOW! lucky!

    photography. our photog shoots for the new york times as a correspondent and while we admired his work (from afar), we thought he was out of our range, plus having to fly him in.
    turns out that it all worked nicely 🙂

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:51 am

    I’m so glad you got the band you wanted! Having the entertainment you want makes such a difference. Your wedding is going to be swinging!

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